First of five-stage ex­pan­sion plan for XLam

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

AN EX­TRA Com­puter Nu­mer­i­cal Con­trol (CNC) Cross Lam­i­nated Tim­ber (CLT) fab­ri­ca­tion ma­chine will be added to XLam’s Nel­son man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity to meet its com­mit­ments for CLT prod­ucts across New Zealand.

The move is stage one of a five part strate­gic ex­pan­sion plan.

“We are de­lighted to an­nounce that as part of the first stage of the ex­pan­sion program we have or­dered a Hun­deg­ger PBA 3 CNC ma­chine for the Nel­son site,” said XLam Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Gary Caulfield.

“This will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the pro­cess­ing time and in­crease vol­ume of tim­ber process, more than dou­bling the cur­rent pro­duc­tion out­puts.”

Mr Caulfield said the com­pany was com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in projects that gen­er­ate value to its cus­tomers in New Zealand.

“XLam is fo­cused on mak­ing strate­gic in­vest­ments to im­prove and op­ti­mise our in­te­grated busi­ness and sup­port the con­tin­ued sup­ply of high-qual­ity, lo­cally pro­duced tim­ber pan­els,” said Mr Caulfield.

The ex­pan­sion project is ex­pected to in­crease the Nel­son based op­er­a­tion’s ca­pac­ity to be­yond that of the ex­ist­ing CNC by more than 50%. This project is in ad­di­tion to the re­cently an­nounced de­vel­op­ment for the Aus­tralian ‘sta­teof-the-art’ sis­ter plant which will be in op­er­a­tion in 2018.

“We con­tin­u­ously eval­u­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet mar­ket de­mands and to en­hance the com­pet­i­tive­ness. This in­vest­ment sig­nals our com­mit­ment to the New Zealand mar­ket and the ful­fil­ment of new or­ders.

“Our suc­cess as a sus­tain­able con­struc­tion ma­te­rial and process over the past five years is due to a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing a highly-skilled work­force, sup­port from the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, and the fore­sight from our board in recog­nis­ing the lo­cal mar­ket po­ten­tial.

“This lat­est in­vest­ment in the very best technology will fur­ther add to the list of suc­cess fac­tors,” said Mr Caulfield.

The ex­pan­sion project has al­ready be­gun with ven­dors sup­ply­ing equip­ment to the Nel­son site in the com­ing months. The first stage is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Hun­deg­ger Aus­trala­sia Di­rec­tor Char­lie Hutch­ings said the new sta­teof-the-art ma­chine has been de­vel­oped ac­cord­ing to a mod­u­lar sys­tem which al­lows for it to be ex­panded ac­cord­ing to re­quire­ments.

The PBA cov­ers com­plete pro­cess­ing of Glu­lam struc­tures, solid wood pan­els and SIPS and CLT Parts up to 8 me­tres wide, of any length and up to 48cm thick.

“With the PBA it is pos­si­ble to process large parts such as walls, ceil­ings or ceil­ing com­po­nents ac­cu­rate to the mil­lime­tre,” said Char­lie.

The spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the ma­chine is ac­cord­ing to cus­tomer re­quire­ments.

The PBA pro­cesses a large range of ma­te­ri­als, e.g. solid wood, lam­i­nated Glu­lam, lam­i­nated tim­ber, mul­ti­layer pan­els, SIPS, CLT and off site con­structed walls.

“The PBA can be equipped with 6 ver­ti­cal units, as well as a 5-axis chain saw, a 5-axis uni­ver­sal milling unit with tool charger plus a 5-axis cir­cu­lar saw,” he said.

“With these units, any lon­gi­tu­di­nal, hid­den cuts and mitre cuts can be made, aper­tures of any shape and size milled and pock­ets for ser­vices or through holes drilled.

With its large travel range, the PBA al­lows parts of any length, up to 8 m wide and 48 cm thick to be pro­cessed on 5 sides. Clamp­ing the parts is not usu­ally nec­es­sary,” said Char­lie.

The work area of the ma­chine can be zoned so that the ma­chine op­er­a­tor can load a part of the ma­chine, while the gantry au­to­mat­i­cally pro­cesses a work piece in an­other part.

The soft­ware in­cludes an in­ter­face for ac­cept­ing pro­cess­ing data from most com­mer­cially avail­able CAD pro­grams. The ma­chine op­er­a­tor can also en­ter or mod­ify all op­er­a­tions di­rectly on the ma­chine. For that pur­pose, an easy to un­der­stand graphic user in­ter­face is avail­able. The units of the PBA can be equipped with a large se­lec­tion of tools e.g. dove­tail mills, routers, side milling and pro­file milling cut­ters. Thanks to the freely pro­gram­mable paths of all tools, there are ex­tremely flex­i­ble pro­cess­ing op­tions.

... the new state-of-the-art ma­chine has been de­vel­oped ac­cord­ing to a mod­u­lar sys­tem which al­lows for it to be ex­panded ac­cord­ing to re­quire­ments.

■ Thanks to the PBA's large tra­verse paths, parts of any length, with max­i­mum widths of 8 m and max­i­mum thick­ness of 48 cm, can be ma­chined on 5 sides. This is made pos­si­ble by the 5-axis por­tal.

■ Cuts at any an­gle.

■ Re­cesses.

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