Published on : Monday, April 9, 2018
From March 21 to 24, the woodworking industry gathered at HOLZ-HANDWERK in Nuremberg. The main focus was on machines and software solutions that increase efficiency by means of automation and networking – particularly in small and medium-sized businesses. Multiple process innovations awaited visitors at the HOMAG stand. The innovations promised a boost in efficiency by means of automation and networking.
Debut: new machine design, new product names
In Nuremberg, the group celebrated the premiere of the new, group-wide revised market image with the new slogan “YOUR SOLUTION”. And the message behind the slogan, at HOMAG, the sole focus of activity is on the customer and their personal requirements. To meet this aim optimally, the wide product range of the group was made even more customer-oriented worldwide. This includes a contemporary new machine design for all products and new, harmonized product names. This will allow HOMAG customers to find what they are looking for quickly and easily.
NEW: The SAWTEQ B-200 saw brings power to the trade
As an example of this new simplicity, at the trade fair HOMAG exhibited a lifting table saw (previously HPL) that brings more power to the trade: the SAWTEQ B-200. The compact saw supplements the former 2 series from HOMAG, which previously consisted solely of a saw without a lifting table (previously the HPP 200). Now, the customer only needs to remember one name – even though the wide range of options is growing. Whether it is an HPP 200 or HPL 200, since the trade fair the popular HOMAG entry-level model in the horizontal panel dividing saw class is simply called SAWTEQ B-200 – regardless of whether it includes automatic feeding by lifting table.
The technical highlights: in both versions the machines have a saw blade projection of 60 mm – with higher projection optionally available. However, the saw with integrated lifting table is technically capable of substantially higher throughput. It can be fed by forklift truck, with entire books of panels that are then singly and automatically pushed onto the rear machine table for the cutting process. That saves time, improves the ergonomics and speeds up the production process.
The visitors were also impressed by the many additional equipment options. An example here is the destacking module LITE, which has been available for the SAWTEQ B-200 since HOLZ-HANDWERK. It features an integrated assistance graphic that unerringly always indicates the correct destacking location, highlighting it in color. And anyone who also wants support during cutting can choose intelliGuide basic. With this option, which is available now for the SAWTEQ B-200, LED signals at the cutting line show the operator the next work steps directly on the saw. The operator does not have to look at the monitor as much and can work more smoothly and with fewer errors.
Also new: instead of the 600 mm wide air cushion tables, the SAWTEQ B-200 can alternatively be equipped with 800 mm wide ones for improved ergonomics when handling large or heavy panels. To increase output even further, the saw can also be equipped with 95 mm saw blade projection – in addition to the already existing options of 60 or 80 mm saw blade projection.
Trade fair highlight: CADmatic 5 – the ultra-modern saw controller
In the age of digitalisation, innovative cutting technologies are not the only things that count. Software has long since played a decisive role, and HOMAG also presented a lot of exciting new software solutions at HOLZ-HANDWERK. One highlight was the ultra-modern CADmatic 5 saw controller. Almost all HOMAG panel dividing saws delivered after the trade fair are now fitted with this saw controller – from the small SAWTEQ B-130 (previously HPP 130) right up to the top model SAWTEQ B-600 (previously HKL 600).
In the new version 5, the high-end software uses innovative powerTouch operation and appealing graphical assistance displays to ensure totally intuitive operation and quick, easy handling. What makes the assistance display so special is that it no longer shows what the machine is currently doing, but thinks from the point of view of the machine operator, who can always see the next work step on the flat screen monitor until this step has been executed. For even greater ease of operation.
intelliDivide – the optimization “software as a service” based on tapio
From creating cutting patterns to managing tools and retrieving individual material parameters: today, intelligent and cleverly networked software solutions are essential in manufacturing processes along the value chain in the woodworking trade. That is why all HOMAG saws have long been tapio-ready! Since the HOLZ-HANDWERK trade fair, this is now also the case for entry-level saws SAWTEQ B-130 and SAWTEQ B-200.
The option of connecting the saw to the “tapio ecosystem” is the foundation for using innovative, cloud-based high-performance software. HOMAG presented an example of this at the trade fair in Nuremberg, arousing the interest of numerous visitors. The name of this softwareis: intelliDivide. The cloud-based optimisation software features significantly higher computing capacities and can swiftly provide the user with several alternative optimisation results. Users can then access these alternatives to meet the needs of the situation at hand.
When using intelliDivide, in addition to a purely waste-based result, the operator can also select other alternatives, such as results based on the shortest machine time or the simplest handling – to ideally suit the specific requirements. The high computing power in the cloud ensures that the result, with considerably better key figures, is quickly available.
The advantages of intelliDivide:
• No local hardware required. intelliDivide works independently of the operating system – Internet access is all that is needed
• Users do not have to worry about maintenance or updates
• Automatic calculation of various alternatives
• Easy comparison of optimization results
• Low-cost introduction to optimization
• Automatic transfer of the machine configuration (if the saw is connected to tapio)
• intelliDivide even works without CADmatic 5 and therefore without connecting the saw to tapio. In this case, the user downloads the results onto their computer and transmits them to the saw manually
Parallel to intelliDivide, the locally-used optimisation software Cut Rite will also continue to be available as usual – with even better performance than ever.
Cut Rite V10 is picking up speed
Another software premiere at HOLZ-HANDWERK was the presentation of Cut Rite V10. The latest version of the proven HOMAG optimization software achieves a significantly higher speed, particularly in nesting tasks. On average, the results are displayed twice as fast. There are further benefits and simplifications for data handling, for example.
With the new software release, customers also benefit from optimizations in cutting. Here, there are improvements in labeling and reporting, as well as with regard to the algorithm. Good to know: after HOLZ-HANDWERK the new release is now available free of charge to all customers with an update and service contract.
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