Highlighting the concept of flexibility in woodworking assembly equipment, the new Stema Lockdowel CNC Insertion Machine will make its debut at the 2017 AWFS fair in Las Vegas from July 19-22.
VTM, the exclusive distributor for Italian manufacturer Stema and based in Las Vegas, will present a customized version of the machine.
“The beauty of this machine is that it offers the customer the flexibility to build a particular [configuration] to meet their needs rather than making them have to deal with a machine that other manufacturers offer just ‘as-is’ out of the box,” VTM president and CEO Ed Moran says.
“We can offer total custom machines from smaller production drilling and insertion to high speed automation lines. With Stema, we can manufacture machines into an entire work cell, whereas in cases with other manufacturers you need three to four separate machines. So your operator and your product never leaves that one working area. These are extremely strong, flexible machines. We also have the ability to drill and insert all types of fittings and fixtures from all manufacturers.”
The insertion machine features a solid base that can be expanded to create different working fields. It can be equipped with different machining groups, such as four to nine independent spindle heads that can work on the edges of the panel or main faces.
It also offers right- and left-rotating electro-spindles that can be mounted vertically, horizontally and at a specific angle, as well as groups for inserting fittings on request and on customer specifications like wooden dowels, metal pins and PVC accessories. It can simultaneously insert standard 20mm Lockdowel Eclips fasteners, as well as the new 5mm Eclips fasteners and 5mm spring pins.
The machine has a base price of about $60,000.
This article originally appeared in the July 2017 issue.