About Machine

 

Until the arrival of the VECTOR Revolution 180, the only options available to manufacturers needing to apply edging onto curved shapes has been highly labour-intensive manual and semi-automatic machines (with variable quality of output), or expensive CNC hybrid solutions. 

The VECTOR Revolution 180 is a new concept in both its manner of operation (patented Vector principle) and the fact that it is only responsible for edging the panel – not for cutting out the shape – which has a number of advantages.

The unique combination of the patented Vector operating system, flat bed and pendulum loading capability means that short runs and changing product shapes and sizes is simple and quick.


Machine

 

Machine Frame

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. COMPONENTRY All components used in the manufacture of the machine are of well-known quality. All bearings, pneumatic and electrical components are sourced from international companies and are available and supported worldwide with standard components being used.

 

Control System

A further feature of the VECTOR Revolution 180 is that there are no issues with software compatibility with existing or future machines because it requires no programming. The patented operating system is controlled by an intuitive icon-based touch screen PC with easy operating interface. The machine requires no programming, with the operator only required to make some simple selections such as the starting position. The rest of the process is performed automatically by the machine controller. The machine will return to the start position ready for the next panel. Common settings for product types such as glue temperatures, start and park positions are able to be saved.

 

Edge Feed

Another innovation of the VECTOR Revolution 180 is the edge feed mechanism which is mounted above the aggregate and coils around a simple winder mechanism. The edge is continuously fed and remains ready for the next workpiece as soon as the end cutter has cut the end of the previous piece. There is no need for expensive and complex edge feeding units to pre-cut lengths for each workpiece.

 

Trimmer & Surface Scraper

The VECTOR Revolution 180 incorporates into the trimmer unit, a surface scraper. This unit operates using the patented SideWinder system and is performed simultaneously with all other units, thus carrying on the VECTOR Revolution 180 philosophy of simultaneous processing. The unique design of the surface scraper means it easily handles panels which are not sitting perfectly flat due to bowing or swelling, without damaging the panel edge, but maintaining a perfectly smooth transition between the panel surface and the edge material.

 

Cartridge Glue Nozzle System

The VECTOR Revolution 180 uses a cartridge and nozzle glue extrusion system which is ideally suited to this contour banding application. The cartridge glue nozzle is a closed system which only heats the glue as it is used. From the heated face of the cartridge until it is extruded onto the banding, the glue is not exposed to the atmosphere, thus there is no burning of the glue or discolouration. The original colour of the glue is maintained as are the glue properties. A further benefit of the glue nozzle system is its close proximity to the first pressure roller. This means that even when slowing for corners, the glue remains molten until pressed onto the panel by the first pressure roller. This is particularly important when banding tight radiuses due to the reduced feed speed as the glue does not have an opportunity to chill before being pressed onto the panel.

 

Ease Of Setup

Changing from one tape size to another is extremely simple with the operator only having to make a simple positive adjustment to the glue height, feed the new width of tape, and adjust the tape guide height. All else is taken care of by the machine. Glue height is set by positioning a pin in a hole in the index ring, removing any need for fine adjustment.

 

Vacuum Table

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 180 the vacuum pods do not get damaged, and hence full vacuum is achieved with a 100 m3hr oil vane quiet operating vacuum pump. Power usage is therefore minimal and with no routing dust, maintenance is also minimized. The pump is mounted inside the frame of the machine further reducing noise and avoiding airborne dust. Exact workpiece positioning is not critical, as the patented VECTOR Revolution 180 operating system is unaffected by panel position.

 

Edge Joint

The joint of the edge where a complete 360 degree edging is required is controlled by a sensor arm. The speed of approach is automatically reduced at a precise distance from the joint and a sensor accurately detects the beginning of the edge which remained untrimmed at the cycle start. The trim cutter then cuts the edge with a bevel, the edge is applied and the top/bottom trimmed leaving a joint of the highest quality.

 

Square Cornered Panels

Where square cornered panels are to be processed the VECTOR Revolution 180 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. 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. 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 180 philosophy of simultaneous processing.

 

Power & Shavings Extraction

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.