DORNBIRN, Austria - After being in use at Danzer veneer plants all over the world for over 15 years, the Danzer VS4000 vertical slicer has proven to be responsible for the economical and resource-saving production within the plants. To kick off the next generation, the proprietary vertical slicer will undergo an extensive upgrade of the controls, and user interfaces.
 
The VS4000 is used for slicing both veneer in standard thicknesses of 0.5 mm as well as deck layers of 3.5 mm thickness. Slicing deck layers for flooring instead of the conventional sawing is a resource-efficient and economical way of production since the loss of wood during the slicing process is substantially lower than with the sawing method.
 
"One of the reasons for our success is the high precision in slicing all veneer thicknesses, specifically [with] flooring deck layers," said Andreas Wagner, Danzer’s vice president of engineering. "The focus of the further development lies mainly on details and optimizations on a very high level; therefore, we are upgrading the controls, and user interfaces to achieve even higher efficiency, easier maintenance, and improved error diagnostics."
 
Wagner and two engineers from Danzer locations in Europe and North America will work on the next generation upgrade, which is planned to take place within the following months at the Danzer location in Melnik, Czech Republic.
 
All Danzer veneer plant managers are expected to be involved in the development process, and extensive preliminary examinations are currently being carried out in order to further improve the slicing quality by optimizing both knife and pressure bar.
 
“The respective plant managers collect the experiences, problems, and suggestions for solutions [over] the past few years in order to gradually work on the optimization of the existing machines," said Wagner. "The goal is to upgrade the Danzer VS4000 machines in all veneer plants step by step."
 
Founded in 1932 and managed by a family member of the third generation, Danzer is a hardwood company with production facilities in North America and Europe. The company has approximately 1,500 employees and services customers from 18 sales offices worldwide. Danzer owns and manages forests in North America sustainably and produces sliced veneer, lumber, and innovative value-added wood timber products for decorative purposes.