Ottobeuren, January 2006. MARTIN presents T60, the premium compact class of sliding-table saws.
Medium-sized workshops in European countries are characterised by increasing specialisation and growing price and competition pressure. These factors necessitate precise cost calculations and performance-oriented production workflows. The T60 series from the premium manufacturer MARTIN establishes a new generation of sliding-table saws that is tailored to the needs and requirements of growth-oriented workshops with a strong focus on the future.
Across our product range, the term "compact class" stands for standardised solutions designed for efficiency, functionality, and performance. The traditional manufacturer MARTIN in Ottobeuren, Germany, incorporates these properties in its sliding-table saw T60, adding high quality standards, technical innovations, precision, durability, and reliability. The sliding-table saw T60 combines the benefits of compact-class products with the well known traditional premium features of MARTIN machines. With the T60, MARTIN establishes the first premium compact class of sliding-table saws.
"The T60 is more than a mere machine. The T60 is a concept," says Michael Mühldorfer, Marketing Manager at MARTIN GmbH & Co. KG. "A concept that combines a clearly defined performance profile, trail-blazing innovations, and an attractive price/performance ratio. This ensures a wide deployment spectrum and a high degree of utilisation at the companies, together with comparably low investment costs."
MARTIN offers the new sliding-table saw in three executions: T60 Basic, T60 Classic, and T60 PreXision. Starting with the T60, the manufacturer equips all MARTIN sliding-table saws with a control panel at eye level and a touchscreen control. "Thus, MARTIN is the first manufacturer in the industry to consistently implement the touchscreen technology," reports the Marketing Manager.
"The positioning of the control panel at eye level provides substantial advantages. Before and during processing, the user can continuously keep his eyes on and concentrate on his task. Thanks to the optimum visual and physical access, the adjustment of the machine for the individual work stages can be performed rapidly and without fatigue. This serves the smooth execution of the task and promotes work safety."
The work processes are selected on the pressure-sensitive control panel by means of intuitive function buttons and menu items. "In this way, you can adjust the cutting height and cutting angle within seconds," explains Mühldorfer. "Of course we have also integrated a calculator in the control unit." The scenario-specific menu structure guides the user step by step through the adjustment and operation of the machine. The respective work stages and control data are displayed graphically on the screen. "Thus, even less experienced users can always keep track of complex processes. Despite its diverse utilisation possibilities and program options, the T60 is easy to use and control," comments the marketing representative.
With the T60, MARTIN sets high quality standards. "For the production, we only use quality material and components," explains Michael Mühldorfer. More than 90 percent of the construction, assembly, quality control, packaging, and shipping work for the T60 is done by MARTIN in Ottobeuren. In view of this manufacturing depth, which is unusual in this industry, MARTIN machines truly deserve the quality label "Made in Germany." "All mechanical components of the sliding-table saw T60, such as the edging table, the cross-cut fence, and the rip fence, are of high quality and very durable," says Michael Mühldorfer. The sliding table is equipped with a replaceable table lip and stable, highlyribbed hollow-chamber profiles. Even with high workloads, the wear-free grooved ball-bearing guide ensures precise light-action operation and highest levels of angular precision over the entire cutting width. By default, the T60 is equipped with micro-adjustments for the stop elements of the cross-cut fence. "Experienced users appreciate this fine adjustment," adds Mühldorfer. "This is vital for highprecision cuts. Very often, the cutting measurements need to be modified minutely. This is virtually impossible without micro adjustment."
All machines of the T60 series can be equipped with an optional two-axis scoring unit. The scoring height and position of these systems can easily be adjusted while the machine is running, without losing any time.
The T60 Basic and Classic are compact multi-purpose machines whose saw blade can be tilted to the right from 0 to 46°; the T60 PreXision enables saw-blade tilting from 0 to 46° to the left AND to the right. Thus, the machine achieves a cutting-angle range of 92 degrees. Mühldorfer proudly comments: "This is a globally unique feature. A closer look at what first appears to be a mere doubling of the cutting-angle range unfolds an endless variety of possibile uses. Just think of the cutting of a simple dovetail joint. This used to be impossible or extremely difficult for a sliding-table saw. Not so for the innovative T60 PreXision! With this machine, even cuts of this kind can be performed easily." The quick change system "VLock" is another new feature allowing to replace the main saw blades in seconds. "A tool menu with up to ten stored saw blades makes the blade replacement even easier," adds Michael Mühldorfer.
By consistently employing industry standards in the T60, MARTIN puts an end to the age of proprietary solutions in the field of control and drive technology. Proprietary controls are individually manufactured solutions. These modules are explicitly designed for one machine type, one specific requirement profile, and the utilised hardware and software. It constitutes the communication interface between the individual component groups. If a component in the communication process changes, e.g. due to a new technical development, the adaptation of the proprietary controls to the new requirements is very limited, very costly, and very time-consuming. In contrast, standardised industry controls are homologously structured, inexpensive modules. These modules boast a vendor-independent design and can easily be integrated in a new environment. "So far, the industry solutions for the control and drive modules could not be deployed, as the price/performance ratio was not yet suitable," explains Michael Mühldorfer. "However, this has changed drastically in the recent past."
Today, a large industry sector is specialised in the new and further development of electronics components. The progress is comparable to that of the IT industry. The performance potential ofthe components is growing continuously, while the costs are plummeting. "Today, the prices and quality of these electronics components are very attractive. It would be a shame not to make this technology available to our customers," says Mühldorfer. "By using standardised, modifiable, and compatible electronics modules, we give our customers direct access to technical innovations in the market. This applies to all drive and control components. Components, hardware, and software can be replaced as needed," explains the marketing representative. "The customer is free to decide when and with which product he wants to participate in the technical progress. Due to its stable value, a T60 sliding-table saw is well prepared for today and for the future," reports Mühldorfer.
The future proofness of a machine also depends on the structure of its software environment. For its control software, MARTIN uses a powerful, vendor-independent programming system, thus ensuring that the sliding-table saw T60 remains future-proof and vendor-independent.
The drives of the sliding-table saws, such as those for the cutting height and cutting angle, are controlled by the CANopen bus system, which is also used in the automotive industry. CANopen is defined in the European standard EN 50325-4; its global distribution, high compatibility, and regular adaptation to common standards make the bus system - and the new MARTIN slidingtable saw - highly future-proof.