HANOVER, Germany -- For the first time, Weinig Group showed its complete range for solid wood and panel processing in a 12,000 square foot display in Ligna 2017’s Hall 27 during the May 22-26 exhibition in Hanover.

The solid wood processing area  presented the product range from the planing and profiling, cutting and optimization, jointing technology and window and furniture production segments. W 4.0 Digital, project business and alternative materials were all displayed. 

All 40 Weinig Group exhibits were demonstrated live. Another first in Hanover will be the group's joint presentation with the business unit of panel processing. Holz-Her was exhibiting systems for CNC processing, panel splitting and edgebanding on the Weinig Group stand as well as presenting panel storage systems. 

Industry 4.0 is the key trend in the wood industry. Systems must be targeted towards customer benefits. Weinig's networked production solutions are known as W 4.0 Digital. All solutions are tailored towards providing the customer with the right information at the right time and in a user-friendly manner.

OptiCom/Plus software, used in all machines and systems from the cutting product unit, provides a uniform user interface. Exhibits from the moulder segment will be equipped with the optional SmartTouch set-up aid. 

On the Powermat 1500, the Vario hood assists with the adjustment of the pressure elements. Making its Ligna debut, the ProfiPress T Next Generation uses automatic wood thickness setting to avoid defects in the panel press. In the Weinig scanner segment, the new automatic camera adjustment is designed to reduce operating errors.

In Moulder Master, Weinig offers a software package for the well-organized working environment. In conjunction with the new Rondamat 1000 CNC tool grinding machine, OptiControl Digital tool measuring stand and PowerCom Plus controls, Moulder Master offers a system that enables process stages to be linked from the idea to the finished profile and allows the next tools and profiles to be prepared in parallel with the production in progress.

Cross-cut saws, meanwhile, use the OptiPal Weinig software package. This enables cutting list creation for pallet and crate production and will also be exhibited in Hanover. In Millvision and Envision, the Weinig Group offers additional software components for digitization of production stages. Based upon Weinig and Holz-Her technology, these offer the opportunity to network all processes from incoming orders to cutting to the finished product. 

Wood optimization starts with the OptiCut S 50 pushfeed saw. New features include the alignment aids for packages to increase length accuracy and fully-automated work piece recognition. The larger OptiCut S 90 Speed now has a servo spindle stroke for tear-free cutting without refinishing. The new wFlex unit will also be on display in Hanover via an animation and enables length and width cutting in a single work stage.

Efficient wood finishing via fingerjointing is a further area of optimization traditionally served by the Weinig Group. The range extends from the short-timber solution to the high-performance finger-jointing line in the long timber segment. The Turbo-S 1000 patented shaper combination will be on display in Hanover. The system achieves maximum wood recovery via automatic chip removal settings and the use of a Trimsaver and provides 15 press cycles per minute. The capabilities of the Turbo-S 1000 will be demonstrated at Ligna via a linked production line, which will also include the OptiCut 450 Quantum high-speed cross-cutting system.

The new Powermat 2400 will mark its world premiere at Ligna. The moulder is designed for industrial bead production at feed speeds up to 100 m/min and will be demonstrated in a mechanized process with charging and discharge. The 3D version can produce freely-programmable structured surfaces during throughfeed. A new feature is the facility to produce workpieces with conical or curved contours on the machine.

The second generation of the successful Weinig Conturex system comprises a range of CNC centers for window and furniture production, all of which are based upon the same principle of the patented clamping table. The modular machines range from the compact to the twin-track system solution with parallel processing of two work pieces. A master computer control system can network any number of axes and allows an almost limitless production system with optimal flexibility down to single-item batches.

In Hanover, the Weinig Group systems and numerous machines on display were equipped with corresponding systems. On the Powermat, part recognition supports precise processing when it comes to 3D structuring. The cross-cut saws at Ligna will use fully-automatic workpiece recognition combined with the application of high-resolution logos. 

At Ligna, the Weinig Group showed production cells of wide-ranging capabilities. The compact FlexiRip / FlexiCut cutting center links a universal multi-blade buzz saw with a cross-cut saw. Fully-automated, 2D-optimized ripping is the central theme of the large cutting system on the Weinig stand. The system comprises a ProfiRip 450 M4 Speed multi-blade buzz saw with roller feed, an EasyScan RT scanner for defect detection, cross-section visualization and a printer for marking mouldings.

Two machines not incorporated into a production line but that can be integrated at any time also celebrated their premieres in Hannover. One is the new ProfiPress T Next Generation. The automatic gluing press is a newly developed machine from the ground up. See https://www.weinig.com/en/.