2013/10/01   |   Switzerland

Insulating has never been this easy

Prefabrication in industrial timber construction has developed enormously over the past few years. The result is increasingly modern production lines, a higher level of automation, optimized cost structures and improved quality.

PM Mangold Holzbau AG (PM) is one of the leading Swiss manufacturers in the prefabricated timber construction industry. The owner, Peter Mangold, was looking for new insulating solutions for the company‘s new ultra-modern production facilities: And he found the easyfloc blowing system from isofloc. The system conforms to the state of the art in industrial timber construction and allows PM to significantly increase the efficiency, cost-effective-ness and quality of its insulating station.

The first Weinmann five-table system in Switzerland

Peter Mangold laid the foundation for PM all the way back in 1980. With headquarters in Ormalingen (Switzerland), the company has continued to develop thanks to a great deal of innovation and ecological conviction. PM now employs more than 80 staff. Thanks to high demand, PM was able to open one of the most modern production plants for prefabricated timber construction in Switzerland, in the town of Kaiseraugst in April 2012. The first Weinmann five-table system in Switzerland can be found in the heated production hall, which covers 2400 m². A separate table for insulating work was installed alongside the WMS 150 multifunction bridge.

Unique solution in Europe

„I never had any doubt about cellulose fibers as an insulation material, but I was looking for new solutions in the blowing area and in terms of cost-effectiveness,“ says Peter Mangold. He looked everywhere in Europe for new products and innovations and finally found the right one at the isofloc trade fair in Bütschwil (Switzerland). „When I saw the easyfloc blowing plate at the isofloc trade fair, I immediately realized: that‘s the way forward!,“ Peter Mangold explains. The easyfloc machine was installed in PM‘s new production hall just a short time later. Installation was quick and uncomplicated because Peter Mangold had the foresight to plan ahead with the separate insulating table and the user-friendly crane system. Elements from PM have been insulated with easyfloc and isofloc cellulose fibers since summer 2012.

Systematic success

How does the easyfloc insulating system work? The easyfloc blowing system was developed on the back of 30 years‘ experience with processing injectable insulation materials and was designed in close cooperation with timber construction companies. Compressed, 30-kg isofloc cellulose bales are broken up in the flocfeeder bale shredder and fed to the maxifloc blowing machine. Using a crane, the easyfloc blowing plate is positioned manually on the element, which is open at the top; the blowing process operates automatically once this step is complete. Easyfloc stops when the required injection density has been achieved and displays the weight of the blown-in amount for quality assurance purposes. The insulation result can be checked visually and by touch at any time. Following quality checks, the filled element is passed on for further production.

Indispensable tool for industrial timber construction

Thanks to the easyfloc industrial blowing system, the insulation material and the blowing technology are ideally tailored to each other, which brings the advantages of cellulose insulation to full. The system also brings about a marked increase in efficiency in addition to the improved insulating quality. „The cost-effectiveness surprised me. We were able to reduce blowing times, and isofloc delivered what it promised,“ enthuses Peter Mangold. The insulating station is now no longer the bottleneck in PM‘s production process. Another great advantage for Peter Mangold is that he now has a free choice of cladding. The element is on the bottom on the table and is insulated with the upper side open, which means having structural sheathing that can withstand the blowing pressure is no longer necessary. Alongside its cost-effectiveness, quality is another major advantage offered by easyfloc. Integrated quality assurance and the opportunity for visual inspections are also a factor in achieving improved quality levels. The employees also appreciate a dust-free insulating process thanks to easyfloc. „I wouldn‘t want to give up the plate. If I think about it in terms of competitiveness, no other companies should buy easyfloc. But actually everyone should do so,“ says Peter Mangold with a smile.

Source:Reproduction approved by Isofloc WärmedämmtechnikGmbH,3423 Lohfelden,Germany,www.isofloc.com


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