Altendorf teams up

Altendorf Asia Pacific is excited to announce its alliance with Masterwood Australia Pty. Ltd., adding CNC nesting machinery to Altendorf’s range of machines. For anyone in the woodworking industry, the European Masterwood brand is very familiar and highly respected.  Altendorf is also pleased to carry the Cehisa range of European-built edge banders. Cehisa are easy to use and equipped with precise, reliable, features, various machining speeds and finishing techniques.
On another note, Altendorf continues to hit the right notes in design with the new F45 receiving the iF Label in the product design category in this year’s edition of the iF Design Awards. The jury of international experts praised the way the F45 combines functionality with modern materials, design and use of colour. The jury identified the modular nature of the configuration options as: “Epitomising modern pragmatism.” Altendorf has won this prestigious design award eight times, underlining the company’s unique position in the woodworking industry.

Former Black Forest sawmill transformed

Geoff Proctor, a part-owner of the historic Black Forest Timber Mill in Woodend, Victoria has revealed plans that could see the 12 hectare site transformed into a multifaceted arts, culture and sustainability learning centre powered by renewable energy. Geoff, who specialises in furniture, said the Black Forest Drive site may include a microbrewery, restaurant, artisan studios, regional art gallery, camp ground, and eco-accommodation hub. The recently opened $200,000 30kW Woodend Solar Park, part funded by the State Government, allowed the group to share its vision for the mill site with the public.

Weinig wins awards

The new Powermat 700 entry-level moulder has been awarded a gold medal by the Polish trade fair Drema. The entry-level model of Weinig’s new generation of moulders features the Comfort Set operating concept and makes the Powermat 700 the most user-friendly moulder on the market. Another highlight is the Smart Touch function, which allows for a wireless connection between the machine controls and a tablet.
The Holz-Her Evolution 7405 vertical CNC processing centre has won the Visionary Award at the AWFS trade fair in Las Vegas. The Evolution won the best innovation in the category for particularly high-quality machinery. The jury was impressed by the (patent pending) vacuum-based clamping system. The system has software-controlled, fully-automated suction positioning with through-hole drill detection. Claimed to be unique in its class, the Evolution allows precise edge-routing of all four workpiece edges without circular clamping. The Evolution previously won the Challengers Award at the IWF in Atlanta in August 2014.

Leuco Aerotech delivers

A leading English door manufacturer recently fitted the Aurotech tool turbine to its three SCM Ergon CNC machines for a spectacular result. Independent tests carried out by the University of Stuttgart reveals that the turbine lifts dust away from the cutting head in a vortex, removing 97.4% of the dust. “
Browns 2000 manufactures classic and vinyl-wrapped made-to-measure doors and reports an increase of 15% in production due entirely to not having to clean the machines of dust. There’s also an added benefit in reduced vibration; less dust to affect the machine and improved health and safety in the workshop.

Biesse and SCM at Xylexpo

Biesse confirms its presence at the 25th edition of Xylexpo trade fair with a bigger stand and more than 20 machines on display. The show will be held 24th to 28th May in Milan and is Italy’s biggest trade fair for the wood working industries. Biesse will display integrated systems up close, with machines that can simplify the management of even the most complex and advanced large-scale jobs as well as the operations of small to medium sized companies. Biesse aims to demonstrate how anyone can seize the opportunities offered by the so-called Industrial Revolution and can now translate this concept into practice.
SCM will present the latest developments including integrated solutions and modular cell systems, which reflect the intelligent innovation approach, a direct interpretation of Smart Manufacturing” The aim is to provide the industry with solutions for productions with shorter time-to-market, to increase competitiveness and allow for a greater level of specialisation.
The technologies presented by the SCM Group are designed to optimize and facilitate the creativity of small wood working workshops and large industries, supporting them in the process towards “mass customisation”.

Recall portal

GS1 Australia has launched a new version of GS1 Australia Recall to minimise the impact and cost of products recalled and withdrawn from the supply chain.
This online portal is designed to provide an electronic product recall notification management system. It streamlines the management of product recalls by enhancing the speed, efficiency and accuracy of the recall process.
The Recall online portal was initially launched for the Food and Beverage industry in 2011 followed by a Healthcare sector portal in September 2013 and extended to the General Merchandise and Apparel industry in 2014. These industry specific portals have been extremely successful with the quick and easy recall or withdrawal of grocery, food, liquor, healthcare and consumer products.
Organisations can use the service to reduce errors, decrease the amount of time it takes to respond to a recall and mitigate the costs associated with managing the recall process.