Innovations for carpentry enterprises and the prefab industry
The latest CNC control combined with state-of-the-art technology ensure high machining accuracy.
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.