UK - At MiTek innovation has always been a key focus and 2007 continues this trend. The all-new MiTek ReVolution press puts Posi-Joist in a league of its own. MiTek has revolutionised Posi-Joist production with the fastest joist press available in the world today.
After several years of development MiTek has now successfully commissioned the first ReVolution high-speed Posi-Joist press in Europe. Frame UK Ltd, a major manufacturer of timber frame, trusses and Posi-Joist based in Redruth Cornwall, took delivery of the press in early May and has installed it in a 1500m2 facility dedicated to the production of Posi-Joist. The ReVolution press is capable of producing over 200m of joists in an hour, giving huge increases in efficiency over more conventional presses.
The ReVolution has a unique and patented vertical pressing station with CNC-controlled positioning of the Posi-Strut webs ensuring precise and accurate placement every time and eliminating lengthy setting up procedures. Taking the profile and web co-ordinates from the MiTek 20/20 software, the joist is indexed through the pressing station
using a servo-driven pusher. The MiTek Posi-Struts are then placed each side of the joist and held magnetically on the press platens that simultaneously press the webs in each side.
Bob Pepper, chairman of Frame UK, said: “We are thrilled with this machine. It now means we can include Posi-Joist in our entire timber frame offering and still increase our external work where the demand for this great product is growing.”
More exciting news for Posi-Joist users is the addition of the larger depth PS 14 and PS 16 Joists allowing a user to design for greater spans and heavier loads, meaning commercial applications can be catered for, broadening the market for Posi-Joist even further.
In addition to all of this, MiTek is also pleased to announce that it has completed the tests required for the European Technical Approval (ETA) for Posi-Joist. The results have now been circulated to all European member states for approval.