CNT-1000 CNC Profiling, Grooving and Polishing Machine with One Rotating Z-Head
In 1997, CNT Motion Systems designed and built the first of five CNC profiling machines for a customer specializing in the management of water removal and sheet formation on all types of pulp and paper machines. Their unique process combines heat and air flow to remove moisture content from pulp. Currently, they have five CNT machines (three in the U.S. and two in the APAC region) used for profiling reinforced fiberglass plastic 2″ tall, 4″ wide and up to 35′ in length. Once machined, 2″ ceramic profiles are bonded to the material and (using the same machine) ground to within .002″ tolerance over the entire length and then polished to a #5-8 finish.
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Air-Actuated Fixturing Solution
CNT provided an air-actuated clamping system that can hold one or two parts on opposite sides of a center fence. The system has 5″ open clamping on both sides of the center fence. The clamps are activated by 50mm diameter air cylinders on 8″ centers (50 per side) and will exert 285 pounds of force at 100 psi. This can be regulated up or down using the air regulator attached to the clamping system. Each air cylinder has a toggle switch located by the individual cylinders to clamp and unclamp the parts. The center fence and the sliding clamps are undercut to provide clearance for debris and room for the ceramic edges during a vacuum and clamp operation. The parts are mounted and milled before shipping, but had additional material to allow them to be finish-milled upon installation at the factory. The vacuum system is operated by additional toggle switches and activates areas on the flat surface between the clamps (49 per side). Felt inserts on the intake ports of each vacuum zone prevent fiber glass and ceramic debris from filling lines, and are easily replaced by being cut from stock 1/2″ diameter felt rod. A Rietschle 10hp, 212 cfm at 29″ Hg, Rotary Vane Vacuum Pump with water-separating serge tank was provided with the fixturing.
The system mounts on the T-Slot Decking or could have been mounted directly to the machine table cross members, eliminating the T-Slot Decking. The table width was large enough to accommodate two of these systems, allowing hold-down of four parts at a time, and did not need an additional vacuum pump.
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