Paragon Kiln Factory Expands Production with a CNC Router
Paragon Industries, a kiln manufacturer in Mesquite, Texas, is expanding their factory. They are adding a 20,000-square-foot steel building behind the main factory and have installed a third CNC routing machine. The router cuts heating element grooves into firebrick lids and walls.
A third CNC (computer numerical control) router is improving kiln production time. “Many years ago we grooved the firebrick lids of glass kilns by hand,” said John S. Hohenshelt, president of Paragon. “Our three CNC routers cut grooves much faster than we imagined possible in those days. The grooves are consistent and accurate.”
Because Paragon’s automated routers are controlled by computers, changing lid or wall sizes is fast. The main setup is merely a few key presses on a computer. This helps the factory to produce short, just-in-time production kiln runs.