Converting Point-to-Point Routers to Flat Table Setups
1. Does the X and Y (and sometimes even Z ) axis travel support what you want to accomplish? These can be restrictive for the lack of a better term. Often affecting yield or requiring multiple sheet handling to fully utilize sheets in a case goods/cabinet scenario.
2. Typical expenditures - flat table material - can vary depending on what you want
3. Hardware - whatever is needed to affix the table to the existing rails, whatever is needed to plumb the pump to the table.
4. Software - unless you are making a dedicated product, you will want to be looking at a nesting option. The existing control will typically also require some form of modification in order to be recalibrated for the flat table.
5. Tooling upgrade - after you mount the flat table, you will be machining it with tools typical P2P machine owners do not own (surfacing tools).
It has been my experience this is a very customer specific process.
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