ArmorDeck™ vs. Aluminum Tables for CNC Routers | Inside the Machine

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A common discussion in the stone industry is what table type is best for a CNC router: ArmorDeck or Aluminum?

In the video below, Dale Schleppenbach (Sales Consultant) and Chris Leither (Mechanical Engineer) of Park Industries® compare the TITAN® CNC Router’s exclusive ArmorDeck Table to the standard Aluminum tables on other routers in the industry.

They take a close look at what ArmorDeck is, why it is used on TITANs, and the differences vs aluminum in durability, suction, and maintenance. Plus, watch them get carried away with chucking steel balls at each table type to see how they handle it!

Watch the Comparison


ArmorDeck is not just another table material; it’s a game-changer for CNC routers. Built to endure and withstand the rugged stone fabrication environment without maintenance or downtime, unlike aluminum tables used by other CNC router manufacturers.

ArmorDeck is an engineered polymer designed exclusively for Park Industries’ TITAN® CNC Routers. It offers 30% better suction power than aluminum tables, doesn’t oxidize or corrode, and is maintenance free. This means that your CNC Router will maintain consistent performance and reliability over time, with maximum uptime.

The first model TITAN CNC Routers, way back in the mid 2000s, also utilized an aluminum deck. After just a short period of time, customer feedback identified suction and maintenance issues with this style of table.

Park Industries introduced ArmorDeck as a superior work table surface for to offer fabricators. With 20+ years of proven use, no TITAN customer has ever needed to replace an ArmorDeck table and the suction/maintenance issues are no longer prevalent.

We know stuff happens in a stone shop – a piece of stone, tool or pod can easily drop onto your table. To help illustrate the difference between ArmorDeck and aluminum, we conducted a comparison test, where we threw steel balls at both table types to replicate something heavy dropping onto them unexpectedly. See how they each handled the impact.

The results?


ArmorDeck

No dents or damage on even the hardest throws. Continue production without any extra hassle.

Aluminum

Dents, damage, and lots of it on even light drops. Time to add more pods or re-plane your table.

ArmorDeck’s performance and durability is where it truly stands out. Unlike aluminum, which dents, corrodes, oxidizes, and requires frequent maintenance, ArmorDeck maintains its integrity and suction power year after year without any maintenance needs. Here’s how it performs in key areas:

Suction Power for Pod/Parts:
Over time, aluminum tables will dent and oxidize, which greatly reduces suction efficiency. With less suction, operators of CNC routers with aluminum tables will need a bigger vacuum pump motor, to add more pods, or spend more time cleaning the table up to ensure suction on aluminum table. This also risks parts shifting and less accurate polishing.

With ArmorDeck, you won’t have to worry about dents and rely on consistent suction performance throughout its lifespan. In fact, it has 30% better suction power than aluminum tables.

Table Maintenance Required:
Aluminum tables require tedious and frequent maintenance, most commonly in the form of re-planing the entire work table to remove dents. This consumes valuable run time and resources. In contrast, ArmorDeck requires virtually zero maintenance.

ArmorDeck isn’t just a table material — it’s a revolution in CNC technology Park Industries made 20 years ago. Say goodbye to dents, reduced suction, and constant maintenance. Choose the TITAN CNC Router and its ArmorDeck work table for unparalleled durability, reliability, and performance that stands the test of time.