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KEB drives and controllers used for special-purpose stone and slate cutting machines

30 June 2020

KEB Automation has supplied a variety of drives and control equipment to Machines & Controls Ltd for use on special-purpose cutting machines for stone tiles and roof slates.

KEB gave a complete solution from a single source and provided engineering support throughout the machine design and building process. 

Based in Shropshire, Machines & Controls Ltd is a small, privately-owned business that designs and manufactures special-purpose machines. Established in 2018, it specialises in the design and build of special-purpose machines, including robotics and associated controls. 

Alex Wilson, Managing Director at Machines & Controls Ltd, states, “In 2018, we received an order for a stone façade cutting machine. The machine is a 5-axis CNC sawing machine that cuts stone tiles and cladding for buildings. Around the same time, we also received an order from another customer for two special-purpose cutting machines for roof slates.”

Both types of machine required a range of drives and control equipment, so Alex Wilson conducted a thorough supplier evaluation process. “In the end, I chose KEB Automation, as they were able to provide all the drives, controllers, gear motors and HMIs from a single source and were willing to provide engineering support through the machine design and build phases, which you don’t always get from other suppliers,” says Wilson.

Read the full article in the July issue of DPA.

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