The decision to invest in a new Intorex TMC came as result of increased demand for modern style contemporary designed twisted or stop chamfered spindles and newel posts. Whilst Cheshire Mouldings already have in place machinery to produce this type of product, the production output on the Intorex CNC is much higher thanks to the automatic hopper feed loading and the fact the parts can come off already finish sanded. The TMC which has 9 CNC controlled axis is equipped with a horizontal shaping head, horizontal sanding head and a sawblade for turning. In addition there is a router head, with 10 position rotary tool changer. The machine for Cheshire Mouldings was also specified with the optional 10th CNC axis for a narrow vertical sanding belt for sanding turned parts. This specification of machine provides a high level of flexibility to produce a wide range of simple or complex shaped or turned stair parts.
Totally separate to the TMC, the LNX CNC rotary sander was ordered to provide increased capacity for the sanding of turned balustrades. This machine has automatic loading, twin CNC controlled flat sanding belts, and brush back sanding units. To minimise manual lifting and handling the machine was equipped with a series of flat and inclined conveyor belts that means just one operator is able to both load the machine and also box up the finish sanded spindles.
Cheshire Mouldings Managing Director John Carney comments "It has long been our practice to invest in the very latest CNC equipment, and it is our belief that this is the only way to help satisfy the demands of our customers and also keep ahead of our competitors". He adds "We have worked with both Intorex and JJ Smith for many years and as result they clearly understand our requirements, and are able to provide us with the correct equipment for the job. We are very pleased with both machines and in particular are excited by the new design possibilities the TMC CNC will give us".