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I'm looking for information about inspection equipment for floor planks, mostly the ends. We're only talking about defect detection here, not grading. Does the standard equipment comes with quality control features or do you have to buy a separate machine to do that?
Thanks in advance!
Are you looking to inspect during manufacture or after installation?
If during manufacture the only 'automatic' defect scanning systems are the WoodEye, LuxScan and similar units. If you only run a couple species the programming won't be bad but at $300-400k + the automatic saw to connect it too you'd need to be large volume. Most mills still do defect inspection as part of the grading process, by hand.
If you are inspecting flooring that has been installed or is being installed hands and eyes are all that are needed
Thanks so much for your reply! Yes, I was refering to the manufacturing process. Do you know if the usual end-matching machinery have an integrated quality control features? Or would you need the equipment you mentioned, like WoodEye, to inspect the planks?
Again, thank you!
Some of the endmatchers can end-trim a small portion of the length as they process the end-match, but defecting is usually performed ahead of end-matching, by manual inspection with jump saws or with flourescent crayons and automated crosscut saws. A woodeye would only make sense in high volumes (20,000+sq.ft. /shift) with a limited range of species since the programming is so involved for each specie involved.
The end-matching process that we use is referred to as "open" end-matching... this allows for the operator to pull back the piece to the desired position to cut out any defect. This type is only limited by the operator's ability and length of his arm. "Closed" end-matching will only allow for a pre-determined amount to be trimmed at the end-matcher. We still do it the old fashioned way, using the human eye and training to find the defects.