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Rangate Project Story - Westeck Windows and Doors - Chapter 2 | Engineer
This project featured a key engineering challenge to solve. Westeck applied aluminum cladding to scantlings before milling- this meant the tools Rangate designed would need to cut the aluminum as well as wood. Our engineering team was up to the task. The Zuani team worked with Biesse at every step in the Engineering phase, creating simulations and pre-tests to ensure the designs would be exactly what Westeck required.
Creating tools that can simply do the job is only the first step- where Rangate distinguishes itself is in the process of optimization. Optimization includes several factors:
- The overall number of tools. Aside from the obvious cost savings to the client created by fewer tools for the same work, there is finite space in the tool changer of every CNC machine.
- The path and process of each tool in the overall build process. This involves optimizing the path each cutting element takes around the workpiece. For example, a well-engineered tool might take a forward pass with one cutting element, and a backwards pass with another. Significant improvements in the processing time of each workpiece can be made through careful optimization.
- The weight and balance of each tool. Well-balanced tools will cut with better quality and finish that lessens or eliminates the need for sanding and touch-ups.
Rangate’s Application Specialist Bill Wickett was deeply involved in streamlining and improving the design of Westeck’s tools. During the Engineering phase, Bill met with the Westeck team at their facility for deep discussions on the tools and build process of the new window. Keeping Westeck in the loop and ensuring what was built aligned exactly with their needs and goals was the most part of engineering process. Based on their feedback and concerns, Rangate and Biesse were able to engineer a solution Westeck was confident would meet their long-term needs.