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FixChip

It’s a current trend that more and more nesting machines are being used

Logical!

The cost of production will be reduced by tens of percent compared to the production with a cups / beam machine.

In combination with FixChip, the savings in production time can easily go up to 50%

The origin of FixChip

FixChip

Next to FixChip BV, i’m also co-owner of PaletteCAD Netherlands VOF. These businesses are strictly separated, however with PaletteCAD i’ve gained many years of valuable experience concerning the use and programming of CNC machines. We clearly see more and more cabinet makers transfer to nesting machines. Even with the traditional wood connectors more people tend to see the advantages of a nesting machine. Traditionally the wood connectors are designed from a functionality point-of-view. We have turned this proces around and started thinking from an efficiency perspective on a CNC nesting. The result is the FixChip.

Motivation

Everyone who wants to buy a new CNC machine should consider to choose for a nesting table. Before the FixChip the wood connector of choice would suggest the cups / beam machine is the most efficient option. This because there was no method to produce a technically and economically healthy wood connector for a nesting table.

Horizontal operations are not easily producable during the first CNC program on a nesting table. This is history with the arrival of the FixChip. The old problems enumerated; leaving too much space in between two boards, cutting recesses in boards in order to have a fragile drilling unit make the horizontal drillings, long production times, inefficiëncy, pollution on the table and leftover pieces are all tackled when using the FixChip wood connector.

The FixChip is a responsible connector made of recycled FSC high density fibreboard, or HDF. This is a big improvement towards the many environmentally taxing plastic connectors. The environment is important, which is also the reason why we produce energy nuetral. The power that we use for production is self-generated and now the gas line is completely shut off.

Aside from the advantages mentioned before, the FixChip allows you to produce with more spead, cleaner and economically efficiëntly. Without compromises in quality.

Some of the benefits at a glance

  • 100% accurate

  • No failure-sensitive aggregates

  • Lower investment in machine equipment

  • Higher efficiency from gross boards

  • Less pollution of the machine

  • Less leftovers on the machine

  • FSC recycled HDF

  • Produced energy neutral

FixChip compared to traditional joining methods

The dowel is still the most used connector for furniture.

What are the advantages and disadvantages relative to the FixChip

  • The dowel has a smaller glue surface, why more dowels have the be used per cabinet.

  • When a dowel is used, the CNC produces with three different operation units:
    1. formatting of the piece with the main spindle,
    2. horizonal drilling with a drilling unit,
    3. vertical drilling with a vertical drill spindle.

    Any deviation from the individual spindles is reflected in the end result. Adjusting and calibrating the machine is therefore often an expensive affair that must be carried out by the machine manufacturer.
    However, when a FixChip is used, all operations will be executed with the main spindle. In other words, even if there is a deviation in the machine, the FixChip always fits 100%.

  • Apart from the adjustment of the machine, drills always have deviations because they find their own way. The horizontal drills in particular always deviate. You do not have this problem with the FixChip either, because the operations for it are executed with stable tools.

  • If you look at the picture of the FixChip, you will see that the weft depth is limited, which means that you always have the ideal weft depth for both sides and that the adhesive is distributed optimally. With a dowel it may be that the dowel in the end face is too deep or too shallow, as a result of which the glue does not distribute in the counter side or that you cannot assemble the parts properly.

Steps by using the FixChip

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Recommended production method for FixChip

Traditional CNC machines

  • Saw parts with 4 mm excess

  • Format (main spindle)

  • End machining for fix chip (Groove cutter 35 × 6 on the main spindle)

  • other operations such as handle bars and hinge holes

  • Vertical notches (6 mm groove cutter on the main spindle)

CNC nesting machines

  • End grooves (Groove drill-mill 35 × 6 on the main spindle)

  • Nest out plates 0.4 oversize and leave 0.5 mm in depth (tension of the plates)

  • Vertical notches (6 mm groove cutter on the main spindle)

  • Other operations such as hinge holes, recesses for handle strips, etc.

  • Cut and mill parts to size

Tools required

  • Groove drill-cutter 35 × 6 mm (specially made for Fixchip)

    available in the webshop

  • Groeffrees 6 mm (diamant) body volhardmetaal.

Assembly with the FixChip

Large production numbers

  • For large production numbers, you can first glue the Fixchip on the end side (on the stack)

  • The assembly process is thus comparable to the dowel

  • The Fixchip has a facet all around

Assembly pieces production

  • Customers often choose to mount the Fixchip in the flat surface first

  • The rounding and facet of the Fixchip makes mounting on the flat surface very easy

  • The fit is also perfect because all operations are made with the main spindle

  • When pressed together, the parts slide over the curve exactly to the size