Automation at XYLEXPO 2018

Successfully transferring the own company into the networked world is often one of the biggest challenges. It is not a simple integration of a few digitised functions. The solution for this transformation often is extreme and will change existing business models every day. Sometimes, a new perspective is helpful to discover opportunities. HOMAG demonstrated the possibilities with automated solutions at the XYLEXPO 2018.

Smart customers will automate

With our solutions, we create the decisive factors for success, irrespective of the company’s size:

  • short throughput times,
  • stock reduction
  • flexibility
  • Simultaneously lower production costs.

Even small manufacturing companies require solutions to create competitive advantages.

The material and data flows are the most important elements in this process.. The focal point of the production organization is the optimal utilization of operating machines and production centres. Intelligent software solutions connect operating cells using innovative feeding and destacking systems, robot supported pick & place applications, as well as automatic storage and collating systems.

Thus, production will become a coherent automated process offering great opportunities as networked production to assert, position, and consolidate in its market segment.


Storage technology STORETEQ S-200 at the XYLEXPO

From craftsmen who use storage systems in a space the size of a double garage, up to industrially producing furniture manufacturer who operate a horizontal storage system with maximum dimensions - a storage system solves the logistical requirements at the beginning of the process chain.

Time saving, transparency, and cost control - storage systems solve logistics. STORETEQ S-200 (formerly TLF 211) and S-500 (formerly TLF 411) are our proven solution for storage technology and offer numerous advantages in production. The material flow will be optimized and material consumption will be reduced.

Advantages of the STORETEQ S-200:

  • High material variety with one storage system
  • Quality and speed will be increased
  • Logistical processes become more transparent
  • A constant material overview is ensured
  • Material consumption is optimized up to offcut parts

Starting from the HOLZ-HANDWERK HOMAG enables the maximum flexibility for the transport of different panel materials also for the smallest of the horizontal storage systems. The reason for this is due to the combination of the storage system STORETEQ S-200 with the suction traverse ST71 in X-geometry. Previously, this suction traverse was exclusively reserved for the larger model STORETEQ S-500 which included many of the outstanding possibilities to transport material.

Transport mistakes and relating false stocks are virtually excluded. In addition, the ejector technology of the suction traverse provides economical energy consumption. Air flow is individually adjustable with selective points to each panel specialty. The calculated panel parameters are automatically stored in the system and can be recalled when needed.

Panels are stored in and removed from the horizontal storage, and are collated, or transferred to the connected operating machine quickly in a fully automatic and precise operation. Panel saws can easily be integrated via standard interfaces. Furthermore, by using horizontal storage systems, different transport systems can be combined through which additional operating machines will be integrated, or offcuts could be returned into the storage.

In brief: The storage decides and organizes the logistics so that operating machines can run at highly optimal levels which avoid idle times due to the continuous material flow.


Presses CABTEQ at the XYLEXPO

The CABTEQ S-250 (formerly MPH 450) is the perfect assembly aide for the pressing of carcass furniture. The press has a wide range of applications, whether in furniture production, object and shop fitting, or in industrial special production.

Advantages of the CABTEQ S-250:

  • Space saving by practice-oriented design
  • Intuitive operation
  • Dense, precisely pressed carcasses
  • Avoidance of compressed air
  • Plug & Play

The practice-oriented machine design makes our presses especially space saving. So, the CABTEQ S-250 fits into every workshop. Its pressing lamellas work as a unit; they are placed on rubbers and suspended. Pressure is very evenly distributed due to the fact that the pressing lamellas simultaneously impinge on the carcass. Tolerances in the carcass are better absorbed. Dense carcasses are produced, which are precisely pressed and perfectly rectangular.

Operation is simple and does not require prior knowledge. You only have to place the carcass into the press and hit the start button. This will activate the press process. Assemble, connect and start.

Two speeds provide particular efficiency, approaching speed (rapid speed) and a pressing speed. The lamellas run from their starting position towards the pressing position shortly in front of the carcass by activating the button for rapid speed. Then it is switched to pressing speed. The rapid speed enables more pressed carcasses per shift. In addition, the press force can be steplessly adjusted from 12 to 18 kN. The press forces can variably be adjusted by button depending on the carcass type. The operator gets a handy environment by means of a pre-plugging place and carcass erecting device. The ergonomic processes lead to a significantly reduced workload.


Packaging system PAQTEQ C-250 at the XYLEXPO

The cardboard-box cutting machine PAQTEC C-250 (formerly VKS 250) enables individual, customized carton packaging for products instantly on demand. ). This creates the optimum product protection and saves a lot of space, since from now on; it is being produced economically instead of expensively stored.

The cardboard-box cutting machines automatically processes endless corrugated paper into precisely fitted folding cartons. In this process the endless cardboard may (of course) vary in width and paper quality. This is a huge advantage for the user, since the time-consuming resetting of endless cardboard is omitted. Furthermore, all endless cardboard stacks are equipped with an intelligent rest length management. The end of the carton web is automatically recognized in the magazine chute and displayed to the operator via the machine control. The operator will then decide whether he will immediately carry out the necessary stack change or whether the cardboard cutting machine continues for the time being. The stack change will be affected at a later time, which is more favorable for production. In this case, the control will automatically take cardboard webs of the next larger width from another magazine chute. In doing so, the cycle of packaging does not have to be interrupted unintentionally and therefore a fitting “tailor-made suit” is manufactured for each product.

Advantages of the PAQTEQ C-250:

  • Individuality - transports the own demand to the customer
  • Product protection - packed professionally and safe
  • Space-saving - cost-efficient production instead of expensive storing
  • Cost saving - accurately fitting packages, tightly calculated
  • Sustainability - cost-efficient, customized cardboards

The machine cuts, perforates and grooves in serial production as well efficiently and reliably as in batch size 1 production. This is possible because the PAQTEQ works according to the so called single point principle and resets automatically as required within a short time frame. Furthermore it is possible to execute grooving and cutting in the running direction of the corrugated paper feed, and also transversal to the running direction.

Up to 12 different cardboard types - that may vary in thickness, width and print (printed or not printed) - can be provided by different feeding systems. This leads to a higher variety of packaging options with low offcuts and corresponding material savings. Data provision is effected via different entry possibilities, from manually up to automatic 3D scan.

Simple operation that is fun

Operation of a cardboard cutting machine is fun. The operating concept powerTouch and the PAQTEQ control intelliCut enable an very easier machine operation removing the necessity of time consuming training. A positive side effect of a PAQTEQ C-250: According to customer statements, operators are bubbling with creativity in regard to new packaging possibilities, a positive side effect of a PAQTEQ C-250.

Another source of inspiration to further optimize packaging is the PAQTEQ shop with more than 230 possible cardboard cuttings. The PAQTEQ shop is a modern service tool exclusively available for users. Packaging designs or individual service solutions can be ordered with only a few clicks. All packaging designs can easily be down loaded and directly assumed to the control. In addition, the cutting programs are equipped with essential performance indicators and can be visualized in 2D and 3D in the shop as well as directly in the machine. This also, makes the operation of the machine enormously easier.

The machine software intelliCut is easier to understand and operate. A graphic cutting pattern display with 3D carton graphic facilitates the handling. Cuttings already existing in PAQTEQ are automatically updated and the correct packaging design can immediately be accessed in the machine.

The software features as the automatic capture of consumable material and the determination of offcuts directly in the cardboard cutting machine have also a simplifying affect. Clearly represented graphical evaluations display a projection of possible savings over a period of three months. Among others are displayed web widths and top 10 cuttings with the highest offcut. Even waste disposal is not a problem, because cutting rests are automatically fed out. This increases the process stability of the cardboard cutting machine and as a result, reduces downtimes.

The PAQTEQ C-250 will be delivered as a customer specific configurable machine. It can individually be extended in its equipment as required. Whether as individual machine or linked in packaging lines, PAQTEQ enables partially or fully automated packaging concepts.


woodStore7 – Mobile, networked, user-friendly

If the suction traverse can be called the heart of a HOMAG storage system, woodStore is the brain of each storage system. The purchase system is transparently linked to the order processor, material is managed right up to offcuts, movements are analyzed, the material flow is controlled and material movements are optimized and constantly self-regulated.

Impressive transparency in storage management

Even panels in external storage are managed. So, each material is registered in the control with unambiguous data, such as storing position, number, quality, etc., beginning with new delivered material up to panels that are called manual offcuts. This means that even panels, which aren’t physically in the horizontal storage system, can transparently be retrieved via the storage control with unequivocal allocation. Because offcuts, which in any normal case due to their small size get put into the corner to lead a lonely existence, are cleanly stored by woodStore with unequivocal allocation and proposed with first priority for each suitable order.

So, the software organizes and monitors the whole stock of panel shaped material in the entire company. The transparency is impressive. Thanks to woodStore, search and handling times are significantly reduced over the complete range of stored panels. At the same time, personnel commitment for machine operation is reduced to a minimum.

In version 7, HOMAG continues focusing on operator convenience, safety and process optimization with woodStore. The different tools offer solutions for more optimization in material management for the whole system storage /operating machine and, at the same time, strengthen user safety.

More flexibility thanks to mobile operation of the storage system

Particularly noteworthy is the “mobile operation” where customers have the opportunity to operate the storage completely mobile. Storing and removal orders, for example, can be directly controlled from the mobile application, a tablet, smartphone, etc. Different messages, such as production lists are also available, or you can retrieve information about the various statistics that can be provided by the storage system.

The decisive advantage for the customer is clearly the flexibility. Where formerly all actions had to be carried out directly at a storage terminal, now, only access to the company’s wireless LAN is necessary to use the mobile operation.

In this context is the production analysis integrated into woodStore7. Adjusted to customer's specific production conditions, the woodStore Analyzer evaluates the whole storage movements and presents on this base how efficiently the storage works. The associated "expert system" generates different strategies on the base of this evaluation and provides tips on how to optimize the efficiency of the storage.


Opportunities of the new perspective

Sometimes, a new perspective is helpful to discover opportunities. Our automation solutions ensure that the products to be manufactured are of a high quality. They work with the utmost precision and take over heavy work. When productivity is clearly increased our customers remain Stronger in competition. We achieve this by interlinking the individual production lines.

The material flow will continuously be optimized. A crucial market advantage is created. Thus, our linked automation solutions are perfect for individual customer requirements, for productivity increase, and the staff’s physical relieve.

Our technology is in particular interesting due to the following four aspects:

  • Efficiency: Savings of enormous production costs by targeted automation. Investments pay off in only a few years and competitiveness remains secure.
  • Time: Our automation solutions can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without further ado. In doing so, many products are manufactured particularly fast and help to develop new business models.
  • Space: Our automation solutions save valuable space especially in the storage technology and in sorting & collating, which is particularly rare and expensive in some regions.
  • Precision: Even well established joinery workshops opt for automation from HOMAG because they require a combination of craftsmanship and future technologies.

The networking of office and machines, the networking with the own customers, the networking of machines with each other, the networking with suppliers and partners allows our customers to produce better quality, cheaper and more effective.

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