VIRTUAL OPERATOR INTERFACE
AE EdgerView™ is a virtual operator interface that provides a live video image on screen combined with movable sawlines that interface directly with your Setworks PLC. It can be used in both Green and Dry mills and provides the ability for the operator to make visual grade overrides and manually adjust the sawlines for optimum recovery.
EdgerView™ can also be interfaced to prepositioning and dual sided infeeds.
Another advantage is that there is no need for Lasers on the machine meaning that you have a better view of the machine outfeed, and as the mill no longer needs to be darkened to see lasers this improves the operators ability to see defects and wane.
Automation & Electronics IRIS™ is installed in Hardwood and Softwood mills in New Zealand, Australia, United States and Papua New Guinea.
The advanced 3D Optimisation software provides high profile wane up/down scanning on transverse and lineal infeeds (also including Slew & Skew or wigglebox solutions). We select the correct sensor for the application using laser scanner sensors from LMI, ScanMeg and JoeScan. Depending on the application, if we are scanning a Flitch, Cant or Roundback will determine which sensor we provide to integrate with our Windows based Optimisation combined with SQL database for production reports and PLC control system. The system is available in both Metric and Imperial and incorporates value and volume based priorities along with adjustable wane rules and zones.
We also feature a board historian program for archiving real images and solutions for simulation.
Other features include manual override control and EdgerView™ virtual operator interface for Grade improvement. A&E is also carrying out extensive Research & Development on automated grading using integrated vision based scanning.
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Edger Outfeed Picker Scanner Video
The TallyView™ series of controls have been designed to provide instant information about the production performance of the process by monitoring the product at the mills outfeed.
The system provides a user friendly interface with configurable data entry and reporting options. Data is collected and stored in order that historical information about your production can be reviewed.
The system accurately measures length, thickness, and width and allows for grade input from a manual entry station or GMR (Grade Mark Reader).
This information is archived in a Windows compatible computer in an SQL database which can communicate with your mills inventory system. To date we have interfaced from companies IT networks to systems such as SAP, TimberSmart and Elimbs to name a few.
The system can be expanded to provide packet tally information at your sorting table and also generate packet labels with barcode and product information. When linked with our Primary breakdown scanning systems we are also able to calculate other mill information such as conversion factors.
TRIMLINE & TALLY
Automation & Electronics have, where applicable, commissioned and retrofitted new controls to new or secondhand Stacking machines.
Our systems are PLC controlled providing fully synchronized servo electric motion control for smooth transition of boards and layers. Some systems are interfaced to our Stacker Tally Software which provides interface for machine and product dimension setup.
We have commissioned systems with dimensional and random width lumber and generated packet reports and packet labels on a designated label printer.
TRIMLINE/TALLY/BIN SORTER/STACKER SOLUTIONS
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BIN SORTER CONTROLS
Bin Sorter control and management system is virtually unlimited in the number of Sort Patterns that can be stored onto BinViews designated Windows PC. These Sort Patterns can be downloaded to the PLC control system as the mills products cutting patterns change.
Bin assignments are self seeking, so when a bin becomes full, a new one is automatically assigned. The Sort Pattern for each product can be set up to go into a particular zone of the sorter. Sort Patterns can be defined in formats that allows any combination of widths, thickness, lengths grade or moisture and density types which may be combined with a realistic Sort Pattern and
The Sort Pattern setup is done from the Scada based BinView™ software package which is very user friendly to set up for the operator.
We have commissioned and retrofitted new and used Sorters (both lug chain and Jbar style sorters including Tray Sorters & Stackers) in both Softwood and Hardwood sawmills.
Options are available to interface a Grade Mark Reader or Optimised Trimmer as well as remote production displays, integration with your IT Network and remote wireless monitoring via an Ipad or similar device. BinWalker stations may be hard wired electrically or interfaced via remote Ethernet I/O.
• Bin Faults –overfilling of a bin can be detected (bin has reached the bottom limit switch but lumber is still blocking the photocell at the top).
• Length Photocell faults – when a board passes through the length sense zone, obviously the length Photocell should be covered in progressive sequence.
Failure to maintain this sequence would indicate a broken wand on one of the limit switches. Also, every lug, Photocell should return to their “off” state at least once, failure to do so would indicate that a Photocell has “hung up” or a photocell is permanently blocked by something.
• T Askewed board detection – either at the length sense zone or at a separately defined location. The presence of an askew board normally requires the sorter to be stopped.
• Disable Jbar Feature – It is desirable to have the facility to disable a Jbar if it gets broken. This is done by pressing a button at the far end of the sorter which prevents that Jbar from being loaded until it becomes fixed.
• Long range photocells – Photocells looking the full length of the sorter will be blocked by lumber that gets tangled up in any bin. Extensive Alarms include 3, 2, 1, 0 empty bins left in the sorter and Motor faults.
FURTHER SYSTEM FEATURES
System timing is dynamically adjusted according to sorter speed to compensate for mechanical response (lag time) of divertors and other equipment.
There are diagnostics available for the troubleshooting and monitoring of the system. A Capture button is provided for taking snapshot samples of Board data for analysis. Extensive reports are available from the system. Each Boards data is stored in a SQL database as it is processed.
Grade, Trim, Sort, Binsorter in association with TS manufacturing
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EVENTS & TRADE SHOWS
ATLANTA WOOD EXPO - Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Expo Atlanta, USA
JUNE 26th - 28th 2019
NHLA (National Hardwood Lumber Association) Convention & Exhibition New Orleans, USA
OCTOBER 2nd - 4th 2019
WOODTECH Rotorua New Zealand - 11th-12th September
WOODTECH Melbourne Australia - 17th-18th September