The scanning module consists of a sensor finger combined with a high-resolution magnetic linear encoder. This sensor is able to measure all the relevant parameters of instrument playability: action, fretboard relief, fretboard contour, fret height, fret spacing as well as nut and saddle details. The Plek Station's software analyzes and displays all measurements numerically and as intuitive graphics.
For fret dressing, the Plek Station makes use of a specially manufactured carbide cutting wheel contoured to simultaneously cut the fret height and round the fret crown. Each fretcutter comes with 3 crown shapes and can last for between 50-500 guitars per shape. Since the Plek can dress stainless, EVO (copper alloy) and titanium wire, actual cutter life depends on fret hardness, fret height and width, and the amount of fret material to be removed.
The Plek Station's second cutting module is a High Frequency Motor Spindle (HFS) - a 5,000 - 50,000 rpm tool which is used for cutting nut string slots and saddle slots as well as for a range of further fea-tures such as fingerboard planing and fretboard slotting. The Plek software selects the appropriate bit from a menu of precision rotary bits (ball-end, shaft or cone type) which are supplied with the Plek Station.
The HFS can create a precisely calibrated nut slot for even the smallest string gauge. For wider slots the bit can cut in multiple stepped passes or be changed to a larger bit if preferred. All nut slot specs are fully a djustable in 3 dimensions. The nut spacing and style can be selecte d from a menu of spacing formats, break angles and splay angles as desired to reproduce any look and feel. The HFS can also trim an acoustic bridge saddle to exact height, automatically achieving the target action when re-strung.
New Plek Station Catalog!
Just in time for NAMM, our new Plek Station Catalog!
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