Automation and handling
Q-Fins’s head office, with showroom and demonstration centre, is at Bergeijk (Noord-Brabant), The Netherlands. All its machines are assembled there although metal components, after engineering, are sourced from its sister companies in the group. It is currently building a second hall, focusing on handling solutions, at its new premises in Bergeijk. “Our new 1500m² building, which will be dedicated to handling solutions, is almost finished. We expect to move into the building in mid-November. Handling solutions around deburring machines are becoming more and more important for customers. There is a lack of manual labour for loading/ unloading machines and to move parts onto processes such as bending or welding, for example, so process automation has come more into focus to ensure quality. As this is such a large part of our activities now, we decided to create a new department and a new building dedicated to automation and handling solutions,” Joost Kouwenbergh, Business Officer, Q-Fin, told ISMR. Robotic handling is also a key feature of the company’s customised deburring lines. Q-Fin works with Yaskawa who provide the robots for loading and unloading the deburring machines. “Imagine a double-sided deburring line with infeed and outfeed tables, plus robotic cells and 3D cameras at the front and back of the line. These types of lines are becoming more popular than stand-alone deburring machines. In our new hall, we will have the space to properly showcase lines with one or two robot cells and double-sided deburring lines,” explained Joost Kouwenbergh.
Kouwenbergh outlined Q-Fin’s latest TwinLine (featuring two SER1200 Multibrush systems and a Q2S1200 turnaround system) which it is about to install at Weber Maschinenbau’s facility in Germany. “We use turnaround systems for doublesided finishing of sheet-metal products. Weber Maschinenbau, for example, bought two of our latest SER1200 Multibrush finishing machines (introduced at EuroBLECH 2022) with Q2S turnaround unit four months ago. This is a huge and impressive line for optimal two-sided finishing. Weber was quick to see its potential; we may possibly add robots at the front and back of the line later,” confirmed Kouwenbergh.