Paul sees the future of the panel processing market as increasingly demanding and competitive, with processors having to offer greater product variety and smaller runs. In response, the company unveiled its K34 Vario panel ripping multi-rip circular saw at Ligna.

The machine’s saw bushes can all move independently. “This means that it can cut any number of different strips, with strip widths from 185mm to 95mm, by altering the pattern of bushes,” said marketing director Frank Wiehl. “Individual bushes can also be parked.”

The K34 Vario also features 14 powered feed rollers, with top feed rollers immediately before and after the saw heads, and offers a positioning tolerance of under 0.2mm.

“The PC control is our own in-house developed Linux operating which can interface with Windows and offers the possibility of remote programming and monitoring,” said Mr Wiehl. The rip saws operate at 4,500rpm and the huggers at 6,000rpm.

Among its other launches, Paul highlighted CCD, its colour sensor-based system for accurate automatic optical aligning of patterned laminated panels, designed for use with longitudinal and cross-saw machines.