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Moulder manufacturers aim for faster set up.

Moulders have traditionally been expected to work hard; now they are also being asked to work smarter.

The basic Paulson moulder from Tyler Machinery Co. Inc. has four high-speed cutterhead spindles mounted to a compact cast-iron frame. Stock is fed through the machine using four large diameter springtensioned powered feed rolls. A fifth cutterhead spindle for pre-surfacing or a sixth spindle for outfeed machining are standard options.

Wadkin USA has introduced the CNC Omniset, which it says is the only fully automatic moulder setting system. The company says the CNC system greatly reduces set-up time because it automatically and simultaneously positions spindles, chipbreakers, pad pressures, side guides, feed positioning and feed speed selection.

The Pinheiro Model MF4 planer/marcher/moulder is offered by Auburn Machinery Inc. This four or five head machine is capable of producing products ranging from mouldings to log cabins, the company says. It has a capacity up to 20 in. wide and is available with many options for both primary and secondary woodworkers.

Moulder manufacturers are continuing to meet the dual challenge of producing more flexible and versatile machines. The major thrust of R & D has been on quicker setup and productivity. For more information, circle the corresponding Reader's Service numbers.

A. Costa America offers the Spamatic line of moulders. The moulders vary in size from medium-size five-head moulders to heavy-duty, 12-head CNC machines that are fully equipped, including high position bearings.

Stefani Group America offers the Gabbiani-GDG GS 170 moulder with digital numeric control. This chain driven machine features a maximum cutting circle of 8 in. Spindle speed is 6,000 rpm.

The Tri-State T866H available from Kimwood Corp. is an 8-in. six-head moulder with powered feed rolls. Cutterhead sequence: first bottom, first top, left side head, right side head, second top and second bottom. A tilting saw attachment and hopper feed are included. Standard equipment includes oil mist lubrication on spindles, variable feed speed, hold-downs and dust hoods.

The Unimat 23 moulder from Michael Weinig Inc. has a new base casting design which allows the machine to be configured to match every customer's requirement, the company says. Productivity is increased with 8,000 rpm spindles that can produce 33% higher feed speeds over standard 6,000 rpm spindles, the company says. All spindle adjustments and locks are in one row along the front of the moulders and short stock feed rollers pivot away from the tool to give access.

Williams & Hussey's American-made moulder/planers can produce curved or straight mouldings. The moulder features quick knife changeover and versatility with all kinds of wood, the company says.

European Woodworking Machinery Co. offers Meissner/Ehrnecker machines for picture frame mouldings. The line of machines include the new UNI-1 which can perform production of ornaments, simultaneous production and application of ornaments on mouldings and wood embossing.

Iida Trading Co. offers a mid-range line of moulders with a full range of options and CNC systems. The Model Woodsman M222 with 9-in. by 5-in. capacity is available with four to nine spindles and a choice of four computerized setting systems for short-batch production or built-in knife jointing for high-speed work.

Foley-United Co. offers the 750 planer/moulder with spring-tension rollers, removable jointers, V-belt spindle drive and digital readout.

The Model 286 5-head moulder from Diehl Machines' DL205 is an S4S machine with designed-in moulding capacities. The DL205 features a top spindlebeam interlock for S4S thickness changes in about a second, the company says. It has a rigid cast frame, digital spindle readouts, automatic bed lubrication, powered lower outfeed rolls, long infeed table, referencing cutter and 1 13/16-in. or 40mm spindles as standard equipment.

The Superset 23 & ow of several moulders available from SCMI Corp. It has been designed for custom woodworkers who require fast changeovers on small and mid-size runs. The patented non-CNC setup can be accomplished in about four minutes - including tool changeover, the company says. Also available are the SCMI P170/230 throughfeed moulder; the COMPACT 22S four-head moulder; and the SINTEX planer/straightener which features CAD/CAM ability.

Mattison Woodworking Machinery Co. has the following head sequence: first bottom, top, left side, right side and second bottom head. It features a trackless chain feed bed and its top feed rolls have a pneumatic quick release that are push-button controlled. Optional features include: hopper feed attachment, additional right side head, larger cutterhead motors and a hydraulic drive.

Koch Ltd. Machinery & Systems offers the Sicar throughfeed straightening moulder in four- to seven-head models. All feature 7-in. or 9-in. working widths and chainless drive for the feed rollers, with variable feed speeds from 13 to 92 fpm.

Sunhill Machinery Corp. offers the Chang Iron Works line of high-production throughfeed moulders. The machines have an 8-in. by 5-in. capacity and are available with up to six spindles each with its own dedicated motor. Precise cutting and control of material is maintained by the differential drive system and pneumatic pressure hold-downs.

The Bridgewood BW462M chain driven moulder from Wilke Machinery features a maximum working width of 6 in. and working thickness of 2 1/4 in. Spindle speed is 6,000 rpm.

Tekmatex Inc. says that all spindles on the Kuwahara CNC moulder are set to the exact position simultaneously, accuracy is 0.01mm, and up to 27 movements can be made automatically with the CNC control.

The Griggio throughfeed moulder Model G 180/5, available from Atlantic Machinery Corp., features four heads plus a fifth universal head, feed roller with transmission from first spindle and pressure rollers for short pieces.

The Guilliet KXY moulder available from Eurohansa Inc., is made for S4S jobs. Capacity is 9 in. by 5 in. with a straightening table. It has bottom, right, left and top heads. It also features digital readouts for positioning left and top spindles, a soundproof cover and set of tools as standard equipment, the company says. CNC-positioning is optional.

LUMBER BUYERS DON'T ALWAYS GET

WHAT THEY WANT

The unavailability of a desired species or grade of lumber ranked as the leading cause for frustration among lumber buyers participating in a recent study conducted by Vance Research, a division of Vance Publishing Corp.

The study, commissioned by moulder manufacturer Michael Weinig Inc. of Statesville, N.C., drew responses from 375 solid wood users to the question, "Which, if any, of these problems has your company experienced with purchasing lumber during the past 12 months?"

The five leading responses included:

* Desired species or grade of lumber not available: 32.3 percent.

* Case hardened, stressed, incorrectly dried lumber: 30.9 percent.

* Significant price increases: 27.5 percent.

* Lumber received below grade ordered: 26.7 percent.

* Delays in receiving lumber: 13.1 percent.

In addition, while some of the respondents claimed to experience more than one problem, 26.4 percent of them reported that they have not experienced any problems related to lumber purchasing during the previous 12 months.

The concentration of content lumber buyers was highest in the North Central states at 36.1 percent and lowest in the South, where only 19 percent of those surveyed said they had not recently experienced lumber purchasing problems.
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