Published on : Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Fill Machine Engineering supplied Roseburg with two fully-automated speedfiller wood spot repair systems for plywood boards. The renowned company based in Dillard, Oregon, has more than 3.000 employees in North America. Each of the supplied Fill speedfiller visco plywood systems repairs around 500 board surfaces (each measuring 2.5 x 1.3 meters) with an average of six flaws per hour. Cracks, knots, and resin patches are recorded by a scanner and passed to the spot-repair portals. Each of the three serially connected, high-speed portals is fitted with two combined units that can mill out, fill (1-component putty), or repair with 2-component polyfiller (PU or epoxy). All operations are performed fully automatically and, to live up to the speedfiller name, extremely quickly and precisely.
“This is our first order for Roseburg and our first ever wood processing order in the USA. We have thereby succeeded in gaining a foothold in the highly interesting North American market for plywood,” explains a delighted Erwin Altendorfer, Head of the Wood Competence Center at Fill. Roseburg is the largest family-owned producer of timber-based building products in North America. State-of-the-art retouching technology from Fill is already in daily use in the major plywood markets of Chile and Finland, to the customers’ utmost satisfaction.
Modular construction allows individual configuration
The speedfiller visco plywood spot repair system facilitates fully automated repairing of plywood boards in consistently high quality. The system also features tremendous speed and efficiency. A scanner detects any surface flaws and passes this information to the spot-repair portals. In a continuous process, the flaws can be milled out, filled (with 1-component putty), and repaired with 2-component PU by means of six combined units on three portals. A highly dynamic controller manages the complex synchronization of the processing axes on the vacuum conveyor. Lightweight axes in the individual portals contribute to quickest possible processing. The conveyor is designed in such a way that the panels are drawn in and held flat with suction cups. They therefore remain fixed and stable throughout the process. Thanks to its proven modular construction, the speedfiller system can be adapted flexibly to individual customer requirements.
Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production. Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, aircraft, wind energy, sport and building industries. The company is the global market leader in aluminum core removal technology, casting technology, as well as in ski and snowboard production machines. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966 that is still completely family-owned and now has more than 640 employees. In 2014, the company recorded sales of 120 million euros.