Making Routing More Powerful, Versatile, Automated
FRANKLIN, Wis. — January 27, 2017 — Day-to-day production for a print service provider tends to be diverse and challenging. From plexiglass and polycarbonate to aluminum, Dibond, MDF and other wood products, many substrates consist of materials that require different processing methods. This diversity complicates the finishing process and increases the need to have the right tool for the job at hand. In response, Zünd is introducing a new high-performance routing system capable of routing, engraving and polishing the most challenging materials efficiently and with superb precision. At the heart of the new router system is a robust, spindle with pneumatic collet. With up to 3.6 kW of power and a maximum torque of 0.7 Nm, this exceptionally powerful tool opens up new possibilities in terms of performance and applications.
Dense, hard materials can now be processed at much greater speeds and cutting depths. This reduces the number of passes required and significantly increases throughput. To ensure sustained performance and efficiency, the spindle is water-cooled. In addition, a high-performance dust extraction system helps keep the working area clean, which further contributes to overall productivity.
The new router module is equipped with MQL, a minimal quantity lubrication system that keeps the bit lubricated to minimize friction. As a result, very little heat is generated during routing, which has a dramatic effect on bit life. In addition, it allows for much greater acceleration and processing speeds.
An intelligent surface compensation system determines the thickness of the material and detects inconsistencies. During processing, the system reliably compensates for any variances by making the necessary depth adjustments. Particularly for engraving applications, this effectively prevents quality issues arising from differences in material thickness by maintaining constant routing depths.
ER-16 collets ensure perfect concentricity and maintain reliable retention. To accommodate different shaft diameters, HSK-E25 collet holders are used. These permit the use of an even wider range of bits with one and the same router module.
The ARC HSK automatic tool changer takes care of handling and changing router bits. The magazine can accommodate up to eight different preloaded collet holders. Fully automated tool changing significantly increases overall levels of production automation and throughput. Tool changeover times are reduced to a minimum, which significantly impacts productivity. This is especially true for workflows that involve many different types of custom or short-run jobs or complex designs that call for several different bit sizes and types. The 3.6 kW RM-L router combined with automatic tool changer results in unprecedented routing efficiency and profitability.