A new addition to the line up of timber machinery offered by AV Birch Ltd as the Panel Master PM-1 is launched in August 2016.
A V Birch Limited are the leading manufacturers of Timber Engineering machinery such as the Birch 35T truss manufacturing presses, 35T Splice Press and Uni-Roll metal web joist machines. They provide a complete solution from concept to installation including all fabrication, machining, hydraulics, pneumatics and electrical work.
The recently designed and developed butterfly table, Panel Master PM-1 has been designed to make rotating and handling timber frame and spandrel panels effectively and safely without the use of cranes or forklift trucks
The rollers on the base of the Panel Master PM-1 receiver table are designed to hold the panel onto the receiver table. This allows the finished panel to be transported onto an AV Birch A-Framed trolley in a vertical position.
A roller feed system then allows the panel to be rolled from the Panel Master PM-1 to the trolley efficiently and safely, eliminating the need for forklifts or cranes.
The Panel Master PM-1 has been designed to conform with safety standard EN ISO 13849-1 from the outset. Controlled by a series of positioning switches and PLC software, the system identifies the positioning of each table and eliminates the risk of a table being lifted past the turnover safety point without the second table being in the full upright position.
With the robust build quality our customers have come to expect from AV Birch, this machine will stand up to the daily vigorous operations of the timber engineering industry.
The Panel Master PM-1 butterfly tables recently supplied to Fencehouse Roof Truss are 6 metres in length, with a safe lifting capacity of 1 tonne per table. These specifications can be increased to meet customer requirements.
Scott Heyes, Timber Engineering Director of AV Birch Ltd commented ‘The Panel Master PM-1 is an essential addition to any timber frame producers who are looking to make efficiency gains and safety improvements in their business.’
Functional Safety to EN ISO 13849-1
The AV Birch Panel Master PM-1 utilises a centralised programmable safety controller to ensure that the control system is EN ISO 13849-1 ready.
The safety controller provides all the local safety inputs and outputs (SIO) ensuring functional safety features such as monitored hydraulic valves and transfer position interlocking of the butterfly table application.
Standard IO can be directly connected to the Panel Master PM-1 making the control system easily adaptable to accommodate our customers varying needs and applications.
The sender table is equipped with an easy to use pneumatic clamping system designed to hold and clamp timber frame panels in position keeping the product square.
Diagnostic information is provided in real time via the USB interface. This could allow remote access making fault finding more efficient and reducing down time.
For more information about this, and other AV Birch equipment, please contact Scott Heyes, on 07766 300008
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