AXYZ International has launched Version 16 of its 'innovative and widely specified' AXYZ PANELBuilder panel processing system.
Combining a specially configured CNC router and industry-specific software, it is said to demonstrate a shift in emphasis towards better integration with other production solutions and improved management information and reporting.
The system is a preferred solution for the processing of large-format aluminium composite sheets (ACM) such as DIBOND, ALUBOND and REYNOBOND used extensively in the manufacture of fascia signage. As well as for building cladding to which signs are a common additional architectural feature.
Version 16 brings lots of new production tools that will further enhance the capabilities of PANELBuilder and make it much easier to use, says the company. Key improvements include an upgraded user interface and a new nesting algorithm that enables greater utilisation of the material being processed.
These enhancements are supplemented with a new program simulation mode that allows detailed investigation of the cutting sequence. As well as a quick and fluent overview of how the sheet will be processed, together with a multi-panel DXF Import facility that enables more efficient data capture from other CAD systems. Version 16 is also fully compatible with the latest Windows 10 software.
These improved features 'complement and lend further support' to existing production tool enhancements. These include a triple Z tooling arrangement (complete with three five horsepower router spindles); an automatic tool mister/coolant device for machining aluminium plate; pop-up location pins for optimum material alignment; and a powerful vacuum hold-down system to firmly secure material during the machining process. Waste generated is safely removed via a chip-extraction system complete with an automatic vacuum extraction manifold.
The AXYZ PANELBuilder system is supported with an extensive range of specially designed cutting tools and accessories. These include tools to process materials in a thickness of between three and six millimetres and those that will provide the required fold angle and bend radius. The system is backed with full on-site training and ongoing technical support from the AXYZ International team of specialist engineers.