The increasing demands of its growing customer base prompted SLS to explore the market for a cnc router. The company looked at a number of systems before deciding that the new Tekcel EXR was the right router to deliver the high level of precision and productivity their business required.
The decision making process for SLS began with a visit to Sign & Digital UK and culminated in a visit to another Yorkshire sign company that has employed not one but two Tekcel routers to cut everything from aluminium and stainless steel to acrylics and ACM over the past few years.
According to Tekcel, the EXR router supplied to SLS is its new flagship model. In addition to the class poleading ballscrew servo drive system that’s unique to Tekcel routers and provides pinpoint motion control, the EXR also features an innovative automatic tool changing system with a powerful 10hp spindle motor and an incredible 17 tool capacity.
SLS wanted to complement their large format digital printing facilities with the new router so opted for a 3m x 2m cutting bed, complete with vice-like hold down provided by a powerful vacuum pump system and integrated manifold valve controls. SLS also opted for Tekcel’s sheet registration 'pop up' pin system.
According to SLS' MD, David Hellings, the delivery, installation and commissioning of the Tekcel EXR router was a remarkably easy affair that was completed in just one day. With the router up and running so quickly, his production team were able to take full advantage of the two days of onsite training provided by Tekcel that followed. “There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your investment paying off from day one.” said David. SLS are now producing a comprehensive range of routed signs and displays that have already opened up new opportunities for the Sheffield signmakers.
For more information about Tekcel routers, call Tekcel CNC Solutions on 0844 800 5045 SLS can be contacted on 0114 250 8666