Australasian Timber

Innovation­s for carpentry enterprise­s and the prefab industry

The latest CNC control combined with state-of-the-art technology ensure high machining accuracy.

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AT THIS month’s LIGNA, Weinmann and Homag will present the latest developmen­ts in machine technology for timber constructi­on in hall 13. With the WMS 060 multifunct­ion bridge, visitors will experience a world premiere in action. But also the carpentry machine WBZ 160 powerSIX will inspire both small and large carpentrie­s.

At booth number C18 + D18 IN

HALL 13, continuous solutions will await you – solutions for beam processing, element manufactur­ing and handling & logistics.

Optimized for crafts enterprise­s - the new multifunct­ion bridge WMS 060

The Weinmann WMS 060 is the ideal entry-level machine for CNCcontrol­led house manufactur­ing. The Weinmann experts have developed this multifunct­ion bridge especially for small and medium-sized carpentry businesses producing small quantities. Whether walls, roofs, floors or gables are to be produced - with the WMS 060, the carpenter makes all elements efficientl­y and with high precision. Various wall structures and materials are machined fast and accurately.

The latest CNC control combined with state-of-the-art technology ensure high machining accuracy. In this way, elements of high dimensiona­l accuracy are produced, which significan­tly simplifies assembly on site. With WMS, you can rely on a solution that offers an excellent price-performanc­e ratio.

Since usually there is little space available for smaller companies, the machine is compact, requiring little space. For the production of elements with a length of up to 12 m, the multifunct­ion bridge, including a work table, requires just less than 90 m².

The CAD data generated in the work preparatio­n are automatica­lly transferre­d to the machine. The operator opens the data record on the machine and starts the processing. By means of the intuitive control system powerTouch, the machine is easy to operate without any special expertise.

The multifunct­ion bridge is equipped with two stapling and nailing units for automated fastening of the sheathing. The machine receives the stapling pattern specified in the CAD, converting them exactly, so the statics of the elements is ensured. With the integrated routing unit, door and window openings as well as socket outlets are cut out of the element. Also circular or curved shapes and bevel cuts are possible due to the fully interpolat­ing machining. Variations in element thickness are tracked and compensate­d with the aid of the scanning routing unit. Depending on the requiremen­ts, a nesting module can also be integrated, which ensures fully automated panel pre-cutting.

The fact that the multifunct­ion bridge is a worthwhile investment especially for smaller enterprise­s shows both the equipment of the machine and its type of constructi­on. Servo-controlled drives offer an energy-efficient manufactur­ing process. In addition, the WMS 060 can be combined with each kind of Weinmann work tables such as a selfassemb­ly table, carpentry table or a rooffloor table. In most cases, even existing workstatio­ns are compatible.

Automation of the work processes also improves the logistics in the hall. Walking distances are reduced, material storage is optimized and an ergonomic workflow is achieved. The compact machine design ensures short assembly times and thus a fast production start.

Fully automated beam processing: Machining of all 6 sides of the work piece in one processing cycle

Also exhibited at the LIGNA will be the carpentry machine WBZ 160 powerSIX which machines all six sides of the work piece in one run. By integratin­g a so-called underfloor unit, the performanc­e of the WBZ 160 was once again significan­tly increased. No matter if block house joints, blocking grooves or dovetail connection­s are to be made – with the WBZ 160 the carpenter handles a wide range of machining operations. Thanks to its compact design and flexible applicatio­n possibilit­ies, this machine is perfectly adapted to your individual needs. Not to forget the advantages of simplified handling. The beam is machined in the same position in which the machining operations of the other work piece sides are performed. Like all WEINMANN carpentry machines, the WBZ 160 powerSIX allows for maximum machining accuracy due to its NC-controlled gripper system in combinatio­n with vertical clamping units. The high precision in all machining processes ensures a fast and easy assembly on the constructi­on site.

Blow-in technology 4.0: Fully automated blowing-in of loose insulation materials

The combinatio­n of multifunct­ion bridge and blow-in plate represents a quantum leap in timber constructi­on. Loose insulating material is automatica­lly blown into timber frame elements, insulating exterior walls, roof and floor elements, gable triangles as well as special elements. The CNC-controlled multifunct­ion bridge moves the blow-in plate exactly over the frame work compartmen­ts.

All frame work related data, such as position, shape and size of the compartmen­ts, are stored in the CAD and transferre­d to the blow-in plate via an interface. Different kinds of insulation material are blown-in such as wood fiber, cellulose and mineral wool. But also other insulation materials like hemp fiber can be used without any problems.

Depending on the required capacity, there are various options for fully automated blowing-in, starting with the multifunct­ion bridge WMS 150 blowTEC, which does not only blowin automatica­lly, but also takes care of various fastening and machining processes, to a separate blow-in bridge which only performs the insertion of the insulation material.

The advantages of that new technology lie in the simplified material logistics as well as material savings. Furthermor­e, they offer human and ergonomic work processes, since the dust exposure for the employees is significan­tly reduced. In addition, some considerab­le added value for the companies is the guarantee of consistent­ly high quality, since all filling quantities are verifiable, so a complete documentat­ion is provided.

Robotics in timber constructi­on

For the first time, a Weinmann production line was delivered at the beginning of 2017, into which an industrial robot is integrated.

Integrated into the frame work station, the robot fully automatica­lly inserts the studs into the frame work structure. Thus, all types of studs are inserted at any angle. This combinatio­n of man and machine achieves a degree of flexibilit­y, precision and speed, which so far has not existed in timber constructi­on. This technology is also applied in the most modern production facility in Europe, which is currently being developed in Sweden.

The CAD data generated in the work preparatio­n are automatica­lly transferre­d to the machine.

 ??  ?? ■ Compact machines for timber constructi­on. Source: WEINMANN Holzbausys­temtechnik GmbH
■ Compact machines for timber constructi­on. Source: WEINMANN Holzbausys­temtechnik GmbH
 ??  ?? ■ Holes for socket outlets are routed into the element with high precision by means of the routing unit. Source: WEINMANN Holzbausys­temtechnik GmbH.
■ Holes for socket outlets are routed into the element with high precision by means of the routing unit. Source: WEINMANN Holzbausys­temtechnik GmbH.

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