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JKL Machinery Brings Affordable Automation to Wood Manufacturing

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August 18, 2022 | Press Release

JKL Machinery is introducing game changing automation from Vitap. The Flow System is a unique automation system that can be added to the Vitap fleet of compact CNC workcenters like the K2 2.0 and the Acoustic series of machining centers.

The Flow System gives one the ability to process entire stacks of parts with the push of a button. It can be configured with two loading and two unloading stations, or it can be configured with four loading and four unloading stations. These stations can also be customized to load long parts or dedicated smaller parts. This type of configuration gives the operator the ability to batch orders which is a major benefit when your shop is processing custom orders.

Since the Flow System greatly eliminates the need for human intervention, throughput can be more precisely calculated. This enables the plant manager to schedule orders and achieve deadlines with greater confidence. The only human intervention needed is to push the stacks into the loading areas, load and start the programs, and unload the finished stacks. Aside from those tasks, the operator is free to walk away and attend to other needs.

There are also other benefits to the Flow System that make it a great choice for shops seeking automation. The Flow System can be combined with any of the stated Vitap cnc working centers for a combined cost of under $250,000. That price is a mere fraction of the cost of most automated cnc workstations on the market today. Additionally, the Flow system has a very compact footprint at a total length of 33’ and a total width of just 17’. This compact footprint makes it easy to place in almost any facility.

What does this mean for the small to medium shop? This means that the little guys can finally level the playing field with the big box shops! That’s right, the small guy can finally, dramatically increase their output without drastically changing their labor overhead. Fewer people with greater output equates to increased profitability! The small footprint also gives the smaller shop the ability to increase productivity without having to expand or move to a larger building. The ability to increase productivity without having to invest in additional space keeps these shops operating lean and agile.

What about the big guys? Large shops are flocking to the Flow System. Why? Because the Flow System gives the large shops the ability to take on custom jobs without disturbing the regular flow of their million-dollar automated lines. Even if the customization is as simple as a color change. The Flow System gives the agility that is often lost on the larger systems. Many of the larger shops are replacing their older cnc’s with multiple Flow Systems operated by just one person. Yes, in this labor challenged market, one person can operate multiple systems!

For more information about the Flow System or a demonstration stop by our booth #B6257 or visit our website www.jklmachinery.com.

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