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HOMAG : 60 years of HOMAG edge banding machines

02/28/2022

The HOMAG Group is celebrating a birthday

In 1962, edge banding revolutionized: the primary edge banding machine utilizing the hot-cold course of

The KF 60 mixed sizing and edge banding machine shortly grew to become a profitable mannequin in furnishings manufacturing within the Seventies

Designed for collection manufacturing: from 1999, the double-sided machines of the powerLine collection enabled the transfer to a brand new efficiency class

In 2001, with the extremely automated single-sided machines of the powerLine collection, HOMAG created the situations for economical edge banding in batch measurement 1 manufacturing

With six Ambition collection, from 2009, HOMAG and BRANDT supplied an entire vary of machines from the entry-level mannequin to industrial manufacturing. Proven right here is an Ambition 2264

In 2009, the laserTec course of ushered in a brand new age in edge software. Since then, it has typically been utilized in mixture, for instance with PUR know-how

From early on, a management system that’s built-in throughout all machines has been HOMAG’s objective. Since 2013, powerTouch has taken over this taskFrom early on, a management system that’s built-in throughout all machines has been HOMAG’s objective. Since 2013, powerTouch has taken over this process

Entry-level machines with complete tools: the EDGETEQ S-200 collection

Precision and efficiency in batch measurement 1: the EDGETEQ S-800 collection with WZ24 workpiece infeed system

One of many newest improvements from HOMAG is woodCommander 5 the brand new software program era. Since 2022, it has been used moreover to determine direct connections to the sting band administration

60 years in the past, HOMAG launched the primary throughfeed edge banding machine utilizing the hot-cold software course of onto the market. The machine was a direct hit. What {followed} over time was a continuing collection of improvements and additional developments which have allowed HOMAG to commonly show itself as a pioneer and know-how chief in edge banding proper as much as the current day.

The HOMAG Group is the world’s main producer of machines and methods for the panel-processing wooden and furnishings trade. With this various and big selection of merchandise, the group has additionally established itself strongly within the woodworking retailers sector and performs a number one position in timber home building. As a worldwide participant, the HOMAG Group is current in additional than 60 nations and has a market share of greater than 30%. The group gives options exactly tailor-made to the shopper for furnishings and element manufacturing, in addition to for timber home building – from particular person machines by means of manufacturing strains to finish manufacturing unit methods. Complete companies within the space of machines and methods full the product vary, which is rigorously graded by way of breadth, complexity and efficiency.

Hitting milestones from the very starting

For 60 years, the product vary for the panel-processing wooden and furnishings trade, which covers the whole course of chain of consumers, has additionally included methods for edge banding. To this very day, HOMAG has repeatedly confirmed itself to be a pioneer in new processes and a know-how chief on this section. For instance, in 1962, simply two years after the corporate was based, it registered a patent for the KH 2/18, the primary automated edge banding machine – a collection machine with veneer strip journal, gluing unit, strain zone and flush trimming unit. This know-how was to grow to be the start line for nearly all additional developments by HOMAG on this section. In the identical 12 months, 1962, on the Hanover commerce honest, the corporate confirmed a brand new kind of edge banding machine utilizing the hot-cold course of. Compared to the competitors, this machine allowed edges to be glued a lot quicker and extra economically. This was a revolution. “Because of this, the favorable price-performance ratio led to immense demand, which means that from 1962, HOMAG concentrated totally on the manufacturing and additional growth of this gluing know-how,” explains Dr. Sergej Schwarz, member of the board. “The method was pushed particularly by an progressive glue know-how: hot-melt glue.”

In 1965, HOMAG was in a position to current an extra double-sided edge banding machine with a brand new base body and width adjustment system. Following this, in 1967, the corporate developed the primary single-sided edge banding machine: the KH 12. The following additional developments for exact workpiece transport would quickly permit for sizing models to be organized within the infeed space of the machine. “With the KF, one other milestone in furnishings manufacturing was thus reached: the primary mixed sizing and edge banding machine,” emphasizes Matthias Volm, Senior Director Product Growth. “The KF 60 was a very profitable mannequin in furnishings manufacturing. This machine, which was initially designed for edge banding and flush trimming, was quickly ready to make use of snipping and sanding models.” Right this moment, as much as 15 models are put in on all these machines, permitting workpieces to be processed in a manner that makes them prepared for set up.

So as to have the ability to provide an appropriate edge banding machine to smaller furnishings corporations sooner or later as effectively, in 1973, HOMAG designed the KH 10-13 collection. Even then, the machines had been supplied with two totally different gluing stations to permit coil materials, strong edges and pre-coated edges to be processed. Two years later, at Ligna 1975 commerce honest, HOMAG offered the cold-glue activation course of to the consultants for the primary time – a know-how for edge gluing with PVAC glue.

In 1976, a majority stake was acquired in Heinrich Brandt Maschinenbau GmbH, which later grew to become BRANDT Kantentechnik GmbH, an organization that additionally constructed edge banding machines and that had additionally made a reputation for itself by working with pre-coated edges. This strengthened not solely the market place of HOMAG within the woodworking retailers sector, but in addition its presence within the heart of the German furnishings trade, in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In 1982, a brand new era of edge banding machines, the KL 70, was proven on the commerce honest for the wooden craft in Munich. Elementary improvements in building, versatility and work security had been carried out in these machines. “A decisive innovation right here was the mechanical air-supported chip removing, which was built-in into the stand and decreased the suction energy wanted till then by 70%,” stories Christian Schürle, Senior Director Product Administration. The machine was additional developed to grow to be, for instance, the KL 70 Optimat in 1995.

One factor {followed} one other

“In 1999, with the powerLine collection, a spread of double-sided machines designed for collection manufacturing, HOMAG as soon as once more managed to maneuver into a brand new efficiency class,” emphasizes Achim Homeier, Senior Director World Advertising and marketing & Product Administration. “The objective of the powerLine program-a 50% improve in efficiency at solely 30% further costs-was achieved by means of larger feed speeds, shorter gaps and changeover occasions, and longer availability.” Small collection manufacturing and particular person manufacturing grew to become increasingly more vital within the following years, so in 2001, HOMAG offered a brand new, extremely automated era of the powerLine collection for batch measurement 1 manufacturing.

In 2004, with its first options for the edging of light-weight panels, HOMAG responded to the rising significance of using light-weight panels within the furnishings trade in addition to batch measurement 1 manufacturing. Since then, the group has supplied machines and methods not just for the manufacturing of light-weight panels, but in addition for the additional processing and edging of such panels.

As soon as once more, HOMAG was in a position to have fun a world premiere at Ligna 2009: the Ambition collection of edge banding machines was launched in the marketplace within the type of six collection from BRANDT and HOMAG. “The fundamental model of the collection already coated greater than 90% of all purposes in trade and woodworking retailers,” emphasizes Christian Schürle. In 2014, the subsequent era of the Ambition collection {followed}, with new unit know-how and fashions in varied efficiency lessons. Among the many new options of the machines was the airTec know-how, which had already grow to be established. From 2016, customers then had entry to an Ambition 2482, which, as an all-round edge cell, was outfitted with a TFU 521 version return conveyor and a destacking station.

A brand new age in edge processing

“The presentation of the laserTec course of, which was meant to herald a brand new age in edge software, was a very powerful function of Ligna 2009,” stresses Matthias Volm. “Through the use of a laser beam to soften the floor to be glued after which urgent it straight onto the workpiece, the method ensures a constantly excessive processing high quality with nearly no joints. What’s extra, laserTec can be utilized to course of all commonplace edge sorts resembling PVC, ABS, PP, PMMA, veneer or melamine.” In 2010, the know-how was first made out there to woodworking retailers, to then grow to be established to be used on processing facilities in 2011. The subsequent step within the laserTec course of was marked by Ligna 2017, “the place the extra sturdy, smaller and performance-optimized successor era was handed over to the person with laserTec Subsequent Era,” says Matthias Volm. The unit was now out there in two efficiency lessons and supplied the trade zero joint edge high quality in each batch measurement 1 manufacturing and collection manufacturing.

In 2013, airTec was launched in the marketplace for invisible joints tailor-made to the wants of woodworking retailers. “A course of by which the sting and panel are related by scorching air,” explains Christian Schürle. “Particular edges consisting of an ornamental layer and a useful layer are used. The useful layer is melted at a continuing temperature and fixed quantity stream and securely related to the slender floor.” Since 2016, the airTec unit has been out there with a rotation air heater, which has made it quieter and much more highly effective. In 2017, the method was established in door manufacturing, due to this fact permitting the manufacture of optical zero joints with ABS/PP edge materials.

One model, one emblem

The 12 months 2017 was to grow to be a really particular one for the HOMAG Group and all its corporations: From that time on, underneath the motto “ONE” HOMAG, there was solely the HOMAG model and one emblem. “This additionally utilized to the sting banding machines from BRANDT Kantentechnik, which, as a specialist for the entry-level section, had been a 100% subsidiary of HOMAG since 2012 and is now referred to as HOMAG Kantentechnik,” emphasizes Dr. Sergej Schwarz. “Since 2017, the crops inside the HOMAG Group have due to this fact been working as a global manufacturing affiliation with uniform requirements, strategies and processes. Since then, merchandise have been in-built a way more modular manner. And the shopper will get the whole lot from a single supply.”

Within the years following this consolidation, the group offered an entire collection of latest machine generations that coated the whole course of chain and mixed a brand new useful design with a brand new identify. From that time on, the sting banding machines bore the identify EDGETEQ and the know-how continued to develop step-by-step: for instance, in 2018, the entry-level EDGETEQ S-200 machine, mannequin 1130 FC, was launched in the marketplace, {followed} by the brand new EDGETEQ S-500 and EDGETEQ S-800 collection. In 2021, the corporate saved up with the market growth towards autonomous, automated manufacturing methods by introducing a complicated idea. At Stay.HOMAG, the corporate unveiled two cell options with edge banding machines: an EDGETEQ S-380 with LOOPTEQ O-300 return conveyor, excellent for the manufacturing of building parts, and an EDGETEQ S-500 with LOOPTEQ O-600 return conveyor and a brand new workpiece infeed system for workpieces requiring a selected sizing accuracy. HOMAG additionally offered a double-end tenoner that can be utilized to supply furnishings parts which might be assembled utilizing a click on system with the Threespine furniture-click know-how from the Swedish firm VÄLINGE. If essential, the models for the furnishings click on system may also be built-in straight into edge banding machines sooner or later.

Furnishings as a driver of innovation

Nevertheless, all of those edge banding applied sciences had been pushed not solely intrinsically – new options in furnishings design additionally commonly initiated improvements. These included formed components, with HOMAG growing soft-forming and postforming machines for the manufacturing of such components in throughfeed operation – particularly, the KL 70/KL 80 and VF 78/79 and VF 88/89. In flip, such developments spurred on furnishings design. Along with soft-forming and postforming ideas, HOMAG has more and more offered interlinking, automation and dealing with options, resembling angular transfers or rotary stations, to a furnishings trade that was present process change. “In the midst of the Eighties, HOMAG additionally constructed the primary door methods for attaching edges to rebated doorways,” remembers Ernst Esslinger, Director Programs Mission Execution. “In 1987, formed half throughfeed machines {followed}, assembly the calls for of the furnishings trade to supply curved or formed components from rectangular workpieces in a single throughfeed. Up till that time, this was potential solely with nice effort and two to a few course of steps.” The truth that HOMAG at all times had a decisive affect on the enlargement of the postforming course of paid off as soon as once more in 1990: The additional growth into the postforming direct course of now enabled the person to prepare processes simply, with out having to profile, brush, glue, overlay and press individually.

Throughfeed and stationary coating

The HOMAG Group has additionally repeatedly launched new applied sciences outdoors the scope of pure edge processing. In 1982, this included the completeLine course of, which is used to coat unprocessed chipboard on three and 4 sides in a single throughfeed. For this goal, the “slender floor is compressed with a mass, which supplies the perimeters a better high quality and makes them extra resilient, even with large-pored panel materials” explains Ernst Esslinger. “On this context, the FKF 200 flat laminating machine with reacTec nozzle software was launched in 2015 within the completeLine course of. The machine can be utilized to laminate the vast and slender floor with rolled materials in a single course of step. The slender floor is then completed by a casing line and a post-processing unit.”

In 1989, with the rising change in furnishings design and the rising demand for formed components, HOMAG determined to make use of CNC stationary know-how for processing all these components. Because of this, vital additional developments had been offered and the probabilities to be used and processing had been repeatedly expanded. One milestone particularly was the mixing of edge banding and processing models, for which the machine management unit needed to meet excessive calls for for dynamic response and positioning accuracy. “Right this moment, stationary machines can be utilized to carry out nearly any full processing,” explains Frederik Meyer, Government Vice President, CNC Processing. “Because the equal of the throughfeed know-how, they signify an vital, future-oriented pillar of the group. Mixed with feed and stacking tools, full manufacturing cells that additionally allow unmanned processing are produced.”

Digitalization and its instruments

Right this moment, developments within the wooden processing and furnishings trade are closely influenced by mega developments resembling automation and digitalization. That is significantly mirrored in management system know-how and laptop know-how, that are key applied sciences that decide the enlargement of the whole manufacturing in addition to particular person processing strategies. “Like nearly no different firm, HOMAG acknowledged this at an early stage and repeatedly offered options. A uniform management system for all of the group’s processes was due to this fact a strategic objective from a really early level,” emphasizes Matthias Volm. In 1985, for instance, the corporate launched a brand new management system referred to as Homatic, which was {followed} by the event of a manufacturing line management unit that permits workpieces to be tracked throughout a number of machines working in a community. Since 2005, the successor, the “powerControl” management system, which is accompanied by the decentralization of the management methods and change cupboards, has dominated. Lastly, at Ligna 2013, HOMAG offered powerTouch, a touch-screen working idea that mixed design and performance and supplied a excessive buyer profit together with the powerControl management system. Since then, uniform working parts and software program modules have ensured that each one HOMAG machines will be operated in the identical manner. The subsequent generation-powerTouch2-followed in 2019.

In 2014, HOMAG launched one other highly effective instrument in the marketplace with ServiceBoard. “With this app, customers can switch service circumstances on the machine to the ServiceCenter through video. An worker then instantly offers info resembling directions, movies or diagrams, enabling the error to be resolved shortly,” explains Achim Homeier. As well as, since 2016, machines and manufacturing strains from HOMAG will be put into operation just about earlier than supply to cut back venture processing time. That is executed in actual time utilizing actual software program and management system parts. Since 2019, digital twins have additionally enabled digital machine coaching for workers and clients. Two years earlier, tapio, a cloud-based platform with digital merchandise and data-based companies for the whole worth chain of the wooden working trade, had already celebrated its world premiere at Ligna. From that time on, all new machines from the HOMAG Group had been able to ship knowledge to the tapio cloud.

The present milestone within the software program sector was marked in 2022 by woodCommander 5 with Edge Knowledge Plugin on the EDGETEQ S-500 edge banding machines. This allows fast collection of processing packages and edge supplies in addition to dependable recording of manufacturing parameters and the workpiece-oriented creation of machine packages. As well as, it varieties the direct connection between the machine and the “materialAssist” app, which manages the edging materials.

Important contribution

In edge processing, as in all different applied sciences in furnishings building and element manufacturing, the vary of companies supplied by HOMAG in the present day extends from particular person machines within the entry-level, medium or high-end section, by means of the engineering and set up of complicated manufacturing strains and methods, to finish trade options, together with consulting and software program, in addition to system growth and implementation. With this carefully coordinated machine and repair vary, the HOMAG Group gives its clients a complete product vary with excessive buyer advantages. Dr. Sergej Schwarz: “Edge banding applied sciences make a really vital contribution to strengthening competitiveness in trade and woodworking retailers – as their spectacular 60-year historical past signifies.”

Success tales

When it was launched 60 years in the past, the primary HOMAG edge banding machine was not solely the start line of the HOMAG Group success story, but in addition an vital milestone for a lot of HOMAG clients. Because of this, we are actually embarking on a search far and vast for these very tales, and for probably the most skilled machines.

We invite corporations who’ve a HOMAG or BRANDT edge banding machine in operation that has been in use for a very very long time to contact us straight with an image of the machine, ideally with workers included within the photograph, and some sentences about what they significantly admire about their machine. Additionally, an image of the machine info plate must be included.

The anniversary electronic mail deal with is: [email protected].

The oldest HOMAG and BRANDT machines nonetheless in operation can be chosen from all entries.

The winners can be invited to the corporate headquarters in Schopfloch, Germany, for a tour of the plant, a person overview of the present machine program and the presentation of a shock reward. After all, HOMAG will cowl the prices for journey to and from the occasion and in a single day lodging. For the award-winning machines, there’s additionally a free inspection.

The deadline for entries: 2022/07/31.

Your story. Your likelihood to win.

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