“With our new automated saw, we achieve a speed of 150 metres per minute. This makes it the fastest band saw line in the world”, explains Johan Fredriksson from Swedish timber supplier Norra Timber. The modular line was supplied by the Swedish subsidiary of the American system builder USNR. It includes the flexible function terminals CPX/VTSA in key places for actuating the pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
In the picture: Johan Fredriksson, Project Manager for the band saw line at Norra Timber (right), Jonas Ljung, Design Manager at USNR (centre) and Kristian Lütz, Industrial Sector Manager at Festo.
USNR – known in Sweden until recently by the brand name Söderhamn Eriksson – is a long-standing partner of Norra Timber. USNR is a worldleading American corporate group in woodworking machines. With the integration of Söderhamn Eriksson, the Americans have gained a strong foothold in northern Europe and at the same time landed a technology leader in timber processing, since the Swedes have long had a name worldwide in the industry for speed, productivity and flexible automation.
“We were very happy that USNR installed the new line in two weeks, as it meant that we were able to get back to working at full speed after four weeks. We had planned more than six weeks of downtime,” reports Project Manager Fredriksson from Norra Timber. The shorter commissioning time was made possible by the modular design of the band saw line. Reducers, log turners, conveyor lines and band saw units are independent units that are put together in the assembly halls of the Swedish subsidiary of USNR in Söderhamn with all of their automation technology before being installed as complete modules on the factory floor of Norra Timber.