3 week Kafo install into a 2 minute video

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End of October 2019, TDT machine Tools are on their second Kafo machine installation of the month.

Since the last Kafo time-lapse video was published, we have been asked to show another machine in build in more detail.

Larkhill Engineering in Birmingham purchased a Kafo BMC-4122 earlier in the year for delivery October. Larkshills second facility is a large, light airy building giving us the perfect opportunity to position the camera to catch all the action.


The video starts with the machine base positioned to allow marking out of all the positions for drilling. You can then watch as the machine is moved in and out of position then the holes drilled. If you’re quick you will even see the guys stop for a well earned coffee break.

Kafo Sheltee Drilling Double Column

Columns are then positioned and fixed to the base, one of which has the electrical cabinet fitted.

Table cleared of additional items stored for shipping, then protective grease removed.

Toolchanger carousel craned into place

The delicate matter of the cross beam and spindle ram

Guarding around the crossbeam then allows the pendant and Heidenhain TNC640 control to be fitted.

Tool changer guarding then wire in the machines electrics, hydraulics and pneumatics.

At 50 seconds in (approximately 1 week), power is connected and the machine fired up.

Machine alignments and fine levelling

Then the jigsaw of guarding now need to be fitted on this fully enclosed machine.


Kafo BMC guarding

Fit and test the manual right angle head

Fit and test the 800mm rotary table

Hand the machine over for customer training


Kafo Double column training

Phil, Kim, Andy and Sheltee have done another amazing job of building this huge Meccano set into a fully operational double column machining centre in 3 weeks.

For more information on the Kafo range of double column machining centres call 01788 570411 or click Contact us