Anderson America has a new program in effect to ensure that all Anderson CNC routers manufactured this year and in the future will be fully aggregate ready and capable. The initiative is touted as a way users can “future proof” their machines in the event they want to have such advanced functionality down the road, according to the company.
Sales manager Tom Flowers says the upgrades will incur no added cost to any of the machines and are beneficial to customers because they enable them to easily and inexpensively add additional capabilities later on as they become necessary. It can be looked at like an inexpensive insurance policy or a spare tire that’s there in case you need it.
“This year, every single Anderson router across the board has free and standard aggregate capability. What that means is that the tool changer is ready to accept the aggregates. There’s enough room in it and it has heavier steel clips just to support the weight of the aggregate instead of the plastic clips that come out of the tool changer,” Flowers says.
He explains that the way an aggregate gets installed in an Anderson machine is with a torque arm. This arm serves as an adaptor that makes the part ready for operation. Most aggregate suppliers now stock the torque arms for the machine, he adds.
“So if a customer buys an Anderson machine not knowing what an aggregate is or would be used for, then decides a year later he wished he had aggregate capability, then all they need to do is put an Anderson torque arm on an off-the-shelf aggregate. Once it’s shipped to him he can be running aggregates tomorrow.”
The new standard aggregate capability also delivers a compressed air blast to the inside of the aggregate retention ring to ensure a clean, precise and reliable connection and transmission of power.
Most of the 2015 Anderson machines already have the aggregate capabilities. As for machines manufactured in prior years, most can be retrofitted for aggregate capabilities upon request, according to the company.
For information, visit www.andersonamerica.com.
This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue.