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cnc auto loader vs non auto loader12/20
We are gearing up to purchase a CNC and have made most of the decisions with just a couple left.
Basically I'm looking to get an understanding of how much impact auto loading and unloading will have on production.
Machine specs as follows
Current factory setup
4 x staff
Rather than getting the basic software package I'm getting the premium package as I have heard many times that good software is very important and I don't see the point in buying a machine and not using it to full capacity.
I haven't had much personal experience running a CNC router so not sure how much of an impact the auto load and unload would make. It's adding about 20k to the purchase price and stretching the budget. So need it to be worth it.
Currently processing about 100 sheets a month. Assuming we could handle upto 150 p/m (and the assembly and install that comes along with that) with current staff numbers and the introduction of the CNC.
Any advice much appreciated.
With that volume an autoload would be way more machine then you would need. Our Biesse router with load and offload can get upwards of 100 sheets in a day. The machine we had before that did not have load or unload and we could get about 40 in a day. Most of the time on that machine was spent getting routed parts off the table and cleaning it for the next sheet. If it were my money with your volume i would look at a machine with a sweeper on it but nothing more and use the saved money for dowel inserter and case clamp.
I would have to agree with Kevin, at 100 sheets a month it would be more than you need. Having said that, I worked in a shop that had an auto labeller as well. It didn't need any skilled supervision at all. The edge banded was placed about 6 feet from the offload table so a single operator could run both. We have a sweeper arm and a vacuum lift to load. Works very well. Can cut about 40-45 sheets a day.
The machine does have a sweeper on it and the autoload feature can be fitted later (just costs extra 6k rather than getting it done at the same time)
I think well get set up with that and if we need a push later on we can get the autoloader installed.
Thanks for the advice.
This is what we have to load the machine. http://akhurst.com/machinery/woodworking/material-handling/handling-arm-1.html
Akhurst Delaney Handling Arm