Friday, March 20, 2009

CNC Routers for small Carpenter Shops

Every new technology has a natural tendency to cater rich people first and then slowly look in to the needs of common folks!!!

CNC Router is there in market for long. But large number of people still thinks that it can be affordable by big companies only. So this technology is yet to reach the mass workers in wood industry, those who still largely depend up on manual skills and conventional tools and machineries.

Understanding the potential of CNC Router Machine in a normal carpenters daily work, M/s.LIPI Marketing Pvt Ltd (LIPI), introduced low cost and affordable machines to Indian Market. These machines are imported from CANADA and CHINA. The price of these machines ranging from 3 lakhs to 25 lakhs.

The use of computerized machineries for wood in India is in nascent stage. Even though there are few users, they have yet to take the full utilization of these machines. CNC Router usage has gained momentum in India for last two years.

There is a dozen of International Brands, other than Chinese and Indian Machines in the Indian Market. Most of the International Brands are of high quality, costly machines and therefore for the one who can invest high. But Chinese and Indian Machines are almost half and one third priced and so a small shop owner can easily afford.

We, LIPI, address the need of Small Carpenter Shops. CNC router is imperative for every carpenter shop. Especially where there is scarcity of skilled carpenters and where consistency and productivity is important.

There are many other advantages to Carpenter Shop having CNC Router. CNC Router has the capability for non-stop machining of identical jobs. There is very less manual supervision is required. So those operators can perform additional tasks. If skilled carpenters are not available, any one can get easily trained to perform the job in CNC Router. CNC Router gives job consistency and repeatability. The quality of work done on CNC Router is high and it improves productivity.

It is easy to work with design changes and to produce highly detailed and complex designs. CNC Router Reduces the waste of wood, frequency of errors during work and time to reach the finished product in the market. CNC Router can take the role of many basic carpentry shop machines like panel saw, spindle moulder, boring machine, tennon, and mortiser ,copy shaper etc.. It may be used to machine a part, requiring several operations such as cutting, grooving, carving, tennoning, mortising, boring, to plain surface etc…

CNC Router gives more flexibility in manufacturing process. Investing in CNC Router can serve general, specialized and multi purpose machining needs.

CNC Router can be used for different type of applications in wood itself, like, Door carving, Interior and exterior decoration, wood paneling, sign board, wooden frames, moulding, panels, and cabinet making, musical instruments, furniture manufacturing, gift items, wooden patterns etc...

Buyers of this machine are more concerned with Return of Investment (RoI), suitability and adaptability of this machine for them, because this may not be a tested technology in their known neighbour’s shop. Customer’s creativity and marketing ability is the limit of profitability and Machine supplier’s support is the foundation for success in CNC Router applications.

Giving support for CNC Router Machines is really challenging one, when the customers are mere carpenters and have no exposure to computer and can’t understand English.
As you know CNC Router is not just a Mechanical Machinery, it has electrical, electronic and computer systems. CNC router can be controlled directly by manual programming. But the full potential of the machine can be derived only if CNC Routers are controlled from files created by CAD/CAM software. So the user has to be trained not only machine operation but also CAD/CAM applications.

It is much known factor that the quality and features of high cost machine can’t match with that of low cost machine. But the customer has to end up his/her buying decision to his budget. We have specially looked in to each and every quality issues with our principals and supplying low priced machines for its best value.

Even though, its low priced we take special care on quality and complement with better support. So that there is hardly any down time and issues on quality, affect the machine performance. We have dedicated supporting team in two tiers, one group for R&D, demo, benchmarking, installation and training placed in our HQ at Chennai and another group located regional wise for regular preventive maintenance and repairs, if any.

LIPI runs a division solely for CNC Routers sales and support, a system you can hardly see any where in India. The young service engineers make this technology work for each and every carpenter, by hearing their concerns, working for them, training and supporting them in every moment.

CNC router may not be completely replacing the service of a skilled carpenter. But definitely can reduce his work load; enhance productivity, creativity and profitability.

There are high end CNC routers which are controlled by Robots and having Artificial Intelligence with many more features and advantages, other than mentioned above. But it’s beyond the reach of small carpenter shop owners for now.

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