How Wood Industry is Driving Growth with Robots !

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June 1st 2017 | Ghaziabad

With the advent of automation in the economy, robots are increasingly finding their way into plywood industry. Their roles in the industry range from manufacturing to component processing and assembly. High-performance controls of the robot systems ensure short throughput times and high plant utilisation rates.

The impact ofRobotic “colleagues” in the plywood industry is a lively example of the world’s first building with a robot-manufactured hardwood Beech frame, which was erected in Gmund, Germany, in 2015.

The reason is because robots are less expensive and more powerful, end-users and system integrators. Also, the robot manufacturers are taking a closer look at deploying robots in the wood industry. Main jobs of robots in the wood industry comprise painting, polishing, assembling, grinding,handling, grading, and repairing of wooden parts and products.

In glued-laminated timber manufacturing, robots are reportedly working successfully whereas vacuum robots for automatic stacking are being used in sawmill engineering.

According to industry experts, robots are the perfect tool to examine the grade and repair wood veneer. “Usually‘‘veneer is cut to size, and then is scanned by a computer system at high speeds in order to identify defects to be repaired. Once the number of defects is discovered to be repaired, a panel’s grade is upgraded to increase its value. Veneer that comes in as a grade ‘C’ is easily repaired robotically and made it to come to the ‘A’ grade category”, said one of the industry giants.

Making it a permanent place in the wooding industry, robots are used to pick up parts for office furniture and kitchen cabinets from stacks on conveyors and loading them into CNC machines. Different types of robots with different features and specifications are being deployed in the wooding industry depending on what is to be done with robots.