State-of-the-art scanner boosts yield and quality
GERMAN-BASED HIT Holzindustrie Torgau has optimized its production with CT Log, the high-tech solution for saw-infeed and saw-line made by Microtec. After 10 years of development, this is the fifth Microtec flagship scanner to be installed.
Large Cone-Beam technology, developed by Microtec, allows for the first time a complete digital reconstruction of the internal characteristics of a log. The CT Log scanner captures all defects and quality features before the breakdown of the log. CT Log enables a perfect sawing pattern optimization, allowing evaluation of all sawing combinations that fit the quality of the final products.
The optimization software determines the sawing pattern which has the highest added value and the requirements of the final product are controlled in real time according to current production requirements.
“This solution will considerably increase the productivity of the sawline, which promotes a sustainable processing of the raw material and improves the yield and the quality of the final products,“says CEO at HIT, Günther Hilmer.
M icro tec’s CEO, Federico Giudiceandrea, explains the technological development of the CT Log: “Computed Tomography for logs, the CT Log, will become an indispensable part of the sawmill. The trend of the wood working industry is definitely moving towards an increase of value and quality, instead of quantity. The newlydeveloped software for online sawing optimization leads to the most precise results, and realizes the profitability of the investment in a very short time frame.”
In this specific project the CT Log Computed Tomograph is equipped with the Logeye “Fingerprint” system for the recognition of each log and to determine the correct angle. The system recognizes each log reliably any time later on the sawing line, allowing full access of the original CT Log scan information for sawing optimization.
The software tool Maxicut supports the sawing optimization. This solution maximizes the added value of the sawing patterns by examining all the possible combinations of the activate product lists.
Microtec exports its products worldwide and has branch offices in Linz, Venice, Melbourne and Vancouver.
HIT Holzindustrie Torgau was founded in 1999 in Torgau. Next to the modern production site of short wood and thinnings, the company focuses on the production of pallets, which are produced according to many standardized variants. The diversity of its product range includes products for the packaging industry and wood for house, garden and landscaping. HIT Torgau currently has a capacity of more than 800,000 cubic meters per year. Each day up to 120 truckloads of stems are delivered at three calibrated logyards, where the logs are classified and debarked. The production of the pallets is carried out on 8 fully automatic lines in 4 shift operation with a daily capacity of 40.000 pieces.
Microtec’s CEO, Federico Giudiceandrea.