At the site in Oberon/Australia (from left to right): Geoffrey Robson (Managing Director Siempelkamp Pty. Ltd., Australia), John Borg (Managing Director Borg Manufacturing), Erwin Scholz (Siempelkamp), Gonne Johannes Hansen (Sales Engineer Wood Division, Siempelkamp)
At the site in Oberon/Australia (from left to right): Geoffrey Robson (Managing Director Siempelkamp Pty. Ltd., Australia), John Borg (Managing Director Borg Manufacturing), Erwin Scholz (Siempelkamp), Gonne Johannes Hansen (Sales Engineer Wood Division, Siempelkamp)
KREFELD, Germany - Borg Manufacturing Pty. Ltd., a leading Australian producer of melamine-laminated boards, has ordered a new particleboard plant for its Oberon location. Borg has also ordered a retrofitting concept from Siempelkamp to use their latest technologies effectively in their existing plant.
 
The new particleboard plant will be set up in Oberon in the Australian state of New South Wales, where Borg Manufacturing operates a facility for wood-panel surfacing. Impressive investments will enhance its market value significantly. Having so far purchased all their par-ticleboard the company now strives for more autonomy by running their own production facili-ty.
 
In this Borg relies on Siempelkamp’s support: The Krefeld-based machinery and plant manu-facturer received the order for a particleboard plant including a Generation 8-ContiRoll® (pressing format 8’ x 40.4 m, designed for an output of 1,500 m³/day). In this plant, two im-portant technological core competences will be realised: for one the almost isobaric pressure distribution in the press and secondly the latest forming technology, presently representing the latest benchmark with respect to raw material consumption.  This is achieved, amongst oth-ers, by an optimised material feed into the dosing bins and by two field-proven EcoFormers, which are wind formers for producing the surface layers. The mat former system is complet-ed with two CageFormers for producing the core layers; the formers are equipped with mod-ules designed to adjust the weight-per-unit area of the mat. The interplay of these components enables a high forming precision and - along with the almost isobaric pressure distribution in the ContiRoll® - ensures an especially material- and cost-efficient particleboard production. These important features have contributed to convince our customer. 
 
 
Retrofitting concept for an existing MDF-plant
At its Oberon location Borg is also investing in a retrofitting concept for an MDF-plant made by Siempelkamp. This requires the know how of Siempelkamp Logistics & Service GmbH: Focus is placed on the upgrading of the ContiRoll® to the latest technical standard. The up-grade comprises, amongst others, the installation of a completely flexible press infeed, a booster infeed hot platen, the installation of pressure compensation plates and the updating of the hydraulic system by adding a track of cylinders in the calibration section of the press. Along with the upgrade of the plant’s existing electrical system Borg Manufacturing Pty. Ltd. will be sure to benefit by increasing the plant’s output and at the same time reducing its raw material input. 
 
A revision of the Ecopilot system is also part of the retrofitting concept. The existing concept will be provided with a total of eight tracks.  The Ecopilot measures the board thickness at the press discharge over the board width comparing it with the set thickness. Any deviations can be compensated by controlled adjustment of the specific pressure within the calibration zone. The hydraulic system will be modified accordingly to individually adjustable cylinders.
 
Both the new particleboard production plant and the MDF-plant to be retrofitted will be equipped with our Prod-IQ.quality system. Model-based online quality checks will ensure ma-terial- and cost-efficient production. 
 
New plants or retrofittings - both orders confirm that leading wood-based board producers in all parts of the world trust in Siempelkamp’s know how and expertise.  That is why Siem-pelkamp is present in all parts of the world. In Australia, Siempelkamp Pty.Ltd. looks after our customers to ensure smooth order processing and reliable field support.
 

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