From Planning to Commissioning
For us, automation means reducing manual intervention in production, such that highly qualified specialists can focus on the core business of their companies. We achieve this increased degree of automation through the linking of different machines via logistics and transport systems, as well as the combination of previous single machines into integrated machine concepts. We have the know-how for optimum material flow and integrated automatic storage systems for raw plates and buffer storage. From project planning to commissioning, our specialists will accompany you every step of the way.
The Optimal Solution in Focus
Automation is increasingly indispensable for companies of all sizes. In fact, there is no manual intervention in our large production plants today, i.e. the workpiece passes through all processing steps (saw, water jet, machining center) automatically, without the need for manual intervention. Yet automation is also progressively important for small- and medium-sized businesses. Especially in times of a shortage in skilled workers, every company must endeavor to utilize its employees profitably and to relieve them of unnecessary or mundane activities. That is why we also offer optimal solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses. Our modular machine concept allows for a step-by-step expansion without squandering the earlier investments made.
Automation and Software
The advanced level of automation is also reflected in our software. We use the same interface on all machines, such that operators can easily navigate across machines. The control of the manufacturing process is typically done centrally via a higher level production planning system. Through the use of workpiece imaging and clear workpiece identification by means of barcodes, customer-specific orders can be individually produced and the end product can be simulated in advance. For more complex work, the machining process can also be simulated in advance. We are happy to advise you on the best solution for your company.
Reference Production Plant 1
The production plant shown is used for the fully automated production of kitchen worktops made of natural stone, quartz composite and ceramics.
Reference Production Plant 2
The system shown for kitchen countertops has already been successfully implemented in practice. Starting from an automatic panel storage, the cutting of the work piece is done through saw and waterjet. The ready-cut workpieces are stored temporarily in a buffer storage. Subsequently, the finishing of the workpiece takes place on turntable CNC machining centers. The loading and unloading as well as the suction cup positioning are done without manual intervention.
Reference Production Plant 3
The production plant shown is used for the fully automated production of oven housing made of natural stone and ceramics.
Reference Production Plant 4
The video shows a fully automatic production line for kitchen countertops. The individual processing machines are aligned and connected to one another. This enables a continuous material flow without interruption.
Reference Production Plant 5
The production plant manufactures kitchen countertops on an industrial scale. The entire plant is automated - from saw and water jet processing to storing workpieces in a buffer shelf.
Reference Production Plant 6
The production plant shown is used for the fully automated production of kitchen worktops made of quartz composite.
Automation of Saw
Our modern 5-axis saws are equipped with a vacuum device for separating workpieces.
By adding additional foldable suction cups and a rotation axis, raw slabs can be collected and processed directly from the stationary A-frame.
We also use a specially developed saw band for cutting, which allows the automatic removal of work pieces at the end of the machining process.
Automation of Waterjet
Our water jet machines can be equipped with an interchangeable frame system that allows for the automatic loading and unloading of the machine.
It comes with two worktables that can be automatically swapped, thereby allowing the machine to continue working on a worktable while loading and unloading
take place outside the processing area. This increases the effective running time of the machine by up to 100%.
Loading and unloading take place fully automatically via a manipulator that is integrated into the production process.
Automated combination of saw + waterjet
A key aspect of automation is the linking of previously separate individual machines to form an integrated production solution. Our CSA 598 does precisely that by combining automatic loading from the A-frame with automatic water jet machining and sawing. No manual intervention or manual transport of material is required throughout the entire process. The automation with two processing bridges results in significantly shorter processing time and a constantly high quality. Alternatively, the combination in one processing bridge allows for a very compact design.
Automation of Machining Center
For the longest time, operators had to manually position the suction cups at the machining center before each processing.
Thanks to our new development, the positioning of suction cups is now fully automated by the machine based on the available workpiece and the machining data.
The globally unique automatic positioning of the suction cups not only minimizes the set-up time of the machine,
but also allows the automatic loading and unloading of the machining center by means of a manipulator.
Automation of Edge Polisher
Burkhardt-Löffler offers fully automated solutions for the processing of all workpiece edges. Depending on the application, the machine can be loaded and unloaded either by a robot or by a portal construction with vacuum suction cups. Workpieces of different sizes can be automatically picked up and processed from a conveyor system. An intelligent control system manages the entire process without the need for manual intervention by an operator.