KIMLA CNC ROUTERS CONTINUE TO PROVE POPULAR WITH FITTED KITCHEN AND BEDROOM MANUFACTURERS
Daltons Wadkin are pleased to report that sales of Kimla CNC routers are continuing to grow, largely due to increasing demand from furniture and joinery manufacturers. Alex Dalton of Daltons Wadkin, sole distributors for Kimla in the UK and Ireland, explains why the brand is proving so popular.
‘Kimla are unique in the market. They have approached the design and operation of their products from a very different stand point to the majority of other CNC manufacturers. This is immediately evident in the overall build quality, but can also be seen in the software and control system, ‘ comments Alex.
For the first five years of business Kimla was a software company innovating in new control systems to retro fit onto older CNC machines. This included designing not only the software architecture but also building their own PLCs and inverters. In order to exploit the full potential of their control system machine manufacturing soon followed.
Twenty five years on and Kimla have over 200 employees across three locations working on a production line of around 70 machines with, on average, one CNC machine produced every day. This includes CNC routers, waterjets and fibre laser machines.
‘I have visited the Kimla factory many times and each time I go they have expanded’, enthuses Alex. ‘Year on year they are seeing over a 25% growth rate. A key aspect driving this demand is the build quality and excellent value. Everything is done in house; precision frame welding, surface grinding, electronics including software, PLC and inverter manufacture and assembly. The result is an uncompromised, reliable CNC machine with all aspects designed to work seamlessly with each other’.
A substantial monolith frame is first welded and then precision machined prior to adding the guides and drives. The result is an overall machine accuracy of 0.002mm. The rigidity of the frame minimises any vibration and results in excellent cutting quality even at very high operating speeds.
Each Kimla machine is supplied with everything needed to start machining, ‘straight out of the box’. The simple but powerful CADCAM software allows users to draw components, create libraries of parts and then nest for optimal efficiency. ‘Of course many of our customers already have their own preferred design suites such at AlphaCAM, Cabinet Vision, AutoCAD etc. The Kimla software will also work seamlessly with third party design and CAM applications’, Alex explains.
Daltons Wadkin factory trained staff provide full operator training either at their Nottingham HQ site or at customers premises. They also provide remote assistance and telephone support for the life of the machine. Coupled with a dedicated tooling department Daltons Wadkin offer customers a comprehensive aftersales service to maximise their investment.