Typical gantry routers can be used
to accomplish a wide variety of specialized tasks. From woodworking to
foam cutting, CNC routers are a commonplace system found in many
different areas on the manufacturing floor. These routers rely on
precise linear motion in order to accuratly complete objectives.
Traditionally, this would entail several mounting components and a
painstaking alignment process that drives up production costs and time.
However, with the recent introduction of PBC Linear’s patented Integral
V™ linear guiding system, this alignment process is a thing of the past!
Routers typically have large work envelopes
and rely on the gantry’s structure to support the router head.
The router process relies on high speed spindles that run in excess of
20,000 RPM and require the tool to quickly and accurately machine
through the material with a series of high speed cuts. Due to the
machining process, the machine base does not have to be as robust as a
metal cutting machine and their structural members are manufactured
typically out of structual aluminum framing. However before the process
can run, the linear guide must be precision aligned in a process that
could take hours with the old process, or minutes with IVT.
Integral V Technology (IVT) works to
reduce installation time and drive down costs by eliminating mounting
components while still maintaing a highly accurate linear motion system.
Many hours can be consumed by the machine builder to properly align
their cutting machine with the linear guide Conventional linear guide
systems rely on mounting components to maintain precision alignment and
accurate travel. These mounting components are installed and arduously
algined to ensure precision in a process that can take hours. With IVT,
the durable aluminum extrusion maintains its tight toleracnes throught
the extent of the extrusion! This is accomplished by IVT’s innovative
design and PBC Linear’s newly developed SIMO (Simultaneous Integral
Milling Operation) process.
The SIMO process provides precision
machiend aluminum extrusions and extremely tight tolerances by using
synchronized tooling to maintain alignment along the rail. In a straight
line production process,
SIMO can machine an extrusion concurrently and consistently on all four
sides with one pass. This creates a solution to a common problem in
several industries: cost efficient precision machined extrusions. SIMO
reduces the meticulous alignment phase from hours to minutes. From
simple linear guides to customized extrusions for routers, the SIMO can
quickly machine out an accurate extrusion at no added cost.
Recently, IVT has been implemented in
several different routers spanning a wide variety of industries. Using
custom-built extrusions, IVT has drastically reduced the router’s
mounting components, installation time, and production cost; yielding a
simplified, highly accurate linear motion guide. With IVT’s custom
integrated frame design, the lightweight aluminum structure can hold up
against immense weight and provide highly accurate, long-lasting travel
for the router. From installation to the end result, IVT creates a
simplified and economical solution to linear motion in routing