Yorkshire fabricator-installer AWM had a problem that most in the industry would envy – it couldn’t keep up with demand.
Proprietor Aaron Mason explained: “We’re growing aggressively at about 25% a year but we were still doing all the manufacturing manually and didn’t have either the space or the manpower to keep up with demand.”
The answer came with a Kombimatec AMC308 CNC Machining Centre along with a DGS530 CNC Double-mitre saw to replace three manual machines previously used at the Doncaster factory and now AWM can look forward to as much extra business as it can get without being overstretched.
The AMC308 is easy to operate with its colour touch screen control and graphic interface and, once it is set up, it completes the job on its own, leaving the operator free to get on with something else. Its three-axis CNC control gives superb accuracy and repeatability and an intelligent tool change feature automatically makes allowances if the tool cutter is changed to a different specification. It has four adjustable pneumatic clamps, electronic variable speed control up to 12,000rpm, 2,600mm longitudinal stroke, 180mm lateral and 140/90mm depth.
The DGS530 has 530mm TCT cutting blades and 4,000mm maximum cutting length. Its overhead control means it is safe during profile loading. Optimised cutting lists can be downloaded via a standard USB port or via the local pc network.
Aaron continued: “We didn’t have either the space or the budget for a big saw centre but now we have upped our production with the space we have and without having to take on more people. It does everything we want it to do, more quickly and efficiently and it should see us for plenty more growth into the future.”
Kombimatec’s David Parsons added: “The combination is ideal for businesses like AWM. The machines are very versatile, they are highly automated, so reducing the amount of operator time. Also, they only require a minimum of training for an operator, which is especially important for a company like AWM that is moving into CNC automation for the first time.
“Aaron and his team will also notice a significant reduction in profile wastage from the DGS530 saw because of its accuracy and the optimisation of cutting combinations and that is an important factor for a fabricator of any size.”
Family-run AWM has been installing windows, doors and conservatories for customers throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire for 12 years and began fabricating in-house three years ago.
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