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AXYZ Router Hits the Right Opera Note

AXYZ Router Hits the Right Opera Note

March, 2013

An AXYZ 4010 CNC router supplied by AXYZ International has been used by Cardiff Theatrical Services to build scenery, predominantly in wood, for the Welsh National Opera of which, for the past 30 years, it has been a subsidiary company. General Manager at Cardiff Theatrical Services, Darren Joyce commented: ‘Over this period, we have expanded in order to enable the company to provide a full scenery building facility not only for Welsh National Opera but also for other external commercial clients such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the BBC and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, to name but a few.’

Cardiff Theatrical Services operates from a 37,000 square feet production facility, employing 18 full-time staff but expanded as work levels dictate. Recently, it was necessary to increase the number of the workforce to 45 to accommodate the requirements of some high-profile scenery requirements, including those for shows currently running or about to open in London’s West End.

Central to the company’s success has been the purchase of the AXYZ 4010 router that is used to cut out components for scenery, involving everything from formers for boxes to complex shapes that are fixed to timber or steel frames. Darren Joyce added: ‘We chose the AXYZ 4010 router because it ticked all the boxes in our “must have” machining capabilities list and because it gave us the right level of production but at a price point with which we felt comfortable. The large 10 x five feet processing bed and seven-station Automatic Tool Change (ATC) facility provides many options in terms of what materials we can machine and what components we can manufacture using the router and the Delcam ArtCAM Insignia software running it.’

On the router’s performance since installation in December 2012, Darren Joyce commented: ‘We have become very reliant on the router during a relatively short period of service. During that time, the machine has run continually and has performed accurately and consistently. Minor issues on router bits were quickly resolved, following advice from other scenery builders and with the help of the AXYZ International technical team. Whilst no machine upgrades are planned for the present, I can foresee a time when we will need a larger five-axis router to handle the predicted work increase.’

The AXYZ 4010 is one of a family of AXYZ 4000 series of routers that are a preferred choice of the furniture production, industrial woodworking, joinery and panel processing industries. They include a choice of both standard and bespoke formats and incorporate a number of both standard and optional production tool enhancements. These include a much-enlarged multi-station ATC (Automatic Tool Change) facility and AVS (AXYZ Vision System) for optimum material alignment and more precise cutting. Other key features include the next-generation AXYZ A2MC machine controller and the new Smart Console incorporating context-sensitive menus for ease of operation and fast learning, extended Z-axis height and multiple spindle options (including quick-release tooling). The processing length of the routers can be configured to enable different production requirements to be met in increments of 600mm.

For information about the services provided by Cardiff Theatrical Services, or telephone 02920 634680.


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