WELCOME TO NORTHWOOD
AMERICAN MADE MACHINERY
Northwood has always chosen to build a machine based upon our customer’s application. We have never changed a customer’s application to fit our machine. From small specialized shops to large aerospace manufacturer, Northwood will design and deliver the right machine for you and your business.
NORTHWOOD UNDERSTANDS THE STONE COUNTERTOP INDUSTRY
At Northwood, we get it!
Northwood provides CNC equipment to automate the stone fabrication process. Northwood not only provides Northwood Stone Machine - Countertop Fabrication reliable equipment but also industry knowledge and experience on how to run an efficient all-digital stone shop. This includes utilizing equipment such as digital templating, online job scheduling and inventory systems, part nesting via hi-resolution photos to achieve grain matching, barcode technology for easy operation, simple graphical machine interface, easy-to-use CAD/CAM software to import directly from digital templates, and many other software solutions. This means that Northwood not only delivers machinery, but they deliver the results necessary to move fabricators forward.
CNC Machining Centers and SawJETs are used to produce countertops made of 2cm and 3cm granite, quartz, marble engineered stones, and other natural stones. Northwood has machinery to provide CNC high-torque SmartSaw with PowerTilt for mitered cuts/edges as well as high-pressure CNC waterjet equipment. In fact, the Northwood SawJET combines the two technologies and makes cutting any nest that is setup for yield or beautiful part matching an easy job. The Legendary Northwood 138 Extreme Duty Spindle (EDS) CNC Router is capable of performing edging, profiling, and machining of countertops using any available CNC cutting tool. The EDS router is also capable of extremely high-torque at very low RPMs making it the ONLY CNC Stone Router in the industry capable of preforming CNC texturing, brushing, honing, leathering, and polishing of different stones. For Northwood Stoneworks Technologies visit our Stoneworks CNC Machine Technologies or our SawJet CNC Technologies.
WHAT IS LEGACY ENGINEERING?
When you find the right solution, you stick with it. If a motion control is the very best, you should use it on everything you build.
We utilize the very best Technologies throughout our entire product line ranging from Aerospace to Stone machines.
WHY DOES NORTHWOOD USE FANUC CNC & SERVO MOTION CONTROLS?
Do your research!
Many machine companies in the stone industry don't choose the very best motion controls for one simple reason: COST!
Fanuc Motion Controls cost more, and they cost more for a reason. They are the industry leader in motion controls. When large aerospace, machining, or industrial companies need dependable accuracy, they specify Fanuc. They are the only control company offering a 25 year commitment to support their controls.
At Northwood we take pride in only using the very best components available to build our machines. These strategic choices have a long term ROI that benefits you. Years after you have paid for your machine, it will continue to reliably perform and make you money.
WHAT IS FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS?
The rapid advance of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) techniques and software have lead to a virtual revolution in companies that continue to invest in the latest in high-speed computers and computational software for analyzing parts and assemblies. One of the most important components of CAE that Northwood uses is Finite Element Analysis (FEA), a detailed mathematical computer simulation that enables engineers and designers to develop products more quickly and completely that traditional prototyping methods allowed. FEA makes it possible for specific machine components to be targeted for in-depth analysis to eliminate failure from fatigue rather than waiting for those components to begin failing (sometimes years into a product's lifecycle).
FEA tools also provide visual verification of both the element meshing (for integrated calculations) and for the locations of resulting data for large, complex structures or for small, single parts. In this process, geometries are broken down into elements, and each element is meshed, with each mesh connecting at points called nodes according to various model parameters and analysis type. The byproduct is an accurate simulation and prediction of various physical effects such as stress, strain, deformation, vibration, etc. This means that you can expect your Northwood machine to be rigid, quiet, strong, and long lasting. Combined with good result estimation practices and error checking, FEA is an invaluable tool for the modern manufacturer.
WHY USE PRECISION GROUND BALLSCREW & CAST IRON INTEGRATED DRIVE?
Precision Ground Ballscrew
The ballscrew systems that Northwood has chosen are proven to produce the needed accuracy long into the future. The ballscrews are driven directly through the FANUC servo motors using both turning nut and turning screw methods depending on the application. Northwood also protects the ballscrew with heavy-duty bellow systems to ensure reliability.
Cast Iron Integrated Drive
Northwood has developed an integrated cast-iron drive casting that houses the FANUC servo and the ground ballnut to allow for precision alignment of the servo and turning ball nut.
WHAT IS A PRECISION LINEAR GUIDE RAIL SYSTEM?
Linear Guide Rail System
When you choose a Northwood, you are choosing a machine with the very best components. Our stone machines use special corrosion resistant lineal guide rails from THK. They are the best money can buy.
Our commitment to top-tier technology insures your investment will keep performing for you long after your machine is paid for.
That is the Northwood Way.
WE USE THE HIGHEST QUALITY COMPONENTS
THE NORTHWOOD COUNTERBALANCE SYSTEM ENSURES LONG MACHINE LIFE
Northwood CNC machines are built to stand the test of time. One of the ways this is achieved is by using sophisticated counterbalance systems to take up the weight of the tool plate on the vertical axis.
The tool plate holds a ton of weight. Without the counterbalance system the servo motor must lift all of the weight. On a FabCenter, that includes the spindle and the saw motor which are attached to the main tooling plate. That is a some serious weight to move up and down.
Look around. Our competitors don't recommend oscillation of the tools, nor do they encourage 3D carving with their routers. There is a reason. They don't have a system to take the load off the tool plate.
Our machines are built the right way...The Northwood Way!
NORTHWOOD IS COMMITTED TO YOUR MACHINING WORKING AND MAKING MONEY
Uptime is critical to your success and profitability. We get that!
Rodney Garrett, the Vice President and a partner in the company, explains why Northwood maintainability is a core feature of every machine we build.
Our support team provides free phone technical support for every Northwood customer in the world.
Northwood is strategically located in Louisville KY. This is a major UPS shipping hub. We can usually get any part to you within 24 hours.
We know your machine needs to make you money every day. Our support system makes it happen.