The SCM Group has installed a CNC Machining Centre in the Knowsley factory of leading manufacturer Total Glass for the production of composite doors.
Total Glass have seen the demand for their GRP composite door range increase considerably in 2012 since they invested in their new door products two years ago to add to their impressive range of products. Growth in composite doors is greater than any other product that Total Glass offers the market.
The Total Glass factory, covering over 100,000 sq. feet is impressive, and in the composite door section are two CNC Machining Centres. The first CNC purchased was a second hand Morbidelli (a division of the SCM group) to “test the market.” As the orders for composite doors increased dramatically, it became obvious a second CNC was required and installed as fast as possible.
Total Glass’s Operations Manager, David Ogilvie comments “We just had to invest in a new CNC, so we contacted Ian McCarthy, SCM’s Area Sales Manager, to discuss our options. As SCM offer both single and double station machines, we opted for the double station machine, at little additional cost, that would allow us to increase production immediately, as when one door is being machined on one station, another is being loaded on the second station immediately ready for when the first door is completed. This enables us to offer a 5 day delivery time to our customers from receipt of order.”
The CNC Machining Centre, model Actionline Record 100 ALXL TVNP, was specified with a 6300mm long table divided into 2 areas. The table consists of a number of moveable support bars with position indicators upon which a series of vacuum hold-down pods are located that fixes the door securely to the table during machining operations. Included are two vertically moving location / door support bars in each area to assist in loading and unloading the doors, without surface damage, as well as a number of location stops to position the door accurately on the CNC’s table.
A powerful, high speed Routing Head (produced in SCM’s own Routing Head manufacturing plant), sizes the doors and machines glass apertures, letter box openings, etc. A 10-station automatic tool changer provides a number of tools to the routing head saving valuable production time. A separate, heavy duty Universal Horizontal Machining Unit is located adjacent to the Routing Head for machining hinge, lock and multi-point locking system details using special cutters.
The CNC is programmed in Total Glass’s production office with programs hard-lined to the CNC’s PC so the operator can immediately call up a program for each door to be machined.
Total Glass offers 20 different styles of composite doors in 7 colour options, so the CNC has to be fast and easy to set up to accommodate all possibilities. The slab is supplied by Distinction Doors and full door sets with frame are supplied. Total Glass offer a 10 year guarantee with all high quality glass and hardware options fitted plus many security options.
David Ogilvie concludes “We have been very impressed with the SCM CNC Machining Centre since it was installed and commissioned by SCM’s engineers. If we have a rare problem, we have a link direct to SCM’s service Division based in Nottingham. As orders and therefore production for our composite doors continues to grow, we may well be looking at another CNC in the near future which will mean further investment and reorganisation in our door production area to accommodate the new machine.”