AAG introduces new and upgraded Trident finishing solution

AAG introduces new and upgraded Trident print finishing solution.

A new and upgraded version of the AXYZ Trident print finishing system has been introduced by AAG (AXYZ Automation Group).

It incorporates a number new design features and production tool enhancements that radically extend Trident’s capabilities for increased automation, configurability and productivity.

In addition to providing a much faster, quieter and more powerful print finishing solution, the new Trident now incorporates a stronger modular solid steel welded frame construction to better accommodate more vigorous machine operation and an expanded range of routing, cutting and creasing tools, including a four-position tangential knife-changer to supplement the already extensive (up to 21 stations) Automatic Tool Change (ATC) facility. Additional machine enhancements include improved dust extraction and spray mister units for more efficient machine tool lubrication and cooling, the AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for precise material registration and alignment and routing/cutting accuracy and increased gantry height to enable the processing of materials up to 125mm thick. A narrower carriage design also contributes to a 12 per cent smaller footprint, thereby making the Trident easier to install in and more suited to workplaces where available space might be at a premium.

The AXYZ Trident is available in four standard sizes (4008, 4010, 5010 and 6010), with processing bed areas ranging from 1,524 x 1,219mm up to 2,159 x 3,048mm and a processing length of 1,259mm (customisable up to 15m if required). It incorporates a multi-purpose processing head comprising a 10HP 24,000rpm quick-release HSD routing spindle and tangential and oscillating knife-cutting units.

As with all AAG CNC machines, the AXYZ Trident is available with a raft of both standard and optional machine tool enhancements. In addition to those already mentioned, these include the latest A2MC machine controller, a live vacuum deck for more efficient material processing and the latest helical rack and pinion drive system. This latter feature has a multi-teeth configuration that helps spread the workload more evenly, leading to faster throughput speeds, reduced machine wear and ultimately a longer than normal machine life.

Trident will handle a wide range of flexible, semi-rigid and rigid materials. Typically, these include aluminium and aluminium composites (ACM) and other non-ferrous metals, acrylic and associated plastics, laminates, vinyl, foamed (including HDU high-density urethane) and corrugated boards, cardboard and paper.

As required, Trident is supplied as standard with Vectric VCarve and optional Aspire design and production software, with the latter enabling more complex 2D and 3D work. Apart from the digital printing and finishing sector, Trident will enable multiple applications in the sign and graphics, packaging and labelling sectors.