WEINIG finger jointing lines: The fastest way to create higher value
Finger jointing is recognized as the most stable method of wood length joints. And if you require this technology, there's no better exponent than WEINIG. We are the specialists and have been number 1 on the market for over 25 years. WEINIG finger jointing technology is focused on maximum precision. This means minimal dimensional allowance, wood losses and operating costs. All systems are extremely user-friendly. This makes residual wood processing and upgrading by finger jointing profitable and easy for you!
The flexible modular design allows machines to be equipped according to your individual requirements. This enables high flexibility for standardized as well as customer-specific solutions, regardless of whether the systems have raw wood entry lengths, smaller or larger than 1,000 mm. The principle can be used for all performance classes: From the ProfiJoint entry model to the Ultra, CombiPact and Turbo-S models up to the high-performance class with the HS120 and HS200 horizontal finger jointing lines. In short: WEINIG system concepts are designed to meet the highest demands in quality for all performance classes.
WEINIG Short timber finger jointing lines
Feed speed from 6 m/min up to 70 m/min
- Finger joint profiles for all areas of use
- Maximum precision and stability of finger joints
- Robust and powerful
- High operational capacity, up to 200 pieces/min (28 km/8h-shiftr)
- Convenient and user-friendly
WEINIG Constructional timber lines
Feed speed up to 120 m/min
- Vertical and horizontal jointing is possible
- Long wood entry length such as 2 m, 3 m, 4 m or even 6 m
- Shaper heights (timber width) up to 300 mm
- Almost all glue types possible
- Front-end, extrusion, cycle or through-feed presses possible
WEINIG Compact finger jointing lines
Feed speeds up to 70 m/min
- Very compact construction of different lines
- Pressing force of 20, 30 or even 40 tonnes
- Capacities of 3.5 up to 15 joints/min possible
- Optionally available with additional sound insulation cabinet
- Production of an endless phase
WEINIG Single board lines
Feed speed up to 160 (200) m/min
- Every work piece is individually aligned and processed.
- High-performance lines for capacities up to 160 (200) m/min.
- With automatic feeding system and stacking solutions
WEINIG Through-feed press
Feed speed up to 160 (200) m/min
- Pressing without stopping
- Cutting (sawing) without stopping
- All offset joints are realigned
- Can be combined with all high-performance finger joint shapers
- Direct planing after the press is possible
Menu for technology connoisseurs
Angara Plus from Bratsk, Siberia, manufactures solid wood components for furniture production on a large scale. The company recently commissioned its second fully-automated production line. WEINIG Concept designed the tailor made solution.
The Russian wood sector is characterized by complex requirements. Tailoring industrial systems requires partners who understand project business. WEINIG Concept is a proven specialist in the field with a worldwide reputation. Something Angara Plus also appreciates. Having been very satisfied with the fully-automated production line for solid wood panels purchased in 2013, the company also turned to WEINIG as its first choice when it came to expanding its operations with a production line for finger-jointed products. What was required was a complete process ranging from checking wood humidity and cutting out defects to cutting fixed lengths, finger jointing, block gluing and destacking. The complete provider WEINIG was able to present a convincing solution. This included the integration of the ultra-fast OptiCut 450 Quantum optimizing cross-cut saw, the EasyScan+ 200 C scanner system and two Powermat moulders that deliver particularly high performance. The centerpiece of the production line, however, is the Turbo S-1000 short timber finger-jointing line with an output of up to 200 parts per minute. The process stage is completed by a ProfiPress C 6100 L high-frequency press. Naturally, the entire automation comes from the WEINIG Group. The production line is designed for 300 production days per year. To achieve maximum machine availability, the production line was equipped with a remote maintenance system. This allows the WEINIG technicians to assist where necessary without having to travel.
Photo: High spirits in Moscow WEINIG CSO Gregor Baumbusch (right) and Angara Plus Managing Director Vladimir Kashishin (2nd left) celebrate the progress of the project with the team
There is practically no decorative profile or wall cladding that Finnish company Maler, based in Ylivieska, cannot make. In order to balance product diversity, quality and price, the company invested in a new WEINIG Turbo-S 1000 finger-jointing line.
Finger-jointing lines can optimally utilize even lower quality material. Jani Oikari, Managing Director of Maler, was optimistic from the outset: “Finger jointing is the key to efficient production.” Consequently, he invested in a Turbo-S 1000 along with various customer-specific options. He turned to WEINIG and our Finnish representative Penope in Lahti following years of positive experiences. “When you are investing such an amount, you also want to be certain that the required production capacity will be achieved,” says the entrepreneur. Following consistent strong growth, the company now has to fill a 12,000 m2 warehouse while also fulfilling special requests quickly and at a reasonable price. Maler serves both DIY stores and industrial customers, imposing high standards in terms of volume, delivery times, quality and consistency.
The new system will align the partly very delicate and short pieces highly precisely lengthwise and transport these to the milling and gluing station. Thanks to the WEINIG Trimsaver system with two laser measuring units, parts cut at angles are to be detected and accurately aligned. With an upgrade, these parts can even be discharged at the separation station by switching the belt into reverse. This means no more open joints and in consequence an increased timber yield. Work pieces with wane are centered at each belt transfer so that no wood can get jammed. Maler uses these resources deliberately for profiles on which this area will be removed in any case. This way, the manufacturer aims to gain the maximum yield from its raw materials. “We advised Maler to use a 7 mm joint to almost eradicate tears,” says WEINIG expert Dirk Bartens. The customer is clearly convinced by the results. Jani Oikari is delighted with the consistently high jointing quality.
Photo: Shaking on it: For Jani Oikari, a deal is not least a matter of trust
A sector with huge potential
Gigantic would be the right word to describe the Tricor Packaging & Logistics AG production facility in Eppishausen/Germany. Every hour, the fully-automated WEINIG production line produces around 360 pallets for in-house use.
Freight transport is one of the world's major growth markets. Manufacturers of wooden packaging are also benefiting from this. One outstanding representative of the sector isTricor, the European market leader in heavy-duty corrugated cardboard packaging. Customers come primarily from the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors as well as the electronics, medical technology and chem-ical industries. For a long time, the company purchased its annual requirement of 1,300,000 special pallets externally. Then they turned to WEINIG. Besides increased productivity, im-proving the value chain was also on their wish list. In June 2017, a highly automated cutting system was delivered to the Eppishausen plant. Central components comprise three parallel OptiCut 260 optimizing cross-cuts saws with Variospeed infeed belt and downstream sort-ing as well as an Ultra TT finger-jointing line for leftover pieces from 150 mm. The finger-joint-ed lamellae are then fed back into production. Only three employees produce up to 360 pallets per hour on the high-performance production line, which is linked to a Corali pallet system. For a pallet measuring 1,220 x 820 mm, this equates to approx. 80 m/min of incoming materials to the cross-cut saws or around 30,000 running meters per shift. The system is charged via vacuum destacking, which takes up to three infeed stacks simulta-neously with three different wood dimensions. The boards are checked via automatic humidity measurement before a layer allocator assigns one dimension to each of the three saws. Dr. Mario Kordt, Managing Director of Weinig Dimter, underlines WEINIG’s special position in the packaging segment: “With our technology, we provide a unique service to an area that ranges from 2-man operations to the industrial sector.” With WEINIG’s expertise in cutting, gluing and scanning, the WEINIG Group customer receives from a single source everything that is needed to ensure the efficient and economic production of pallets and wooden packaging.
A WIN-WIN situation for supplier and customer: Manfred Ness from WEINIG (right) with Tricor project manager Maik Christmann
The more challenging the better
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
Top quality glulam in seconds
At Weinberger in Austria, a glulam lamella is jointed every two seconds. However, output is not the prime objective. It is quality that counts.
Weinberger Holz in Abtenau recently commissioned a completely new system concept for glulam production. Two high-performance compact systems from the WEINIG GreconLine provide output of 30 longitudinal joints per minute. Normally, one strand is responsible for the flawless top layer and a second for the central layers. However, if the top layer is proportionally small, e.g. in the case of thick girders, both machines joint central layers. Second highlight: Since the finger jointing is only performed by one cross-cut saw, a WEINIG OptiCut Quantum 450, both top and central layer quality can be processed without a larger buffer of raw wood.
By extracting flawless parts from the raw timber, Weinberger has increased its surface quality to "unprecedented levels" in its own words. The "completely open construction on one side" was first used when finger jointing on both PowerJoint 15 machines. The wood is transported via cross conveyor directly into the processing area, where it is simply finely positioned before jointing commences. Weinberger is certain that compact systems have significantly higher pressing quality compared with extrusion presses. The individual clamping reduces jointing offset. A top priority for the quality-driven Carinthians.
No regrets about using outsiders - the Dauerholz story
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
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.