Automatic feeding of panel saws
Panel sizing service with the aid of an automatic warehousing and feeding system from Systraplan
Horatec in East-Westphalian Hövelhof sees itself as a service provider for the woodworking trade and supplies carpenters and cabinetmakers with customized furniture parts from a batch size of one. The specialist has expanded its panel sizing line. Two panel sizing saws have been combined with a high bay panel storage facility and an automatic feeding system via a master computer and effective software to form a highly efficient and intelligent manufacturing unit. A concept that is proving highly successful.
Saw feeding system
Organised and efficient manufacturing process and perfect quality. “As a supplier of the discerning cabinetmaker’s trade, we must be able to rely on an organised and efficient manufacturing process while ensuring perfect quality,“Wolfgang Thorwesten, the Managing Director of Horatec, explains.
Two panel sizing saws form part of the manufacturing concept realised by Horatec in Vlotho with the cooperation of Scheer in Stuttgart, Systraplan in Herford and 3Tec in Vlotho. Two panel sizing machine lines are located directly at the storage facility from where they are fed by forklift truck via four slide-in compartments.
The slide-in compartments can be loaded from alternate sides by the loading device
We decided in favour of a high-bay storage facility with slide-in compartments as this allows optimal utilisation of the existing space, direct access to the panel material and minimises the material handling time,“ Thorwesten explains.
Slide in compartments
Each of the saws is equipped with two slide-in compartments that can be loaded alternately by the loading device. While material from one compartment is being fed to the first saw by a large-area vacuum gripper, the second compartment can already be loaded again. “In this way, we can ensure that the saws are permanently in operation and virtually eliminate the previously non-productive material handling times. This handling solution alone has resulted in a 30% increase in productivity," Thorwesten reports.
Effective software from 3Tec
The entire process is controlled with the aid of effective Software
from 3Tec via a master computer. The orders entered into the system are continuously processed and the cutting patterns automatically generated so the user only has to attend to the finished cut-to-size panels.
The fact that the new saw is used together with industrial control systems such as Siemens “S7 WinAC", standard PCs with Windows XP Professional as well as Profibus systems offers a huge advantage, as the control and software connection, in particular, is important for connecting a feeding system.
Line gantry with integrated panel sas
Intelligent off-cut management
Another important aspect of the manufacturing concept is the intelligent management of off-cuts. “All off-cuts produced when the material is cut to size are automatically transported to the off-cut storage and managed by the master computer," Thorwesten explains. This means that when the residual panel is transferred, the respective information regarding the off-cut, such as material and decor type, grain direction of the decor, dimensions and position of the off-cut are transmitted to the higher ranking control system. The respective off-cut can be quickly returned to the manufacturing process if required. “In this way, we effectively manage the off-cuts and maximise material utilisation,"Thorwesten explains enthusiastically.
Combines the advantages of an area and a cantilever rack storage system
This solution essentially combines the advantages of an area and a cantilever rack storage system that comes into its own with the “intelligent"connection via the master computer to the automatic feeding system and panel sizing technology to increase productivity. “This system considerably reduces non-productive times, optimises material utilisation and ensures gentle handling of the panels,"Thorwesten explains, “this is particularly important for panels with increasingly more delicate surfaces."
Complete describtion of the warehouse administration software,