The world’s leader in horizontal beam & panel saws
Stiles is pleased to bring you the most respected name in panel sizing technology, Holzma.
Holzma is the largest manufacturer of beam and panel saws in the world. These machines provide tight tolerance cutting of virtually all types of panel material. The product portfolio comprises of front-loading or rear-loading horizontal beam saws and angular systems - available for single-saw applications as well large-scale industrial units with automatic feed and stacking systems.
Launched in 1966 in Germany, Holzma has remained completely focused on panel sizing tools, the world’s most renowned specialist for cutting to size wood-based, plastic and non-ferrous-metal panels as well as various building materials. Holzma supplies customers in countries all over the globe, including cabinetmakers, shop and store fixtures, leading furniture and kitchen manufacturers, the plastics processing industry, the panel producing industry and many more.
CutRite is a comprehensive, all-round optimization program that significantly improves cut operations; CADmatic is operating software specially developed by Holzma to make operating the saw much easier.
Eberhard Scheidel, owner of SK Scheidel in Germany, explains how he discovered the HOMAG AUTOMATION/HOLZMA Saw-Store system and the affect it’s had on his plastics processing manufacturing plant.
Transcript of the HOMAG Group interview with Eberhard Scheidel of SK Scheidel:
Scheidel Kunststoffe Glas started up in 1989. We now employ 50 people in 2 locations, in Villingendorf, Baden-Wurttemberg and in Leipheim in Bavaria. We deal in plastic materials and glass and offer complete plastics processing in the cutting area, from cutting to size, to milling and laser shaping, as well as bending and gluing departments.
We were dealing with cutting to size jobs on a Holzma machine we had been using for 10 years or so. We also had a wall panel saw where we cut HPL panels. Over the years, the volume of orders grew and grew, causing a bottleneck in the cutting area. By sheer coincidence, we were on holiday, the wife and I. I went past a machine factory and happened to see how a machine was being fed fully automatically.
Back home, I happened to mention this. My son then went on the internet with an iPad, with the latest technology and said, "Look Dad, it's a system. The Homag Automation / Holzma storage system, the TLF 420," and that's what we have here today.
The storage system has to do a number of jobs. Firstly, the saw has to be federal. Secondly, material has to be retrieved in advance, and finally of course, material has to be returned to stock. We decided on a feed stacking table with a saw so that the saw doesn't have to wait for material, causing it to stand idle.
Our system includes several advance retrieval positions so that material can also be retrieved overnight. Then it is ready for the next shift and we can cut all day without interruption, without forklift trucks needing to intervene from outside.
In our plastic materials store, we have a great variety of panel thicknesses, panel sizes, colors, different materials. The problem with plastic materials is, I think, the flexibility of the panels and the static charge.
We've had the saw-store system in operation for almost a year now. We have a lot less traffic in the storage area, almost no more forklift truck traffic, material-friendlier transport routes, and we know what we've got in stock. We have no interruptions at the saw. We're able to cut everything that is needed in a day, and are also able to increase capacity at short notice.
The storage system has helped us achieve a very high level of cleanliness in the factory. Our workers see the storage system as a big improvement, in particular because panels are transported with great care and there is less physical effort involved. Quality if very high, there are fewer scratches on the material, and less damages in general.
With the offcuts management program, we always know what we have in stock. We can specify sizes depending on material value for returning parts to stock, and this means that we have a lot less waste than before.
We have a fully automatic labeling system. Every part is labeled, gets a bar code, and is assigned a storage slot. As soon as the optimization software can use the part again, it tells the workers from which storage slot they have to fetch it.
Looking at waste volume, we can say that we save about 20% on material. We use Holzma's cut-rite for optimization. We used to use material-related optimization. That meant that materials, same thickness, same material, same color, were grouped and optimized. This took a long time.
Today, we use order-related optimization. All the items of an order are entered and processed as they come. This again saves us an enormous amount of time.
We equip the saw to deal with material that is difficult to manage and also material that is pressure-sensitive. We can install material parameters on the Holzma machine. The saw settings can be adjusted to each individual material. The soft touch package lets us set the pressure beam and the pressure applied by the clamps. This means we can deal with each material according to its specific requirements.
We added nearly every available option to the machine, starting with the extraction system, which works really well. We've got closing devices for the cutting gap. The advantage of these closing devices is that trim cuttings can't get jammed between saw blade and gap, so you don't have to stop work and it's easy to remove the material.
We also have the cutting line control option. This means that the saw blade cuts in a straight line. As soon as the saw blade deviates from this line, cutting stops. We've got the package for cutting thin panels. This allows us to cut HPL panels, and the quality of the cut is brilliant.