Altec is pleased to announce the successful installation of our Altec Lathe Carriage in the Coastal Forest Products (Coastal) Chapman, Alabama mill. Altec had previously installed an XY Scanner, Charger Controls and Lathe Controls in 2010, and the new Altec Lathe Carriage and Electric Actuator package was seamlessly integrated into the existing controls.
The Altec Lathe Carriage is an improved design featuring 100% fabricated steel construction. The carriage’s knife bar heads and trunnions are not only heavier but also stronger than traditional designs, ensuring increased stability throughout the peel and reduced maintenance. The knife bar comes with servo knife angle adjustment and Demco hydraulic knife clamps. The installation of our carriage means improved quality, tighter thickness variation, and better knife clamping. When supplied with Electric Actuators and Lathe Controls, as it is in this case, the carriage is fast and accurate, providing superior veneer quality and thickness control.
Coastal is very satisfied with Altec’s product; installation and commissioning went very smoothly and was completed comfortably in the allocated timeframe. Coastal noted that their peel quality has increased considerably, and their veneer thickness deviation has improved by an impressive 40%. Additionally, the efficiency of the carriage and actuator package eliminated one hydraulic power unit resulting in tangible energy savings and reduced maintenance.
During the carriage upgrade, Coastal also took the opportunity to upgrade their scanner from an XY Scanner 1.0 to the improved 2.0 version, furthering improved recovery.