The saw mill on the other side of the world
The saw mill on the other side of the world
23.05.2017

The producer of wood products, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, is probably the customer located furthest away from the headquarters of Vollmer, the Swabian sharpening specialists, in Biberach – on the other side of the world. In New Zealand and Australia, Carter Holt Harvey has about 20 subsidiaries and employs more than 3000 members of staff who primarily produce construction timber, flooring and a wide range of further processed products. In the Australian town of Tumut, the company operates a saw mill featuring a filing room equipped with eight Vollmer machines for machining carbide-tipped circular saws and sharpening band saws.

"Carter Holt Harvey is the largest wood producer in Australia, and its saw mill and filing room are equipped with our machines," explains Dr. Stefan Brand, CEO of the Vollmer Group. "Over a period of a good decade, we have supplied and installed eight Vollmer machines several thousand kilometres away from Biberach. These are used to manufacture and repair carbide-tipped circular saws and band saws with high precision, and Carter Holt Harvey employees "down under" can make use of Vollmer stelliting machines and straightening units too."

Sharpening with Vollmer worldwide
Vollmer, the sharpening specialists, supply customers all over the world with grinding and erosion machines for various applications. The Australian manufacturer of wood products, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, has also benefited from the Swabian sharpening expertise over the past 15 years and uses a total of eight Vollmer machines. The company's saw mill is located around 180 kilometres west of the Australian capital of Canberra in Tumut and employs over 200 people. This is where Carter Holt Harvey processes up to 600,000 cubic
metres of wood per year, which is made into construction timber, chipboard and
flooring.

In the filing room, Carter Holt Harvey uses two Vollmer CHC series machines for
machining carbide-tipped circular saw blades in order to sharpen these quickly
and precisely for wood production. The CHF 270 shapes the flanks of the circular
saw cutting teeth correctly. For band saws, the Australian filing room features the
CA 300 and CAL 200 sharpening machines. Where necessary, the saw blades
can be measured, levelled, tensioned and straightened using the Vollmer RC 100
straightening unit in Tumut. The wood producer machines the side angles of the
band saw blades using the Swabian company's CAF 100 machine. So that band
and circular saws can be alloyed at a later stage, the saw mill uses the Vollmer
GPA 200 stelliting machine, which stellites the saw blades in the plasma welding
process.

"We receive outstanding support from Camco, Vollmer's local commercial agent.
It's good to know that expert advice, customer service and spare parts are just a
phone call away," explains Bill Stuckey, head of the filing room in Tumut. "The
technology and design of Vollmer's machines guarantee that our working
environment is safe, clean and quiet. Furthermore, thanks to the sharpening
machines, our circular and band saws have longer service lives and more precise
cutting – in future, we will therefore continue to rely on these machines from the
other side of the world."

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