MatchPoint BladeTM

Wood Processing

System

The MatchPoint BLADE™ wood processing system continues the long lineage of MiTek's automated saws, but everything about this saw, from its first inception, has been done differently.

 

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CUTS MORE PARTS. COSTS LESS MONEY.

  • FAST - Cuts and processes parts faster than anything on the market.
  • FLEXIBLE - It can fit right in to your current processes or completely change how you do business...it's your choice!
  • AUTOMATED - Automate this system as much or as little as you need.
  • A COMPLETE SYSTEM - It's a cutting device, material handling solution, and production control department all rolled into one system. 

MatchPoint Blade Wood Processing System

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OVERVIEW

The MatchPoint BLADE™ wood processing system continues the long lineage of MiTek's automated saws, but that's where the normalcy stops. Everything about this saw, from its first inception, has been done differently - different for MiTek and different for the industry as a whole.

We refer to the overall piece of equipment as a wood processing system because:

  • It is management system. 
  • It is a material handling system.
  • It is a communication and organization system.
  • It is a method of improving employee-to-production ratios.
  • It is a computer that does all the hard thinking for you.
  • It is a material conservation device (a tree-saver).

To construct the BLADE™, we gathered a roomful of industry experts from around the globe, all with diverse backgrounds, to determine the face, heart, and soul of this system. The focus was on the following:

  • The technical specifications that today's component manufacturer needs in a cutting device
  • The management tools that could assist today's component manufacturer with their cutting device
  • The role this cutting device could and should play in the plant
  • The secondary roles that could be played by placing the cutting device inside a holistic system
  • Pros and cons to previous saws used in the industry 
  • How to take advantage of best practices discovered from previous saws as well as best practices inside building component plants
  • Keeping it affordable
  • Ease of maintenance

Our Engineering Department, Sales and Customer Service teams, and our own plant floor worked closely together using the best project management tools as well as some good old-fashioned debate!  In addition to an arduous design phase, the MatchPoint BLADE  system was installed and monitored at a Beta site before we even considered selling one. Here, despite all of the above work, additional improvements were identified and implemented. 

But in the center of all that, it is still a saw blade that cuts lumber to the exact specification needed at the exact time needed. And so, we affectionately call it the BLADE™.

SPEED

The simplest way to raise productivity is with machine speed. Because this is a wood processing system for the entire front end of your building process, and not just a saw, speed has many factors.  All of these factors are important in realizing productivity gains and avoiding bottlenecks. 

How fast the lumber can be loaded on the Auto Deck staging conveyor

  • The maximum speed of the Infeed Rail gripper
  • How fast the printer can print data for every part
  • How fast the saw blade can make angle, bevel, stroke, and elevation changes
  • The speed of the outfeed mechanism
How easily the operator and off-loader can keep up with the system

COST AND MAN-HOUR REDUCTION

Speed of the system is one of the most important and most talked-about specifications on any equipment, but don't forget that people are a very important part of this process. How the system affects people's roles can add to or subtract from the total time it takes to complete a job.

  • When used with the automated material handling system, it requires only one operator, providing you with a low man-hour count. That could result in ¼ to ½ your previous personnel costs on your go-to saw.
  • Building "truss-by-truss" doesn't have to be a slow, overwhelming task anymore. The printer capabilities paired with the job import options in the software make cutting single trusses just as fast as small batches on a component saw.
  • Remember crawling under the saw to dig a valuable wedge out of the waste conveyor? It's not exactly the most efficient thing your operator could be doing. This system can handle almost every size piece imaginable. It can cut them, mark them, and send them through the outfeed assembly because every part of this system was designed for the smallest of pieces with the greatest of angles.
  • Printers on saws aren't exactly new ideas. Everyone knows that automatically marking the cut pieces speeds up production at your assembly tables and increases efficiency at the saw by eliminating hand-marking. But a printer that can keep up with the speed of every other part of this saw is unheard of, until now! An ink-jet printer is included on every saw to print data on the front face of the board. Up to two additional printers can mark on additional surfaces of the board simultaneously. That means more data without slowing anything down. The additional printers can add further details that speed up sorting efforts even more, and can even mark component and plate locations.
  • The lumber can be easily loaded onto the lumber feed system while the previous job is in process. If using the semiautomatic Auto Deck, pneumatic lumber stops keep the lumber for the current job separate from the lumber for the next job. If using the WoodRunner™ lumber retrieval system, bulk lumber can be loaded into their stations at any time.
Jams in the outfeed area are a thing of the past. This outfeed system exits very small parts all the way to the outfeed table. For a more automated option, replace the outfeed table with a Powered Skewed Conveyor. With this option, much of the sorting will be done for you, unloading is made more flexible, and the entire operation can be done with one operator.

FLEXIBILITY

The flexibility of the MatchPoint BLADE™ wood processing system may be its most valuable and, yet, underrated feature. Because every plant has different customers and truss demographics, every plant has different processes that work for them.

This system can fit perfectly into almost any workflow or process. It can be installed and productive within a matter of days. You can continue business as usual, but with a newer, faster, more reliable saw and material handling system. But… why continue business as usual when you can do business better?

Using the flexibility of the MatchPoint BLADE, it may be possible to boost your production processes and your profit margins. The variety of solutions available require a conversation with your MiTek representative to fully understand the possibilities for your business.

The largest gain will be realized in a plant that does not currently have a linear saw, or that has a linear saw but continues to cut in batches. Adding a linear saw to an existing component saw, or even replacing the component saw altogether depending on your truss makeup, opens up a whole new realm of possibilities and process changes. Building "truss-by-truss" or "panel-by-panel" doesn't have to be a slow, overwhelming task anymore.  The saw can cut all the lumber for each truss or panel before going on to the next. Or it can cut all the lumber for each job, optimizing the lumber even further.  Either way, sorting is much faster than traditional batch cutting, and therefore improves productivity ratios at the tables. 

Many truss manufacturers are already enjoying the benefits of MatchPoint PLANX™ automated jigging, but are not realizing the full benefit because they are still cutting in batches. The nature of automated jigging drives the need for truss-to-truss manufacturing. Like BLADE, the PLANX will improve productivity in any environment. But give the PLANX a truss-to-truss cut - sort - build workflow, and your production will take off. In order to do this, you need the flexibility of the MatchPoint BLADE.

OUTFEED CAPABILITIES

The outfeed portion of this system includes an outfeed clamp that assists in holding long boards while cutting occurs. The board is then grabbed by the lumber exit chain and pushed onto the outfeed table. The clamp and chain have various adjustments that give the operator full control of how the outfeed assembly performs. Most of these adjustments will never need to be touched, but because of the variance in lumber types, the system was designed with operator control in mind.

You don't need to worry about small boards jamming up the outfeed system, or crawling on the floor looking for that wedge that dropped to the waste conveyor.

  • This outfeed system handles small parts with ease.
  • The LASM simply needs a 2” surface to hold onto, then the lumber exit chain grabs it and carries it all the way to the outfeed table.

For a more automated option, replace the outfeed table with a Powered Skewed Conveyor.

With this option, much of the sorting will be done for you, unloading is made more flexible, and the entire operation can be done with one operator.

PRINTERS

The BLADE can speed up production at your assembly tables and increases efficiency at the saw. Never hand mark again. And if you are already using a printer, have you ever wished you had more room to print more information? All guesswork can be taken out of the equation for the assemblers with the right information on each part.

The standard face printer marks the cut pieces so your assembly crews know just where the pieces go in the truss configuration.

  • The optional second face printer can use AGS software to mark plate location and just about any data stored in the truss design file which helps reduce plating errors at the assembly tables.  
  • For wall panel operations, there is an optional third printer that marks wall panel stud information on the top edge to improve productivity at your wall panel stations.
When combining all factors, the MatchPoint BLADE will outperform anything else on the market today and for years to come.

OPERATOR INTERFACE

The operator interface or HMI (human-machine interface) for the saw operator is a Windows-based touch screen computer enclosed in a touch screen enclosure which is connected to the saw with an industrial-strength, fully adjustable arm. The arm is adjustable in every direction giving the operator a clear view inside the saw chamber.

The computer accepts a keyboard or mouse attachment, but the overall HMI is designed so a keyboard and mouse are not needed.

There are several different software applications in use when using the MatchPoint BLADE  system.

  • Board Stretcher™ is a lumber optimizing software used prior to the job reaching the manufacturing floor. Typically, a production control technician or designer will use Board Stretcher on every job, selecting the best lumber lengths to get the least amount of waste. Various scenarios can be viewed before the Board Stretcher operator picks the best one. Once proficient in the use of BoardStretcher, lumber efficiencies should skyrocket.
The second software in use is MiTek proprietary saw software. It is what allows the saw operator to control the saw and most peripheral devices in the system at the touch screen computer. It is user-friendly yet allows the operator complete control over what is to be cut and when, what lumber is to be used, re-cuts and remainders, and various saw settings. Although some of these specifics were setup by the BoardStretcher operator, we know that not everything goes as planned out on the shop floor. This system has the flexibility to change plans at the saw to keep things running smoothly.

MATERIAL HANDLING

Material Handling is an easy and affordable place to raise the overall automation level in any facility. 

To satisfy the ability to incrementally automate when and where each customer desires, the MatchPoint BLADE™ wood processing system gives you some options.

  • On the infeed end, the Auto Deck staging conveyor is a semi-automatic easy-to-use chain conveyor. An operator load the lumber in the correct order onto the Auto Deck conveyor, and the system takes over from there.
  • The lumber for the next job can be loaded while the previous job is in process. The two jobs are kept separate by using the pneumatically controlled lumber stops.
  • To fully automate the infeed process, opt for the Ranger RS™ lumber retrieval system. As long as the lumber stations are stocked, it picks the correct lumber in the correct order and gets it to the saw's Infeed Rail.   

After each part is cut, it exits through the outfeed assembly and travels to the outfeed table where an operator offloads it to be taken to the assembly tables.

A Powered Skewed Conveyor can be used instead of the standard outfeed table to further automate the outfeed and sorting process. The Powered Skewed Conveyor funnels cut parts to one of several different chutes. It is held there until offloaded as a group.

Using a Powered Skewed Conveyor with the Ranger RS  lumber retrieval system turns this entire system into a 1-man operation. It also saves time at the tables because much of the sorting is already done.

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