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24.February 2021

Press feeding and discharging

Transport and handling systems have proven themselves in the production of lightweight panels

Herford (Germany), where SYSTRAPLAN GmbH & Co. KG has been developing and building individual material flow and storage technology for over 40 years. The proven systems and solutions from Herford are mostly used for handling in production, storage and order picking of flat materials, such as lightweight panels.

Press feeding with the aid of belt trays and the associated discharge devices have been part of SYSTRAPLAN’s product range since it was founded.

In 2000, SYSTRAPLAN received an enquiry from a lightweight panel manufacturer for the first time, which led directly to the first joint project. The requirements were successively specified and expanded, so that the relationship between the two companies, but also the scope of the handling solution for the special machine manufacturer SYSTRAPLAN, gradually expanded.

In the last joint major project, which was created in the course of a production expansion, a wide variety of material flow technology was again supplied.

This consisted of two line gantries for handling the mould lids, a press loading and unloading system via lifting trays, a drum turner, an edge cleaning system, two stacking gantries for the finished lightweight panels and a number of conveyor systems. The insertion of the fabric mats into the moulds was also automated by means of an individual solution.

"The system as it has now been running for some time is unique, customised and reliable. But we can also still rely on the older system from SYSTRAPLAN that was delivered before," reports the head of maintenance.

There are always attempts to jointly develop the machinery further in order to achieve optimum efficiency for production and to make the work of the employees easier. The two companies are currently in talks to find improvements for the loading and unloading of moulds and mould covers. The optimisation of a destacking portal could also become relevant in the future in order to be able to accommodate further formats in the panel segment if necessary.

"This is exactly what is important in special machine construction," SYSTRAPLAN emphasises. Because only through good cooperation between customer and supplier can such individual and complex solutions be optimally developed and subsequently implemented. This also applies to subsequent optimisations.

"For us, there is no such thing as an off-the-shelf machine, so we are also dependent on the help of our customers," they continue. This important cooperation between the customer and SYSTRAPLAN seems to have been working for a long time, 20 years to be exact, and both sides hope that it will continue to do so in the future.