Since installation of an AXYZ 4008 CNC router in January of this year, Newton Abbot, Devon-based RC Motorhomes, a specialist manufacturer of bespoke motorhomes, has according to Director Richard Churchill “revolutionised its manufacturing capabilities”. This has led to a huge increase in production, shorter lead times and a superior quality of end-product which collectively have contributed to a growing list of satisfied customers.
Established in 2004, RC Motorhomes has always looked for ways of streamlining production without compromising the quality founded on traditional craft skills for which the company has become renowned. Richard Churchill commented: “Too often in the past we have installed equipment that failed to live up to expectations. Although representing a sizable investment for us, purchase of the AXYZ 4008 router has been an entirely different and more satisfying experience and well worth the outlay. The machine has already proved to be the best, the most productive and the most reliable piece of capital equipment we have ever purchased during the fourteen years we have been in business.”
Part of the AXYZ 4000 series, the 4008 router incorporates a seven-station AXYZ Automatic Tool Change (ATC) facility to increase both the flexibility of the machine and its speed of production. The router, which runs on VECTRIC design and production software, has a standard processing width of 1524mm and an expandable processing length of 2438mm. It is used to process a wide range of materials, including plywood, MDF, composites such as DIBOND, solid surface materials like Corian and aluminium and plastics. A big part of the manufacturing output carried out at RC Motorhomes involves interior furniture such as cabinets and shelving, the quality of which had to reflect the high standards already established when traditional hand-held methods of production were employed.
In common with all AXYZ routers, the AXYZ 4008 is available with a host of optional machine tool enhancements. In particular, these include the AXYZ Auto Zone Management facility that ensures the material being processed is always held securely during the routing/cutting cycle and the latest A2MC machine control system that has a massive 16GB of memory for program storage and network connectivity to enable error-free program transfer. Further options include the AXYZ AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for precise material alignment and the latest helical rack and pinion drive system. This features a multiple gear teeth configuration that helps spread the workload more evenly, leading to faster throughput speeds, greater accuracy, reduced material wastage, quieter operation and ultimately a longer than normal machine life.
In conclusion, Richard Churchill added: “Purchase of the AXYZ 4008 machine has proved a satisfying and eye-opening experience. We have been particularly impressed by the on-site training provided by AXYZ and the technical support that was readily given prior to, during and following installation of the router which has operated flawlessly from day one.”