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PAUL unveils innovative new marking system

Safe marking operation at the display station in the cabin

Manual wood marking processes entail unloading and chalking the delivered wood using laborious handling methods. The lifting and turning processes involved and the continuous movements along the workpieces take a considerable toll on handling staff. One of the difficulties encountered is detecting all four sides of the workpieces. Automatic board scanning allows the wood to be engaged by a fully automatic destacking plant. However, when working with many high-grade wood types such as sawn oak timber, automatic scanning is not always fully successful. Purchasing a scanner also generally represents a considerable investment.


The newly developed PAUL Touch-Free Marking System closes the gap between manual chalking and fully automatic board scanning. The workpieces are detected on all four sides in throughfeed by cameras, and manual handling processes such as the turning and displacing of heavy workpieces are no longer required. Subsequently all four sides of the workpiece, each of which is important for the determination of quality criteria, are displayed on a monitor in a separate cabin. The operator is able to sit in comfort and mark the defects in the wood using a stick. This is a task that can be completed even by less physically able operators. The system allows completely contact-free marking of the workpieces, reduces the optimization losses resulting from incorrect marking and requires no material resources for the marking process. The software also offers a variety of tools for simpler and more precise wood marking, helping to further improve both productivity and wood yield. Once all the wood characteristics and quality areas have been determined, their position is transmitted to the CNC control of the cross-cutting system.


Benefits compared to manual chalking

·    Faults are detected and marked on all four sides of the workpiece

·    Precise fault measurement determination

·    No optimization losses due to imprecise chalk marks

·    Laborious handling of heavy workpieces is eliminated

·    Physical movement along the length of workpieces is eliminated

·    Minimization of heavy work involved in cross-cutting workpieces

·    Permits increased concentration by marking staff


Benefits compared to scanning systems

·    Simpler operation, faster results

·    Highly reliable marking results even for workpieces with difficult scanning properties

·    No restrictions due to the surface condition, colour, changes due to water and artificial drying

·    Lower initial investment

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