Tekcel's Marketing Director Huw Davies gives us the low down on how Graphix Imaging are benefitting for using Tekcel's GFX CNC router.
Graphix Imaging - one of London's leading providers of large format graphic solutions, has recently installed a new 3m x 2m Tekcel GFX router/cutter to complement its impressive printing capabilities.
The new Tekcel GFX router/cutter combines the uncompromising CNC routing capabilities necessary to machine all manner of metals, plastics, woods and composites used daily by sign, display and exhibition companies, with the cut/print registration camera and knifecutting/ creasing tools required to contour cut the materials popularly fed through large format digital printers. Unlike other systems on the market, where either the routing or knife-cutting utility is a bolt-on component often requiring manual removal and replacement, the Tekcel GFX fully integrates routing, registration and cutting tools into one comprehensive, Auto Tool Change, high production system. In addition to the ability to switch between the routing, bevelling or folding tools traditionally associated with CNC routers, the Tekcel GFX can be optioned to provide an operator with the choice of oscillating knife-cutting, tangential knife-cutting, steered wheel cutting or creasing - all at the touch of a button and all with the benefit of an easy-to-use, 'cut to print' digital camera registration system on board.
Specialists in large format print production; Graphix Imaging offers its customers a comprehensive range of products and services ranging from practical advice to the complete project management of nationwide retail display campaigns. Printing direct to both roll and rigid media, Graphix Imaging had looked at a number of CNC cutting and routing systems on the market before placing its order for the Tekcel GFX.
As Managing Director, Lee Solomon, explains: "During our demonstration of the GFX router at Tekcel's showrooms in Bristol, we had the opportunity to cut printed vinyl and 10mm thick foamex, 6mm and 12mm acrylic, 18mm MDF and aluminium composite materials. You name it we cut it. Basically, the GFX did everything we asked of it and we could see its potential for doing so much more. We placed the order there and then."
As with all the models in the Tekcel router range, the Tekcel GFX has been designed to deliver the precision, productivity and reliability long associated with the Tekcel name and offers it to a much broader audience. In keeping with the Tekcel manufacturing ethos of 'only the best will do', the new Tekcel GFX features advanced ballscrew drives on every axis, complete with digital encoded servo motors that deliver smooth, accurate, motion control at speed. Providing the cutting power for the Tekcel GFX is an equally impressive, 8kw spindle fitted with ceramic bearings and electric fan cooling to ensure a long service life.
This versatile motor provides exceptional performance throughout its 6-24000 rpm range. The Tekcel GFX also benefits from automatic tool indexing that can accurately measure the length of each and every cutter, knife blade or tool for precise cutting and creasing depths, particularly essential for dealing with Point of Sale print work, inlays and folding aluminium composite trays. According to Tekcel, the introduction of the new Tekcel GFX is a direct response to market research and industry feedback. The convergence of the sign, display, exhibition, shopfitting and print industries through the widespread adoption of large format digital printing has given rise to the need for a comprehensive CNC routing and cutting system that's capable of machining everything. From stainless steel to self-adhesive vinyl, and just about anything in between.
The new Tekcel GFX is that system. Other features of the new Tekcel GFX include fully automated vacuum bed and dust extraction systems. The 'hole and pocket' vacuum bed design effectively provides hundreds of suction cups to hold material in place and can be skimmed to provide an absolutely level surface for accurate routing, cutting and creasing. The underlying aluminium slat profile and manifold system delivers exceptional hold down suction across all areas of the bed.
A high pressure dust foot ably assists vacuum extraction systems to remove swarf efficiently when routing and can be easily removed when not required. The Tekcel router range is available in a range of popular bed sizes all the way up to 4m x 2m as standard. Tekcel CNC Solutions is also capable of delivering custom solutions for companies with specific requirements that fall outside its current model range.
For further information call Tekcel CNC Solutions on 01275 342 668 or visit www.tekcelcnc.co.uk