NorDan factories undergo digital transformation

WEINIG NorDan Conturex OptiCut Powermat

As an integral part of the strategy to modernize and digitize the window production in NorDan's factories in Sweden, the company invested of about SEK 50 million (Swedish kroner) in new machinery in 2018.

The window factory in Kvillsfors which primarily produces windows for the project market, and the window factory in Tanum which produces windows for the residential market have both seen new, fully automatic production lines for cutting/moulding and CNC machining. The equipment is delivered by WEINIG, a world leader on production machinery for the window industry. The machines are run digitally, receiving batch files directly from the ERP system. An incredible flexibility in use and high effiency are also key features in the investment.

The preparations began in Tanum and Kvillsfors in October 2017, to be ready to receive the new machinery from Germany.

The production lines for cutting/moulding are 30 meters long, and the CNC machining center measures 36 meters from end to end, says Tommy Egelström, responsible for the installation of the new machinery.

The cut and moulding line consists of 3 central units.
1. Vacuum destacking system
2. Opticut S 90
3. Powermat 1500

All 3 units are connected together in line and linked by transport units.

The new CNC machining center (Conturex 226) produces complete window components, and together with the cut and moulding line, only 7-8 minutes are required to machine all the components for a complete opening window.

These new machines let us reduce lead times in the factories, and the production lines can be run with fewer operators than traditional machines can, Tommy Egelström says. He adds that the machines are set up to be able to produce products from different product series in the NorDan portfolio, and that each machining center has a capacity of 260 tools with automatic tool change when needed.

The CEO of NorDan AB, Dag Kroslid, welcomes the investment and comments:
“This is a great leap for our factories. Machinery, flexibility and digitalization all plays into this, and the NorDan Group is sending a strong signal that the factories in Sweden are prepared for the future!”

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