May 16, 2016
In a dramatic shift from traditional timber frame prefabrication, the latest technology automated ‘closed wall panel’ lines implementing a complete CNC solution to automate the pre-fabricated manufacturing process are currently going ahead in Sydney and Melbourne.
Homag Australia is installing world renowned Weinmann equipment at both plants, with the Melbourne operation for developer Impresa House utilising timber frame construction that will be capable of producing over 300 homes per year.
The plant in Sydney will primarily be for Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for mid-rise buildings, along with timber framing prefabrication for low-rise construction.
Hansbert Ott, Managing Director of Weinmann Germany will be at Frame Australia 2016 to present on the latest global developments in timber construction and prefabrication systems, including the Weinmann plants in Australia.
Hansbert commented “Entire wall sections will be pre-fabricated, including facades and glazing, and the effort will be focused on producing flat-pack panels which can be transported efficiently to building sites.
He added “Weinmann have also developed a highly automated system to insulate walls using a system from ISOCELL with an Isoblow unit mounted on the multifunction bridge, filling the individual cavities in wall elements with thermal insulation material made from cellulose fibres”.
Presentations at Frame Australia 2016 will include panelised construction system benefits for mid and high-rise residential developments, providing increased efficiency at competitive cost compared to conventional building methods.
HOMAG/Weinmann are the Platinum Sponsor of Frame Australia 2016 and will be explaining their range of automated manufacturing systems in the exhibition display area.