Fibo is on track for growth. The renovation market is expanding in the relevant markets. Although Fibo panels have been able to capture market shares at the expense of tiles, they still have a market share of less than 40% compared to that of tiles. This means further growth is possible.
Highly flexible short cycle throughfeed press system supplied by Bürkle
To positively shape these processes at the production facilities in Lyngdal and, simultaneously, optimise the operational material flow, investments have been made in new buildings. At the same time, it was necessary to install a new, highly flexible short cycle throughfeed press system as the centrepiece of panel production. This is where the Freudenstadt-based company Robert Bürkle GmbH comes into play as a system specialist for press technology.
“We have known and admired Bürkle's capabilities in various projects for many years. So it was obvious that we would discuss the press project with them", explains the Fibo management.
Fibo opted for a Bürkle ODW short cycle throughfeed press.
In order to guarantee maximum flexibility, two presses, each 7800 mm long, are positioned parallel to each other. Each press presses up to 3 workpieces per cycle. The press makes it possible to process workpieces with a maximum weight up to of 60 kg, a workpiece thickness of 8 to 15 mm, a length of 2000 to 3050 mm and a width of 1220 to 1300 mm. MDF/HDF panels are used as substrate. For the surface finishing, Fibo uses decorative foil (HPL or CPL as cut-to-size material) with a thickness of 0.4 to 1.2 mm.
Special paper (made from roll) with a paper weight up to 250 g/m2 is used as backing paper. The maximum stacking height for feeding and de-stacking is 1200 mm; operation is possible with or without a protection board. A protection board is generally used during de-stacking. The laminates for surface finishing are always supplied on pallets, (maximum stack height 500 mm), separated before layup, cleaned and aligned for minimum overhang.
The mechanically possible output of the entire system is designed for a cycle time of 8 seconds per workpiece; the press time itself is approx. 30 to 40 seconds. This results in a total output of 400 panels per hour.
Multi circuit hydraulics for individual pressure control
The centrepiece of the system consists of 2 Bürkle "classic" frame-type downstroke ODW short cycle presses. They are equipped with press tables made of solid steel panels with a polished surface and heating ducts drilled from the solid material.
The press is heated with hot water (maximum operating temperature of 130°C). Each press has a total weight of approx. 37,000 kg. The total pressing force is approx. 7,320 kN and the specific pressing pressure is approx. 80 N/cm².
An additional multi-circuit hydraulic system, which can be used to individually control the pressure of the cylinder groups, is installed in order to also work efficiently on presses that are not fully occupied. The entire line is fitted with the BÜRKLE Remote Service System. This means that access to all system elements is ensured at all times for the elimination of any faults.
With the installation of the new press line and the associated gains in quality and flexibility, Fibo has made a big leap forward. A current objective to reduce the stock of finished panels from 7 to just 4 days has already almost been achieved thanks to the gain in flexibility. However, there have been no signs of a slowdown in Lyngdal as yet. This was also made evident, for instance, by the presentation of the Norwegian LEAN enterprise award in 2010, 2013 and 2015. “We are looking to grow further," continues Gabrielsen. To do so, we need systems partners like Bürkle".
Above all, the most impressive aspects of the collaboration with the Freudenstadt-based company were the high personal and professional commitment of the responsible project leader Axel Mayer, the engineering capabilities of the Bürkle engineers behind him and the absolute adherence to schedule with regard to the complex installation of the system in Lyngdal. “To put it simply: it was one of the best projects that we have ever completed", says Gabrielsen in praise of the collaboration.