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CNC machines for nesting, furniture and door production

The AES group manufactures one of the most comprehensive ranges of flat bed CNC machines for nesting and shaping flat panels. From the entry level FLEXA which is ideal for sign makers, the NOVA for the busy bespoke manufacturer, the EXTREME for heavy duty nesting to the RAPTOR for the ultimate and efficient solution for heavy industry. All machines use Alphacam CAD/CAM software and have linear speeds starting from 70 m/min, future proofing the machines as tooling technology advances towards faster cutting speeds. Did you know that there is a nesting tool that can cut at 50 m/min? AES also manufactures a comprehensive range of pod and rail style machines for those looking to drill, shape and process components, along with the SIRIUS through feed drilling, grooving and routing machine. For the processing of internal and external doors, there is a machine with a horizontal routing head or there is even the 5 axis machine for added flexibility and endless possibilities.

J & C O’Meara Ltd Tel: 01704 893109 Unit 4, Falcon Place, Burscough, Lancashire L40 8RT


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Biesse’s SOPHIA and the robotic panel handling systems provides users with the all-in-one tool for improving efficiency. See pages 6-7 for full story.

CONTENTS 2............. News 5............. New Exhibitors At Elements 6-7......... Minimised Waiting Times Equals Improved Efficiency 8-9......... At Xylexpo SCM Launched Its New IoT Platform 10-11.... Combilift – 20 years Of Impressive Growth 12........... Weinig Achieves Excellent Results At Holz-Handwerk 14........... Hide And Stitch Moving Forward With Felder 16-17.... Homag – New Look, New Technology 18.......... Ostermann Put A Gloss On Furniture 24-25.... Homag – Your Solution For Entry Level Technology 26-27.... Weinig Grecon – Finger Joint Launch 28-29... Cabinet Vision Saves Time And Labour 30.......... “It Made Sense To Buy A Kündig Sander” 32-33... Invisible Joint Edgebanding Solutions From Homag 34-35... Success Flows With Homag’s Automated Solutions 36.......... Homag Shapes The Future In Edgebanding For SME’s 38.......... AXYZ Highlights Importance Of Correct Router Tool Selection


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ookstown based manufacturer, BA Components are thrilled to announce that they have been shortlisted once again for the Made in Northern Ireland Awards being held in Belfast in May. These awards showcase the high-quality manufacturing businesses in Northern Ireland that have demonstrated success in innovation, product development and growth in domestic or overseas markets. BA Components are one of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading kitchen, bedroom, bathroom doors and accessories manufacturers. With 7 brands in their portfolio, BA offer one of the widest ranges in the market today. BA have grown steadily to become a major player in the KBB industry by manufacturing over 55,000 doors a week and exporting to 30 countries worldwide. 2017 was truly a magnificent year for BA

Components, who announced a significant new investment from H2 Equity Partners, which will support BA's strategy of continued investment in their manufacturing sites and bringing new product ranges to the market. BA are also extremely proud to have scooped 7 business awards in 2017; a record number of awards for BA to win in the space of 12 months. This includes their success last year at the Made in Northern Ireland Awards, where they scooped Highly Commended in the Export Category. This year BA hope to succeed in not one but two categories, as they have been shortlisted for the Manufacturer of the Year (over ÂŁ25million) category and the Digital Engineering/Technology Award. Sales & Marketing Director at BA Components David Caulfield tells us â&#x20AC;&#x153;To

make the shortlist two years in a row is very exciting. At BA we never rest on our laurels and that clearly shows with our recent awards attendance. To make the shortlist in two categories this year for the prestigious Made In Northern Ireland Awards is very exciting." For further information: Tel: 028 8676 4600

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cquisition of Alphacam Distributor Strengthens Vero Software Footprint in Central Europe Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, has acquired sole ownership of Licom Systems GmbH, a German distributor of Alphacam CAM software for woodworking, metal and stone cutting. The company will operate within the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence division as part of Vero Software, makers of Alphacam and several other production software solutions. Based in Aachen, Germany, Licom Systems GmbH was founded as a joint venture in 1996 with the aim of developing


and marketing manufacturing support software. In 2011, the company holding shared ownership of the business became part of Vero Software, which was subsequently acquired by Hexagon in 2014. Licom Systems employs 11 people, who will continue to support the Alphacam product within a new business unit of Vero Software serving Germany and other German speaking regions of Europe. Licom Systems CEO Stephan Schneider will manage the new unit, maintaining the longstanding and successful working relationships with the wider Vero Software and Hexagon businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The acquisition of Licom Systems guarantees a bright future for the Alphacam business in this important


market,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Sivitter, CEO of Vero Software. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team in Aachen brings a wealth of software expertise and knowledge of the woodworking, metalworking and stone-cutting industries, and they have worked as part of the extended Vero Software team for a number of years. Bringing Licom Systems GmbH on board will ensure security and provide the basis of our long-term investment and business development strategy.â&#x20AC;? Licom Systems GmbH was fully consolidated as of 21 December 2017. The acquisition has no significant impact on the results of Hexagon.

Simple is more efficient All Kundig Sanders are simple to operate. A machine that is simple to operate means it is easy to use. If it is easy to use then it is user friendly. If it is user friendly anyone can use the machine correctly. If used correctly not only are the best results achieved, but using the machine correctly means less mistakes. Less mistakes means better efficiency. Better efficiency means higher productivity. Higher productivity means higher profit and as we all know time is money. Maybe this is why Kündig-sanders are beloved by those who work with them. Easy to use, they help reduce errors under stress. A Kündig always speaks the language of it’s user – whether it be English, German, French or even Russian.

Just contact Carl from Kündig UK He can tell you everything about those iconic Swiss Kündig sanders: T 0845 833 0565 E Unit 4, Falcon Place, Burscough, Lancs L40 8RT

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o further establish its position as the world leading supplier and developer of environmental technology solutions for the manufacturing sector, Nederman has expanded its UK team with two new appointments. Building upon its impressive performance in both product sales and the provision of technical solutions in 2017, Nederman has appointed a new Product and Solutions Sales Manager for Ireland and a Sales Manager for Solutions for the North of England. The two key appointments will strengthen the position of Nederman in key geographical areas whilst enhancing support for the existing network of customers and supply chain partners. Aiming to extend the already impressive foothold that Nederman has in Ireland, Clive Dalgliesh joins Nederman armed with decades of expertise in the HVAC, ATEX, vacuum, and dust and fume extraction sectors. This expertise is backed by a technically advanced career history that has seen Clive serve 20 years with the

Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s applications Navy as a weapons engineer experience will undoubtedly that proudly served in the prove a huge asset for both Falklands. Nederman and its customer Commenting upon his base as the global brand appointment, Clive says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m targets growth in the really excited about the flourishing manufacturing opportunity to work with a area. world leading brand like Alluding to the new Nederman. With such a diverse appointments, Mr Tony product range, Nederman is a Hopkins, Business Manager globally renowned brand in all Clive (left) and Graham manufacturing sectors. Ireland the new team members for Products at Nederman of Nederman says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are genuinely has a huge industrial diversity excited to have two vastly that ranges from the experienced engineers join our team. Both construction, medical and aerospace arrive with extensive knowledge, sectors through to quarries, animal feed understanding and confidence in our and mining sectors to name a few. brand, products and business goals. The Targeting all these market segments is new additions demonstrate Nedermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly an exciting challenge that I am commitment to delivering unparalleled relishing.â&#x20AC;? levels of customer excellence in both the Aiming to increase market share and Product and Solutions Divisions of our brand awareness in the North of England, business.â&#x20AC;? Nederman has appointed Graham Murray as the new Sales Manager for Solutions in Tel: 08452 743434 the area. A time served engineer with extensive expertise in project management, Email: design engineering and filtration systems;

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lum UK are once again expanding their UK warehouse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; nine years after building the 3,000 square metre automated warehouse in 2009. The new extension will add a further 2,000 stock locations, and will also increase the speed of picking, as there will now be two picking locations. The new facility is scheduled to be live by November 2018, and will continue to add to Blumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Experienceâ&#x20AC;? initiative which is to provide exemplary customer satisfaction. Think Blum. Think Differently. For further information: Tel: 01908 285700


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lum UK has appointed Matthew Glanfield as their new Technical Manager. It is quite a career change for Glanfield, who was previously a Sergeant with Bedfordshire and then Thames Valley Police. However he feels that his past experience sets him up nicely for his future role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have valuable experience and insight into customers, and how various industries work together.â&#x20AC;? Glanfield explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Blum, I saw an opportunity to change careers, which, while meaning I face new challenges, means I also get the satisfaction of helping develop the Technical Support team, and learning a whole new industry.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blum has a great ethos regarding staff training and care, which fully aligns to my own character. The opportunity to work with a small focused team really appealed as well.â&#x20AC;? For further information: Tel: 01908 285700





he countdown to the UK’s only dedicated furniture components exhibition, Elements, has begun and with only six months until the NEC opens its doors to the four-day event, a growing number of leading industry names from the UK and Europe have confirmed their attendance at the show. Taking place alongside the UK’s woodworking machinery and materials exhibition, the W Exhibition, from the 30 September to 3 October 2018, Elements will be presenting new and unique décors and edgings, surface trends, KBB components, hardware and materials to the KBB, furniture production and interior design markets. Visitors will be given an exclusive opportunity to see brand new products, technology and prototypes before anyone else, whilst also being offered an unmissable opportunity to talk to industry experts, product designers and trend influencers first hand. Live demonstrations and interactive tours will also be available throughout the day. The impressive line-up features returning companies alongside many first-time exhibitors. Leading components manufacturer Blum, décor specialists Alpi SpA, edging experts Karebant, Tece and Kalp as well as finishing professionals Remmers UK will all make their debut at the bi-annual event, whilst further brands – including Crofts & Assinder, Mundy Veneer, BA Components, Hranipex, Ostermann and Merenda - return to Elements after a successful 2016. Exhibiting at Elements for the first time this September, Dave Christie from Remmers UK says, “We have chosen Elements to promote our name to a wider range of potential customers and allow those who are unfamiliar with our company to learn more about us. Elements offers the ideal platform to achieve this and we’re excited to be taking part in the show.” Returning to the Elements exhibition after a successful show in 2016, Simon Mitchell, Managing Director of Hranipex UK says, “The UK is one of the leading countries in furniture manufacturing. This makes attending the Elements Exhibition important to us. There is nothing else like it in the UK so it gives us a great opportunity to present our full range of products including our brand new photo luminescent and perfumed edging.” Lisa Campagnola, Event Director adds, “After a successful launch in 2016, Elements has proven to be a worthy addition to the industry’s exhibition calendar and a missing link in the British furniture manufacturing sector. 80% of exhibitors rebooked their stand at the show and positive industry feedback has seen us confirm new names for 2018. This year, we’ve also experienced an increased number of international exhibitors taking part. We believe this continual support from Europe proves the demand for a dedicated components exhibition in the UK, whilst highlighting the ongoing commitment it has to the UK’s manufacturing sector. As a result of this, visitors can expect a greater number of brands and a wider range of products at this year’s event. We are excited to welcome so many new faces to Elements 2018 and we’re confident visitors will reap the rewards.” Elements and the W Exhibition will be taking place from the 30 September – 3 October 2018 at the NEC Birmingham.




For more information and to register for free: @W_Exhibition and @Elements_Expo on Twitter ‘The W Exhibition’ on Facebook.




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OPHIA and the robotic panel handling systems was in the spotlight on the Biesse stand at Xylexpo, the 26th biennial global trade fair for technologies for machining wood and furniture industry components, which took place in Milan from 8 to 12 May 2018. Biesse’s latest service platform, SOPHIA, provides users with the all in one tool for improving efficiency, as well as foreseeing future issues and preventing them from occurring. The platform has the ability to send realtime information and data on the technologies in use, optimising the performance and productivity of machines and systems. The data collected enables the production process and machine functions to be analysed in detail, detecting malfunctions, assisting customers in maintenance operations, ordering replacement parts in less time and ultimately preventing faults.

The speed with which SOPHIA is being adopted in the production sector is a strong indicator of the significant benefits that customers are enjoying first hand. The evolution of the platform and constant expansion of its functions, coupled with the

significant investment planned for the next few years, demonstrate Biesse's awareness of the current and future potential of this technology. SOPHIA represents Biesse’s desire to offer their customers constant optimisation of processes in real time, and reduction in the consumption of resources. Visitors to Xylexpo were able to take a closer look at how SOPHIA revolutionises production and simplifies the work of companies every day. But that's not all. The Biesse stand also provided all those present with a demonstration of the company's ability to transform production processes, courtesy of the high performance handling solutions it offers. “The results registered over these first few months demonstrate how the services we offer our customers help increase the operating time of a machine and promote a proactive approach by reducing diagnostic times by 80%,” states Stefano Calestani, the Group's new Service Innovation




of the platform and its key benefits. "Biesse's ability to create digital, automated and interconnected factories has become a reality. We have attended Xylexpo with the desire to communicate the results of our investments to the entire manufacturing sector, demonstrating the concrete advantages that our customers enjoy every day", declares Raphaël Prati, Director of Marketing and Communications for Biesse Group.

Director. “It may have only been on the market a short while but SOPHIA is improving the quality of relations with customers who have benefited from using the tool. It is a quick and decisive support, which minimises waiting times previously required to deal with problems, and responds with effective and immediate solutions. This is the substantial opportunity Sophia offers our customers" Calestani continues. The established success of Biesse in the design and production of systems and solutions is confirmed by the fact that the company has achieved the revenue objectives set out in the three-year plan a year ahead of schedule, with more than 100 projects competed in a single year. Though the spirit of innovation that characterises Biesse does not stop here, as they take a huge leap forward in the evolution of the robotic panel handling systems. At Xylexpo, 3 different integrated processes with 4 robots were on display, offering unrivalled levels of system customisation and flexibility, the two key requirements in the world of production today.

closer look at the technologies that interest them, with the help of highly specialised technical staff. Following on from Xylexpo, Biesse UK will be hosting Inside UK, an open house event held at their Technology Centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire, from the 10th to 12th of July. The event, showcasing various machine demonstrations, will celebrate Biesse’s 25 years within the UK as well as their expansion into new premises. The event will also mark the launch of SOPHIA in the UK with service experts giving advice and demonstrations

"We stand by the side of our customers during every phase of their daily work, disseminating the culture of the digital and automated factory across the world of manufacturing and explaining which levers can lead to extensive margins for growth, whilst providing excellent opportunities to enhance their businesses. This is why we plan to attend several key events throughout the year, to raise awareness of the opportunities we offer our customers. “ Biesse will be exhibiting at the W18 Show NEC, Birmingham, September 30th - October 3rd 2018. For further information: Tel: 01327 300366 Email:

A total of 30 functioning machines were exhibited within the 3500 square metres occupied by the Biesse stand, where visitors to Xylexpo were also able to take a




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rom an innovative, impressive stand of over 3,000 square metres, where as many as fifty machine models showcased the widest international range in the industry, the Italian giant presented "Maestro Digital Systems", the platform of digital tools created by SCM to dramatically streamline the daily work of operators by improving their performance, in line with the "Work simple. Work digital" concept underlying the whole SCM communication strategy at the show. Among these, the main focus was on the new IoT ("Internet of Things") platform, Maestro connect, in response to the latest Industry 4.0 requirements. SCM's major investment is one of the highlights of an extraordinary year for the Group, closer and closer to the target of 700 million turnover and with constantly growing staff numbers - currently at a headcount of over 3600 units operating both in Italy and their 20 overseas branches.

MAESTRO CONNECT: A NEW GENERATION OF 4.0 MACHINES Maestro connect is the innovative IoT platform based on the "Internet of Things" concept. "It is a system for collecting and analysing data retrieved from SCM machines to increasingly monitor and optimise production processes, enabling on one hand a full control of production performances by the customer and on the other hand a series of micro

services such as, for example, a timely and smart maintenance and an optimized spare parts management. Visitors to Xylexpo were able to find out all about the advantages offered by Maestro connect on some of the most popular numerical controlled SCM machining centres among solid wood and panel processing companies. These include accord 42 fx, the latest evolution of the accord range, which has raised considerable interest among door, window and stairs manufacturers, with its dual spindle, combined 3- and 5-axis independent head machining centre design. Also expected to be enhanced by the new IoT solutions by SCM is morbidelli m220, the new, exclusive milling and boring machining centre for furniture panels, whose distinctive feature is to operate two parallel, independent heads for the simultaneous boring of several panels, so as to allow for up to 70% savings off boring cycles. The machine is equipped with software to control the automatic arrangement of the panels to be processed and an optimising algorithm able to determine the fastest boring strategy. WORK SIMPLE. WORK DIGITAL Maestro connect joins the other solutions available from Maestro Digital Systems, the platform of digital products and services seamlessly integrated with the solid process technologies for SCM woodworking: the new,

Maestro Digital Systems

latest generation, multi-function, wide-screen and multi-touch operator panel (eye-M), the innovative remote assistance and maintenance system with augmented reality glasses (Maestro smartech), the powerful and versatile Maestro suite, a complete software system for all processing types and methods, as well as the Virtual Reality 3D Integrated Cell Simulation system (Maestro xplore). In the Digital Hub set up for Xylexpo, SCM also presented its latest software designs: the new and latest version of Maestro CNC software to be integrated in all machining centres including accord 42 fx and morbidelli m220. Among Maestro CNC innovations, the new tool-workpiece machining simulator, allowing to check processing details and to have direct visual control of the obtained result through animated 3D rendering - which makes it possible to check the accuracy of the tool path and correct any programming errors remotely from the designer office.

FULL SCM TECHNOLOGY FOR CUSTOMISED AND INTEGRATED PRODUCTION SCM’s technological innovations cover the entire range of industry solutions, from machining centres for panel boring to machining centres for the solid wood and timber construction industry, from edge banders and sizing edge banders to beam saws, from sanding to surface finishing, from assembly and packaging to pressing, from specific solutions for doors and windows to squaring-tenoning and profiling, automation and top-level automatic handling products, and last but not least, the widest and most sought-after collection of joinery machines for small-sized carpentry businesses. In the field of solid wood machining and technologies, SCM offers a selection of possible applications for the production of




windows, doors, stairs, chairs, design creations and furnishing accessories. The Accord range was prominently featured at the Milan show: accord 42 fx were joined by the highly flexible machining centre accord 50 fxm, for the processing of complex, largesized items and for multiple fields of use, and by accord wd, the integrated cell for door and window manufacturing offering the same operation flexibility as a stand-alone machine. The focus was also on superset nt 32, the moulding machine enabling endless applications, and the balestrini line of compact tenoning/mortising machines pico md3 and pico om for special joints, as well as on the 5 axis, high precision power machining centre, in line with the increasingly demanding and varied requirements of the woodworking industry. Among the new products at Xylexpo was the squaring machine p40 by celaschi, able to machine both solid wood and panels, and settable to machine joining grooves and JShape profiles and to perform straight or inclined machining. Among the panel machining centres, in addition to the most eagerly awaited new design at Xylexpo, morbidelli m220, the morbidelli p200 drilling, milling and edging machining centre which also stood out for its innovative edge-banding unit, which can process up to 80 mm thick panels, with its exclusive HE-POD suction cups making the most of the machining centre potential thanks to alternate workpiece lifting. Among SCM cutting options, gabbiani g 3/gt 3 165 is the latest addition to the already well known gabbiani g 3 / gt 3 series designed to meet all the needs of companies that need to machine medium to large batches in a continuously evolving market. Thanks to the Maestro cut software, the new operator interface has been designed according to "4.0 industry" principles and is now fully integrated in the "easy & responsive" production system. As for edge banding, SCM presented new devices starting from the olimpic range: its new range of Fastback panel return systems that increase production efficiency of the

stand-alone edge banding machine, up to 2030% with a single machine operator and an air-cushion bench positioned infeed which considerably helps the operator when processing panels of great dimensions. The olimpic k 560, the reference machine for small woodworking companies, increases its performances thanks to the possibility to machine solid wood edges up to 12 mm thickness making for greater versatility of use. Highlight of the SCM edgebanding machines is the new AirFusion+ device, which helps the hot-air/zero glue line application increase productivity by +10% and cut start-up times by 50%. Among the machines on display, which included the new HMI "eye-M" with 21.5" multitouch display featuring 3D preview of the machined panel, there is stefani xd, the most up-to-date application of the wealth of expertise acquired by SCM in the field of industrial edge-banding. Among its added values are the generation E spindles, designed to provide a solid balance between lightweight machining and new rigidity standards. Important innovations also for surface finishing techniques. At Xylexpo, SCM introduced an integrated offering including a vast range of technologies for sanding, pressing and finishing with an aim to supplying allencompassing solutions and services to satisfy all processing needs for all product types. The showcased sanding solutions were also of great interest for the furniture industry and contractors who need solutions suitable for intensive use and able to ensure striking and highly customisable results: from dmc system t4, able to achieve, thanks to its internal crossbelt unit and planetary unit, excellent finishes on both unpainted and painted panels, to dmc system t5 equipped with two carver units and a saw cutting unit, particularly suitable for obtaining effects such as carving, band saw cutting or structured effects. SCM strengthened its role as a pressing segment player with an even wider range of solutions, able to respond to all market requirements. In addition to the manual sergiani gs and automatic sergiani ga-a hot

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processing presses, designed to meet a variety of customer needs, particularly in the field of panel and door machining. The SCM range is completed by the surface finishing solutions: from Maestro, anthropomorphic robot for the quality paint finishing of doors and windows, to the Magnum sprayer, with its integrated userfriendly, intuitive software able to manage parameters, functions, diagnostics and recipes. Last but not least, the evergreen joinery machines, world-leading top class designs combining unique performance and continuous innovation. These features are confirmed by the complete range of solutions displayed at the fair, and most remarkably, by "L'invincibile" range with its upgraded design and technological features, an absolute market benchmark in terms of precision, reliability and safety. The dual tilt introduced in the circular saws si x of the L'invincibile range is now extended to the smaller "minimax" version with the introduction of the minimax si x model with +/-46° tilting blade and programmable motor-driven movement. At Xylexpo, the focus was on the combined edge rounder-trimmer unit for edge-banding machines - the ideal one-stop machine for facing and trimming the front and rear ends of panels and at the same time, rounding the front and back edges. The new VF extractors are innovative technology, clean air filters that complete the widest range of woodworking machinery on the market. Low-noise and efficient, they are ideal for any work environment. For further information: Tel: 0115 9770044




&D8(C=C2@F FFE?A>FD2 38,AE>>C#EF'AD-@< Comblilift invited PJP with other members of the press, customers and dealerships to witness the opening of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new facility and to celebrate 20 years of production.


ombilift celebrates twenty years of production by opening a 50 million Euro facility spanning 46,500 square metres (500,000 square feet) situated in Monaghan, Ireland. Set on a 100-acre site with room for future expansion when required, it is one of the largest manufacturing operations in the Republic of Ireland. Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and long load handling solutions. Established in 1998, Combilift have sold more than 38,000 units in over 85 countries with an annual turnover of 250 million Euros and they invest 7% of revenue in research and development allowing them to find cost effective solutions to the ever-changing demands of lifting and handling industries. Established by Martin McVicar, Managing Director, and Robert Moffett, Technical Director, Combilift is a privately held and fully

capitalized company. The company developed the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first multidirectional all-wheel drive IC engine powered forklift and produced 18 units in the first year of production of which 17 were exported. Today they produce over 40,000 units in over 85 countries, exporting 98% of their products through their 250 strong international dealership network. They have a workforce of 550 and with further production will soon be recruiting additional staff members. Between 2008 and 2018 Combilift diversified its product range by developing a number of innovative space saving warehouse and heavy load handling production; the Aisle Master articulated truck and the Straddle Carrier (Combi-SC) respectively. At the beginning of their Combilift experience, customers are given a complimentary floor plan designed by one of their engineers, taking in the existing footprint and demonstrating exactly how Combilift will work within it to deliver maximum storage and efficiency.

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Pedestrian products were introduced in to the range in the last 5 years, enabling the company to gain a foothold in this growing market. The Combi-WR, Combi-WR4 and the Combi-CS all incorporate Combilift’s unique patented multi-positional tiller arm technology. With the intention of significantly expanding this range they have launched the high lift capacity Combilift Powered Pallet Truck (Combilift HC-PPT).

The Straddle Carrier for heavy loads

Martin McVicar attributes the company’s impressive growth and its status as an acknowledged world leader in the materialhandling sector, to mass customization. “Combilift has set a benchmark for the mass production of customized innovative products. Customisation is the new frontier for both the customer and manufacturer as customers are increasingly expecting products to be tailored to their requirements.

Martin McVicar, Managing Director, Combilift, Agnieszka Kepka, Robin Barnett CMG, British Ambassador to Ireland, Robert Moffett, Technical Director, Combilift & Ernie Hollister Managing Editor of PJP

We listen and take feedback on board from our customers and dealers to identify solutions that best match their individual, specific needs.” More than 50 truckloads of finished products are dispatched from the factory each week and spares are shipped across the world to the dealer network. The new facility can currently produce 110 customised vehicles each week, although Combilift hopes to increase this to 140 vehicles weekly by the end of the year. The new factory incorporates the latest manufacturing processes with a focus on sustainability enabling Combilift to double its output in a single shift across all the production lines. Four 90 metre moving assembly lines produce a finished truck every 15 minutes. There are 60 welding bays, two plasma cutting machines, three paint lines (which use sustainable waterbased paints) and three automatic shot blasters to cater for different sized products. 12,000 pallet locations ensure ample storage space for parts and components. The facility also includes a 50-seat cinema training room, 5,000 square metres of office space and dedicated Research & Development and Testing Centre. For further information: Tel: 00353 4780500 Email:

The official opening




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he Weinig Group presented itself in Nuremberg with its two brands Weinig and Holz-Her on an area of 2,000 m2. The event was extremely successful for the market leader in solid wood and panel processing. A total of 107 machines and systems were sold across the group. Ambitious order inflow targets were met. The core competencies pro-filing and window production played a major role in this success. “We are very satisfied and see our market strategy THINK WEINIG confirmed,” summarized Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Gregor Baumbusch. The trump cards were above all the individual machine solutions carefully tailored to individual customer requirements and the complete range of products along the entire value chain. All technologies are designed for maximum customer benefit.

networked production. Weinig had set up two focus stations, where moderated presentations were held. One of the two well-attended demonstrations informed customers about the W4.0 digital standard, in which more and more Weinig products can be integrated. The test station of the Weinig App Suite, the “digital window to the machine park”, was often surrounded by many visitors. In this presentation, Weinig convincingly demonstrated how efficient the synergy with the Siemens cloud solution MindSphere already is. In the “Virtual Reality Corner” visitors to the stand had the opportunity to look inside a high-performance window production line using 3D glasses. Cutting-edge technology, integrated production as part of the Weinig Solid Work Flow and the trend-setting standard Weinig W 4.0 digital merged into a spectacular experience.

The Weinig Group presented a total of 35 exhibits. The focus was on digitization and

Weinig manages the business unit panel processing under the Holz-Her brand. At this

part of the exhibition stand, the live demonstration of Nextec technology, which was shown for the first time in Nuremberg, was the biggest visitor magnet. The CNC production of custom-made furniture in only three steps fascinated the audience again and again. The Weinig Group was able to welcome customers and interested parties from 51 countries during the four days of the HolzHandwerk trade fair. The increasing fusion of trade and industry was clearly noticeable. Technologies such as the successful Weinig CNC centre Conturex for window manufacturers are representative of this development. For further information: Tel: 01235 557600 Email:

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n 2004, Managing Director, David Motley was running his company from his garage at home when he decided to visit FELDER’s In House Exhibition with a view to purchasing a Horizontal Mortiser, David commented “ I went to purchase a FELDER FD 250 Horizontal Mortiser and whilst I was there I saw all the other machines and decided to buy a

more room for error, when you have a digital read out on the outrigger and rip fence its brilliant. When you are doing really accurate work like mitre work it has to be perfect or you are going to get a gap, so I would recommend upgrading to anyone. Within a month you will realise it is the right choice and it saves so much time, which is your biggest asset within your business, if you can save a minute here or 10 minutes there, over the course of a year that’s a lot of money.” Speaking about experience of FELDER he said “I’ve not had a problem

FELDER CF 731 Combination Machine, which was great when we started out.” going on to say “As my company developed, the way we decided to move forward was to get a bigger unit and buy separate machines, so we bought the premises we are in today and upgraded to separate FORMAT-4 machines.” Since then David has gone on to purchase 10 machines from the FELDER GROUP including a FORMAT-4 kappa 550 e-motion Panel Saw. Recommending some of the features David added to his saw he said, “When you are working with manuallyindexed woodworking machines there is



with one machine, I will buy a machine from FELDER because I want the machine. Even though there isn’t anything I need, I still have a look to see what I can buy. The only reason I change machines is because I like to have a new model, it’s not down to the fact a machine wears out and they have such an amazing residual value as well. If you invest well at the start you will get your money out at the end.” See how a range of machines from Felder can benefit your workshop. For more information: Tel: 01908 635 000 Watch the full testimonial on YouTube at FELDER GROUP UK TV.

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5C8DBF%ADD>F6?=>F4(D;@ *D8?7FF E-F6E9<BD=D7) Simon Brooks settled in as Managing Director of Homag UK in January 2018, having been Sales Director for some time, it seemed a natural progression. Prior to his move to Homag he worked within the woodworking sector and gained a wealth of knowledge about the manufacturing side of the industry. Homag have recently re-branded and introduced their machinery and livery at HolzHandwerk in Nuremberg earlier this year, Xylexpo in May and the UK launch will be at W18 in Birmingham in September. Ernie Hollister talks to Simon regarding Homag and the future. EH: What would you say the biggest difference is now from when you first started at Homag? SB: I’ve been 18 years at Homag and even when I first started they were far and away more advanced than others in the industry even when I was a client of theirs the company I used to work for was involved in purchasing machinery and Homag were always top of the tree. Probably the biggest advances are in IT technology which are now so fast paced things change almost on a daily basis. What Homag is absolutely brilliant at is investing a large proportion of their funding into R&D. The company never wants to stop progressing in terms of technological advances whether they’re mechanical, software or IT. Homag recognize that software is, in some ways, more important than the machinery nowadays. EH: As you said software is so very important for manufacturing; your software is woodWOP isn’t it? SB: We’ve got quite a few different ones to be honest, WoodWOP is integral to all the CNC machines and it’s so user friendly, reliable, flexible and powerful most people find they don't need to go out and get third party software because they can do so much with the standard supplied WoodWOP. That’s


brilliant for us and brilliant for the customer more importantly. We’ve also got a bolt on to WoodWOP called WoodCAD/CAM which is good for 5-axis programming. In years gone by we, and most of the competition, had to provide a third party offer such as an Alphacam package in order to access the 5-axis capability. Now we have a process where we can plug in CAD/CAM for WoodWOP which provides high end 5-axis capability with a Homag plug-in so there is no need for the client to outsource or pair two systems together so that’s a great advantage for our customers. It’s brilliant that there is the capability to be able to programme intricate components from the office – some of the things we do in the showroom are incredible and the customers are doing the same. It’s from screen to machine if you like – it’s sent down to the CNC machine and within minutes you’re producing something that’s really quite intricate. Years ago that would have required extremely intricate programming or, going back even further in time, so yes technology advances have made complex production very easy to cope with. Over the years the Homag Group has produced something that’s comparable with the Formula One scenario where there are companies who produce top of the range cars capable of flying around race tracks at hundreds of miles an hour and that same


technology goes through the range of car manufacturing - Homag are the same really in the R&D area, they’re creating these incredible systems and lines and machines that will filter through the whole range, You get the volume mass produced equipment through to the medium range and so on which means the technology can be shared making it much more affordable for small to medium sized companies than in the past. There were very few 5-axis machines sold ten years ago for example whereas now most, or at least a large proportion, of CNC’s that go out are 5-axis so it’s better for the customer because they’ve got more flexibility and more future proofing of his production. Homag produce a vast amount of machinery, they no longer just do panel production but have something for everyone really. Everything from panel production, joinery even timber framed housing. We are involved in the erection of properties now we have the equipment – well we have from Weimann – that produce the timber framed buildings right from the start of the building process. It is an important addition to the Homag portfolio and means that from the start of the building process we can use our software to design the products in the factory, we can store the wood, handle all material from stock and from there manage the board conversion all the way through to packaging and dispatch. It’s fantastic that the Homag group have such a large portfolio; it’s great for the customer to have a one stop supplier whose machines are


EH: Are sales looking better than previous years?

integrated to talk to each other with software which controls the whole plan therefore making it much easier for the production guys on their sites to be able to obtain greater efficiency; that’s really that's what its all about. EH: I suppose it’s probably the small to middle range companies you want to get to know as you know all the big boys already. SB: Definitely, we’ve already got some small and middle range customers businesses – 1 man,2 man, 5 man – that are using good quality reliable machinery at an entry level like the BHX50s and the Ambition 1100 edgebanders for example and the software is as important to them as it is to the larger manufacturers. Efficiency gains mean that they move up the ladder and take on the next technology and off they go, it’s great to have that ability to service the whole market from entry level to top end industrial customers EH: You’re introducing new machinery – moulders, spraying and finishing production. Quite new for Homag SB: Yes, it’s great to have another string to our bow. For the joinery manufacturers we’ve got CNC and sanding machines but to be able to convert the raw materials to a component at the start of the process is brilliant and then to take it through from the production plans to finishing and finally the coating facilities is a great benefit for our customers. It’s an integrated production line, which is a bonus. Yes, whether it's for joinery or panel the same principle – a complete production line . EH: When Homag changed from panels to include joinery the magazines also knew they needed to change too we did following the trend of marketplace lead by Homag, your change was important to us.

SB: The last 4-5 years have been great. Sales throughout the group have increased significantly and last years sales figures were £1.3 billion. It’s good times and in the UK, although I can’t reveal exact figures, the first quarter results have been really positive. The market seems to be very buoyant with the housing market driving a lot of the demand. The government I believe has got behind the target for new builds and that means builders are able to look at alternative methods of building and timber framing is a really good investment. With every new property that goes up everybody wants wooden doors, windows, kitchens, bedrooms, stairs, the lot - so the whole market is very, very strong and this seems to be across the whole spectrum. Whatever strand of business our customers are in they are reporting good times and full order books so, you know, the UK market at the moment seems fantastic. EH: Homag is one of the largest manufacturers in the world. What do you think Brexit will mean to Homag. SB: Brexit is the biggest question mark we have at the moment to be honest with you. Obviously Homag deal with all countries of the world so it’s unlikely Brexit will affect the mechanism of how Homag work but we, like everyone else, don’t really understand how it is going to affect us here in the UK so I can’t really give you an answer. EH: What level has Homag reached with Industry 4.0 Intelligent System? SB: The industry 4.0 was launched at Ligna last year – our system is the Homag Tapio platform. Previously the industry platform had no real substance so Homag have worked with an external company which has created a platform for customers, end users and suppliers who can all be part of it to share information and business. It’s already live, we’re using it now with customers in Europe and we’re talking to customers in the UK to integrate it into their production plans. It is a really intelligent system that allows customers to plan for the future. It creates more

productivity with predictions of machinery uptime and down-time and it’s a kind of prediction maintenance which means that the systems can advise the maintenance department of a business that, for example, in three weeks time a part is going to need replacing. The tooling is a very important part of it. The tooling companies would be linked to the system of our customers and it will look at the service life of each tool and this is where technology is going really, it means the system notifies the tooling company that they need to supply a part in a given number of weeks time or that it needs to replenish supplies for the routers for example so it’s using real time data from actual production plants to feed out to all of the parties and there’s much less manual work required in stock management as it’s all automated. There are lots of reasons why we developed this system and we are always looking at ways to improve it. In Germany for example Homag is looking at how, in a very data stable and safe way, they can interact between businesses so that if one company has need of increased capacity they can see if there is someone out there with available capacity therefore allowing for an opportunity to share capacity out. It’s a huge concept that has huge benefits to it. It’s been spoken about for a long time but nobody has been able to put their finger on how to do it until now and Homag have been able to make it into a real system. All of systems are Tapio ready and provide our customers, free of charge, the ability to connect with this service. It's a live system, it’s up and running and its out in the field. The feedback has been excellent since we launched it at the Holz-Handwerk show in March and at Ligna in May; lots of people are excited by this development and pushing us on to the next level. See Homag UK at the W18 Show, NEC Birmingham – September 30th – October 3rd 2018 For further information: Tel: 01332 856500 Email:




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*+/4'F F+!F5+63+ F2DA EB@A)F=E#E=F@E9<BD=D7) Conscious of the need for speed, quality and versatility of equipment at all levels of industry, HOMAG has developed a group of unique solutions to benefit the entry level workshops. With these latest developments, HOMAG can provide for a complete panel processing cell at an extremely affordable price. If you are a smaller company looking to consistently produce premium quality panel based products, whether it be for furniture, kitchens, bedrooms, shop fitting or other items, HOMAG can completely revolutionise your business. High quality, truly affordable entry level beam saw Justifying the investment of a beam saw is considered as a bone of contention with smaller companies, however HOMAGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SAWTEQ B-130 is a real game-changer. It was specifically designed to offer smaller companies the same exacting standards as the larger beam saws but as a more affordable solution with the key benefits of the bigger models. This power-packed compact beam saw costs little more than a well-equipped sliding table saw yet performs at a much higher precision level and with far greater efficiency. With a saw carriage speed of up to 60m/minute, the SAWTEQ B-130 delivers faster, accurate cutting. Enhanced further by an electronically controlled program fence and an electro-magnetic measuring system, dimensional accuracy to tight tolerances is guaranteed.

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To create a saw that is designed for your specific needs, there are a number of options that can be specified for the SAWTEQ B-130. As standard, the machine features HOMAGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robust clamps which gently and accurately position material over the cutting line. Additional clamps in positions two and four enable the secure clamping of large, thin or smooth panels. The main saw motor is a powerful 5.5kW, but this can be upgraded to a stronger 7.5kW motor if required. The in feed air cushion tables are 500mm wide as standard, but can be specified at 650mm wide to allow for larger panels. Additional rollers on the edge of the air cushion table are also optional; these make gentle handling of larger panels easier and safer. Ultimate zero-joint edge banding at an entry level If you are looking to consistently produce premium quality panel based products, for either furniture, kitchens, bedrooms, shop fitting or other items, you need an edge bander that you can rely on to perform at the same high level, day in, day out. The HOMAG EDGETEQ S-240 is a cost effective entry level edge bander which, because it features airTec zero-joint technology, delivers first class results every time. This compact edge banding solution is fully equipped with pre-milling, a heavy duty pressure zone for coil and strip materials, front and rear end trim saws, top and bottom trimming and profiling units and a corner rounding unit to provide complete


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panel processing. With the EDGETEQ S240, the need for hand finishing is eliminated thanks to its profile scraper, glue joint scraper and buffing unit. HOMAGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easyTouch controller is an intuitive, user friendly control system that features a clear touch screen graphics display. The easyTouch controller has supporting functions that are simple and easy to access. The logging of production data, the selection of programmes or the glue temperature can be quickly checked on this 7" display for optimum productivity. The ever increasing diversity of edge materials, requires a highly flexible machine with rapid edge-changing capabilities. The easyTouch control system makes it possible to adapt the range of operations to meet requirements specific to customers and save the programs for instant call up. The EDGETEQ S-240 airTec can handle edge tape thickness from 0.4mm to 3mm and solid wood up to 6mm; it also has a panel thickness capability of 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 60mm. Overall, the S-240 airTec is a real work horse which will deliver first class results time after time.


Ultra-compact, state-of-the-art CNC The ever-popular DRILLTEQ V200 3-axis vertical machining centre is the ultimate addition to any workshop. Proving to be an ideal solution for kitchen, bedrooms and office furniture producers, this processing centre uses 8 independently selectable vertical drilling spindles, all conforming to HOMAG’s very own quick change drilling system. A real time-saver that offers true value to the customer. Reliably equipped for all drilling needs, this CNC processing centre can drill on five sides and is also capable of grooving, routing at fast throughput rates whilst maintaining low energy usage to keep energy bills at bay. With the capability of processing panel lengths of up to 3050mm, it is considered the perfect drilling solution for all businesses whether small, medium or large. It can process any type of wood based panel such as MFC, MDF, HDF and plywood, this robust machine can even handle demanding materials such as Trespa and solid wood components. The unique advantage of the DRILLTEQ V200 is that it is packed with all the features of a conventional CNC, but with a footprint of less than 5m², it’s small enough to fit comfortably in any production facility. Generally, smaller machines mean processing times are extended. The DRILLTEQ V200 however, can match the rapid processing times of much larger machines. Customers that have seen the DRILLTEQ V200 put through its paces, have been nothing but impressed by its capability. Efficient and precise entry level sanding Providing an entrance into the world of professional sanding, the SANDTEQ W-100 from HOMAG is the perfect compact solution. Offering a working width of up to 1100mm with a sanding belt length of 1900mm, this machine is controlled via an easy to use touchscreen with 125 programs; featuring a frequency invertor for variable feed speeds, a maintenance free DC braking system, independently driven sanding heads and Poly V-belt drives.

The SANDTEQ W-100 is also equipped with a combi-head with profiled steel contact roller and a workpiece-controlled air cushion sanding pad. This entry level wide-belt sander operates with a single powerful sanding head, effortlessly executing sanding tasks, ensuring perfect calibration and finish sanding results are achieved on both solid wood and veneered panels. With a choice between two heads, the SANDTEQ W-100 proves to be the ultimate flexible starter machine. The L-Head uses a contact roller for calibration and an air cushion sanding pad system (acp). This pneumatic pressure pad system delivers the right pressure over the entire working width. In the same way, the C-Head also features a contact roller for calibration but with the addition of the electronic pneumatic pad system (eps) for sanding. The machines’ electronics ensure the optimum sanding pressure on all areas of a work piece. The pressure pad system consists of separate segments which are applied to match the work piece shape. Offering a thickness tolerance compensation of up to 2mm, the system is perfect for intermediate sanding of solid wood and veneer, the SANDTEQ W100 also has the capability of lacquer sanding when configured with the C-Head. All this technology engineered into a very compact footprint and available at a costeffective price makes the SANDTEQ W-100 sander hard to beat. Programming to perfection At HOMAG we realise the true importance of software and as the global market leader we offer todays manufacturing environment an array of packages to satisfy any programming need. From product design, 3D rendering and estimating, to ordering CAM interface and CNC programming, we have the software solution for you. woodCAD|CAM is a true time-saver in terms of work preparation. Developed to optimise preparation processes, this 3D product design and manufacture software revolutionises each planning phase. From the first sketch to the final product, from the calculations to the offer and from the design

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to the CNC data generation, woodCAD|CAM provides genuine efficiency and flexibility to your business. HOMAG’s ever popular CNC software, woodWOP, is a user-friendly programming interface which offers operators 3D visualisations of workpieces, processing steps as well as clamping equipment. By entering the processing parameters into woodWOP, routing, drilling and saw cuts can be easily generated and checked within the interface offering the highest accuracy in programming. HOMAG also offers a range of optimisation software from MagiCut. Transforming panel cutting into a more efficient, time-saving and waste-reducing process, this solution proves to be a true money saver. Offering great lengths of versatility and flexibility, there’s a MagiCut software module to enhance every part of the manufacturing process. An entrance to a world of technology Representing a new dawn for smaller manufacturers, this collection of truly stateof-the-art technology offers entry level businesses the opportunity to compete with larger producers, opening up new markets and delivering new levels of professionalism. The HOMAG Finance team are able to offer flexible finance solutions on any of the HOMAG range, making this complete manufacturing work cell within reaching distance and more affordable than ever before. If you would like more information or a demonstration of any of the entry level technology from HOMAG, please contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG on 01332 856424.




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hanks to the PowerJoint range, Weinig Grecon offers an internationally established technology in the construction field. The non-contact glue application and the excellent quality of the fingers are only two benefits amongst many others. The lead-ing expert for finger jointing lines of all performance classes has now gone a step further.

Highly productive top model The present PowerJoint 15 is complemented by a new top version - 18 cycles are now possible. Starting point of the development was, as is often the case, a customer requirement. Weinig Grecon met the demand of the specialist for laminated timber and cross laminated timber not only in terms of speed, but also improved its application technology. With


the new system it is now possible to process even shorter timber pieces. For the customer this meant an input length of 550 mm. A pre-alignment, a special tandem clamping station and the preinfeed system provide for an optimal position of the wood and facilitate the high cycle output. With the auto-matic feeding and the automatic emptying, an easy production with order picking is possible.

Innovation for the entire product line Also the decentralised compact system presently known as CF was revised and op-timised. The new model PowerJoint 12 now makes 12 cycles possble (increase of 20%). But the technicians provided also other improvements to the finger jointing line used for construction timber. Thus, larger cross sections can now be processed in less time. Furthermore, the


clamping patterns of the shaper and the press are identical. The result is an absolutely offset-free product.

The new PowerJoint 8 horizontal With the PowerJoint 8 Weinig Grecon has already had the quickest system for the compact construction style (shaping / gluing / pressing in one clamping position) for vertical finger joints. Timber pieces of a maximum width of 300 mm can be processed by the system with up to 8 cycles per minute. The newly developed Power Joint 8 H is the first decentralised compact finger jointing line for horizontal finger joints which can be equipped with scoring units. A highly attractive feature of the PowerJoint 8 H is the possibility to operate the system with all three conventional gluing systems, i.e. e. a glue comb, the roller system and the non-contact glue application. Customers


from Austria, Germany and Scandinavia have already ex-pressed their interest in the new generation of the PowerJoint 8 H. The system will be used above all for the log house construction, for the production of CLT or for window scantlings in the future. Open to the different needs of the customers Several tailored arrangement versions are possible for all three-machine models. Weinig Grecon meets the increasing demand for customer-specific system concepts. "We are well known for our ability to quickly identify new market needs and specifically implement the customers' requests by highly efficient technology on the market", project manager Frank Medicus emphasises.

Ready for the production of the future "We are well positioned for digitisation and as technology partner we support our customers on their way with solutions that are exactly matched to the needs", product manager Dirk Bartens says. The software module ProLam for construction tim-ber systems offers another possibility for the linked production. This lamella produc-tion computer is designed to control the production orders through the finger jointing line and is available in three different configurations. The reliable ProLam saves time and creates the

conditions for a comfortable data exchange with other system components. Other special features are the innovative operator control by touch screen, the IO link and a comprehensive sensor technology which ranges from the alarm functions to the production control with evaluation and analysis. All PowerJoint models are equipped with an automatic dimension adjustment and provided with a distance and time optimised infeed into the press. For further information: Tel: 01235 557600 Email:




&?(CBE@F C>CDBF5?#E>F6C8EF4B: ?(D;AF1DAF?B7>@?22"0==C>FF A high-end interior design and furniture company says Cabinet Vision software plays a vital role in their recently introduced automate manufacturing process, contributing to their growth.


angstaff-Ellis describes itself as a “full design and manufacture house,” splitting its work around 50:50 between end-user clients, and a range of designers, architects and developers, handling concept and design through to the installation of bespoke carpentry for a full home interior. Managing Director Ed Birks says they work in a substantial number of high end residential and commercial properties, creating everything from kitchens, wine rooms, libraries, and dressing rooms, catering for a range of styles including ultra-modern minimalistic, and a more ornate look.


The company, which has been in business around eight years, began investing in CNC machinery and software in 2016. “We felt there was a huge amount of ground to be gained by automating the processes. Our Homag beam saw and drilling and routing centre came first, but we found that programming each individual pattern was taking several days for a large project, so we brought Cabinet Vision in to overcome that.” The original 3D models are designed in SketchUp. Once the files are imported into Cabinet Vision, the specialist woodworking software then produces the component list for everything that needs to be manufactured. “Cabinet Vision creates all


the CNC files for our flat panel material and carcases, internal components and drawer boxes, along with worktops where necessary, and cutlists for all the solid wood components.” He says their biggest challenge in the past has been the amount of time and labour required to produce technical drawings and CNC files, and the associated risk of human error. “Cabinet Vision now produces all our technical drawings in half the time, and as the sales team also use it, our technical design costs have reduced significantly.” The Cabinet Vision journey for each project begins after the quotation and


designers, builders and developers.” Langstaff-Ellis optimise all their projects in Cabinet Vision and send the cut file through to Cutlist, which then reoptimises the file before forwarding it to the Homag beam saw. “Langstaff-Ellis are currently developing a CNC flat pack service whereby their clients can submit a design of their own, and we’ll will input this data into Cabinet Vision, finalise the technical design, and then machine the panel components for the project using their CNC router. This means the client can receive a bespoke flat-pack kit for their project.” In conclusion, Ed Birks says: “Cabinet Vision brings all aspects of our operation together, and means we can produce our CNC files quickly and accurately.” specification. “By that time we already have the agreed materials and style, so the technical design department inputs the material data and hardware schedules… essentially setting up a jobfile, ensuring every element for the next stage has been imported.” The sales designers then produce a complete set of designs, which Ed Birks says are all fully technical, including hardware. “This means that only marginal tweaks are ever required when they go back to the technical design team, ahead of a final check before going into production. From the point of sign-off, layouts and technical drawings are produced for the workshop, and Cabinet Vision’s Screen-To-Machine module is used to transfer the NC code to the machine tools.”

edge banding for the woodworking, interior and furniture industries shipping throughout the UK. “The partnership began when Langstaff-Ellis had expanded to the point that it needed to increased output without larger premises or additional staff,” says Ed Birks. “Cutlist was created to serve this demand, and is now a thriving business in its own right, working with carpenters, joiners, cabinet makers, interior

For further information: Tel: 01189 756084 E-mail: Langstaff-Ellis: Cabinet Vision:

Langstaff-Ellis works closely with a company called Cutlist, which is located in the same building at Chinnor in Oxfordshire, and whose Managing Director is Ed Birks’s business partner, Alex Langstaff-Ellis. Cutlist provides a cutting and edging service, supplying cut-to-size panels and

Alex Langstaff (left) and Ed Birks



Case Study

3@F/?:EF5EB>EF6DF%;)F4 B:C7F5?B:EA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quality is everything,â&#x20AC;? says Gary Tuddenham, managing director of Parabola Workshops Ltd. His company, founded in 2013, is a specialist furniture manufacturer, working predominantly with the superyacht industry and residential homes. Based just outside Carlisle and working with designers in London, work comes in through recommendation.


Our work is bespoke, one offs: we very rarely do anything twice,â&#x20AC;? Gary said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can be working on a project for up to three to four months on a single item.â&#x20AC;? To maintain the high standards of quality, Gary recently invested in a 'made to measure' KĂźndig Uniq-S edge sander. Gary first saw the KĂźndig range of sanders at a W exhibition, at Birmingham's NEC. The team from Parabola took full advantage of the opportunities at the show to view a wide range of woodworking machinery in action, including KĂźndig sanders demonstrated by Carl O'Meara of KĂźndig UK Ltd. Regarding the edge sander, Gary said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ummed and ahhed about it then, after a visit to Carl at his showroom in Burscough near Preston, we felt that we should definitely get the sander; it made sense.â&#x20AC;? The edge sander provides significant production advantages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have machines that sand the faces of panels, but always spent a lot of time by hand sanding the edges. It just does not make sense when there are a lot of drawerboxes and carcasses. The Uniq-S takes the donkey work out of everything - it is efficient.â&#x20AC;? Gary says he chose KĂźndig because of the build quality and the reputation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a couple of other manufacturers that do a similar machine but it wasn't quite the same. For the accuracy we were looking for the sander had to be built correctly, with tiny tolerances. It had to be a rigid quality machine.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very convenient. We have the edge sander in the hand workshop rather than the machine workshop. It is there when you need it, right next to the work benches.â&#x20AC;? Although space was not an issue, Gary added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a nice compact machine.â&#x20AC;? Gary selected various options, including a grooved infeed platen to allow the sanding off of veneers that have been over laid after edging; a second transport belt to allow sanding of the ends of narrow panels; a two speed motor to allow finer grade abrasives to be used; a bobbin attachment allowing internal and external curves to be sanded; and a semi round table allowing the sanding of shapes using the rubber coated drive roller on the machine. The KĂźndig Uniq-S handles throughfeed sanding of small or large workpieces thanks to the integrated feed system and can operate manually or with automatic feeding. With a table size of 1,180 mm x 325 mm, the sander comes with two guidepulleys for long workpieces. Pressure rollers hold the workpieces against the feed belt. The solid frame construction features heavy cast iron tables. The belt width is 150-200 mm and the belt length is 2,000 mm. The working level is approximately 830 mm on the sanding side and 900 mm on the side for veneer sanding. The net weight is 490 kg and the floor space required is 1,150 mm x 800 mm. Asked if he would recommend the Uniq-S edge sander, Gary replied; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, definitely. It does everything we expected it to do.â&#x20AC;?


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Cycle time reduced by 30% and maximum flexibility of use with the work table which becomes 3D. First-rate edgebanding with the most performing and compact edgebanding unit on the market able to process panels up to 80 mm thick. A single positioning and no displacement due to HE-PODs supports which allow the optimization of the parts positioning and the tool paths. Free to move, utter ergonomics and more space optimization thanks to PRO-SPACE solution without external safety fences.


5;99E>>F1=D->F.C@<F*+/4'> 4;@D8?@E:F5D=;@CDB> Automated material handling is key for manufacturers looking to remain competitive and reduce costs. Once considered to be exclusively for larger industrial businesses, material handling solutions are now available to manufacturers of all sizes helping them to reap the benefits of integrating conventional machinery with automation.


OMAG’s wide portfolio of material handling equipment is designed to help furniture manufacturers maximise productivity via the use of machinery and intelligent data flow. From automatic board storage systems through to the final stages of packaging, HOMAG’s range is focused on supplying businesses with cleverly configured concepts to achieve optimal material flow.

Delivering more potential with a HOMAG Storage System Managing the challenges of storing, tracking and handling large flat panels is something all kitchen, bedroom and office furniture manufacturers face. Keeping track of exactly which boards are in stock,

the volumes being used and the space required to store them is hard enough, but ensuring the right quantity of the right board is delivered at the correct time, adds another level of complexity to the challenge. Providing the perfect foundations for efficient production, HOMAG’s STORETEQ horizontal board storage concepts are highly intelligent systems which offer huge efficiencies at the very beginning of the manufacturing process. Logistically optimising the flow of panels with ultimate precision, the STORETEQ range can completely transform production economies. Maximising productivity, minimising downtime as well as saving valuable factory floor space, the

Bespoke packaging on demand with the PAQTEQ C-250



STORETEQ storage system proves to be a real money saver. For companies specialising in low batch, make-to-order production, using various board types, colours and sizes, these systems can revolutionise the manufacturing process. HOMAG’s STORETEQ storage systems are also capable of being interlinked to a beam saw, a CNC nesting router or a combination of both creating a truly intelligent solution. A seamless link from the software to the storage system provides faultless stock control. The system notifies the user when boards and even part-boards have been used. It knows where all the boards (full sheets or off-cuts) are in the system and alerts the user when stocks are running low. The system also knows which boards are needed at which machines and delivers the correct quantity just in time, so production is optimised. The system is also capable of generating barcode labels so that once the boards are cut into parts, they can be easily identified as they progress through the factory. BOOMERANG® Return Systems to revolutionise material flow To complement production further down the manufacturing process, HOMAG offer a range of automated return conveyors. These BOOMERANG® concepts can be paired to almost any throughfeed machine achieving higher productivity and increased efficiency. With the use of a return system, the flow of workpieces is automatically optimised and enables one man operation of the machines. Whether requirements are batch size 1 or serial


production, an automatic return conveyor from HOMAG simply streamlines the manufacturing process. Within the range, HOMAG offer three key models which between them can process workpieces at feed speeds of 8 – 36 m/min. The LOOPTEQ O-200, LOOPTEQ O-300 and the LOOPTEQ O-600 editions have all been designed to offer an automated solution to maximise productivity for all levels of the industry. With the integration of a HOMAG return conveyor the handling of parts is decreased meaning that the risk of damage to workpieces is significantly reduced. The LOOPTEQ O-200 and the LOOPTEQ O300 are ideal for manufacturing facilities where space is limited due to their compact footprint while the LOOPTEQ O-600 offers a higher degree of automated handling thanks to a de-stacking facility at the rear of the line. Existing users of HOMAG’s LOOPTEQ return systems have reported excellent return on investment enjoying a reduction in quality issues, higher throughput and reduced labour costs. Efficient high class carcass assembly With the continued increase and demand for individualisation, furniture manufacturers wanting to remain competitive need to ensure that their production facilities house the most efficient, flexible technology available. This is true of not only for the machine shop, but also for the final assembly area of the factory which is often overlooked. Developed specially to overcome this challenge, HOMAG offers a range of machinery from entry level upwards for the assembly area taking efficiency to the next level. The CABTEQ T-200 automatic throughfeed carcass clamp is HOMAG’s mid-range solution for flexible, efficient carcass assembly. Designed to provide consistently high quality, the CABTEQ T-200 skilfully combines its electronic weight measure and high sensitivity to regulate the power required for each type of carcass that passes through it. Using its integrated intelligent sensors, the machine is also able

The automatics CABTEQ T-200 carcass clamp for flexible cabinet assembly

to automatically determine the size of the pre-assembled carcass and adjust itself accordingly, drastically reducing set up times. HOMAG carcass clamps can be used as standalone machines or as part of a sophisticated assembly line. Various model choices are available for manufacturers producing in batch size 1, make-to-order or high volume production. Equipped with HOMAG’s powerTouch controller, operators can easily and efficiently program the required settings, offering an innovative automated solution which not only saves time but also energy within production. Taking the headache out of packaging Recognising that higher throughput rates of batch size one production can cause considerable packaging headaches for manufacturers, HOMAG has created an automated, versatile solution to remove the need to stock pre-made boxes and expensive filler pieces. The PAQTEQ C-250 produces bespoke cardboard packaging on a just in time basis effectively putting cash back into the business. Able to cut boxes exactly to the size of the product to be packaged, this machine can save up to 30 per cent in material usage. Operated as a stand-alone box making machine or used inline, the PAQTEQ C-250 provides an on-demand box making facility for any production line. This highly flexible automated solution produces boxes of all sizes, from as small as a 20mm x 20mm x

20mm, up to a 1m x 1m x 10m box. Robustly yet accurately processing all grades of single and double-wall corrugated board, the PAQTEQ C-250 seamlessly handles material thicknesses from 2.5 mm to 6.5 mm. HOMAG’s powerful powerTouch controller provides the machine with the required packaging dimensions. These can be fed via simple manual operator input, master data (which uses a barcode to gain the product’s dimensions) or a highly intelligent volumetric scanner whereby the product is 3-dimensionally scanned and data is automatically transmitted back to the hub of the PAQTEQ C-250 for instant packaging generation. Data is systematically stored within the system so that various product sizes can be easily retrieved for future use. Intelligent yet affordable solutions HOMAG’s automated solutions are available for all levels of manufacturing offering significant gains in productivity and efficiency and as well as providing labour saving opportunities. Investment in automation is made easy with a range of flexible finance solutions that are available from HOMAG Finance who are able to create tailor-made finance packages to suit any budget.

If you’re looking to regenerate your manufacturing process or simply make your production life that little bit easier, call Adele Hunt at HOMAG on 01332 856424.




3B#C>C(=EFDCB@F0:7EF%?B:CB7 5D=;@CDB>F1AD8F*+/4' Since 1962, when HOMAG introduced the world’s first edge banding machine based on the hot-cold process, the advances made in technology and production have been incredible. These developments have resulted in extremely high demands from customers who now expect to get invisible joint quality edging on all their furniture.


imon Brooks, managing director at HOMAG UK explains, “For over 55 years the HOMAG Group has been at the forefront of edge bander product development. During that time, it has launched many ‘firsts’ into the market including laserTec and more recently airTec. Now, we can offer invisible joint technology for any size of manufacturing business, from entry level through to high volume industrial production.”

HOMAG EDGETEQ S-500 – high feed speed with guaranteed precise workpiece guidance

affordable models provide a high degree of automation with minimal footprint. They handle workpieces up to 60 mm thick and can bond coil edge tapes up to 3 mm thick or 8 mm in strips. All the models use the intuitive powerTouch control system and offer highly flexible configurations to enable the tailoring of the machines to exact requirements.

The airTec system Following on from the success of laserTec (first seen in 2009), HOMAG introduced the airTec technology in 2015. The airTec system uses hot air and special edge material to form an invisible or ‘zero-joint’. The special edge material consists of a hard décor layer backed with a meltable functional layer. This functional layer is melted by the hot air and then pressed onto the panel edge. The airTec process is very clean and cost-effective and results in perfectly crafted products, where joints are no longer visible. The airTec system is available across HOMAG’s full range of edge banders allowing even the smaller business to compete in the invisible joint market where frontals, such as doors and drawers, need to be of a very high standard.

The EDGETEQ S-240/300 models come equipped with a pre-milling unit for optimum edge joint quality, HOMAG’s inhouse manufactured airTec system, end snipping saws front and rear, a trimming unit with DFC tool technology for maximum dust extraction, a contour trimming unit for optimum corner rounding as well as scraping and buffering units for the perfect finish. The machines are also supplied with a conventional glue pot making them great all-rounders.

Entry level airTec solutions The HOMAG EDGETEQ S-240/300 models are robust entry level edge banders that offer a high performance solution for bespoke workshops. These compact,

Mid-sized airTec solutions For higher outputs, the EDGETEQ S380/390 models from HOMAG provide versatile, high quality edge banding on a consistent basis. They offer both airTec



and Quickmelt gluing options for easy changing of the colour and glue type (EVA, PU). In standard trim, they offer a variable feed speed from 8 – 18 m/min, with an option to increase feed rates up to 20 m/min. As well as a heavy duty pre-milling unit for panels up to 60mm in thickness, the EDGETEQ S-380/390 models boast a twomotor end-snipping unit, top and bottom trimming units, a servo controlled corner rounding unit, with automatically selectable profile and surface scraping units for the perfect finish. For the mid-sized manufacturer with growth ambitions, the EDGETEQ S380/390 provide the ideal platform to help drive business to the next level. These high-performance units offer precise gluing and perfect post-processing of edges even at high feed speeds. With a wide range of equipment options, including highly flexible corner processing, these machines can be fully automated for short setup times and maximum operator convenience.


HOMAG EDGETEQ S-380/390/500 profiLine The development of the HOMAG profiLine series has provided an innovative answer to growing competitive pressure in the furniture marketplace. Manufacturers in this field are confronted with ever-increasing material diversity. As a consequence, any edge banding machine must be both efficient and capable of materialindependent application. The EDGETEQ S-380/390/500 profiLine machines are capable of processing any kind of edging material customarily used by the processing industry today. These include for instance, solid wood, coil and strip material, melamine, PVC, ABS, aluminium, acrylic and veneer edges. In terms of both performance and tool arrangements, all models are freely configurable. These single-sided edge banding machines offer feed speeds of 20, 25 and 30 m/min and can be used with or without a joint trimming unit. The extensive range of modules, meanwhile, makes tailoring the machines for specific requirements easy. For automation, the LOOPTEQ return systems provide the ideal complement to the EDGETEQ S-380/390/500 profiLine machines, increasing productivity, eliminating damage from handling errors and allowing time for quality control. Industrial airTec solutions The HOMAG EDGETEQ S-500 series edge banders offer comprehensive equipment

airtec – invisible joint edge banding solutions from HOMAG

as standard, providing higher performance with and without empty slots. The feed speeds range from 16 – 30 m/min and all the models deliver a high level of flexibility processing high-gloss, melamine, PVC, nesting workpieces with, for example, hinge holes, solid strips and in the case of some models veneer edges. With a steel belt-type top pressure unit, the EDGETEQ S-500 series edge banders guarantee precise workpiece guidance at high feed speeds. Automation and further functionality can be added on an individual basis for these machines. As with the ProfiLine series, LOOPTEQ return equipment provides a productivity boost by making it easy for a single operator to run the machine. HOMAG airTec – a solution for every need Simon Brooks again, “Specifying the right edge bander for your business can be daunting at first. That’s why we encourage all our customers to visit our showroom in Castle Donington.

“Not only does it give them the chance to see the machines in action, but they also get the opportunity to pick the brains of our talented team who have access to the immense knowledge and experience bank that the HOMAG Group has amassed over nearly 60 years of edge banding production. “The breadth of solutions we offer for the small right up to the industrial-sized manufacturers is comprehensive to say the least. And of course, with HOMAG, you are investing in market-leading German engineering blended with cutting-edge technology and performance.” HOMAG Finance – making your investment viable “We recognise that cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, from the small work shop to the mass production manufacturers. Having access to the right finance is, therefore, essential and the HOMAG Finance team is here to negotiate the right deal for you; a deal that meets your financial capabilities without putting undue strain on your cash flow. “The demand for high quality products with invisible joints in a wide range of edging tapes and colours is not going to go away. Our team of experts here at HOMAG would love to help you specify the right solution, at the right investment level for your business. If you would like to see a demonstration of any of the HOMAG EDGETEQ edge banding solutions, call Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856424,” concludes Simon.

The HOMAG EDGETEQ S-300 – high performance airtec solution for entry level workshop




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s the market leading manufacturer for woodworking machinery, HOMAG has dominated the edge banding market with its impressive array of automated technology. With ‘Your Solution’ as the prime positioning statement, the company is focused on ensuring it provides a range of machinery for companies of all sizes. Simon Brooks, sales and marketing director at HOMAG explains, “HOMAG’s range of edge banding solutions starts at entry level size, specifically designed for the smaller workshops, and leads up to industrial size equipment for the large manufacturing plants. “Over the years, HOMAG has developed a range of solutions to specifically help entry level manufacturers grow. The EDGETEQ T200 and the EDGETEQ T-100 provide edge banding and trimming solutions for smaller companies. Working either separately or together, they not only reduce production times but also provide new manufacturing capabilities.”

The HOMAG EDGETEQ T-200 Optimat – Eliminating hand edging Designed as a flexible edge banding solution, the capabilities of the EDGETEQ T-200 extend further than just being able to efficiently glue a series of formed parts. Unlike the larger throughfeed edge bander models, the EDGETEQ T-200 specialises in edging both shaped and straight workpieces between 10 55 mm in thickness. This makes the machine an ideal solution for all aspects of kitchen, bedroom and office furniture manufacturing. By handling shaped components, it can help small to medium sized businesses speed up production by taking away the time consuming task of hand edging parts. In addition to shaped edge banding, the EDGETEQ T-200 excels at processing lower quantities of small parts. This makes the edge bander an all-round solution for entry level 36

Homag EDGETEQ T-100 and T-200 entry level and trimming solutions

and specific job manufacturing. The EDGETEQ T-200 uses a HOMAG hot melt gluing system to apply glue directly on to the edging tape which is automatically fed from the coil towards the panel. As the edging arrives, the panel is guided around the machine’s pressure roller which follows the internal and external contours of the part. The coil cut-off device is either activated by foot pedal or, for serial production, by preselecting the edge length through its digital length counter. The operator simply places the panel on the height spacers which are fixed on the working table, according to the shape of the panel. This removes the need for using templates and makes the machine quick and flexible to set up for both shaped and straight parts. With the addition of an intuitive 3.5” touch display, operation has been made simple and quick. The HOMAG EDGETEQ T-100 Optimat Automated flush trimming of shaped parts In addition to the EDGETEQ T-200, HOMAG has produced an entry level trimming machine also targeted at smaller manufacturers. Available as either a standalone machine or complementary to the EDGETEQ T-200, HOMAG’s EDGETEQ T-100 Optimat has been designed for the flush trimming of shaped and straight workpieces. This compact trimming machine is capable of


both radius and chamfer trimming for thicknesses from 16 to 55 mm. Additionally, this efficient piece of equipment makes light work of jobs as it can trim both the external and internal radii on shaped parts. The EDGETEQ T-100 is fully equipped as standard to cover the entire range of trimming on different workpieces. A centric copywheel and a fine adjustable top and bottom tracing device ensure optimum accuracy and perfect trimming results. The machine makes automated trimming affordable for the smaller manufacturers. Both the EDGETEQ T-200 and the EDGETEQ T-100 can be fitted with the optional EK13 end snipping saw unit which enhances the process by cutting the tails of the edging off flush with the end of the panel. Simon Brooks concludes, “The HOMAG EDGETEQ T-200 and EDGETEQ T-100 are really valuable pieces of kit for the entry level to medium sized manufacturer. Both machines, either used individually or together, improve processes and remove the need for messy, time consuming hand edging and trimming. Available on finance, these machines are a great step to growing with HOMAG as part of your expansion plans.” If you would like more information or a demonstration of either the HOMAG EDGETEQ T-200 or T-100, please contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856424.

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hanks to the ultra-efficient extraction system installed by Dust Control Systems Ltd, employees at Aquapac have an enviably-clean working environment – even with high-speed woodworking machines in continual operation. DCS have supplied and maintained dust extraction plant for Scottish furniture manufacturer, Aquapac Ltd, for over 15 years and, when the decision was made to relocate the business from Glasgow to Cumbernauld, managing director Stephen Connachan had no hesitation in asking DCS sales director Melvyn Bathgate to survey the new premises and put forward proposals for design and installation of a new dust extraction system. Established in 1995, Aquapac are geared to panel production, and manufacture ready-toassemble, flat-pack furniture for a growing customer base that extends throughout the UK and Europe, and as far afield as North America, Australia and New Zealand. In its early days, the company specialised in the manufacture of bespoke cabinetry for the pet industry and today, although Aquapac also produces wooden panel furniture products for hotels, offices and student accommodation, a large part of the business is derived from the manufacture and export of bespoke aquarium and vivarium cabinets. Investing in the Cumbernauld property has provided Aquapac with a workspace of around 50,000 sq. ft. – ample space for its arsenal of high speed machinery; including a beam saw, three edgebanders and three CNC machining centres. The facility also

Motorised Ecogate® blast gates, integrated into the FastClip ductwork system, operate automatically as individual machines come on or off-line and signal the Ecogate® Power MASTER unit to adjust the fan speed accordingly; optimising extraction and maximising energy savings.


provides space for storage of raw materials and a packing line where sets of panels and associated fittings are boxed and palletised ready for dispatch. And, with plans to build turnover through continued development of the niche pet furniture market, as well as gaining a growing share of the domestic furniture market, the company also expects to increase staffing levels appreciably over the next couple of years. Although Aquapac operates a double-shift system, with panels in continuous production, loading and off-loading panels, switching machining programs and other inevitable pauses in the manufacturing cycle, means that different machines are constantly coming on or off-line. Traditionally, an extraction system will run at full power from the start to the end of the day; constantly extracting from machines whether they are in use or not. To optimise extraction efficiency, and maximise energy savings for Aquapac, the DCS proposal included for the installation of an Ecogate® ‘Extraction-on-Demand’ system. With hundreds of installations in operation around the world, the proven Ecogate® technology controls power output to the fan – automatically adjusting fan speed, in real time, to exactly match the factory’s changing extraction requirements throughout the working day and, when all machines are powered down at the end of the day, Ecogate® automatically shuts down the extraction system. At Aquapac, the extraction fan is powered by a 75kW direct drive motor with a maximum speed of 1500rpm. Operating the fan at full power, for 5 days a week, would consume in excess of 300,000kW of electricity in 12 months. “By installing Ecogate® technology, DCS have calculated that our energy usage will be less than half of that,” commented Stephen Connachan, “and the savings generated will be sufficient to recoup our outlay on the system in less than 2 years – then those savings just continue for the lifetime of the system.” Filtering the dust-laden air is an externallysited NFKZ3000 Chain Filter, with patented antistatic Superbag filter media; integrated regeneration fans provide reverse air cleaning of the filter bags. This compact, cost-efficient


ATEX-approved 40,000m3/hr capacity NFKZ3000 filter unit at Aquapac – supplied and installed by Dust Control Systems Ltd.

modular unit is manufactured from galvanised steel, is virtually maintenance-free, and has the capacity to filter an air volume of around 40,000m3/hr. The unit comprises one inlet module and 5 filter modules, and filtered waste dropping to the base of the hopper section is continually directed by a chain and flight conveyor towards the rotary valve. From here it is discharged, pressure-free, into a closed-loop transfer system, and a 15kW waste transfer fan delivers the waste to an adjacent sealed collection skip. The NFKZ3000 filter unit is ATEX-approved and ideally-suited to handling the large volumes of waste dust material typically generated in panel manufacturing environments. From each clean air outlet on the filter unit, the warm discharged air can be re-directed into the factory during colder weather, or extracted to atmosphere when not required. Airflow direction is controlled by a manuallyoperated gate and the return air system is protected by a fire damper with fusible link and micro-switch. In addition, and as recommended by ATEX equipment regulations, a CARZ back pressure valve protects the factory and its occupants from the effects of a pressure wave and flames travelling upstream in the ductwork, and back into the building, in the event of an explosion occurring in the filter unit. “At Dust Control Systems we will not compromise on safety,” says Melvyn Bathgate, “and CARZ explosion isolation valves are always included in our system designs.” For more information: Tel: 0800 040 7116

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