A winning combination from AAG

In an increasingly competitive industrial environment, companies are looking for a wider choice of manufacturing solutions to provide a higher performance to lower cost capability in order to sustain and fuel future business growth. This is particularly evident in the industrial woodworking, furniture and joinery production and panel processing sectors, where the need for greater versatility and automation in the workshop is a major contributing factor to the achievement of this objective.

For over 30 years, AAG has been providing a wide range of both bespoke and standard CNC routing/cutting systems under its primary AXYZ power brand, a number of which have attained industry benchmark status. Typical of these are the latest AXYZ Infinite and the recently launched AXYZ Innovator combined routing/knife-cutting systems. These embody this legacy of technical innovation and excellence and provide two distinct but complementary routing/cutting solutions in terms of machine size and type, requisite production capacity levels, materials to be processed and available investment in new capital equipment.

Key design features
The AXYZ Infinite large-format multi-purpose machine has been described by AAG as the most versatile and configurable routing/cutting solution currently available. Key design features include the now familiar solid steel frame construction to withstand the most vigorous machine operation likely to be encountered and an aluminium T-slot vacuum material hold-down bed. These have been supplemented with a new carriage design to provide easier access for routine maintenance, servicing and installing machine upgrades, an ultra-efficient dust extraction unit, plus a new misting system for more efficient machine cooling and lubrication of the routing/cutting process. Infinite can be configured with a choice of single, dual or triple routing/cutting heads to accommodate different applications. It is available in different-sized models and incorporates an expandable processing bed area of up to 3,251mm in width by an impressive 15.24m in length to accommodate virtually any material processing requirement.

The recently launched AXYZ Innovator smaller-format machine provides many of the attributes of much larger and similarly positioned machines but at a commensurately lower cost. It is especially ideal for installation in workshops where available space might be at a premium. It replaces the AXYZ Z Series of machines to provide an even higher performance to cost capability.

The ATC system
Innovator embodies the same robust solid steel construction as Infinite and is available in two standard sizes (1.2 × 1.2m and 1.5 × 2.4m), with a gantry clearance of 152mm. It features, as standard, the latest rack and pinion drive system with integrated servomotors and the AXYZ A2MC machine control system for faster and smoother machine operation. Significantly, for the first time on any small-format machine in its class, Innovator has an optional three-station ATC (Automatic Tool Change) system to allow continuous processing of material without operator intervention. The ATC system also incorporates a protective cover to prevent the ingress of dust, dirt and other environmental pollutants. Other optional machine enhancements include the latest AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for optimum routing/cutting accuracy and special cooling/lubricating and dust collection systems for improved machine performance and reliability. Belying its smaller format, Innovator will process virtually any material normally suited to much larger and more expensive machines, including all types of solid and composite woods, aluminium and similar alloys, foamed board, acrylic, plastics and laminates.

For further information on AAG and AXYZ, visit www.axyz.co.uk or call 01952 291 600.

AXYZ Automation (UK) Ltd
Telford 54 Business Park
Nedge Hill
Telford, TF3 3AL
01952 291 600