KEN WHITE SIGNS INSTALLS PROTEK UNICO CNC-K...
Tiverton based Ken White Signs has installed a Protek Unico CNC supplied by its exclusive UK distributor, Complete CNC Solutions. Though many Protek Unico CNC systems have been installed by Complete CNC Solutions, Ken White’s is the UK’s first “K” variant and so is fitted with a knife.
Ken White Signs can trace its roots back to 1967 when the company was run from home in Tiverton by Ken and his wife Jean. Today, the family run business is thriving and works in market sectors as divers as education and golf clubs; food and drink to building an construction.
Ken White Signs needs to deal with a wide range of resistant material in supplying its client base including aluminium, foamed PVC, ACM, acrylic and micro-fluted corrugated board. Much of the company’s output involves print-cut operations.
Ken White Signs’ team conducted its research and came to Complete CNC Solutions for a demonstration on a Tekcel Router. While having the demonstration the team got to see the Protek Unico CNC and left very impressed with the capabilities of both machines. The Sign and Digital Show was used to compare output quality and productivity with other computerised routers. That told the story the team needed and an order was places with Complete CNC Solutions for… the Protek Unico CNC-K - fitted with the steering knife option. The machine was also installed complete with an auto tool changer, a flatness probe mist coolant system and a camera.
Productivity and quality were among the reasons the Protek Unico CNC-K won the vote but chief among the features that really impressed the Ken White Signs’ team, was the way the system deals with metal cutting. The Protek Unico CNC-K is quipped with an extremely powerful vacuum bed and very a very efficient swarf removal system whose use is not impaired when cutting with lubricants and coolants. That means very clean operation and extraordinarily high quality edges that need no further finishing.
Ken White Sign plans to use the system’s knife assembly to cut foamed PVC, Correx and micro-fluted packaging materials. The knife, oscillating or fixed, cuts such material with incredible accuracy thanks to the on-board Visiotek registration camera managing print-cut registration and the powerful vacuum bed securing the printed work-pieces. Ken White Signs produces print on its Oce flatbed printer daily.
Complete CNC Solutions delivered the system direct to Ken White Signs and installation took just a day. With space at a premium Ken White Signs particularly values the Protek Unico CNC’s inbuilt light barriers and other safety measures. Training was delivered over a two day period and the fully commissioned Protek Unico CNC-K is now a busy member of the Ken White Signs team.