shape to optimize the spray trajecto-ries and paint consumption. A Smart
Conveyor charges the parts for feeding
into the Sorbini UV, then moves them
into a Cefla two-chamber vertical oven
followed by a four-chamber oven.
Also in use at Arbi is a Cefla Big
Bag Skimmer, which uses treated water
to separate out the solid particles from
the overspray material.
Another sustainable manufacturer,
Novamobili specializes in flexible,
modular systems, including wardrobes/
closets, bedroom and living room
furniture. The company has been using
matte water-based lacquers since 2005,
with more than 20 colors available.
At Novamobili’s 646,000-square-
foot facility in Pieve di Soligo, the focus was on the processes used to finish
the roughly 13,000 square feet of parts
per shift. One finishing line includes
a Cefla/Sorbini Smart Clean brushing
machine feeding into an iBotic interpolated axis Cartesian spraying robot.
Quality control is critical and is
checked throughout the process. In
addition, covered conveyors are used
to move the parts to the four-chamber
Cefla oven; depending on the time required, the parts exit into a UV-R dryer,
or go to a second four-chamber oven
Nearby, a second line moves product from the Smart Clean brushing
machine to a Roctre oscillating spray
system. Once the matte finish is applied, the parts transfer via a covered
conveyor system to the four-chamber
oven, then to the UV-R before they are
offloaded. Both sides of the product
receive finishing. ✚
Finishing demos highlight Cefla Live event
More than a thousand attendees converged on Cefla’s newly
expanded lab in Imola, Italy, for
Cefla Live, an event spotlighting the
latest finishing technology for wood
and other materials. The tenth edition
of Cefla Live was held Oct. 17-19.
Inside the lab were demonstrations
of Cefla’s popular and new lines,
including Scan to Print technology,
which allows manufacturers to go from
the scanning process directly to printing, without any intermediate steps,
for batch one or production runs of
synchronized as well as tactile design
effects. On display were the J-Print 3D
and J-Print TD with ”’my Texture” technology,” which involves embossing the UV topcoat
when it is still wet, generating deep, 3D texturing. The company says my Texture is
ideal for use in flooring, furniture, edgebanding and skirting applications.
Cefla also enhanced its interpolated 4-axis iBotic spray robot with energy-saving
“PowerBack” features that save up to 30% on energy costs compared to systems
without, said Massimo Di Russo, general manager at Cefla North America.
Energy- and material-saving technology also was showcased on other systems,
including the Smartedge with “Edge & Go,” a device which allows for continuous
processing of different edges, straight or profiled, without the need to stop the flow.
Other highlights included the iGiotto and iGiotto App anthropomorphic finishing
robots, shown with cVision 3D vertical and horizontal scanners that automatically scan
the parts as they enter the spraying area and provides the robot with the optimized
parameters for consistent and efficient spraying with minimal waste.
Monitoring was done through cMaster, a cloud-based system that provides
real-time data or selected information and statistics. Attendees were also able to test
cCloner, an interactive 3D line and machining process simulation software which,
when used in conjunction with a VR visor, can also be used for training – even
before the equipment is installed. Cefla also offers c Tracker, designed to monitor
production, collect and analyze data, and cLink, which the company says closes
the gap between ERP and c Tracker so that data retains its value over time.
Also introduced was UBIQUO, a comprehensive range of services that goes
beyond Industry 4.0, said Roberto Bolognini, Cefla Finishing sales manager, and
includes remote assistance, software solutions, support and consulting tailored to
customer needs. Visit
CeflaFinishing.com for information on the next Cefla Live event.