Machining of large refractory blocks has always been part of our production capability, although these days most of our output is related to forehearth and distributor glass contact and superstructure blocks. Flexibility and productivity are key to this part of our activity and June 2017 sees the installation of a new CNC diamond cutting machine.
The Sasso K900 5-axis CNC Bridge Saw incorporates a 360° rotating and 90° tilting head providing the ability to cut in any direction vertically, on inclined angles and horizontally. Full CAD functionality allows the machine to cut complex shapes directly from CAD designs uploaded to the PC.
Rather than rotation of the refractory bedding table as was the case with the machine’s predecessor, the rotating and tilting cutting head provides precise four-sided finish. With twin, fixed bedding tables, the machine can carry out cutting operations on both tables without operator intervention, and can run outside of working hours without operator supervision.
Not only will the machine increase the productivity of our machining operation, it will also enable tighter tolerances and improved dimensional accuracy to be achieved.