Steinemann Technology attaches great importance to good, regular contact with its customers, this also being intensified by customer calls, among other things. This contact gave and gives a clear picture of the challenges that the individual customers have to cope with in day-to-day work on their sanding lines.
In view of the feedback from customer calls, Steinemann Technology drew up a catalogue of topics covering the key customer input. Based on this feedback, Steinemann Technology ultimately elaborated a programme for a Sanding Seminar, the aim of which was to communicate the basics of the sanding process to production managers, shift managers and technologists, or directly to the machine operators themselves.
This first Sanding Seminar was held at Steinemann from 26 – 28 July 2016. The following topics were handled in depth:
- SATOS – The sanding machine and its assemblies
- Abrasives – Basics, production and handling
- Sander configuration – Grit sequence, adjustment of individual heads and sanding speed
- Sanding defects – Causes of individual sanding defects and their elimination
In traditional style, the seminar courses were divided into theory and practice. First of all, the basics were communicated and expanded on in a number of presentations. To conclude, the knowledge gained was put into practice at the Technology Center of Steinemann Technology. This made it clear, for example, that the grit sequence has a very great influence on the quality of the panels and their roughness. It was also demonstrated that merely indicating the finish – i.e. stating the grit size on the last pair of sanding heads – really says nothing about the panel quality.
The subject of correct handling of the sanding belts was likewise addressed at the seminar. Sanding belts can be very sensitive if handled incorrectly. The seminar was able to show the aspects requiring particular attention when handling belts. It also became clear that even the slightest defects in a belt subsequently appear as needle lines on the sanded panel. Chatter marks and other sanding defects were also produced, and a demonstration was given of how they can be prevented and up to what degree they can be sanded out.
At the end of the seminar, the participants had to take a test in order to obtain a corresponding certificate.
The evaluation of the course revealed that the participants were highly satisfied. The “trainees” demonstrated great interest, particularly as regards configuration and sanding defects, and expressed their thanks for the friendly, professional support given.
Benjamin Braunmiller (applications expert) at a presentation on the production and basics of sanding belts at the Technology Center of Steinemann Technology.
Viesturs Veinbergs (applications expert) shows what requires particular attention when unpacking sanding belts.
The participants at the first Sanding Seminar at Steinemann Technology.