AXYZ router increases production by 50 per cent at bed manufacturer
Following installation of an AXYZ 4022 CNC router in February of this year, Wythenshawe, Manchester-based Kids Funtime Beds has increased production by a staggering 50 per cent. Established in 2013 as a sole trader and subsequently adopting limited status, the company specialises in the manufacture of customised bunk beds that are designed exclusively for children. Available in different designs and formats, the beds combine beautiful patterns, colour themes and additional structural features to harmonise with a child’s sense of adventure and fun with functionality to ensure a high level of safety, both of which requirements the company is said to have worked tirelessly to achieve.
The decision to purchase the AXYZ router stemmed from an all too familiar customer experience. Managing Director, Tony Smith explained: “Prior to purchasing the AXYZ 4022 machine, we engaged the services of two other manufacturers on the basis of a cheaper price and the promise of reliable service. After many sleepless nights and an annual cost to the company of around £40,000 caused by machine failure, excessive downtime and a lack of spare parts, we bit the bullet and decided to spend a little more money and invest in a reliable and higher performance machine with a support service to match.”
Following a visit to the Joinery and Furniture Exhibition at the NEC, Tony Smith met up with AXYZ International’s Technical Sales Engineer, Chris Perry, who invited him to test one of the AXYZ machines at the company’s main facility in Telford. Tony Smith continued: “The routing/cutting capability demonstrated by the machine was faster and more accurate than anything we had experienced with our already installed machines and the knowledge and experience of the AXYZ International team of engineers and the service we realised they were capable of providing made the decision to purchase a formality.
“Three months later, with a reliable AXYZ router installed and ready access to spare parts and ongoing technical support, we have managed in the past two months to increase production by 50 per cent. My advice to all would-be purchasers of CNC routers is to avoid buying a cheaper machine. As we experienced, it will cost dearly due to excessive downtime and lack of service, a drain on finances and possible damage to customer relations.”
The AXYZ 4022 router now installed at the Kids Funtime Beds facility is a twin-bed CNC machine incorporating the AXYZ Automatic Tool Change (ATC) facility and special pins that ensure the accuracy of panel placement. It has a processing area of 6.7 metres (length) x 1.5 metres (width) and is used primarily to cut 8 x 4 18-mm MDF for the bed panels. The router is supported by VCarve software that is particularly ideal for 2D and 3D profiling work.
As with all AXYZ routers, the 4022 machine can be supplied with a host of optional production tool enhancements. These include the AXYZ Auto Zone Management facility that ensures the material being processed is always held securely during the routing/cutting process and the A2MC machine controller with integrated AXYZ Vision System (AVS) for greater accuracy and quality of cut. These are supplemented with the latest helical rack and pinion drive system that incorporates a multiple gear teeth arrangement. This helps spread the workload more evenly and results in faster throughput times, reduced material wastage, quieter operation and ultimately a longer than normal machine life.
In conclusion, Tony Smith added: “Since installation, the AXYZ router has worked continuously and without any problems for 13 hours a day. There has also been the added benefit of having access to a knowledgeable and helpful AXYZ technical support team that was not provided by previous suppliers. Furthermore, it has allowed us to focus our energy on other areas of the business, not to mention getting a good night’s sleep!”