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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 4/24/18 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.
Automated manufacturing equipment is specifically designed to integrate manufacturing machines and software to ensure that the processes run on their own through the use of computer programming.
At Tank Fab, we pride ourselves on engineering specialized automated manufacturing equipment to fit our customer’s needs.
There is no request too wild or out-of-the-ordinary for us to take on.
The unique thing about Tank Fab is that we not only design the system for you, but we also manufacture and, in some cases, install the system.
The sawmill and lumber business is unique and requires many automated pieces of manufacturing equipment.
Here’s an example of how we were able to provide a creative solution to a problem our client was experiencing.
One of our lumber customers needed a way to permanently mark their wood products for warranty purposes.
The conventional method in the dimensional wood products industry is to identify each piece of wood with a plastic tag after the wood has been processed from tree from into its final form.
Many times this tag is either inadvertently removed during use in construction, or falls off during shipping of the lumber to its destination.
This was a problem for our customer and we were happy to provide a solution.
We love unique tasks like this.
Our engineers came up with a system that would imprint their company logo into the end of each piece of wood.
Next, we fabricated the wood-stamping machine to the engineer’s specs.
Then, we installed the final piece of equipment for the client.
This new wood stamper presses the customer’s logo into the end of each board for identification purposes.
Our client now has a branded logo stamped onto their wood so they will always be able to properly identify their products.
Here’s how we were able to help a client dealing with a frustrating wood preservation situation, with an automated manufacturing solution.
After the wood has been treated with preservatives, on occasion, the product will drip preservative after it is treated. This created three significant problems:
Our clients needed a solution to this common problem.
Tank Fab created a material handling system, we call it a transfer deck, for the wood-treating industry to meet this need.
This system includes a set of drip bays.
If the wood product is dripping when it exits the autoclave, it is transferred to one of the drip bays until it has stopped dripping. These bays offer many benefits over the typical containment area. The benefits include:
An autoclave is a very strong container that is heated, where it is safe for chemical reactions to take place, and other processes that depend on high pressures and temperatures, for example, steam sterilization.
We’ve manufactured a number of turnkey autoclave systems including:
Have a need that has no current equipment solution to fill that need? Let us design it for you!
Contact us today to learn more about how we can deliver automated manufacturing equipment that solves your biggest manufacturing challenges.
Where do the challenges arise in your manufacturing process? Could any of these solutions streamline or simplify your processes?