Intorex CNC Lathe Boosts Production At Ligna Components

Quick set ups and high quality turnings thanks to CNC programming

Ligna Components based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, have recently installed a new Intorex CNB 1500 CNC lathe to help the company increase its production of turned furniture parts which they sell throughout the UK. The company was set up by Steve Rowe five years ago after spending the previous twenty years at Breaston Chair Frames, where he was a director. Ligna specialise in offering bespoke turning's for chairs, sofas and tables, in a variety of different timbers and sprayed finishes to suit customers individual production requirements, with the emphasis on being able to produce short batch runs with a quick turn around.

A variety of turned parts produced on the Intorex CNB 1500 CNC lathe

When they first set up, Ligna were using two standard hydraulic copy lathes which served them very well for a number of years, and one is still in use now. However, Steve had previous experience of the benefits that CNC technology can bring and new that eventually he would need to invest in a CNC lathe. As a long established customer of lathe specialists Intorex, he had no hesitation in making contact again to see what machines they could offer. After some discussions with Intorex owner Jordi Teixido and their UK agent Guy Stanley of JJ Smith an Intorex CNB 1500 twin gouge machine was proposed. As standard it is equipped with 2 x independently controlled CNC copiers, with the 1st for roughing out and the 2nd for finishing, along with 2 x rear hydraulically controlled dowel knives. The big advantage of the CNC lathe is that as no samples or templates are needed, set up times for extremely quick thus making the machine ideal for short batch runs. Instead profiles to be turned are quickly and easily created using the resident windows based IntorEDIT design software, with the ability to either program the machine remotely on an office PC or alternatively on the machine controller, which incorporates the latest digital technology enabling machine cycles to be optimised. In addition thanks to the CNC variable control of the spindle RPM through the program, and the CNC control of the cutting gouges it is possible to achieve excellent definition and quality of the turned component, with repeat machining accuracy. Steve Rowe comments "The lathe is working extremely well and it has certainly helped us in terms of giving our customers high quality bespoke turnings with a quick delivery time". He adds "As has always been the case with Intorex the machines are built to the highest quality and their after sales service and support is second to none". The CNB is just one of a family of three CNC lathes that Intorex produce, the others being the semi automatic CKI 1500 or 2500 and in the CKX 600 or 1600mm fully automatic hopper fed model for high volume production. Options include an additional 4th CNC controlled axis meaning that turnings produced can be either fluted. twisted, milled or finish sanded.