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Kurtz ROOF FOAMER - just foaming, no cutting

As an innovative technology leader in the particle foam industry it is our task to increase our customers’ added value in production. We also examine our manufacturing processes in search of opportunities for optimisation. Our latest developments involve inclined roof panels.

The Kurtz ROOF FOAMER foams the inclined roof panels as mouldings
The Kurtz ROOF FOAMER foams the inclined roof panels as mouldings

After intensive work on the manufacture of insulation boards we are now heading in a new direction with inclined roof panels for flat roofs. Up to now these have been cut from blocks in a costly process involving angled cutting wires to obtain the incline. This resulted in a lot of waste, as the panels do not fit perfectly to the block dimensions. And a lot of staff were needed to label, stack and bundle them. The panels are laid on the roof in accordance with the architects’ plans. Drainage specifications are established and the angle of the panels is adjusted, resulting in two and three dimensional panels, each with its assigned number on the positioning plan. The gradient should also be identifiable to facilitate the roofer’s work.

Sorted panel stacks according to construction plans: inclined roof panel with number and gradient
Sorted panel stacks according to construction plans: inclined roof panel with number and gradient

Shape moulding machines
for greater efficiency

Our solution is different: with our system, these panels are no longer cut from blocks, but foamed as a finished product – with the ROOF FOAMER shape moulding machine, which can be used to automatically adjust the panel incline from 0 to 5%. Even more efficiency can be achieved by an interface with a widely-used planning software package, which reads the order data for the whole roof and creates a processing list. The shape is automatically adjusted in line with the selected incline and the complete order is processed. The starting point is the thickness of the first panel; the shape is then altered to produce the thickness of the next panel, and the sequence continues automatically. In order to reduce staff costs, the panels are individually labelled with ink jet printers with the incline clearly indicated.

Automatic data feed and processing for a complete roof
Automatic data feed and processing for a complete roof

They are then collected into stacks, which may optionally have adhesive strips, be film-wrapped and/or be fixed with EPS bands. The trade mark rights for the innovative process have already been granted, and a pilot plant has been successfully started.

More added value

We work closely together with our long-standing partners from the mould making, automation and packaging industries to develop ingenious solutions, making us your ideal specialist partner – call us at +49 9342 807-226 – we would be happy to advise you!


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