Timbermark Prepares for LIGNA

We’re getting ready for next month’s LIGNA exhibition.  

We will be showing some new applications at the Hannover show, focusing on two product ranges, both of which use the reliable and effective HP technology.

 The first is the Chinese-manufactured Sojet “Elfin” range of inkjet printers, which are simple, reliable and importantly, very good value. Even the entry-level system (which costs only €1500) has a fully-featured, touch screen controller.

 What’s new is that we have developed a control module, which allows for easy integration with other systems, for applications such as variable data for grading C16/C24, or external data for part-numbering or live batch codes.


Sojet’s Elfin II printer

featuring an easy-to-use, touch screen controller

We will be demonstrating how to use this print technology to replace bar code labels. Apart from being lower-cost than labels, inkjet codes allow users to automate application of the bar code, and to comply with retailer requirements. The HP technology is sharp enough to work well on trimmed ends or on a planed surface.


Barcodes on the end stamp

 Also on show will be a bulk ink system from Danish supplier, HSA. This system is well adapted to provide lower running costs for Hewlett Packard technology, and includes cheap bulk ink supplied in a 1L bottle format, and independently interchangeable ink cartridges. These features allow customers to maximize the use of the ink cartridge, and to achieve low running costs, at the same time as benefitting from the superb print quality and easy maintenance using HP technology.


HSA’s bulk ink system, which includes a bulk ink supply, cartridge, print head and controller

HSA’s bulk ink system, which includes a bulk ink supply, cartridge, print head and controller


Timbermark exports to Latvia

With new orders coming in from all over Europe, it’s been a great start to the year here at Timbermark! Despite Brexit uncertainty making headlines every day, we’re finding export sales account for an ever larger proportion of our turnover.

We’ve just finished installing this new system for Varpas1 at their sawmill in Latvia.


Our new installation at the Varpas1 sawmill, comprising top stamp and end stamp

Varpas1 came to us wanting to improve the quality and efficiency of their marking for graded timber. They’d been using a hand roller to mark their product but wanted the increased flexibility offered by digital printing, which now allows them to incorporate different customers’ logos on their planed timber products and to do so automatically, and at a higher line speed than marking by hand.


Three heads make up the 38mm high top stamp

We designed and built an installation to include a 38mm high top stamp and a 25mm high end stamp. The top stamp uses 3 heads and is mounted on a floating swing arm to accommodate mis-positioned pieces. The end stamp is in a fixed position, but with height adjustment for different thicknesses of material.

2 Way Pallet Marking

Timbermark has recently completed a project for HLC Wood Products  to equip their Viking 2-way pallet lines with inkjet marking. The project was justified on the need to reduce the fire risk associated with hot branding. The additional benefits were faster changeovers, and the inclusion of variable data such as production date for better traceability.   

With the inkjet system we get quicker changeovers, precise traceability and better quality logos for our customers. It's more efficient all round, according to HLC.  The HLC investment was approved after proving the system at 3 other Scott Group sites. 

Productivity Improvements at HLC

HLC Wood Products has a new system for marking posts as part of a pallet pack for diesel engines. The aim was to mark a 44mm square post on adjacent sides with the site's HT stamp. 

Simon Beckwith of HLC commented:

Prior to the Timbermark Ink Jet Printer installation, HLC were hand stamping approx. 30,000 posts per month by hand for our biggest customer. This led to inconsistencies in the position and clarity of each stamp which were a crucial requirement for our customer. 
The amount of time and resource required to stamp by hand was also extremely high.

Timbermark were able to use their equipment and expertise to allow us to:

·         achieve our customer’s increased demand (monthly: 55,000+)

·         improve the quality and positioning of the print so that each post                was identical

·         reduce the amount of labour required to fulfil the job by one full                  time person.

To help achieve the clarity of the print, we have had to spend a little extra on the raw material which is now a planed finish rather than rough sawn, but we, and most importantly our customer, are far happier with the finished product.

The quantities we are producing now we would never have been able to achieve stamping by hand and we are very pleased with the results from the marking system.

Simon Beckwith

SHEQ Coordinator

HLC (Wood Products) Ltd (Peterborough)

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MyWood Polomka Special Project

Project to print high resolution design onto concrete forming beams, switching logo and length data piece by piece.

MyWood make concrete forming beams which are procured in varying lengths and customised with their customers' logo. Timbermark designed and built a mechanical installation and software application to achieve the customer's specific and complex objectives.

The system featured a bulk ink system which provides a waterproof ink to four print heads, and yields around 10,000 prints per litre.

Barcode Marking on Timber

Timbermark is pleased to offer its new system which is capable of printing Barcodes directly onto timber. Types of codes available include EAN point of sale codes and matrix 2D codes.

New, thermal inkjet technology prints with ultra-fine drops, which gives much better accuracy than previous high resolution systems. These were the systems on show by Timbermark at this year’s Timber Expo.

The key to achieving a good result is designing the installation and managing the timber handling to optimise the capability of the printer. Timbermark has a good deal of experience installing marking systems in sawmills.

Better Quality and Lower Costs for HK Timbers

HK Timbers, of Gainsborough, has installed a new Timbermark inkjet marking system for vegetable box boards. The equipment comprises a 70mm high resolution print head and handling system.

The rationale for the investment was two-fold – to improve marking quality and to improve productivity. The sharp high resolution print quality enhances product presentation, and allows HK to promote their brand and logo in their market. The productivity improvement is from the quick origination for creating new designs, and the elimination of a production process. Unlike the previous printing process the inkjet is non-contact and so works well on unplaned material.

“We are very pleased with the new system. It gives us the benefits of better quality, and lower operating costs. Timbermark have provided excellent service support during the installation and commissioning period, and been keen to ensure that everything went smoothly,” said David O’Neill, HK Timbers’ Managing Director.

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Snows Timber Installs Timbermark Printers

Snows Timber has recently installed two Timbermark high resolution printers at its Dudley and Mansfield sites. The printers apply the Snows logo and the length of individual pieces so the product can be easily identified when stored in racks. The equipment was supplied and installed by Timbermark as turnkey installations, including the software interface to the length and measurement device.

"Our customers appreciate the benefits of adding the length to individual pieces, which gives us the edge in the market," said Paul Trevelyan, Snows Timber division director.

"The high resolution print effect does justice to our logo and branding, and the sharp print means we can print clearly with a small font onto the end of the material". 

Snows imports more than 200,000m3 annually and operates nine high-speed planing lines. Other companies which have invested in Timbermark printing technology include BSW Timber, Howie Forest Products and Rowlinson Packaging. Earlier this year Timbermark also completed a project to print photographs onto fence slats at the site of the former Kvaerner shipbuilding yard on the Clyde.


Digital Printing of Photographic Quality

Back in 2009 a 180 metre long timber fence was printed with period shipyard images at the Queens Quay dockside regenerations project in Clydebank, Glasgow. On the site of the former Kvaerner shipyard, the fence leads from the river bank to new Clydebank College.

The path, formerly the launch slipway which launched the QE2 and Queen Mary into the river Clyde, is lined on two sides by a timber slatted fence, comprising 33 printed panels 1.5 metres tall by up to 3 metres wide. Each panel depicts scenes acknowledging the shipbuilding heritage of the location. The project was conceived by Mike Harrison of Ian White Associates of Stirling, landscape architects for the project.

The images were created from old photographs of shipyard workers, ships under construction, and some of the famous vessels produced. Each image was divided into 70mm wide strips, which were then printed onto individual fence slats by Timbermark. The technology used was Timbermark's high resolution inkjet printing system, using a black waterproof and fade proof ink. The print quality accurately reproduced the photographs on the rough sawn fencing slats used for the project. The print was successfully applied over the green tannalith treatment and will remain black as the timber background fades from green to grey.

Several technical and operations challenges were overcome during the project. The project was planned so that the slats each had a unique identification, and were bundled into sequences so that the fence erectors, Alter Landscapes of Lochwinnoch, could fix the slats in the right order. A custom software utility was developed by Timbermark to advance automatically the next message loaded in the printer, so that the throughput was speeded up. Printers with additional memory were used, as the slat images were significantly larger file sizes than is typically used for grade stamping.

This project was the first of its kind.

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