EQUIPMENT TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION
Our machines follow a reference plane electronically. Utilizing the strength of the item being machined for support, we are able to minimize the structural strength and weight of our equipment. This eliminates the need for self-supporting rigid portable machines that require considerable time and engineering effort to install.
Circular Machines 1.5m to 9m (5ft to 30ft) diameter (CSLM, LP-CSLM and V-CSLM):
Each of these machines consists of a milling head, mounted in a rigid box fitted with wheels and connected to a central pivot system point mounted on the fabrication being machined. A ground datum ring is mounted concentrically to the central pivot and set parallel to the desired machining plane by a variety of means, but typically by a clocking arm mounted on the central pivot.
A control circuit utilizes electronic followers that are mounted on the machine structure to register on the datum ring and control the wheel height such that the rigid box with milling cutter rotates parallel to the datum ring. The wheels will thus rise and fall to compensate for irregularities on the surface being machined.
Circular Machines 6m to 45m (20ft to 150ft) diameter (XL-CSLM):
Large diameters are machined using a scanning laser plane to replace the datum ring. The laser is mounted on the central pivot system and adjusted to scan parallel to the desired machining plane.
The machine operates in a similar manner to the smaller datum ring design. The datum ring followers are replaced by laser targets, which interface with the scanning laser plane and control the wheel height to maintain the milling cutter position to be parallel to the laser plane.