Automation systems for German sanding machine manufacturer


Maschinenfabrik Hans Weber , based in the Franconian town of Kronach, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of wood and lacquer sanding machines. Weber has selected the Siemens Simatic portfolio as its source of automation systems. Building on a uniform, recognised standard which is used on a widespread basis around the world, Weber is able to offer high-quality machines at competitive terms. The machines are also able to exploit the optimisation potential created by digitalisation and Industrie 4.0. Weber machines have up to eight sanding units. The workpiece is scanned at 120 points across the work surface. The 1517 high-performance motion control central processing unit (CPU) tracks the workpieces through the machine in a 4 mm grid. Feed rates are as high as 70 m/min. The 1513 CPU is used on machines with up to two sanding units. Engineering and visualisation take place on the totally integrated automation (TIA) portal. The machines can be operated by the Simatic Comfort panels’ touch or key press. The panels are available in different sizes, and the display is automatically resized to match the screen dimensions.

Contact Keshin Govender, Siemens, Tel 011 652-2412,

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