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Imagining the unimaginable, offering market partners new potential benefits and starting a new chapter in the company’s history that is steeped in innovation. This perfectly sums up the remit for the Striebig 4D. It creates new dimensions for vertical panel cutting technology. The main benefit of vertical sawing technology has remained unchanged for more than half a century ‐ space‐saving, economic panel cutting with exceptional ease of use and a precision of 1/10mm. The sizing cut has always been the focus of panel cutting à la Striebig. The Striebig 4D, which will celebrate its world premiere at the Ligna in Hanover, was also designed based on these obvious fundamental principles. Quantum leap in terms of technology Thinking outside the box is the order of the day. In addition to the established saw parameters of the length, height and width/depth of the workpiece to be sawn, the 4th dimension – time – is also an integral component of the 4D technology. It is a quantum leap forward and forges ahead into a totally new performance spectrum in the field of vertical cutting technology. Effortless 1‐person operation An impressive feature of the 4D is that it is extremely easy to use. The control unit of the Striebig 4D in the wellknown, award‐winning Striebig design is the control centre for the entire saw. Via the 12” touchscreen, the operator controls all the saw functions intuitively and easily and has access to all operating data and additional information. All vertical and horizontal workpiece movements are performed fullyautomatically by the 4D. The operator loads the panels, presses the start button every now and then, removes the finished workpieces and positions them ready for further processing operations. Easy, almost effortless 1‐ person operation of the saw sets a new standard. Highly automated and efficient procedures are a matter of course. An intelligent cut optimisation function with automatic cutting sequence, integrated into the saw, facilitates an optimum sawing procedure and excellent levels of efficiency. Above‐standard performance figures The 4D is equipped with the tried‐and‐tested ProLock system. Operating this quick change system for saw blades is easy, robust and precise. The risk of injury during tool changes is considerably reduced. Automatic clamping fixtures, which are especially designed for panels with sensitive surface coatings, ensure that the panels are held firmly and are transported efficiently through the 4D. Other market requirements and special circumstances were also taken into account in the design of the 4D. Here are just a few examples. • Most standard panel sizes available on the market have a height of between 2,070 and 2,100 mm. In order to be able to cut the panel material as efficiently as possible, the trimming dimension of the 4D is 2,100 mm. • Conventional panels often weigh between 200 and 250 kg. The 4D facilitates fully‐automatic processing of loads of up to 260 kg. • Optimum material utilisation when a panel is cut requires a panel strip width which is as small as possible and which can be processed automatically. The 4D is designed with this in mind, with a strip width of only 200 mm. • For efficient, automatic panel cutting, the “parking times” between the individual saw cuts should be as short as possible. The 4D usually stays in “parking position” for considerably less than 10 seconds. • Due to the diversity of materials on the market, special solutions for the cutting depth are increasingly in demand. With the 4D, a cutting depth of up to 130 mm can be achieved if required. Replacing “old‐timers” Legendary Swiss durability and value retention are inherent in the DNA of every Striebig. Striebig panel saws are in use for decades. However, having these “old‐timers” in the workshop raises the question of their economy. Although companies in the woodworking industry in particular sometimes develop an extremely emotional attachment to “their tool”, “their machine” and also “their Striebig”, an objective analysis based on economic factors is advisable. Modern‐day equipment and safety features should be a matter of course. The following considerations are important: ‐ Are the control system and the ease of use up to modern‐day standards? ‐ Can the energy consumption be optimised? ‐ Can any other business areas be tapped into by using additional equipment? In an age of ever more rapid changes in the market, coupled with an increasingly abundant range of materials to be processed, it may be advisable to invest in a replacement. In addition to the forthcoming 4D, the Striebig portfolio, with the Compact, Standard, Evolution and Control, comprises a wide range covering all requirements. All the products combine modern technology with excellent operator benefits. User‐friendly, ergonomic and convenient sawing is therefore ensured without any compromise in terms of precision, economy and efficiency. striebig.ch
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