LIGNA 2019 Trendspots - No. 9
Visionary combustion control. Sugimat specializes in developing energy generation plants that run on biomass and unconventional fuels. Its Artificial Vision project is aimed at optimizing the performance of furnaces.29 May 2019
Visionary combustion control
Sugimat specializes in developing energy generation plants that run on biomass and unconventional fuels. Its Artificial Vision project is aimed at optimizing the performance of furnaces.
Sugimat, headquartered in Spain, has spent more than 40 years focusing on developing customized projects to meet all kinds of heat generation requirements. The company excels at designing, constructing and installing turnkey solutions using renewable energies. Its portfolio covers ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) systems for complete plants, thermal oil boilers, waste-to-energy plants and biomass-fired energy plants. Over the years, Sugimat has completed more than 3,000 installations in 28 countries in fields ranging from chemicals to solar thermal technology and biomass. At LIGNA 2019, the company is showcasing its pioneering Artificial Vision development project, which is on the brink of going to market and is ultimately designed to function as a self-management system for biomass furnaces.
The project builds on Sugimat’s mission to continuously channel state-of-the-art technologies into optimizing the combustion process in furnaces, which includes improving their response to varying energy and fuel demands. Artificial Vision represents a determined endeavor to spearhead a new, improved means of controlling combustion to fine-tune the performance of furnaces. The method also reduces the time generally required for monitoring plants and can be tailored to suit specific needs. The first Artificial Vision prototypes are already up and running successfully at the Garnica Plywood plants in France and Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom.
Sugimat (46930 Quart de Poblet, Spain), Hall 26, Stand F58/1
Contact: Alex Mas
Tel.: +34 96 1597230
Mobile: +34 660486830
The pinnacle of performance
Hundegger Maschinenbau, the developer of the first ever CNC joinery machine, is yet again leaping ahead of the game. The K2-Industry system it's unveiling at LIGNA 2019 in Hannover is designed to meet the very toughest industrial demands.
Joinery machines are the systems that pre-cut the timber carpenters use when building houses with block or timber-frame methods – and roof structures, too. The first ever mechanically driven system was developed by Weiss and Fezer back in 1963. It was some twenty years later that the first computer-controlled joinery machine called “P8” was launched on the market - developed and proudly presented by none other than Hans Hundegger Maschinenbau GmbH, based in the far south of Bavaria, Germany. Since then, Hundegger has become the world’s leading manufacturer of fully automated joinery machines, capturing a global market share of more than 90 percent. Its universal, flexible machines are now used in nearly all sectors of the timber construction industry - from glulam, contract and carpentry joining, log and prefabricated house construction, to producing playground equipment. Hundegger has chosen LIGNA 2019 to unveil its K2-Industry, which it describes as embodying industrial high-performance coupled with maximum availability.
Hundegger asserts that K2-Industry sets entirely new standards in performance, flexibility and availability when it comes to industrial joinery. To reach this goal, the company has developed an entirely new generation of machinery by rigorously ensuring every last detail and component is honed to continuously deliver peak performance in three-shift operation. Hundegger confidently claims that this quantum leap in performance redefines the state of the art in this technology. When it comes to industrial woodworking in particular, K2-Industry seems to leave single-spindle joinery machines and tool-changing systems standing, thanks to its groundbreaking design comprising multiple units - each one specially developed to perform a specific machining step with just the right tool. The machinery's ability to handle cross sections ranging from 20 x 50 millimeters to 300 x 450 millimeters (even larger, if required) in any lengths should also meet all industrial requirements with ease.
Hans Hundegger AG (87749 Hawangen, Germany), Hall 13, Stand C10
Contact: Dietmar Widmann
Tel.: +49 8332 9233-37
A completely new spin on prefab houses!
WEINMANN is investing in fully automated, networked, extendable modular production lines as the creme de la creme of prefabrication. With a view to optimizing automation yet one step further, the company aims to increase its use of robots.
As a major front runner in manufacturing high-performance machinery and systems for timber construction, WEINMANN leads the field in developing highly innovative, demand-based sector solutions. Its product portfolio covers cutting-edge, highly flexible machinery and systems for use in timber construction, including carpentry machines, multifunction bridges, assembly tables, framework stations and fully automated production lines. Not to mention the products used to handle materials in and around machine parks designed to smooth internal logistics. But WEINMANN is not the kind of company to rest on its laurels. In its quest to stay one step ahead, one aspect the company is raring to showcase during LIGNA 2019 is how robots can be used in timber construction.
WEINMANN is on a quest to increasingly interlink all the production line processes involved in the prefabrication of houses - from creating frameworks and panelization right through to finishing. It has its sights set on using robots to automate the entire material-handling stage and simplify processes. For example, WEINMANN is thinking of using robots to place the studs involved in manufacturing frameworks and optimize panel positioning. Once the panel materials have been placed on the main element in a fully automated process, a multifunction bridge will then attach and continue to work on them. The idea is to fully automate the entire process in future - right from feeding the unprocessed parts all the way through to loading the finished elements.
WEINMANN Holzbausystemtechnik GmbH (72813 St. Johan, Germany), Hall 13, Stand C26
Contact: Julia Weber
Tel.: +49 7122 82940
Sweden has so much more to offer than just meatballs...
In fact, the country is home to IPCO - the world's largest manufacturer of steel belts. As a long-standing supplier to the wood materials industry, the company is at LIGNA 2019 to demonstrate the benefits of its steel belt technology for digital presses.
IPCO is eager to impress with its steel belt technology for digital presses, aiming to optimize a whole range of digital printing applications such as printing on plastic cards. The Swedish company’s steel belts, which are available in thicknesses from 0.4 mm, are manufactured to exhibit minimum tolerances and engineered to ensure absolute flatness. Together with the outstanding rigidity that comes with a steel belt, these properties are designed to allow for precise and uniform positioning – thus ensuring maximum print accuracy - and achieve printing speeds that other belt technologies are unable to reach.
The steel belts from IPCO can be made in virtually any length and width to meet the specific requirements of a press. They can be supplied with a smooth surface, or with perforations so the customer can use a vacuum system and thus eliminate the risk of the print material moving on the belt. "This is a relatively new application for our steel belts, but one for which they are exceptionally well suited," says Cherryleen Garcia-Lindgren, Global Innovation Manager at IPCO, adding: "Stability, accuracy, easy cleaning and durability are all key here and we look forward to exploring the possibilities that exist across the entire digital printing sector."
IPCO Sweden AB (811 81 Sandviken, Sweden), Hall 26, Stand D58
Contact: Cherryleen Garcia-Lindgren
Tel.: +46 26 26 56 00
May the force be with them!
Second-semester timber engineering students from the Eastern Westphalia-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL) have been challenged to design and construct wooden towers for a competition on the Thursday of LIGNA 2019 that will rigorously test their stability.
Students have to pass this tower-building test as a compulsory part of their 2019 summer semester module in timber construction at the Eastern Westphalia-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The project requires the students, in pairs, to design and construct a model wooden tower that meets various specifications to bear the maximum load possible. The results will be presented by TH OWL at its timber engineering stand during LIGNA 2019, with the towers subjected to rigorous testing on Thursday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m.
The towers must have a footprint of at least 400 square centimeters, measure at least 100 centimeters in height, and be constructed from only wood, glue and a string. The individual pieces of wood, with cross sections of 5 x 5 and 5 x 10 millimeters, must be no longer than 60 centimeters, and the overall weight of the tower’s construction is limited to 333 grams. The students are presenting their projects at the TH OWL stand during LIGNA 2019. Each pair has five minutes to briefly summarize the structural concept of their tower and estimate the model’s maximum load bearing capacity. The towers will then be put to the test by applying a gradually increasing load in a controlled breaking test.
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe – Faculty 07 Production Engineering and Management (32657 Lemgo, Germany), Hall 11, Stand E68, Teaching and Research
Contact: Lena Heister
Tel.: +49 5261 702-5970
A good combination!
At LIGNA 2019, LEUCO is exhibiting its enhanced LEUCO DIAMAX airStream jointing cutter for machines equipped with the HSK 32R high-precision tool adapter. This combination is designed to ensure extremely precise sizing in standard machines for trade and industry.
LEUCO is a leading international supplier of end-to-end tool solutions and intelligent services for the wood processing industry. The company mainly develops carbide- and diamond-tipped circular saw blades, wood chippers, drills, bore- and shank-type tools, turning plates and clamping systems - in close consultation with this sector. LIGNA 2019 gives LEUCO a further opportunity to demonstrate its innovative prowess, the best example of which is the HSK 32R high-precision tool adapter it has developed in collaboration with HOLZ-HER.
The combined traction and locking function of these compact tool adapters is designed to ensure far better concentricity than conventional clamping using a double keyway. LEUCO has now succeeded in adapting the large jointing cutter to the slim interface of the HSK 32R. As a result, this technology is now available for the first time in a cost-effective version for machines normally used in the trade sector. The manufacturer is keen to point out that the cutter rolls the patented airStream features, the quality of LEUCO DIAMAX jointing cutters and the precision of HSK 32R clamping into one. The first machines with this unique combination are now being launched by LEUCO’s partner HOLZ-HER.
Ledermann GmbH & Co. KG (72160 Horb, Germany), Hall 15, Stand F34
Contact: Christine Brandl
Tel.: +49 7451 93-0
Hot off the press!
MSM Maschinenbau GmbH is at LIGNA 2019 to celebrate the debut of its new VMP PREMIUM vacuum press, which is set to wow visitors with its practical design and user-friendly control system.
MSM Maschinenbau GmbH has specialized in manufacturing vacuum presses for over 20 years. Since completely switching over to direct sales in 2017, the company is now keener than ever to continuously enhance the technology and user-friendliness of its tried-and-tested solutions, while also providing collaborative consulting services both during and after sales. The exceptional flexibility brought about by this transition has enabled the company to implement not only customer needs but also its own innovations more quickly and with less administrative outlay - resulting in a choice of special sizes and custom solutions, such as double-membrane presses.
There is no mistaking that MSM Maschinenbau GmbH is eager to set new standards, as its showcase at LIGNA 2019 makes very clear. One of the innovations on show is the company's new VMP PREMIUM, designed to bridge the gap between a straightforward membrane press and workplace organization. This ground-breaking vacuum press is fitted with three spacious drawers, making it the first to make optimum use of the space underneath the worktop. These drawers provide the perfect storage space for glue, inserts, clamps, adhesive tape and other utensils, ensuring they are readily available at all times. Another new feature is the pull-out shelf, which can be used to place not only glue rollers and tools, but also the plans used during preparations. What's more, there are even two power sockets and a compressed air supply integrated into the front of the machine alongside an additional vacuum connection, which could be used to operate a vacuum bag or vacuum suction cup. This means the press is equipped with everything the user could possibly need to prepare materials, machine workpieces and ensure a perfect finish. To carry out these tasks, operators can also use the stable cover panel, designed to turn the VMP PREMIUM into a mobile work table. It's not just the mechanical configuration that’s set to impress customers - the press has a lot to offer on the technical side, too. For example, it features a user-friendly PLC system with a clear touchscreen interface for controlling the vacuum pump, which is lubricated with circulating oil, boasts a suction volume of 40 cubic meters per hour and is equipped with a 250-liter vacuum tank. Last but not least, the press offers a wide variety of programs for users to choose from.
MSM Maschinenbau GmbH (97318 Kitzingen, Germany), Hall 12, Stand A57
Contact: Stefan Katzer
Tel.: +49 9321 927 87-26
Mobile: +49 151 400 19 823
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