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From Cheddar to a former pub in Merseyside

A Liverpool sign-making company that prides itself on its environmental credentials has taken delivery of a new router, care of a company in Cheddar.

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The Tekcel EXR is available in a selection of sizes and can handle today’s sheet sizes easily and efficiently

Complete CNC Solutions is based on a small industrial estate in the village just a mile or so from the famous Gorge and caves, and supplies Tekcel CNC routers and digital cutters to the industry wherever they may be. One such recent customer is Benson Signs in Liverpool which took delivery of a Tekcel EXR CNC router designed for heavy duty work dealing with rigid materials like metals, aluminium composites, plastics, and wood.


Benson Signs began life in 1969 and has since grown and is now located in the northern docks area of Liverpool in a building that once housed tenements, an engineering works, and a pub. One or two pints may well have been pulled after the machine was installed in celebration as the Tekcel EXR is many miles removed from the UK’s earliest computerised router installed at Benson Signs in the 1980s.

Benson Signs describes itself as a well-equipped opinion leader and innovator since its founding


Benson Signs describes itself as a well-equipped opinion leader and innovator since its founding. The company says it was among the first sign companies to introduce line-following laser-profiling, supplementing, or replacing traditional technologies such as band-saws and pantographs. It was also home to have the UK’s first computerised routing system which took sign production beyond its dependency on templates and drawn input, and well and truly into the digital production age.


The company says about the router: “The Tekcel EXR is available in a selection of sizes and can handle today’s sheet sizes easily and efficiently. With 30mm recirculating ballscrews, it’s engineered to deliver exceptional cut quality without post-cutting manual intervention and is clean to operate. Complete CNC Solutions can supply Tekcel CNC routers and digital cutters with a range of safety measures including area and boundary guarding IR lasers making the system fully compliant with workplace standards.


“Production needs are handled on the EXR routing platforms by a 9kW spindle and automated tool-changing. Very effective vacuum material holding systems keep the workpiece securely anchored. In use, jobs that would otherwise require manual intervention can be completed in one operation involving multiple tool changes. Complete CNC Solutions also makes knife-cutting and print-cut registration systems available for the Tekcel EXR. A podium mounted touchscreen operator console greatly simplifies the system’s operation.”



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