Strothmann’s RoundTrack® meets PALLMANN knife ring: New success concept for the wood-based panel industry

Strothmann Machines & Handling GmbH’s core competence is handling and automation solutions that are in demand in a wide variety of industries. The company’s RoundTrack®systems in Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock bring measurable efficiency advantages for numerous applications. The customer portfolio ranges from automotive, materials, wind power and aircraft industries to manufacturers of construction modules and foodstuff.

Most recently, large projects for the fully automated assembly of agricultural machinery have been won in agricultural engineering. The technology enables productive and efficient flow assembly, cycle assembly or intralogistics. Thanks to its minimal rolling resistance, the RoundTrack® moves loads weighing thousands of kilograms with high precision; up to 5 tons can be moved manually by one person. The range of solutions extends from manually pushed trolleys to fully automated, driverless transport systems (AGVs). Strothmann supplies complete systems including control of the trolleys and the most modern standard of safety technology.

3D view of the system in which PALLMANN and Strothmann are working together for the first time: RoundTrack® trolley that moves PALLMANN knife rings

The subject of the current cooperation between Strothmann and PALLMANN is a RoundTrack® carriage which moves knife rings between the PALLMANN knife ring chipper and the sharpening robot. This scope of supply is part of the third overall Siempelkamp plant for Klaipedos Mediena (VMG) in Lithuania. The plant planned for the Akmene site will go into operation in 2020 as Europe’s most modern particleboard production plant with trend-setting technology.

Further options for an effective use of the RoundTrack® beyond disintegration technology exist, for example, in finishing process lines, for maintenance purposes in gluing and in the area of board upgrading. “It is confirmed that there is also great potential for using the RoundTrack® in the wood-based panel industry,” says Lutz Bussmann, Sales Manager at Strothmann. Our customer Egger in Brilon uses a RoundTrack® 60 on which the panel distribution carriages are moved fully automatically for feeding short-cycle presses with a payload of up to 90 tons. Another RoundTrack® 40 will be installed at Egger’s Rambervillers plant in France. Strothmann contributed a RoundTrack® system with interchangeable trolley for the Turbomixer at the Siempelkamp rice straw plant for CalAg in the USA.