New Acotec lines for high performance
After faithfully serving the operators for 28 years, the line for producing Acotec light partition wall panels has been renewed for even higher performance level and versatility. I have to say that I sincerely appreciate the skills of the designers of the original Acotec line for their fine work, which made it possible for the line to be competitive for such a long time. Of course continuous development took place during the past years, but finally the time came to take the technology to a new level and I can proudly say: New Acotec production line has been released!
The first benefit we now can offer with the new lines is that you can select the technology level that which suits your needs as there are now SEMI, PRO and EDGE versions of the line available. So, with the SEMI you can start a factory with minimum investment while still getting good capacity and a high quality product. PRO has all the main functions automated, and the EDGE version offers a fully automatic production line with automated curing and packing.
When the investment decision is made, you usually do not want to wait for a long time for the production to start – you more or less want to see truckloads of panels shipped from the factory, unstopped like a river flowing. To make this come true as fast as possible, we took the modularity of the lines to a new level, so now a line module includes electrification and pneumatics. When also the line control was changed to state-of-the-art EtherBUS-system, the installation of the line is literally plug and work. This reduces the installation time to half what it used to be.
When you start the production, you don’t only want it to start quickly, but you also want it to run without interruptions. Nothing makes you go crazier than seeing alarms flashing, bells ringing and seeing the river of panels dry-up like a camel’s hump. This why we have made dozens of improvements to the new Acotec production lines: To make it run like a train. The conveyors are of new design and of new materials, and the new automation system enables faster movements of the plates and panels. The handling of plates is extremely gentle to maximize their lifetime and minimize dents, which would cause faults to panels and cause malfunctions in the line.
But it is inevitable that sometimes the train will stop. In such a situation you want to know why and where is the problem, to be able to solve it as fast as possible. That’s just what the new Acotec line does. On its control screen, it shows the location of the fault on a map (layout of the line) and tells in plain language what the problem is, also giving advice on how to fix it. This way the line is back in operation in a blink of an eye. Furthermore, mistakes in solving the malfunctions, which could damage the machinery, are prevented.
So, when in no time you have your own river of panels flowing again like the river Amazon, you can relax and check the latest automatically generated production reports from the control system. Seeing that the planned capacity is reached and downtime and level of rejected slabs lower than the target makes, you do not need to worry. You can just concentrate on enjoying doing business with Acotec from Elematic.
Jani Eilola, Product Line Manager, Floor Technologies and Acotec