Frame Fast (UK), based in Derby, has installed an SCM Accord 20FX CNC machining centre, for the processing of composite doors, which have recently been added to Frame Fast’s range of products.
,The SCM machine was part of a £500,000 investment in machinery which also included glass processing machinery, allowing Frame Fast to produce more products (previously bought in) themselves, allowing the company to improve quality, delivery times and customer service.
,Production manager, Jason Pascoe, commented: “We used to buy our composite doors in, but upon tendering for a large council contract, it became obvious we had to invest in a CNC to process Nan Ya door blanks and therefore, after discussing our requirements with SCM’s area sales manager, Ian McCarthy, and having a reference from another local manufacturer who had an SCM machine, we decided to go ahead with the Accord 20FX.”
,The Accord 20FX is described as a ‘new generation’ modular machining centre, designed for machining operations requiring heavy-duty stock removal, along with high precision. It is said to provide a ‘top quality finish’ over the entire machining area, due to the rigid mobile portal structure and safety systems designed to exploit the maximum production capacity of the machine without any movement limitations.
,With a 3,680 x 1,380mm table size to accommodate any size of door, there are six mobile bars, each fitted with vacuum suction cups, which securely fix the door blanks to the table for machining via a 250cu.met./hour vacuum pump. Rows of front and rear stops enable the operator to easily position the door blanks, assisted by two lifting supports that descend when the vacuum is activated and the machining cycle commences.
,A powerful 8.5KW, 24,000RPM routing head trims the outside of the door blank to the required dimensions and then machines any profiles or apertures to varying sizes and shapes for glazing cassettes. Machining is then carried out for various door locking systems, using a powerful independent horizontal routing head with two outputs for the heavy-duty tools necessary for machining the lock and hinge recesses. Machining for letterplates, handles, etc is carried out by the vertical routing head.
,The Accord has a TR10 side tool magazine that accepts up to 10 tools. With the very latest Pro-Space safety system fitted and the machine running at 25m/min, the Accord does not require safety mats or light cells, so the operator is able to remove trim off-cuts and aperture waste material during the machining cycle, saving valuable production time.
,All the machine’s electric, pneumatic and electronic equipment is located in the Accord’s base, saving valuable floor space. The operator has the latest Tecpad mobile control console with a 7in touch screen and can view all the machining operations through the front safety-guard window.
,Jason Pascoe concluded: “We are very happy with the SCM machining centre and are currently processing 30 to 40 doors a week, but this is soon to increase to double that number in our traditional busy period up to Christmas. If we already stock the Nan Ya door slab to the required colours, we have been known to turn around a door in just 24 hours which pleases our customers and word soon spreads. Our aim is always to go that extra mile!”