WEINIG EasyScan: The most profitable solution for wood optimization
Of all the process stages in solid wood processing, cutting offers the greater potential for optimization. No wonder that many companies start here to improve the performance of their production lines. The use of scanner technology also provides a key function. Defect detection via camera and laser is an ultra-efficient instrument in the race for maximum productivity, optimal quality and the shortest delivery times. Speed and accuracy are among the scanner's main attributes.
The results are improved value creation, consistently high product quality and increased profits. Consequently, in large modern companies, the scanner has long been an integral component of the cutting system and has replaced manual workpiece inspection. Smaller companies, on the other hand, often struggle with making the leap into the digital age of production. They have particular reservations in terms of cost-effectiveness. Now the new Weinig EasyScan has arrived to allay all remaining concerns.
The WEINIG EasyScan series provides
- High productivity thanks to automated defect detection
- Reduced labor costs, since labor-intensive manual marking is dispensed with
- Increased recovery since the detection accuracy of the scanner is far superior to manual marking
- More flexible production since many different qualities and products can be produced at the same time
- Increased quality of end products
- Ability to control the quality of end products according to individual customers, etc.
Cross-cutting optimization explained simply
Step 1: LuxscanLine scanners are based upon various sensors, such as laser cameras, color cameras and X-ray. Your WEINIG expert will define the right sensors and the best combination of these, matched to the wood species, surface quality and customer requirements. Our objective is to achieve the best possible quality of information for the required application.
Step 2: Image processing is handled by the highly sophisticated OptiCore software. This detects and identifies defects as well as color variations on the board. The ideally adapted sensor data ensures optimal data processing and defect detection.
Step 3: Optimization via the high-performance OptiCore software calculates the best solution during cross-cutting. In doing so, it takes into account the various customer requests and requirements. Based upon the precise board data calculated during image processing, the board is optimized in accordance with the customer’s settings. This allows a virtually unlimited number of qualities and products to be defined. Thus, even a complex product mix can be quickly and simply optimized.
EasyScan+ C layout suggestions
The EasyScan+ C is suitable for one or two cross-cut saws.
The sensors: The key to success
All sensors are protected by air-conditioned housings. Our laser cameras are installed in every system as standard. With the fastest speed available on the market, these guarantee a high resolution and optimal results. Performance is continually improving through continuous development of this industrial sensor system. This technology detects defects such as knots, pith, cracks, etc. A sophisticated laser system also reliably detects 3D surface defects, such as holes and wane.
In addition, optional color cameras improve the scanner's detection. Higher resolutions, both in the longitudinal and transversal direction detect color defects, as well as cracks and insect holes, more reliably than ever before. Different versions of the color camera ensure the ideal scanner performance for every application.
OptiLink: Ideal optimization via connected processes.
Using multiple, complex production processes has always been a difficult task. Linking various applications and production lines complicates the flow of information. OptiLink was developed to optimize production management by centralizing the information. With a single access point to all information, just-in-time production is no longer a complex challenge. OptiLink decreases operator errors and reduces the inventory of semi-finished goods. A further benefit is the quick and simple data management with regard to ERP systems. This even allows production of single-item batches thanks to sophisticated statistical functions. Although OptiLink was originally developed purely for linking cross-cut scanners and rip scanners, it is now possible to connect many other cutting-related machines.
Options for extension
Fiber analysis: Maximum cutting accuracy
An essential component of optimizing recovery and value creation is a precise cutting position, particularly with finger jointed products. The "dual scatter" system, comprising a line laser and a dot laser, enables this precision.
Automatic camera positioning and processing of decreasing widths
The automatic camera positioning moves all cameras into the ideal position, thus guaranteeing optimal picture quality and resolution. It also prevents operator error, thus reducing production losses to a minimum.
OptiLink: Ideal optimization via connected processes.
Using complex production processes has always been a difficult task. Linking various applications and production lines complicates the flow of information.
From bent, warped beams to straight, visually appealing glulam products is a difficult journey. Rapid throughfeed is less important than the right result. Stabilame in Belgium has discovered perfect quality with an entry-level scanner.
Rustic, aesthetic visuals are required for the lamellae produced by Stabilame for glulam products and block house walls. Smaller wood defects are tolerated but the work piece must be straight. With diameters of up to 60 cm and large lengths, this is not quite so easy. Mechanical "extrusion" is not an option. However, Stabilame has achieved perfect results with an astute, inexpensive solution. What is surprising is that the solution is based upon scanner technology that is usually at home in rapid processing. Furthermore, in the WEINIG ShapeScan and EasyScan models, even compact entry-level technology has proven completely adequate for the demanding application. In the ShapeScan, a sensor initially measures the curvature and/or warping of the products sorted by strength. The calculated data is fed into the subsequent optimization on the EasyScan. The WEINIG OptiCut 450 Quantum then processes the cutting list in accordance with the pre-defined quality. Stabilame are impressed. Particularly since the system, including charging, can even work unmanned during throughfeed. All that remains is to de-stack the pallet of raw timber in advance.
Glulam production at the push of a button: The bosses at Stabilame have found an intelligent solution.