The New Standard in CNC Window Manufacturing

The CNC system Conturex has been setting standards in window manufacturing across the world for decades. Now Weinig has extended the model series with a compact machining center, The Conturex Artis. The Artis offers all the benefits of the Conturex’s successful technology, along with a compact footprint and attractive price.

With the fully automatic Conturex Window Center, Weinig introduced a revolutionary innovation to the market in 2005. With that introduction, shops across the world were able to produce high-quality windows with unprecedented flexibility.  The Conturex concept includes items such as single-part production, complete processing within one clamping process, set-up-free milling and tool splitting with all the associated advantages. The patented clamping system allows the tooling to be guided past the firmly clamped workpiece instead of vice versa.

Since the very first machine, Weinig has continuously worked to meet every customer requirement with an ever-expanding portfolio. The new Conturex Artis is another milestone that builds on this experience. “The ‘Conturex Artis’ is designed to be a flexible, high-performance machine for smaller companies as an answer to the consolidation process in the window market,” said Karlheinz Moldan, head of the product unit Windows. With this high-performance basic solution, Weinig aims to maintain and improve the competitiveness of its small shop customers in a rapidly changing manufacturing environment. With a capacity starting at 7 window units per shift, the Artis is positioned below the previous entry-level machine, the worldwide popular Conturex Compact.

While containing all the same technical features of the Conturex series, the Artis impresses with an open modular concept and a digital system capability that takes advantage of Weinig’s world-class technology. The Artis also highlights new clamping technology, the RePos Easy. This patent-pending re-clamping process enables variable part clamping and automatic movement of the workpieces in the machine. The workpieces remain clamped throughout the manufacturing process, thus achieving maximum precision and quality. For complex clamping situations, PowerGrip RePos Easy also enables clamping in the fold. The qualities of the new development prove to be particularly advantageous with narrow profiles, popular in new architectural window systems.

The Conturex Artis is equipped with a main spindle with 3-axles, but is also available with 4-axle technology on request. An indirect drive protects the 30 kW motor in critical situations. The standard machine is designed for lengths from 175 to 3,500 mm and can process workpieces up to 4,500 mm if required. With a mandrel length of 290 mm, the tool magazine offers sufficient capacity for extremely flexible and economical order processing. In the field of connectivity, the new machine presents itself at the level of Weinig technology, as it is used in large system solutions. This includes above all the Weinig CAM, a fully-fledged and easily programmable 3D CAD/CAM system for individual design. Also supplied is Weinig Sim, which allows the visualization of production data.

Standard interfaces for any common industry software or external CAD/CAM software, complete the Artis IT package. The principle of Weinig Industry 4.0 also applies to the new machine as it only requires a single data record for the operation of all desired components. As a result, the Conturex Artis can be easily integrated into the complete Weinig work-flow.