XR Router

The XR Router from ART is one of the most versatile CNC machines available today. It is a high performance motion platform designed to adapt to all manor of automated tooling.The huge range of accessories available, and the advanced capabilities of the controller make this machine extremely easy to use and highly productive. It has options to tailor it to the needs of many industries including cabinet making, plastics engineering, aluminium fabrication, aluminium fencing and balustrades and many more.

This machine has a very heavy duty powder-coated steel chassis that maintains its stability in all temperatures and under heavy loads. The high gantry clearance enables processing of moulds or large profile sections. The cut quality is excellent and the cut speeds achievable are second only to it’s big brother, the RT router. A 10 position tool-changer is carried in the gantry to make changing tools a breeze. A C axis and aggregate tools are available. Tools such as router bits, drills, reciprocating saws and knives, circular saws, engravers and many more are available as accessories.

This is one of the easiest to use and fully featured cnc routers on the market. It can easily tackle the most difficult cutting tasks. This machine can be configured to suit your routing, milling, drilling, sawing, knife cutting or aggregate tool application.

 

XR Router.

All-purpose cnc machine with automatic tool changer

The XR Router from ART is one of the most versatile CNC machines available. It suits many industries including cabinet making, plastics engineering, aluminium fabrication, aluminium fencing and balustrades and many more.

ART’s latest-generation XR Router series offers superior design, versatility, rigidity and precision

Rigid design allows for maximum precision

ART uses a large touch-screen controller running advanced graphical software complemented by an optional wireless pendant. The machine’s complex engineered gantry contributes to extreme rigidity.

The latest-generation XR Router series features industry-standard AC servo-motors and controllers, allowing customers to maintain torque at 100% until maximum RPM with a position resolution of up to 1,000,000 encoder positions per rotation, providing smooth cutting and very accurate positioning. The optimum drive system is chosen to suit each individual application based on required acceleration, torque and accuracy specifications. Moreover, in-built software filters provide for dampening of vibration giving smoother operation and allowing superior cut quality.

High precision is also guaranteed by an extremely rigid, fully-welded and machined steel chassis. ART has always used a fully-welded steel chassis since the very first machine. All external chassis members are fabricated from 250 mm hot rolled structural steel PFC channel. All cross members are made from 250 mm I beam (UB250) and are spaced at 500 mm centres to provide rigidity and stability.

The machine’s complex engineered gantry additionally contributes to extreme rigidity, while at the same time maintaining critical acceleration characteristics. The 390 mm high beam provides exceptional stiffness and the 750 mm long x-bearing mounts are fabricated from 10 mm plate steel to give a wide footprint and therefore a stable gantry. The afore mentioned high-power servo-motors that never slip as well as a helical-cut gear rack eliminates the need for flexible brackets.

Extremely versatile

The machine is suitable for processing a whole range of different materials due to an optional rotational and/or C-axis to support the machining of 3D objects, engraving on cylinders, and the use of saws, knives and cutting wheels. Combining the proven performance of its CNC flatbed routers with an additional fourth axis to run tooling suited to process insulated duct board, ART has developed a versatile all-in-one machine that automates the once very labour intensive cutting process of duct board panels. The machine now comes with re-engineered knives designed to cut 42-mm duct board, according to the new Australian standard.

ART has developed a versatile all-in-one machine that automates the once very labour intensive cutting process of duct board panels.

Moreover, ART uses a unique two stage telescopic Z-axis that can give an extremely high Z-axis lift for extra-long tools for deep-cutting applications among other things.

For routing composite panels, plastic, timber and light aluminium sheets, ART offers phenolic matrix tables. Phenolic material does not absorb moisture and expand, and dampens vibration resulting in smoother cutting processes. The matrix allows the vacuum to spread evenly to all areas of the deck. T-slot decks are also offered by ART for heavy duty cutting in aluminium or steel using mechanical clamping.

Ease of use

ART uses a large touch-screen controller running advanced graphical software complemented by an optional wireless pendant. The pendant enables remote monitoring when away from the machine, so operators can stop the machine or override spindle speed and feed rates from elsewhere in the factory.

All software is developed by ART from front to back. Because the in-house software developers work closely with the company’s mechanical and electronics engineers, as well as ART’s own in-house CNC operators, ART has an extremely short development cycle time. This allows ART to respond to the needs of customers by developing processes to suit their needs.

 

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Features.

Alignment Laser pointer

The precise laser dot makes setting up the job simple. It allows the operator to set the origin of the job and align to rotated material.

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Built-in WiFi networking

The controller easily connects into your existing WiFi network for downloading job files. Also supports remote access and diagnostics for the ART service team.

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Combination extraction foot

Computer controlled foot provides superior extraction, houses lube injectors and allows for air-assisted floating head operations. Steel construction provides a critical safety barrier around the tooling.

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Digitising

Use the laser pointer to plot lines and arcs precisely from templates with easy-to-use drawing tools.

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Enclosed safety screens

Protects operator from safety-critical areas of the machine. Provides for a safe working environment.

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Gantry Mounted Auto Tool Changer

o Gantry mounted rack changer allows faster and continuous processing without the need for manual interaction during tool changing.

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Heavy duty fabrication

Fully welded steel chassis construction using 250mm deep PFC & UB profiles. Close cross beam spacing gives unparalleled stability. Steel is machined for precision linear components.

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High Router Gantry Bridge

250mm clearance can be achieved for processing deep 3D work such as moulds or processing large extrusions. The XR Router can make full use of this clearance due to the extreme telescopic Z axis travel

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High speed spindles

High speed spindles are fitted with ceramic bearings for 24000RPM operation. Sizes up to 12kw are available on request.

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ProfileShop V3 Controller

ProfileShop graphical controller interface makes operation very fast to learn, while enabling a vast array of powerful features that make it one of the most efficient machines to use.

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Telescopic Z axis

The spindle can retract high above the deck while maintaining extreme rigidity over the full travel. Allows for extra deep cutting due to the ability to lift a long tool above a thick substrate.

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Wireless pendant controller

Allows the operator to get close to the action for optimal view during manual operations, or even stop the machine remotely from anywhere in the factory. Works in conjunction with touchscreen.

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Options.

Aggregate tooling

Available in many configurations including reciprocating saws, chisels, floating engravers, side boring drills and saws. Automatic loading.

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ART iCam Vision System

Integrated into the ART controller. No extra third party computer system required. Camera automatically locates registration points and the aligns cut paths to suit distorted prints. Also traces patterns or existing parts.

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Automatic sheet loader

Using vacuum lifting cups, the computer controlled sheet loader pulls material onto the cutting deck, then automatically pushes it down and across against the locating pop-up pins.

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Automatic vacuum sector valves

Computer controlled valves are available to control the zones on the vacuum table. The controller automatically detects which vacuum zones the job is over and turns the vacuum on or off in that area.

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Bar code scanner

Just scan the bar code on the nest report and the correct file is loaded into the controller automatically. Reduces human error and automates the process.

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C Axis

Fast powerful C axis The C axis accessory enables the use of steered tooling such as knives, saws and aggregate tooling. Enables the use of steered tools such as knives and saws, as well as aggregates for drilling or machining on side faces. A C Axis may also be used for rigid tapping if required.

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Chuck-style rotary 4th axis

Allows for simultaneous 4 axis machining of cylindrical objects. 2 sizes available for small or large applications.

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Cutting and creasing wheels

Allows processing of thin materials such as cardboard or fibreglass matting. Many different configurations are available including wheels and blades. Automatic loading. Requires C axis.

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Digitising probe

Set a boundary and resolution on the controller and the machine will quickly map the surface contour of any object placed on the table. 3D Cloud point files can then easily be imported into 3D CAD software.

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Enclosed safety screens

Protects operator from safety-critical areas of the machine. Provides for a safe working environment.

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Extrusion clamping system

Customised clamping jigs are available for machining aluminium and other extrusions. Multiple lengths can be processed in one fixing. Smaller profiles can be cut all the way through for fence posts etc.

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Unist Misting Lubricator

Dual and quad lubrication jets extend tool life dramatically and improve the cut quality in materials such as aluminium and steel. Computer controlled. Pulsing piston pump provides accurate dosing for optimal cutting.

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Pen & Marker tools

Pen and marker tools are available for automatic part numbering. Particularly useful for identifying items within large nests of similar parts.

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Pop-up locating pins

Computer controlled locating pins can be used for both manual and automatic sheet loading. The sheet is pushed against the pins which then pop down automatically when cutting begins.

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ProfileShop V4 Controller

ProfileShop V4 is a full 3D capable controller interface that provides a real-time display and simulation of all machining processes. All jobs are managed by on-screen controls for setting origins, changing tools, starting, stopping and recovering jobs.

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Rigid thread tapping

Allows the use of thread taps. Machine first drills holes then automatically changes to tapping tool to cut thread.

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Scissor Lift

Works in conjunction with the automatic sheet loader. Load up a whole pallet load of material on the scissor lift to reduce manual handling.

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Sheet unloader/pusher bar

Push completed nests or sheets of material off the bed onto an unloading table. Improves productivity. Often used in conjunction with the automatic sheet loader.

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Steered straight and angled knives

Allows processing of sheet or foamed materials. Various angles available. Special controller algorithms allow blades to enter material at correct angle. Bi-directional tool paths allow V shaped cuts

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Under Deck Auto Tool Changer

Large tools and aggregates can be loaded from a rack that is installed under the deck. The tools are covered to keep dust and swarf away from precision surfaces. Machine loads and unloads automatically. Up to 10 tools can be automatically changed using this optional accessory.

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Vacuum matrix hold down system

Allows flat smooth products to be held down without the need for mechanical clamping. The deck can be ordered as manual, or automatic control of up to 8 zones. T-slot deck also available.

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Do you think the XR Router from ART can help your business?.

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Be one of the growing businesses around the world that are benefiting from the versatility and power that is available with the XR Router. No other CNC Router can match this machine in functionality and ease of use.