Editor’s pickWEINMANN Treff welcomes pre-fab home industry to St Johann
WEINMANN hosted a small open house from Nov 23 – 24 for carpenters and the pre-fab home industry to get to know more about new developments in machine technology for solid wood processing. The event, held in St. Johann, Germany, welcomed over 300 visitors
The WMS 060 multifunction bridge allows applications involving different wall structures or wall geometries. Making roofs or roof elements are possible with this machine. It is equipped with chucks for nailing devices and a routing unit to facilitate fastening and processing of planking. Openings for windows, doors and sockets, as well as free forms such as circles, curves or diagonal cuts can all be processed, with the result being finished elements to a high level of dimensional accuracy. The machine has also been configured to enable small and medium-sized joineries to benefit from CNC-controlled production.
The newly developed easyRun software tool is designed to make data generation much easier. This tool allows simple, rapid data entry directly on the machine when required. Simple processing tasks such as nailing the planking, routing the openings or formatting panels can be carried out without the need for a CAD system.
However, fully automatic data transfer from a CAD system is still possible. The operator opens the data record on the machine and begins the processing task. Thanks to its intuitive powerTouch operating system, the machine is easy to operate without the need for specialist knowledge.
The multifunction bridge inserts recesses for doors, windows or sockets into the element with a high degree of accuracy using the routing unit.
Planking is fastened fully automatically with the help of two chucks for the stapling or nailing devices.
LignoLoc® now in conjunction with the WMS 150 multifunction bridge
Beck has developed a new fastening aid — wooden nails that can be shot in pneumatically, without the need for predrilling. These nails were used fully automatically for the first time in the WMS 150 multifunction bridge at the WEINMANN Treff. The whole process is fast, precise and environmentally sustainable. The versatility and flexibility of the multifunction bridge is further demonstrated in this respect: The planking is fastened fully automatically regardless of the fastening aid or fastening device in use; be it with screws, nails, staples and now even wooden nails.
Fully automatic beam processing
Its compact design means that the WBS 140 carpentry machine requires just 140 m² for 13 m of unprocessed parts yet it still offers a large number of processing options. The highest precision was demonstrated in processes such as dovetail connections, angular and curved cuts and grooves.
The integrated underfloor unit is a highlight of the WBZ 160 powerSIX beam processing machine. All six sides of the component are processed in a single run, significantly increasing both performance and precision. Dovetail connections, lap joints and many more processes were completed live, demonstrating the range of applications offered by this carpentry machine.
With their compact design and flexible usage options, both machines can be adapted to suit individual requirements. The high level of processing precision is provided by an NC-controlled gripper system that is combined with vertical and horizontal clamps.
Handling of components is simplified considerably in combination with the fully automatic material feed and storage technology. The continuous production flow significantly increases the productivity of the whole production process.
Following WEINMANN's robotic solution revealed in 2016, another production cell using robots was presented this year. The system is being delivered to Lindbäcks in Sweden, the company that is creating Europe's most modern production plant. The wall production line is designed to completely finish one wall every seven minutes. To achieve this throughfeed time, the plant is fitted with several new technologies — including the robots.
The robot integrated into the frame work station automatically inserts studs into each angle.
A presentation from HOMAG described how robotic technology is being used increasingly more often in timber work. This combination of humans and machines provides a level of flexibility, precision and speed that has not existed in timber work until now.