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June 2, 2016

Siempelkamp supplies particleboard plant to Australia

Siempelkamp supplies particleboard plant to Australia

Borg Manufacturing Pty. Ltd., an Australian producer of melamine-laminated boards, has ordered a new Siempelkamp particleboard plant for its Oberon location. Moreover, Borg has ordered a retrofitting concept from Siempelkamp.

The new particleboard plant will be set up in Oberon in the Australian state of New South Wales, where Borg Manufacturing operates a facility for wood-panel surfacing.

The Krefeld-based machinery and plant manufacturer received the order for a particleboard plant including a Generation 8-ContiRoll® (pressing format 8’ x 40.4 m, designed for an output of 1,500 m³/day).

Siempelkamp says that the order has two important technological core competences: for one the almost isobaric pressure distribution in the press and secondly the latest forming technology, presently representing the latest benchmark with respect to raw material consumption. This is achieved, amongst others, by an optimised material feed into the dosing bins and by two field-proven Eco-Formers, which are wind formers for producing the surface layers. The mat former system is completed with two CageFormers for producing the core layers; the formers are equipped with modules designed to adjust the weight-per-unit area of the mat. The interplay of these components enables a high forming precision and - along with the almost isobaric pressure distribution in the ContiRoll® - ensures an especially material- and cost-efficient particleboard production. 

Retrofitting concept for an existing MDF-plant

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At the site in Oberon/Australia (from left to right): Geoffrey Robson (Managing Director Siempelkamp Pty. Ltd., Australia), John Borg (Managing Director Borg Manufacturing), Erwin Scholz (Siempelkamp), Gonne Johannes Hansen (Sales Engineer Wood Division, Siempelkamp)

At its Oberon location Borg is also investing in a retrofitting concept for an MDF-plant made by Siempelkamp. Focus is placed on the upgrading of the ContiRoll® to the latest technical standard. The upgrade comprises, amongst others, the installation of a completely flexible press infeed, a booster infeed hot platen, the installation of pressure compensation plates and the updating of the hydraulic system by adding a track of cylinders in the calibration section of the press. Along with the upgrade of the plant’s existing electrical system Borg Manufacturing Pty. Ltd. will be sure to benefit by increasing the plant’s output and at the same time reducing its raw material input.

A revision of the Ecopilot system is also part of the retrofitting concept. The existing concept will be provided with a total of eight tracks. The Ecopilot measures the board thickness at the press discharge over the board width comparing it with the set thickness. Any deviations can be compensated by controlled adjustment of the specific pressure within the calibration zone. The hydraulic system will be modified accordingly to individually adjustable cylinders.

Both the new particleboard production plant and the MDF-plant to be retrofitted will be equipped with our Prod-IQ.quality system. Model-based online quality checks will ensure material- and cost-efficient production.

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