Automation in chipboard and fibreboard production
We have handled many projects in the chipboard and the timber processing industries. We have developed many new controls for systems, but also extensively retrofitted units too. We have been active in just about every production stage. Electrical automation technology and control software as well as HMI systems are used right down the line from the raw timber to the finished product – for example, when transporting woodchips, defibring, drying, sieving/sifting, gluing, removal boards from presses, grinding, sawing/trimming as well as coating, profiling and packaging. Transportation between the machines, storage in flat and high-shelf warehouses as well as the prompt availability of boards and stacks in the production processes have particularly benefited from the control systems that we have developed. Plastics and processing them have become more important for us during the last few years too.
Our customers include Classen Industries, Fiberboard und Akzenta (Classen Group), Pfleiderer Deutschland GmbH, Kronospan AG, SWISS KRONO AG or Glunz AG. We also work with systems manufacturers like Kontra Anlagentechnik GmbH and consulting firms like eastconsult.
Thanks to our many years of work in the sector, we are familiar with many production stages and can therefore cater for the upcoming manufacturing stages as well as transport and warehouse processes in the best possible way.
Automatic transport and storage in tyre production
The automobile industry and with it automobile suppliers depend on intelligent and efficient automation solutions, simply because of the volumes that they produce. For example, we have developed solutions for SIEMENS AG and Continental AG, including fully automated suspension monorail transportation or conveying lines for green tires, finished tires and warehouse management systems. Units have been deployed at sites like Continental Puchov (Slovakia), Continental Otrokovice (Czech Republic), Continental Camacari (Brazil), Continental Sarreguemines (France), Continental Nizhnekamsk (Russia). One of the challenges here is the complex production units with many interrelated processes. We have introduced a wide variety of interfaces on our conveying systems with production machines and inspection/quality control units or customers’ WMS or ERP systems and seamlessly integrated them in the existing systems.
Customised material flow control system
The Classen Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of laminate flooring. We developed a material flow system, which maps the internal procedures and helps to organise them, to support the elaborate production processes and intelligent warehouse and transport logistics at Classen Industries in the world’s largest laminate flooring factory in Baruth and at the company headquarters at Kaisersesch.
In addition to making it easy to cope with incoming and outgoing goods, we had to guarantee that production orders are handled in line with what has been asked for. Requests for materials are triggered by production control centers and consumption is managed consistently in order to guarantee traceability in production. Procedures for quality management and operating data acquisition are integrated too. All the picking and removal procedures from high-shelf and block warehouses have to be provided to ensure that the finished goods are dispatched – which is an elaborate and time-critical process.
The system is complemented by a forklift control system that is administered as the user requires. The drivers receive a deliberate selection from the pending driving jobs and then process them themselves. The necessary accounting processes after the transport job or after the loading has been completed are automatically handled at the same time.
We place great importance on independent and therefore robust concepts in terms of time and data technology in all these processes. Special synergies are created for our customers in conjunction with the extensive transport controls and warehouse administration systems that we supply.
Intralogistics systems for heavy loads
We supply control systems for moving heavy loads in the field of intra logistics for Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH. The procedures are handled and visualized using tailored HMI systems. The spectrum ranges from high-shelf warehouses, where the storage and retrieval machines have to move timber panels or copper coils weighing several tonnes, to painting and coating machines for large parts weighing e.g. 10 t; the latter are moved through the individual production stages with manipulators and cranes. And where materials flow, the data related to the parts always has to be managed for the production process too. Integration in the customer’s IT system naturally forms part of the package.
The projects completed include those for:
- Meiller Kipper Munich
- Liebherr Werke Nenzing, Ehingen and Dserschinsk
- Kleemann Göppingen
- Wirtgen Group Windhagen
- NORD Bargteheide (gear units)
- SEW Bruchsal (major transmission plant)
- KME Osnabrück
We are not only active in industry and the business world!
Whether it is the unique canoe training channel in Potsdam, the swimming channels in Olympic bases and institutions in Germany (Berlin, Halle/Saale, Hamburg, Leipzig, Magdeburg and Potsdam), the counter-current unit at Tenerife Top Training in the Canary Islands or the flow channel in Shanghai – they are all controlled by our technology. Flow channels have also been built to rehabilitate athletes and patients – e.g. at the Johannesbad Fachklinik Raupennest in Altenberg or the Medianklinik in Leipzig or the rehabilitation channel in Ho Chi Minh City/Vietnam. Leisure and private facilities have been equipped with our current units too – for example, at the Bern Aqua/Westside leisure pool in Switzerland.
As a result, we are making an active contribution to promoting competitive sport and rehabilitating athletes and patients – in Germany and around the globe – together with our customer and partner, TZ Technisches Zentrum Entwicklungs- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH - Leipzig.
We make every effort to secure projects in Saxony and the Vogtland region too.
Our long-standing customers include:
- APROHA Agrarproduktions- und Handels GmbH
- BANG Kransysteme GmbH & Co. KG
- Glitzner Entsorgung GmbH
- KMW Engineering GmbH
- Meiser Vogtland OHG
- Sporer PCS GmbH
- Unilever Deutschland Produktions GmbH & Co. OHG Werk Auerbach
- Voigt & Schweitzer Plauen GmbH & Co. KG