LIGNA 2019 Trendspots - No. 7
Renewed faith in sustainability! The Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut is bringing three exhibits from the mobility sector to LIGNA 2019 to demonstrate how innovative hybrid materials made from renewable raw materials can be put to use.17 May 2019
Renewed faith in sustainability!
The Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut is bringing three exhibits from the mobility sector to LIGNA 2019 to demonstrate how innovative hybrid materials made from renewable raw materials can be put to use.
Promoting sustainability based on the use of renewable raw materials has been a top priority for the Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI) - also known as the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research - for over 70 years. Based in Braunschweig, the institute conducts research into process engineering, natural-fiber composites, wood and emission protection, quality assurance for wood products, recycling procedures, material and product testing, and the utilization of organic building materials and wood in construction - all through the lens of sustainability. WKI is at LIGNA 2019 with a wide-ranging showcase, including innovative hybrid materials made from renewable raw resources for applications in the mobility sector.
The institute is exhibiting the rib cross-section of a sporty, 22-meter-long sailing catamaran on a scale of 1:2 to show visitors exactly how sustainably produced, CO2-storing materials can be used systematically in a lightweight structure designed for automated production. When compared to standard plywood designs, the hull’s stiff, lightweight sandwich structure reduces the amount of material used and with it the weight of the components, which are made of wood veneer, flax fibers, cork and vegetable-oil-based epoxy resin. As a result, only the hardener for the resin and a few auxiliary materials are derived from crude oil. The hull structure of the second exhibit – the hull cross-section of a small pedal boat with a pedelec drive - has to withstand much less stress and strain than the catamaran. This shifts the priority onto the use of particularly lightweight materials and low wall thicknesses. That is why two thin veneer layers, overlapping at 90° and with a total thickness of 1.6 mm, and a sandwich core made of recycled PET bottles are used for the outer surface layer, instead of industrially produced plywood. Meanwhile, the inner layer is made of flax-fiber laminate.
The third and final exhibit is an electric cargo bicycle that shows how aluminum can be replaced by renewable raw materials. As on the catamaran, structural components of the bicycle have been replaced with sustainably produced, CO2-storing materials. Unlike other bicycle frames made from renewable raw materials, this exhibit is compatible with a high level of production automation, thanks to its use of industrially manufactured plywood and assemblies that have been prefabricated in CNC processing machines.
Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research - Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (38108 Braunschweig, Germany), Hall 26, Stand B77
Contact: Anna Lissel
Tel.: +49 531 2155417
These brands are a staple part of the LIGNA lineup!
The Behrens Group, the European market leader in fastening technology, is showcasing its brands BeA, BeA Autotec and KMR at LIGNA 2019, inviting visitors to experience its highly automated, customer-specific solutions for production processes.
The Behrens Group is at LIGNA 2019 to exhibit its latest products and developments alongside tried-and-tested solutions in staple, nail, screw and hot-melt adhesive technology. Some of the highlights on show in Hannover include the new BeA 295 hot-melt applicator, the KMR 3477 stapler, both the KMR 3455 and KMR 3454 automatic staplers, the KMR 3201 mobile skater chassis and the KMR K162-6 oil-free compressor.
Hot-melt adhesive technology can be used in a variety of applications, including interior design, where it offers an alternative to visible mechanical fixings using staples, nails or screws. That's why BeA is showcasing a wide range of hot-melt applicators along with hot-melt and spray adhesives at LIGNA 2019. Also on show is an array of high-quality, polyamide-based melting materials that can be processed with the new BeA 295 hot-melt adhesive applicator and are said to be ideal for renovation work - particularly for repairing wooden surfaces and filling joints and knots.
KG staples are a very popular choice when it comes to fixing board materials in place in timber construction. That is why KMR is bringing a newly developed end-to-end system to LIGNA 2019 - featuring the KMR 3477 stapler (40 - 65 mm KG and G staples), both the automatic staplers KMR 3455 (25 - 50 mm KG staples) and KMR 3454 (40 - 65 mm KG staples), and the KMR 3201 mobile skater chassis. What's more, KMR is also expanding its compressor line to include the new K162-6 model, which sports a compact design and is oil free. Its light weight (10 kg) and diminutive dimensions make it perfect for any of the tasks in interior design, furniture design and trade fair construction that require staplers. Despite its small size, the compressor boasts an intake volume of 160 l/min and an output of 65 l/min, achieving a maximum pressure of 8 bars. Not only that, but the compressor’s motor is protected from overheating, while its suction-cup feet ensure it has a steady footing, even when exposed to vibration.
Joh. Friedrich Behrens AG (22926 Ahrensburg, Germany), Hall 13, Stand A14
Contact: Anja Pericat
Tel.: +49 4102 78-272
Solutions that stick
In addition to exhibiting its latest developments in adhesive technology and ground-breaking projects, including 3D printing applications, HENKEL is also at LIGNA 2019 to showcase innovative smart services as part of its digitization offensive.
Whether it's state-of-the-art technologies, innovative products, comprehensive services or staying one step ahead with development work - HENKEL is constantly striving to further expand its leading position as a sought-after innovation partner for adhesive systems. This long-established company is at LIGNA 2019, the leading event in the wood processing industry, to showcase a range of exhibits in three key areas to experts and decision-makers from the furniture industry. The first area concerns its latest developments in adhesive technology, the second centers on ground-breaking projects such as innovative 3D printing applications and the trade fair debut of the "Henkel Connect" project, and the third area covers the smart services that form part of the Henkel digitization offensive.
"Henkel Connect" is designed to enable process data generated during adhesive application to be transferred to a secure cloud system, where it is then processed in a structured manner and made accessible to the customer. The aim of this data communication is to provide customers with high-precision process control to ensure consistently high product quality. What's more, customers in the "Henkel Connect" network can easily and efficiently contact the company's Technical Customer Service (TCS) team for support.
HENKEL AG & Co. KGaA (73441 Bopfingen, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C21
Contact: Moritz Ultsch
Tel.: +49 7362 810
Leave it to the Dutch
HoSt B.V. from the Netherlands is at LIGNA 2019 to show how its fuel-flexible combined heat and power (CHP) plants can convert waste wood, biomass and other waste materials into electricity while minimizing the environmental impact.
HoSt was founded in 1991 as a joint venture between Holec Projects and Stork, two well-established energy system suppliers. A completely independent company for 20 years now, its activities focus entirely on the technological development of waste-to-energy systems for processing biomass and waste flows and on supplying systems for sustainable energy generation from biomass and waste. HoSt is bringing a wealth of experience to LIGNA 2019, not to mention the expertise of its more than 120 engineers who plan, construct and install state-of-the-art bioenergy systems. Its main aim is to use a current project to show the wood industry what it can do.
HoSt is currently installing a new-generation fuel-flexible CHP plant with a low environmental impact in an existing building on an industrial site in the Dutch municipality of Duiven. The plant has been developed to burn pulped paper and waste wood. Work started in November 2018 and is due to be completed by mid-2020. Initially, low-grade biomass will be incinerated, such as waste from a composting plant. However, going forward, the new plant is to be able to burn more types of biomass and waste so it can be operated without having to rely on high-grade and costly wood chips, which are in limited supply. As the plant is located close to a nature reserve, it has to meet very strict emission requirements. By using cutting-edge flue gas cleaning technology, nitrogen dioxide emissions are expected to be five times lower than the limit that applies in the Netherlands.
HoSt B.V. (7521 PS Enschede, Netherlands), Hall 25, Stand B59
Contact: Petra Speh
Tel.: +31 6 15 49 88 83
Blending ergonomics and cost-efficiency
BARTH GmbH, a specialist in innovative press technology and ergonomic workplace design, is at LIGNA 2019 with exhibits including a trade fair premiere of its highly customizable work and assembly tables.
Mechanical engineering company BARTH is committed to optimizing workflows in industrial-scale companies and smaller businesses alike. To meet the many and varied needs of its customers, BARTH develops tailor-made solutions with innovative technology, specializing in frame presses, bonding presses, vacuum presses, lifting tables and work tables. Throughout these activities, the company's focus is on ergonomics, cost-efficiency and customized production. BARTH attaches great importance to developing and manufacturing all products exclusively in Germany. The "Made in Germany" seal of quality is also a key theme of the company's stand at this year's LIGNA in Hannover. Its exhibits at the world's leading trade fair for the wood processing industry include its optimized work and assembly tables.
BARTH work tables can be integrated into workflows to suit the required applications. It makes no difference whether the work table is to be used as a mobile assembly table, ergonomic workplace, vacuum table or vacuum clamping table - BARTH always strives to offer a bespoke solution to optimize processes ergonomically and offer customers added benefits. Work table customization at BARTH is based on a whole range of configuration variants. For example, user-friendly height adjustment ensures an ergonomic working height in all situations. Optional vacuum clamping systems extend functionality even further, while vacuum suction cups of various sizes ensure workpieces stay fixed in the correct position. Using the perforated plate as a working surface also opens up a whole host of potential extra uses. For example, work tables can be transformed into a multifunctional assembly table.
BARTH GmbH (84550 Feichten, Germany), Hall 12, Stand B68
Contact: Markus May
Tel.: +49 8634 9827-10
Step aside and let SENNEBOGEN handle it!
Exhibiting on the trade fair's open-air site, SENNEBOGEN is at LIGNA 2019 to showcase the latest addition to its current E series - the versatile 735 timber handling machine, which is set to impress drivers and fleet managers alike.
SENNEBOGEN was founded in 1952 with the aim of developing and producing machines for the agricultural industry. Over the decades, the company has established itself as a leading supplier of high-quality, end-to-end solutions in crane technology and material handling thanks to its comprehensive product lines. SENNEBOGEN develops and manufactures complete model series for duty cycle, crawler, telescopic and port cranes alongside material handlers and base carriers. In addition to offering flexible product ranges, it also designs custom specialist machines in close collaboration with its customers. To usher in the next generation of mobile material handlers, SENNEBOGEN is showcasing the latest addition to its current E series, the 735, on the open-air site at LIGNA 2019.
According to SENNEBOGEN, this pick-and-carry machine boasts compact dimensions, a robust design and outstanding fuel consumption levels. The 735E is equipped with a diesel engine that meets the Tier 4f emissions standard and a newly designed, robust mobile undercarriage, and offers exceptionally low fuel consumption levels, meaning it's set to meet the requirements of drivers and fleet managers alike. As a material handling machine for the timber industry, the SENNEBOGEN 735E feels most at home in the saw mill and on log sorting lines - where the strengths of its pick-and-carry concept really come to the fore. Whether logs need to be removed from a point along the sorting line, or selections of timber need to be sorted and adjusted for further processing - this machine is well equipped to take on a wide range of tasks. The 735 is equipped with a powerful, 224-kW diesel engine and two-stage all-wheel drive, and exhibits an equipment length of 11.3 m. It is now available to end customers via SENNEBOGEN's network of sales partners.
SENNEBOGEN Maschinenfabrik GmbH (94315 Straubing, Germany), open-air site, Logistics - saw mills avenue, Stand L62
Contact: Florian Attenhauser
Tel.: +49 9421 540-354
Saw operators can give this solution a full high five!
Festool is returning to LIGNA 2019 to shine a spotlight on safety in wood processing both indoors and out. The undisputed highlight at the company's stand is the prototype of its latest bench-mounted circular saw equipped with SawStop technology.
For over 90 years, Festool has stood for tradition and innovation. As a manufacturer of system products for tradespeople, the company has been setting the highest standards for quite some time. Festool harnesses its expertise in industry and technology mainly to develop tools and machinery used by painters, cabinetmakers and varnishers. The company currently holds over 350 patents, which is a testament to its strength as an innovator. In fact, it has been breaking new ground in technology ever since it was founded as Fezer & Stoll in 1925 and launched the first portable chainsaw.
Staying true to its roots, the highlight of the Festool showcase at LIGNA 2019 is set to be yet another innovation in saw technology. The new bench-mounted circular saw complete with SawStop technology is designed to prevent operators from suffering serious cuts. Thanks to this groundbreaking system, the saw blade stops within five milliseconds after coming into contact with human skin, disappearing into the machine table and out of the hazard zone. In addition to this and other exciting highlights, the company is also showcasing its range of timber construction products this year in the Festool truck on the trade fair’s open-air site.
Festool GmbH (73240 Wendlingen, Germany), Hall 13, Stand A16 and open-air site, Stand S89
Contact: Silvia Pirro
Tel.: +49 7024 804-20679
A sharp focus on efficiency
Specially developed for the window construction industry and companies that process solid-wood, plastic or MDF boards, the latest innovation from the Leitz Group is a highly efficient, tooling system with cutting edges that can be resharpened and retain a consistent diameter and profile.
If there's one company that can rely on decades of tradition, there's no doubt it's the Leitz Group, founded in 1876. Over the years, it has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional tools for machining wood, wooden materials, plastic and composite materials. The Leitz product portfolio currently includes the entire range of machine-driven precision tools and is complemented by a comprehensive package of consulting and other services. Leitz is a genuine global player, with six production sites on three continents, sales companies and offices spread across 36 countries, a network of sales partners and 120 service stations with quick-production facilities - so it's only right for it to be exhibiting at this year's LIGNA, too. The Group, which specializes in developing and manufacturing window tooling systems, is at the trade fair to showcase some of its latest innovations in this field.
Specially developed for the window construction industry - but also for companies that process solid-wood, plastic or MDF boards - the ProfilCut Q Plus and ProfilCut Q Premium Plus tools feature cutting edges that can be resharpened and maintain a consistent diameter and profile. The motivation behind this new development was the high production costs associated with the use of disposable blades in profile tooling. Like all ProfilCut tools, the stand-out feature of this cutting-edge solution is said to be its high productivity. Indeed, large quantities of material can be machined quickly and cleanly thanks to the high speeds made possible by this new tooling system. Another advantage is the outstanding efficiency of this system, which significantly reduces set-up and changeover times thanks to its diameter accuracy after sharpening.
Leitz GmbH & Co. KG (73447 Oberkochen, Germany), Hall 15, Stand F16
Contact: Annekatrin Teschke
Tel.: +49 7364 950435
This machine is collecting dust - in a good way!
HOLZ-HER GmbH is at LIGNA 2019 to unveil its new horizontal pressure beam saw - the ZENTREX 6215 power. Its exceptional extraction power and laser positioning system that ensures accuracy down to the millimeter make it ideal for high cutting rates on single panels and stacks.
HOLZ-HER GmbH, part of the Weinig Group, specializes in the production and distribution of stationary processing machines for wooden materials. The company currently has a workforce of approximately 400 and is one of Germany’s leading manufacturers of woodworking machinery, focusing on edgebanding machines, vertical panel saws, horizontal pressure beam saws and CNC machining centers. HOLZ-HER is at LIGNA 2019 to showcase a whole range of large exhibits, some of which are making their trade fair debuts, including the ZENTREX 6215 pressure beam saw.
According to the manufacturer, the synergy between the clean protection and dust control functions (two-stage extraction management system) ensures the ZENTREX 6215 power offers maximum extraction power. The clean protection function is used when making dust cuts. During the cutting process, an intelligent, moving extraction unit behind the saw blade prevents chips and dust from being hurled out in an uncontrolled manner. This keeps the machine table clean even when machining extremely narrow dust cuts. Meanwhile, the dust control function uses a cutting position recognition system to optimize all extraction openings in the pressure beam. This ensures maximum extraction power is available directly at the saw blade at all times. Extraction openings that are not required are closed automatically, but can be activated manually via the control interface if necessary. To help users deal with panel sizes that, despite 3D onscreen simulation, are difficult to differentiate in terms of length or width, the ZENTREX 6215 power features a laser positioning system that ensures accuracy down to the millimeter. This means the days of remeasuring panels or positioning them incorrectly in the machine are set to become a thing of the past. Not only that, but this feature is also said to minimize incorrect cuts and wastage.
HOLZ-HER GmbH (72622 Nürtingen, Germany), Hall 27, Stand D66
Contact Philipp Schulte-Derne
Tel.: +49 7022 702-129
Taking a turn for the better thanks to a new innovation
After taking over the machine manufacturer WEMA in 2018, STEINERT is at LIGNA 2019 to unveil the WEMA Minimat 65 - a fully automated CNC lathe used for the series production of turned wooden parts.
Some regions are defined almost entirely by the products that are made in them. For instance, Bordeaux is known for its famous wines, the Black Forest for its ham (and cuckoo clocks!), while anyone partial to a nice cigar might think of Cuba. Known primarily as a mining region, the Erzgebirge, or Ore Mountains, also have another tradition that is deeply rooted in the minds of many Germans - and that's the local folk art. Most of the artwork is made of wood and mainly explores motifs closely related to mining and the lives of mining communities. Classic products range from miner figures, nutcrackers, and Christmas angels and pyramids to candle arches, turned wooden animal figures, incense smokers and music boxes. The region surrounding the village of Seiffen, also known as the "toy corner", is the epicenter of Ore Mountain folk art. In fact, several of its local manufacturers have joined "Dregeno", an association for lathe workers, sculptors, and woodware and toy makers. Of course, there are plenty of family-run businesses here, too - including STEINERT, which has been manufacturing turned wooden products for 90 years. STEINERT took over the machine manufacturer WEMA in 2018, acquiring a rich source of relevant specialist mechanical engineering expertise.
With this know-how at its disposal, STEINERT is at LIGNA 2019 to unveil the WEMA Minimat 65 CNC, a fully automated CNC lathe for the series production of turned wooden parts up to 65 mm in diameter. The lathe features two turning supports that are both CNC-controlled - just like its feed. It is also equipped with a pneumatically controlled drilling and parting support. The turning supports can be fitted with either profile blades or copying turning tools, meaning operators can work with the traditional arrangement of two profile blades facing each other. However, it is also possible to combine a copying turning tool with a profile blade or to use two - or, if necessary, three - different copying turning tools. This flexibility allows for a wide variety of workpiece geometries. Positioning the turning supports directly behind the steady rest ensures outstanding turning quality. Finally, the WEMA Minimat 65 CNC is extremely cost-effective, whether it's handling large or small batches. This means even individual pieces and samples can be produced quickly and economically.
steinert Maschinenbau (09526 Olbernhau, Germany), Hall 27, Stand F70/1
Contact: Martin Steinert
Tel.: +49 37360 669311
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