High Performance HPL Press Line
Founded at the end of the 1950s in Bra, Piamonte, Italy, Abet Laminati is the biggest HPL (high-pressure laminate) manufacturer in Italy, and one of the world’s leading players in decorative laminates.
The client was immersed in a modernization process which included an upgrade for one of the two factories they had in their headquarters, in Bra, in terms of production capacity, automation, flexibility and digitalization of production control systems.
Biele Group developed a turn-key lay-up and press line for high-pressure laminates, as well as an advanced software for a deep integration with IT systems, so that a continuous exchange of fata between machines and servers was held.
The customization level of this project is so high that allows to produce both “thin laminates” and “compact laminates” in different sizes. These features provide great flexibility for production planning.
Biele Group developed a turn-key lay-up and press line for high-pressure laminates, as well as an advanced software for a deep integration with IT systems.
Multidaylight Pressing Technology
The multidaylight press developed for this project works with 20 daylights and operates with a cold-hot-cold process and a closing force of 7,500TM. A special system for press plate handling was developed to allow their centering and cleaning without contact..
Custom Press Plate Storage System
The press loading/unloading system is unique to this project: Biele had to develop a press plate storage system that would integrate the existing one, so a new system based on double loading & unloading was developed.
Production Control System
Thanks to the new production planner platform, the client achieved significant reduction of mistakes, and improved the data exchange for advanced analytics. This resulted in an increase of the automation in the manufacturing processes.
According to Simone Abrate’s words, “in Biele we found a very professional partner. We had the opportunity to work in very tight contact developing the project together. Biele identified our needs and transformed them into reality”.
Another signal that underlines the custom, turn-key and flexible spirit of this project can be guessed in Luigi Derapalino’s words: “To reach the final line design, we worked on dozens of project reviews. In the end, we obtained the desired result, and this was thanks to a very professional team in Biele”.