LIGNA 2023: Dieffenbacher focuses on holistic smart plant concept

CEBRO: Dieffenbacher’s holistic smart plant concept

Wood-based panel manufacturers eager to fast-track their success can visit Dieffenbacher at LIGNA 2023 to learn about their holistic smart plant concept CEBRO.

Using a holistic approach, CEBRO combines the new digital platform EVORIS and advanced plant engineering with operational excellence and sustainability solutions. EVORIS enables wood-based panel manufacturers to digitalise their production — plant-wide and independent of make and manufacturer. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), EVORIS apps support the continuous monitoring, prediction and optimisation of production processes. Analyses of live data can help plant operators better understand their plants and make important decisions more quickly. The results are higher plant availability, optimised board quality, fewer rejects, lower production and energy costs, lower CO2 emissions, and reduced use of wood, glue and other expensive raw materials. Visitors can learn all about this in the presentation, ‘How artificial intelligence is transforming the wood-based panels industry’ at the LIGNA.Stage on 15 May, at 11:20 (GMT+1) in Hall 12.

EVORIS: Dieffenbacher’s smart digital platform

Pilot customer and development partner Swiss Krono is an advocate for EVORIS. “In our particleboard plant in Menznau, EVORIS has delivered stunning results. Within nine months, the system was able to predict board quality reliably. Within a year, we were able to increase our productivity, substantially reduce glue consumption, avoid downtime and significantly improve the efficiency of the plant,” said Martin Brettenthaler, CEO of Swiss Krono. Consequently, Swiss Krono also commissioned Dieffenbacher to retrofit EVORIS for its existing medium-density fibreboard (MDF) plant in Menznau.

CEBRO’s advanced plant engineering solutions, meanwhile, help customers create smart synergies within a plant. Intelligent heat recovery concepts, including reusing heat from the press and dryer exhaust air elsewhere in the production process, are one of the various ideas to reduce energy costs and emissions and increase profit.

To help manufacturers achieve operational excellence, CEBRO uses optimised processes and technologies such as a new forming station for particleboard production that improves board quality through increased spreading accuracy; the EVOsteam steam pre-heater, which increases capacity by up to 20%; and the new belt dryer, which is particularly sustainable with its low thermal energy consumption. The use of low-calorific energy from waste heat also helps to save costs.

CEBRO also helps manufacturers find the right balance between economic and sustainability goals to build a better future for business and the environment. Wood recycling solutions, which can help free manufacturers from dependence on fresh wood supplies, are one way. Others include smart environmental and new energy-generation technologies that save costs, cut emissions and reduce a plant’s carbon footprint.

Dieffenbacher will be at Hall 26: C41.

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