Saws Cut New Ground.
Current profile cutting technology was just not adequate for SpeedFrame's needs, so it has invested in ground-breaking custom built saws which are unique to the industry. SpeedFrame is one of the worlds fastest growing manufacturers of new and replacement windows. Since it was formed four and a half years ago SpeedFrame has invested more than £3m on land and buildings, and are now investing heavily in state-of-the-art automated equipment to ensure that they can meet the high volumes of window frames required in the next millennium.
As part of its £5m investment in 1998, SpeedFrame has funded the development of QUADRA-CUT,
"The Latest Generation" multiple profile saws, which double the cutting capacity of anything else
available currently on the market.
Explains Deputy Managing Director Steven Taylor: "The technology was just not there for our needs. We simply could not fit enough saws into our factory to provide enough cut profile to take us to the output levels we want."
The QUADRA-CUT machines are being developed by Window Machine Developments Ltd of Pontefract in collaboration with Advanced Control Systems Ltd.
Three machines are being installed this year with a further seven to be installed next year. All machines will
be networked to the Optimising Server, which has a capacity of handling ten machines.
Advanced Control Systems Ltd has developed the Optimising Server software and the operators touch graphics display.
The Optimising Server sends the cut sequence to the machine, the touch graphics display then informs the operator what type of profile to load into the machine. The operator then initiates the cutting process through the touch screen. The screen display updates as each cut is produced showing how much of the profile has been cut, how much is remaining and providing status / warning messages as necessary.
Having a remote networked server means that a computer can be dedicated to optimising cuts without impacting on performance of the machines. Also the Optimising Server can show status information about each machine including: