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Computer brain helps machines work smarter.

Using computer technology, today's woodworking equipment is becoming more efficient, accurate and user friendly.

The computer is no longer a stranger to the woodworking industry. Computer use is becoming commonplace in most wood machining operations, from routers and machining centers to carvers and shapers. Machinery manufacturers are developing new applications for computer numeric controlled (CNC) equipment because it allows woodworkers to machine parts with more exacting tolerances for better product construction.

In addition, computer software manufacturers are designing programs that, when downloaded into CNC equipment, help manufacturers instantly compute complex math problems so that measurements can be even more accurate and waste can be cut to a minimum.

The following is a list of some of the available CNC equipment and computer programs. For more information on equipment and software sources, circle the corresponding number on the Reader's Service Card. For further information regarding specifications and capabilities, consult the WOOD & WOOD PRODUCTS Red Book Buyer's Specification Guide.

CNC ROUTERS

The Carlson 333 CNC Gantry router from Ekstrom, Carlson & Co. features a 64-in. x 144-in. work surface and 64-in. x 154-in. spindle travel. Spindle arrangement can include a combination of routing, shaping and drilling heads to meet the customer's application. Circle #236

The VMC 408E CNC router from Komo Machine Inc. features one 7-hp spindle, digitally-controlled, brushless AC servo motors and computer-controlled operation provided by a G.E. Fanuc OMC control unit. Circle #237

The MC 90 CNC-controlled top spindle router from Emco Maier Corp. features quick change tooling, 40-in. x 25-in. work table and safety features. Circle #238

The series I-M CNC router from Accu-Router Inc. features an all cast-iron frame construction including a heavy cast-iron bridge mounting plate for vibration dampening. One or two direct drive 7-hp variable speed spindles are available with either 1/2-in. or 1-in. collet capacities. Circle #239

The model SB-850T twin-table CNC router from MotionMaster Inc. features dual 5-ft x 8-ft tables and a 12-spindle router to machine parts on one table while the other table is out of the work envelope for safe loading and new parts setup. Circle #240

Northwood CNC routers feature heavy-duty steel construction, air cooled and oil lubricated multiple spindles on individual vertical axes or ganged, and spindles that are servo-positioned for precise depth of cut. Circle #241

Shinx CNC routers from Hendrick RWH Ind. have been upgraded with the addition of a 386 PC featuring a 49 MB internal hard disk and manual pulse generator. These new additions offer unlimited program storage, quick access to files, faster program editing and the ability to load programs from an external source in less time, the company says. Circle #242

E & R Supply Co. Inc. offers the CNC Cam Tech Router Master II featuring a 5.5-hp Perske router motor. It has a heavy-duty gantry with a 5-in. throat clearance and a 3-in. Z-axis movement. The standard processing surface is 52-in. x 102-in. The start controller can be driven by several software packages including AutoCAD, AutoSketch and Design CAD. Circle #243

The Series III Techno CNC Wood Router from Techno/Isel U.S.A. is designed for routing, milling and drilling. The machine can produce 2-D or 3-D carvings, cabinet doors, moulding templates, inlays or custom furniture out of wax, foam, wood, plastic, brass, aluminum, etc. Circle #244

Northwood Industrial Machinery says its CNC routers feature German linear motion units, Baldor servomotors, Allen Bradley controls mounted in air conditioned cabinets. The router heads are 15-hp Continentals made in the U.S. and feature air-oil mist lubricated bearings for long life. Circle #245

Timesavers Inc. Router Div. says its 100 series router is designed to meet the demands of smaller woodworking shops, R & D shops and vocational programs. Features include 3-hp electronic variable speed router motor, KCAM software, 286 IBM PC/AT compatible computer system and 24-in. x 36-in. work surface. Circle #246

The Reichenbacher RANC 210 AM from Duespohl USA Inc. can be provided with up to three milling, sawing, drilling or sanding aggregates and the RANC ASW-Sprint, a 5-axis controlled machining center for stair production, the company says. Circle #247

The CC 2000 CNC router from Wadkin U.S.A. features a 39-in. x 27-in. table, 3- or 4-hp spindle motor, Bosch CNC computer control and 18,000 to 24,000 rpm spindle speeds. Circle #248

CNC MACHINING CENTERS

The model 2500 J/U machining center from Jenkins/Unique features a 5-hp motor with a spindle speed of 7,500 rpm, variable speed cutting control and 1 1/4-in. diameter spindle with 6-in. of usable cutter space. Circle #249

The Routomat 2 CU machining center from SCMI has been designed for the rapid machining of arched windows and doors. The machine features two opposing operating heads, automatic tool change with eight positions and special, flexible workpiece clamping fittings. Circle #250

The VR 1010 multiple vertical spindle CNC machining center from Komo Machine Inc. has been designed for fast machining operations on large parts or multiple small part production runs. Two 12-hp, 18,000 rpm spindles provide precision and high speed removal, and a 10-ft x 10-ft cast aluminum work table moves under the bridge to provide ample work space. Circle #251

The Panel Processing Center 310 from Thermwood Corp. features a 3-ft x 10-ft fixed table and a speed of 2,400 ipm, according to the company. The machine is equipped with a 10-hp, 15,000 rpm extended duty router, a manual quick change pre-set tooling system, nine individually programmable spindles and a four-spindle horizontal boring unit. Circle #252

The IMA QuadroCenter CNC cell, available through Roger Stiles & Assoc., is designed for build-to-order production. Panels are brought to the cell rough cut and oversized. The machining center can size, square, drill, rout, groove and perform both horizontal and vertical drilling. Circle #253

The Kitako machining center from Tekmatex Inc. has an automatic tool changer built into the router head; no external mechanism and piggyback drills are needed. The machine also features a point-to-point boring and horizontal boring head, both of which have a floating mechanism. Circle #254

CMS North America Inc. says its entry level line of CNC machining centers has been designed for small and medium sized manufacturing companies. Features include Allen Bradley CNC control with memory capacity of 96 KB and a sound/safety enclosure. Two models feature single table design and 10-hp motors; a double table model is also available. Circle #255

Danckaert Machinery says its Maka Model HBA 3 CNC horizontal mortising/boring/routing machine offers three-axis capability for versatile operation. Designed for producing custom parts, the machine's oscillating chisel mortising design is combined with boring and router technology to manufacture windows, flush doors, furniture components, hardwood dimensions and architectural millwork. Circle #256

The Homag BAZ Processing Center from Stiles Machinery Inc. can reportedly perform contour routing operations, edgebanding up to 360 degrees, trimming, sanding, boring and grooving. Designed to meet the demand for custom-made products, the company says the machine can reduce production costs through its computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) capabilities. Circle #257

PacWest Machinery says its CNC router uses Toyo Iron Works' CNC programmable robotics to load and unload its heavy-duty routers. Toyo can automate systems and eliminate labor, the company says, and the routers can be matched to demanding tasks. The BNNC-14 plus K10S is a multi-functional boring and drilling machine with twin table, high-speed capability, according to the company. Circle #258

The Brema GLR feed-through machining center from Servatek Inc. features five-axis control standard, but can go up to seven axes. Panels are fed vertically through the machine; there is no limitation to the length of a panel that can be processed. Parts as small as 14 in. by 2 in. can be machined. An eight-position turret revolver can handle up to eight different tools. Circle #259

CNC BORING EQUIPMENT

The Weeke BP-10 CNC point-to-point boring machine center from Stiles Machinery Inc. includes a router, X-Y grooving saw, three-spindle horizontal boring unit and seven-spindle row boring aggregate. The machine features NUM750F controls, which include dialogue software for use with a remote PC. With a total of 16 spindles, the machine has a 98.4-in. by 39.4-in. work surface. Circle #260

The Tech 90 point-to-point boring machine from SCMI has been designed for panel boring operations and features CNC programming and tool selection. Offering nine independent vertical spindles, two opposed horizontal spindles and a grooving saw, workpieces are held in place with a standard vacuum hold-down for maximum production. Circle #261

The Busellato NC-FM2 boring machine from Stefani Group America is CNC controlled and features a 1,000 pattern storage memory. The machine can perform vertical and horizontal boring, and has 11 spindle heads and 2 to 18 drilling heads. Maximum feed speed is 126 in. per minute. Circle #262

The Rover 342 machining center from Biesse America Inc. travels along its X and Y axes at 75 meters per minute and travels along its Z axis at 15 meters per minute. The company adds that the machine is capable of being installed with four additional workstations. Circle #263

The Masterwood Model 313 CNC point-to-point machine from Eric Riebling Co. Inc. can perform automatic CNC boring and features a heavy-duty steel structure, 2-hp motor and dust collection system. Circle #266

The Ayen Roland M2 CNC boring machine from Force Machinery Co. uses a 3.5-in. floppy disk, features vertical and horizontal boring capabilities and can perform boring, routing and grooving operations. Circle #267

The Nottmeyer Comet Super S-NC 101 from European Woodworking Machinery is a dowel hole boring and inserting machine. All supports and boring units run four-fold on precision-ground guide rails and support is adjusted via worm gears. Circle #268

The Alberti Edit 2000, available from GPM Technologies is a CNC point-to-point machine that has been designed for case goods and cabinetry. The machine can perform both vertical and horizontal boring and features 18 separate drilling heads. Maximum feed speed is reported to be 130 fpm, according to the company. Circle #269

CNC SAWS

The FW Unique cut-to-size saw from Schelling America is reported to be versatile enough to serve as a complete saw center in the small craftsman's business and is also adaptable to large-scale furniture production. The saw combines the latest computer techniques and requires little operator attendance while achieving high productivity, the company says. Circle #270

The HPP-91 CNC panel saw from Holzma U.S. Inc., Div. of Stiles Machinery Inc., features an 18-hp motor, high speed program fence, inch or mm input and is reported to be able to cut 300 panels per 8-hour shift. Circle #271

The Selco WNA CNC programmable panel sizing center from Biesse America has three stations; rip, crosscut and waiting station for accumulating strips left temporarily in parking status. The three stations are connected by the Shuttle Transfer which is computer controlled. Circle #272

OTHER CNC EQUIPMENT

The 250-20 RBT La Scolpitrice CNC carving machine from Macoser Inc. helps reduce skilled manpower costs because only one operator is needed for the setup and the programming; the machine will produce in automatic mode without operator assistance. Other features include automatic tool changer and fully enclosed body, which eliminates noise, dust hazards and operator fatigue, the company says. Circle #273

Mattison Woodworking Machinery Co. offers the Mattison 76 turning lathe. Features include: AC servo drive motors that control the variable headstock/tailstock rotational speeds and the carriage infeed rate. Cams are no longer needed for polygonal turnings, the company says. The controller can store as many as 65 parts programs in its memory. Circle #274

The Bacci FC-NC copy shaper from Richard T. Byrnes Inc. is a CAD/CAM-based system that eliminates the need to make and store profile templates. Clamping and positioning are done simultaneously. Sanding, boring and milling heads can be added to the system to increase versatility. The FC-NC can process straight edges and radius edges. Circle #275

The model TBC Trim, Bore or Chuck machine from J.S. Richardson is a two-axis CNC machine with a single saw and boring or chucking unit mounted on precision ball slides and driven by precision ball screws. It has capacities of 24-in. of the X-axis and 6-in. on the Z-axis. The Z-axis capacity is sufficient for either chuck or geared head boring work. Circle #276

The Model SP-160-NC door/window production machine from Koch Machinery & Systems is a CNC-controlled machine designed for the production of stiles and rails for the window and door industry. The machine is capable of trimming, coping, boring, mortising, gluing and dowelling of each part, the company says. Circle #277

The model MIA Balestrini automatic double end trim and bore machine available from Solid Wood Systems trims and bores both ends of various chair and case good components. Workpiece parameters can be entered on-site and off-site using any IBM compatible PC. Movement of the working units is activated by D.C. servo drive motors, directly controlled by the computer. Circle #278

COMPUTER PROGRAMS AND SYSTEMS

The Drill-Mate from Pattern Systems Int'l is a program designed to automatically create drilling and routing instructions for custom-sized parts. The user can automatically change the position of all machining relative to a pre-determined point. Drill-Mate uses parametric design which allows the drilling template to be re-sized once the part size and thickness are given. A template log keeps track of programs. Circle #279

A variety of IBM compatible software programs are available from Cabnetware Inc. and feature free telephone or fax technical support and on-site training by qualified local dealers. Cutting lists, material lists, proposals and other reports are quickly generated from room designs, the company says. Circle #280

Opti-save software from Giben America Inc. has been designed to maximize panel saw productivity and improve profitability on large or small production runs. The program is also reported to optimize any cutting pattern so that material output is maximized and waste is minimized. Circle #281

SmartCAM Advanced Wire EDM software from Point Control Co. is used to optimize CNC processes and create machine-ready codes for 2- and 4-axis wire-cut electrical discharge machines (EDMs). Wire EDMs are primarily used to cut precision tools, dies, molds and prototypes, as well as very hard materials, the company says. Circle #282

The Real Time Production Monitoring System (RTPMS) from Integrated Solutions is a full-featured production scheduling and monitoring system custom designed for use in case goods industries. Once a valid production schedule is generated, a detailed reporting system is implemented to detect deviations from the schedule. The fault system sends a warning and allows for corrective action to be taken, according to the company. Circle #283

The Microcut cut list program from P.C. Work is a no-frills program that calculates how to cut a list of parts from a full sheet of material, according to the company. The program displays cutting requirements on the screen or prints pictures with cutting instructions and a summary report. Circle #284

The Integrated Cabinet System from Siskiyou Products is designed to produce parts lists, material lists, bids, invoices and other reports, the company says. In addition, 2-D and 3-D shop drawings can be printed. The program operates on an IBM or compatible VGA color system which has a minimum of 1 MB of memory, math coprocessor, disk cache system and 5 MB of hard disk storage, the company says. Circle #285

Cabinet Vision offers network versions of their Cabinet Manufacturing and Design programs. The system is Novell Netware and is compatible and is available in 3, 5, 10 and 25 user versions. The company says users can share layouts, drawings, cutlists, bids and communicate with others on the network. Circle #286
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