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The glue is applied to the edge prior to it being applied to the workpiece. The cartridge system offers tremendous benefits this type of application. Of particular note is that the glue is applied to the edge-tape only to the width of the workpiece. Thus the overhanging edge band which is trimmed away is glue free leaving the cutters clean.
A nozzle wiper automatically cleans the nozzle grooves on the start and completion of every cycle. This ensures the leading edge of the band remains glue free as it passes across the nozzle presenting a reliable edge when measuring for butt joins.
The glue nozzle is situated is situated only 35mm from the first pressure roller meaning that even when slowing for banding around tight radiuses, the glue does not have time to flash off before being pressed against the panel. The sealed nozzle glue system does not allow the glue to deteriorate or burn and when combined with industry leading edge roller pressure, the VECTOR Revolution 120 delivers the tightest glue bond.
The unit will also accept PUR glues meaning a waterproof bond and near zero glue line.
In addition to all of the other benefits of the VECTOR Revolution 120 is the SideWInder trimming unit. The clever suspension of this unit enables it to follow complex shapes, trimming in the same pass as the edge application pass, dramatically reducing cycle times.
The SideWinder trimming unit can also be equipped with a surface (glue joint) scraper. This unit is particularly beneficial when the workpieces are not flat. In this situation, the trimmer can be set with a small 0.1mm overhang and the surface scraper will leave a smooth transition without damaging the panel surface.
The joint of the edge where a complete 360 degree edging is required is now performed by the new SuperFLY sliding endtrim unit. This unit is mounted on a sliding bearing which enables the unit to perform the endtrim without requiring the feed to be stopped.
This means that even thin edgebands of 1mm and less can be banded with butt joins (material dependent).
The join is precisely measured by the join sensor arm which is fitted with a precision linear encoder. Butt join adjustment is able to be made from the control screen.
The workpieces are supported by means of vacuum cups sitting on a large flat bed. This enables absolute flexibility in positioning pods to ensure the workpiece is held securely.
Because there is no routing function on the VECTOR Revolution 120 the vacuum pods do not get damaged and hence full vacuum is achieved.
Vacuum cups are connected via manifold pucks mounted on the table making connection simple.
The VECTOR Revolution 120 is a single field machine.
Where square cornered panels are to be processed the VECTOR Revolution 120 uses special EndPODS. These pods incorporate starting and finishing plates which simulate an extension of the workpiece. The advantage of this system is that it gives a reference for the panel placement and equally importantly provides a straight edge to lay down the initial banding.
This overcomes problems caused by trying to synchronise the glue, banding and pressure exactly on the free corner of a panel. The start and finish plates create a seamless transition of band, glue and pressure onto the corner with no possibility of slipping or crushing of the corner. Consequently the strength and quality of the edge band to glue joint, at the most vulnerable point – being the corner – is maintained.
Optional AutoTRIM EndPODS are available which automatically flush trim the square corner on completion of the edge while the head is traversing to its next position – thus maintaining the VECTOR Revolution 120 philosophy of simultaneous processing.
The load carrying frame structure is fabricated from heavy plate steel and box section. It is extremely rigid and provides a wide stable support for the Y axis. All motion is carried on highest quality linear prismatic bearing rails.
The shavings extraction is fully self contained within the machine via a heavy duty 3 phase quiet operating vacuum fan connected to a filter box with an anti-static teflon coated filter element. The filter box is mounted on the end of the carriage and is easily emptied (usually only once per shift) by moving the head to the left hand end of the machine.
This built in extraction eliminates the need to connect into central extraction systems. This therefore reduces cost and increases flexibility when arranging machine placement and ensures statically charged particles are not introduced to central extraction systems. The nozzle gluing system only heats the glue as it is used and so power consumption is very small with typical machine usage less than 10 amps. A 15 amp supply is all that is required.
An optional projection system is now available which uses a media projector to beam the panel shape onto the worksurface. This facilitates the positioning of the vacuum pods prior to placing the panel on the machine.
In this way productivity is significantly enhanced, especially with small batch sizes. The projection image is simply created in the office by inserting the panel dxf or dwg file into the projection template of any autocad style drawing package. This image file is transferred to the dedicated projection PC and can be called up either by the keypad supplied or by barcode. It is also possible to enable automatic download of settings to the machine so that operator controls such as start position and butt join setting can be configured in the office. These settings are then automatically be loaded.
The patented operating system is controlled by a PLC with easy operator interface via a 15” touch screen. The machine requires no programming but relies on the operator to set the starting position. The rest of the process is performed automatically by the machine controller.
The starting position is able to be saved meaning that once the position has been set, the machine will return to the start position ready for the next panel. These start settings as well as a number of other simple settings such can be saved to the PLC by the operator as named files enabling easy retrieval according to different product types. Issues with file compatibility between machine and office software do do not exist with the VECTOR Revolution120 because there is no programming software.