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WEINIG Powermat series: Unlimited range of applications with perfect quality

The moulder is the centerpiece of any production facility. This is where the most value is added when creating a profiled moulding from square timber. The Powermat series represent the optimal machine for profitable production for any application and any company size – from the small workshop to industrial series production. From the Powermat 700 to the Powermat 2500, the machines cover the widest range of applications, whether in profiling of mouldings, window production, beam planing, flooring production or pre-planing. With its modular design, the Powermat series can be adapted to your individual requirements in terms of quality, flexibility and performance and can also be customized for customer-specific special solutions.

Thanks to the intelligent machine controls, automatic positioning of the spindles and the patented PowerLock system, setup of the machine is quicker, easier and safer than ever before. A range of options can also be added to exploit the full performance potential of your Powermat. Hence, the Powermat is suited to all requirements – whether machining solid wood, engineered wood, plastics or even composites.

The Powermat series embodies 100% WEINIG quality, which is imbued with decades of experience. There can be no better guarantee of profitable production in line with current market requirements.

All machines

WEINIG Powermat 700

Frontansicht WEINIG Powermat 700

The new generation of moulding and planing

  • Highly user-friendly
  • Enormous savings in setup time
  • High level of repetition precision
  • Outstanding surface quality
  • High resource efficiency
Detail page  Powermat 700

WEINIG Powermat 1500

Frontansicht WEINIG Powermat 1500

The valuable moulder for optimum profitability

  • Highly user-friendly
  • Enormous savings in setup time
  • High level of repetition precision
  • Outstanding surface quality
  • High resource efficiency
Detail page  Powermat 1500

WEINIG Powermat 2400

The high-end solution for industrial production.

  • Highly user-friendly
  • Rapid dimension and profile changes
  • High level of repetition precision
  • Outstanding surface quality even at high feed speeds.
  • Increased productivity
Detail page  Powermat 2400

WEINIG Powermat 2500

The flagship of the Powermat series for high-speed applications

  • Highly user-friendly
  • High level of repetition precision
  • Outstanding surface quality even at high feed speeds.
  • Increased productivity
  • Sustainable machine concept
Detail page  Powermat 2500

The WEINIG Powermat series provides

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The more challenging the better

Like a ship in full sail: The Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris includes 800 m3 of glulam and 270 t of duplex steel – Photo:  HESS-TIMBER / Rensteph Thompson

The Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris is a veritable feast for the senses in steel, glass and wood. The planning and design required boldness and inspiration. Precisely the right kind of challenge for Mathias Hofmann and his company Hess Timber.

Louis Vuitton is renowned worldwide as a manufacturer of exclusive luggage, handbags and champagnes. Behind the brand is France's richest man Bernhard Arnault. An art lover who recently commissioned the construction of the museum of the Louis Vuitton foundation in the south of Paris. The plans were drawn up by renowned North American architect Frank Gehry. Costs were not high on the agenda and the individual works were subject to the highest demands in quality and creativity.

Mathias Hofmann and his company Hess Timber won the tender for the timber sections of the winding and sophisticated roof structure comprising 12 sails. "The more challenging the better. I love such projects," says the man from Kleinheubach, Bavaria, of his philosophy. With his unconventional thinking and bold attitude to risk, Mathias Hofmann has earned a lofty status in international timber construction engineering. He somewhat regrets that his highly competitive day-to-day business, building supporting structures for standard buildings, has taken something of a back seat. The costs for major projects are high. "Each time you need practically new technology," he says. This was also the case for the Louis Vuitton Museum. The ridge girders required, partly comprising two arches, were produced on an in-house press bed. The client was impressed during the tender process by Mathias Hofmann's unusual style of rod-based block gluing. The highlight is a rod cover lamella that has the same visual appearance from above and below as from the sides.

That transporting the laminated beams, which are up to 28 meters long, through the Parisian metropolis did not cause chaos is attributable to another unorthodox idea of Mathias Hofmann – Hess Limitless. The procedure is based upon a special adhesion geometry and, in principle, enables girders to be transported in short, individual segments without length restrictions or loss of bearing capacity. The girders are then put together at the construction site. Mathias Hofmann can rely on excellent partners in WEINIG. Defects are cut out by an OptiCut at Hess Timber. Two PowerJoint systems take care of finger jointing the lamellae. A Powermat then planes the workpieces ready for gluing. "I have never regretted opting for WEINIG," says Mathias Hofmann.

Photo: HESS-TIMBER / © Rensteph Thompson

Transatlantic quality alliance

The first window: Good prospects for the Menck USA team

The North American window market is becoming more demanding. A good environment to start a model for the future combining Germany technological know-how with windows "made in USA".

Hurricanes and icy temperatures are nothing unusual in Massachusetts. The ideal environment for production of quality windows with triple glazing. And home to Menck Windows USA Inc., a joint venture of German company Menck, since 2013. With self-produced, energy-efficient window and door components, the company aims to secure a share of the major US market. The signs are promising. Energy-saving standards, certification guidelines and tax incentives have significantly stimulated the window market in the USA. There is particular investment in the prestige market segment. However, high demands from customers require first-class production technology. Little surprise, therefore, that Menck turned to WEINIG. Since the start of the year, its windows have been produced on a Conturex CNC processing center – the first of its kind in the USA. The system is respectfully referred to as a "factory in a shoe box" at Menck USA. The Conturex performs the work of several standard single machines in a single pass. Every two minutes, it produces a new, completely processed part. With a ValuRip, an OptiCut S 90 and a Powermat 1200, Menck has also placed its trust in WEINIG know-how in terms of ripping, cross-cutting and profiling. The entire system is networked via MillVision Pro production software, offering optimal efficiency in production.

http://www.menckwindows.com/

Pros in good company

Big secret: How do maize, wheat, barley malt and water become tasty Jack Daniel’s?

When it comes to distilling a good Bourbon whiskey, Jack Daniel’s has long set the standard. Now, the production of the barrels is also state of the art.

The taste, aroma and color of the whiskey is largely determined all around the world by the barrels in which the whiskey is stored for years. However, Europe and the USA prefer different processes.

While in Europe, the whiskey producers swear by the qualities of old oak barrels, in the USA they prefer new barrels that have been charred. This creates the strong vanilla aroma during the aging process. Before filling the barrels, the distillate is also slowly dripped through a meter-high stack of charcoal. This makes the whiskey softer and purer.. Each barrel must only be filled once.

Naturally, this also applies to traditional company Jack Daniel‘s: 3,000 barrels of the famous Bourbon whiskey are distilled every day in the computerized production facility in Alabama. Until recently, the complex barrel staves were still made by hand. This meant poor wood recovery. So it was little wonder that parent company Brown-Forman decided to re-consider the production process. They opted for WEINIG. Now three Powermat 2400 moulders are on hand for the task. The solution is customized for the high demands of the special cross-section of the barrel staves and includes CNC-controlled jointing technology. Even at high feed speeds, geometrically identical workpieces can be created.

"With the help of WEINIG and the Brown-Forman specialists, we are now able to produce better barrels more quickly, more safety and with less effort," summarizes Larry Comps senior, Vice-President and Managing Director of Jack Daniel‘s.

The know-how also impressed the US association of wood processors. The WMIA awarded Brown-Forman the honor of "Innovator of the year". WEINIG is happy to have played our part and says "cheers"!

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Oak barrels

No regrets about using outsiders - the Dauerholz story

Terrace

Peter Weller says: "If I want an entire concept, there is no alternative to Weinig."


The idea started in Hamburg. The production was outsourced to MeckPom. Using outsiders has really given the company a boost. But the Dauerholz decking boards are an obvious hot topic.

A few years ago, a Hamburg carpenter made a sensational discovery: Unlike similar preservatives, hot wax seeps into the core of the wood ensuring genuine deep protection. The researcher found bold investors who believed in the idea, primarily because the outdoor area, with decking and construction timber, provides vast scope for ecological wax-impregnated wood with its high resistance to weathering, moisture and pest infestations. A production plant was built in the perfect spot in Dabel near Schwerin.

The customized Dauerholz production line was designed and installed in close cooperation with the project specialists at Weinig Concept. As well as a planing and profiling machine, a high-speed optimizing cross-cut saw, a curve cross-cut saw, a scanner and a finger-jointing line, the site also includes a tool grinder machine from the Weinig portfolio. “We wanted to keep the entire process in-house as well as being completely autonomous in terms of tool preparation,” says Peter Weller, explaining the decision.

Dauerholz placed greatest emphasis on optimization of wood recovery and finishing. We performed a recovery analysis and established that we had more than halved cutting losses, reports Peter Weller. This success is also partly attributable to the new moulder. The moulder is equipped with “floating” vertical spindles whose flexible bearings allow it to follow the natural curvature of the wood over long lengths. This prevents “snipes” and “dips” on either end of the work piece and eliminates finish planing with further chip removal.

Intelligent feat of strength

Massive potential The DKK 115 drive unit

The glulam lamellae at Pfeifer in Imst, Austria, are pressed at 160 m/min and subsequently planed. The throughfeed press replaces four old machines.

The Pfeifer group commissioned its modernized production facilities in Imst at the start of 2013. Performance and wood savings were decisive in awarding the order, recalls authorized representative Dietmar Seelos. "We required a press with a feed speed of 160 m/min." This feat of strength was necessary because the new single pressing line was replacing four existing lines. The company chose a WEINIG DKK 115 through-feed press. Its role is to create a continuous strand from the pre-milled and glued infed timber. A feed unit accelerates the lamellae and transports them to the feed-in station, where they are handed over to two servo-controlled, synchronous aligning chains. This ensures continuous jointing with no offset. The master computer knows exactly which infeed lengths and cross sections are coming to the press. The DKK 115 adjusts itself automatically. At the end is a continuous flow of glulam lamellae, which is pushed relentlessly towards the planing. This is a special case as the feeding power of the DKK must also be sufficient for downstream planing. Two 90 kW electric motors are therefore used. The improved chip removal of the WEINIG planer proved decisive. The Powermat 2500 saves at least one millimeter. Since the Kundl sawmill invested in the same planing technology in its quality sorting, it has benefited from the combined effect of the two machines. Performing the cutting in its own sawmill also allows the smaller input dimensions to be reflected one-for-one in the cutting dimensions. For a glulam factory with an output of 100,000 m3/year, this represents an enormous saving.

http://www.pfeifergroup.com/

Source: Holzkurier

Ripcord pulled

Lüchinger AG

The Swiss are accustomed to precision workmanship. Still, Lüchinger AG struggled with an automatic moulder from the Far East for four years. Then they had enough.

Full order books are a fine thing. However, it can be a problem if your production capacity is not up to the task. That is why Lüchinger AG were delighted when an Asian manufacturer offered them an immediately available planer that was a perfect complement for their long-serving Weinig Hydromat. The Swiss firm accepted and bitterly regretted it: There was one material defect after another and breakdowns were a daily occurrence. The promised performance was far from being achieved. When the local service operation closed its business, Max Lüchinger drew a line in the sand. “We realized in that moment that you have to take your time to obtain a functioning, customized solution,” says factory manager Arthur Pfiffner. The road led back to WEINIG. The Tauberbischofsheim specialists partnered with Lüchinger to develop a customized production concept based upon the Powermat 2400. With the Uni spindle and state-of-the-art technology for structure planing and carving, Lüchinger now handles every market demand with complete process reliability. After years of uncertainty, we are very relieved, Arthur Pfiffner admits. And if Lüchinger ever need any advice, the Weinig telephone hotline is at their disposal. There is always an expert contact partner immediately on the line who can help, Arthur Pfiffner underlines.

The power of the mountains

Peter Prader

Alois Prader GmbH is fighting back against the quick-turnaround wood industry with quality. The firm compensates for its disadvantages in terms of location with modern, customized production technology.

The wild and beautiful Villnöss Valley, home of the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner, is also home to Prader. However, holidaymakers' joy is a wood processor's sorrow: The mountain timber takes twice as long to grow as that on the lowlands and is destroyed by the mass-produced wood industry, says Managing Director Peter Prader, voicing his frustration. To assert themselves, Prader invested in new production technology. The objective was to increase value creation while maintaining top quality, an extensive product range and the shortest possible delivery times. The centerpiece of the production line is two Weinig planers. While the old machine is used for special applications, the new investment is purely aimed at productivity and flexibility. This is achieved via 11 shafts, "floating spindles", which allow the lowest possible chip removal thickness, and a tilting cleaving saw unit, which allows several workpieces to be produced in a single pass. The results speak for themselves – Prader are doing brisk business. And the quality has also impressed the die-hard wood enthusiast: With Weinig technology, we get surfaces that are so good, our scanner detects significantly more defects than previously, said Peter Prader. His verdict on the new planing line: We are better and significantly more productive and the flexibility it has given us has opened up new markets.

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At one with nature: The Prader factory in the Villnöss Valley

Ready for the future with solid wood panels.

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Since 2001 the hardwood sawmill owner Walter Ohnemus has been running a cutting line. In 2011 he dared to take the next step towards further processing: solid wood board production in Kappel-Grafenhausen with the ProfiPress T 3500 from Dimter.

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Areas of application

Profiled mouldings

WEINIG Anwendungen

Our core competence

Profiling mouldings of all types has always been WEINIG’s core competence. Profiling includes a wide range of end products that nevertheless set the same challenges for machine technology: high levels of profile precision with excellent surface quality and regular cuttermarks.

WEINIG technology is always setting new standards in this area. The basis for this are the solid machine bases with precise machine tables and the fence at exactly the right angle to this. The superiority of the WEINIG machines is seen overall when dynamics are brought into the equation: spindles with high true running accuracy, a strong feed system and the corresponding pressure elements.

The perfect interaction of these components guarantees smooth transportation in a defined position through the machine. The result is the legendary WEINIG quality of your products: high profile precision, excellent surface quality and regular cuttermarks.

Window production

WEINIG Anwendungen

All stages of the processes on one machine

Profiling window scantlings on the long side and the cross side of the window scantling, and shaping and drilling are carried out on the processing center that outputs the fully processed scantling. However, the moulder still has an important role in window production as it is needed for 4-sided planing of the window scantling, to remove and to profile the blank glazing bead.

The WEINIG Powermat has a special window package that was precisely designed to complete these three process steps. Using the press of a button the user can select whether the four sides should only be planed or whether the blank glazing bead should be removed as well. Safety prompts ensure that an adjustment can only be carried out when there is no work piece in the machine and that there will be no collision between the saw blade and contact pressure elements. The PowerLock system means that the machine can be retooled in a very short time so that the glazing bead can be profiled.

The WEINIG system also enables the moulder to be connected to the cross-cut saw and the processing center. Thus, WEINIG offers the ideal solution for window production because it is the safest and most efficient.

Pallet production

WEINIG Anwendungen

The Euro pallet has become an indispensable resource for transporting products and goods. As a result the production of pallets is an attractive market segment. However, pallet timber is not only planed on four sides but they also have chamfers that make it easier for the forklift to pick up the pallet. WEINIG offers a very efficient solution for pallet production, namely the jumping spindle that jumps in and out of a work piece. The basis for this is precise measurement, which allows the jumping spindle to be clocked at the right moment. The parameters of the chamfer, length and position on the work piece, can be defined by the machine operator.

The WEINIG solution with exact measurement and the dynamic spindle ensures that all chamfers have the same length are in the same position on the work piece. In addition, the “dip in” and “move-out” distances are equally long. In this way WEINIG meets all requirements for producing high-quality pallets in an economical way.

Structured surfaces

WEINIG Anwendungen

Produce innovative products economically

 

Creative surfaces are in fashion, whether for furniture frontages, flooring or facades. Previously, things that you could only produce at high cost by hand or in processing centers can now by produced in the moulder in one run.

The WEINIG structure planing technology makes it possible to move the spindle relative to the work piece as it is fed through and in this way to create a three-dimensional surface. Using CAD software the structured surfaces can be checked and simulated in advance and then actually produced on the moulder.

This puts WEINIG at the forefront again, setting new standards with this new development that could open up new market opportunities for you. You can let your creativity run wild with this technology, producing new products - along with short run times, high productivity and low unit costs.

Construction timber

WEINIG Anwendungen

The importance of solid wood as a construction material has grown constantly over the last few years. This means that there are high demands on the surface quality, particularly for the visible areas. The largest area of application are beams, which are planed on 4 sides and chamfered.

Depending on your requirements, WEINIG offers the right solution, from a small machine to a large line; but they have one thing in common: a high level of flexibility because of the 90° chamfering unit.

The chamfering unit is used to produce the fourth chamfer on the beam after the other chamfers have been produced by the vertical spindles and the horizontal top spindle. The chamfering unit control means that dimensions can be changed quickly and a change in the strength of the chamfer can be made without changing the tool and simply by positioning the spindles.

With this technology WEINIG enables small companies to work with the same economy as a large organization.

Glulam

WEINIG Anwendungen

Planing glulam lamellae

 

Glulam is increasingly being used in recent years and therefore more and more importance is being given to planing glued laminated timber lamellae. This depends on achieving a glueable surface at high speed with the lowest level of chip removal. Even the curve of the timber does not make a difference, and can be kept, because the lamellae are glued afterwards and then finally planed again.

WEINIG meets this challenge with innovative machine technology. The combination of slanted horizontal spindles and floating vertical spindles allows the lamellae to be planed with a minimum of chip removal on all four sides while maintaining the curvature of the wood. These WEINIG solutions increase material yield and thus also resource efficiency.

Pre-planing

WEINIG Anwendungen

In industrial wood processing, material yield plays an ever greater role. Scanners are used in this context to identify places with defects and to cut them out. Pre-planing is necessary at the start of the entire chain in order to provide the scanner with a clean surface. Accordingly, chip removal should be minimal and a high feed speed is usually required.

In this segment, WEINIG offers both simple solutions with excellent value for money, as well as innovative solutions with unique technology: from hydro-tools to jointers, slanted spindles and floating spindles up to a feed speed of 300 m/min. As well as the necessary machine technology, WEINIG, of course, also offers suitable mechanization. We can meet your pre-planing needs perfectly!

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