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The power of
digital inspection

The power of
digital inspection

Argos Solutions opens German branch

Press release 

The world leading supplier of panel surface grading and repair systems, Argos Solutions, has recently established an office in Germany. Sales and Marketing Director, Torsten Kahl, who has been with the company for six years, is appointed  general manager for Argos Solutions GmbH.

– The world is our market, says Mr. Kahl, and many of our largest customers are based in Germany. Over the past years, we have experienced strong growth and an increased demand for our innovative solutions. For us, customer service is key, and we wanted to offer a stronger presence and be closer to the customers and their factories in this important market, says Mr. Kahl.

German companies like Egger, Pfleiderer and Bürstadt are all major suppliers of panel surfaces, and leading suppliers in this market. – German engineering and production facilities are of world-class, says Mr. Kahl, and we are very proud to offer our technology and solutions to this market. Less distance, less travel restrictions and the easy access to both the market and support to the systems will be beneficial for both Argos Solutions and their existing and potential customers. We hope that our partners and customers will experience an even smoother and more efficient dialogue and transactions than what they already have, Kahl concludes. 

Headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway, Argos Solutions is a world-leading technology company that has developed digital inspection systems since 1997. Their core business is engineering, design, and manufacture of Surface Grading Systems and Panel Repair Systems (PRS) for the wood panel and building industry worldwide. Their PRS system is a fast and accurate system for plywood and other wood panels. Instead of manually detect and repair flaws and faults in the wood panels, the Argos system scans and repairs the panels. Argos Solutions has delivered more than 300 systems to more than 40 countries across the world. In addition to their headquarters and production facilities in Kongsberg, Norway, the company has offices in Germany and USA.

 

For further information:

 

Mr. Torsten Kahl
General Manager, Argos Solutions GmbH
Ph: +49 179 607 32 59  
E-mail: Torsten.kahl@argossolutions.no

Margrethe Petersen
Marketing and Communication Director
Ph: +47 982 14 055
e-mail: margrethe.petersen@argossolutions.no

Tafisa Canada invests in additional digital surface inspection from Argos Solutions.

Press release 

For Tafisa, the largest particleboard manufacturer in Canada, a high-quality and seamless production line is essential when transforming 700 truckloads of wood fiber into 300 truckloads of finished products every single week. To maintain the efficient production and level of quality, the particleboard and TFL (Thermo Fused Laminate) producer has now purchased their second digital surface inspection system from Argos Solutions.  

The Norwegian company Argos Solutions has delivered approximately 400 systems worldwide.

The installed automated digital surface inspection is an innovative system that scans the panels for defects and irregularities with advanced optical technology, securing a higher level of quality. The new generation of ARGOS TFL SCANNER brings much more capabilities to ensure quality inspection.

– Thermo-Fused Laminates (TFL) production has evolved with better paper printing definition and new embossing possibilities that make TFL components now accepted in high-value product markets. The complexity of all those new décors and finishes can hide defects that manual graders can’t see. This is where the new ARGOS TFL SCANNER makes the difference and ensures production is 100% inspected and that no unacceptable defects go undetected. Scanning 45 ft2 of panels every five seconds and trying to find defects that are as small as 1 mm2 for 8 to 12 hours is not an easy task for a human operator, says Richard Lepine, General Manager for Argos Solutions in North America. As producers and their customers expect flawless products, the bar for quality rises. Our systems ensure that the produced panels meet the expectations. Efficient production processes and quality inspection also contribute to reduced waste, which complies with Tafisa’s high standards on sustainability, Lepine continues.

The Argos Service is impressive.
– We installed the Argos system during the pandemic when all travels were banned, but the Argos service team made it easy for us. The excellent response time and the communication between our team and the Argos team was positive and in time. Our TFL production is inspected by the Argos system and we have been able to customize it to our unique needs. With the Argos service team, running tests and having support when needed is what makes them very valuable for us, says Remy Gosselin, Production Technician at Tafisa.

The Canadian particleboard and TFL producer prides itself on being the largest particleboard plant in North America and is recognized as a world leader in the wood-based panel industry.
– When buying a new digital vision system from Argos Solutions, we needed a reliable system to inspect every panel the line produces, says Serge Côté, Production Manager at Tafisa. Our experience with Argos Solutions has been positive, and we look forward to the continued cooperation and support in years to come.

Increased demand for Argos systems in North America

– North America is an emerging market for us, says Mr. Lepine. We have delivered grading- and panel repair systems to major companies such as Arauco, Roseburg, Tafisa, Uniboard and Weyerhaeuser to name a few. We are experiencing an increased interest and demand for our systems. We strongly believe that we are able to provide the best customer service and easy to operate systems that provide added value and reduce cost for our customers.

Argos Solutions, based in Kongsberg, Norway, is a world leading technology company that has developed digital inspection systems since 1997. Their core business is engineering, design and manufacture of Surface Grading Systems and Panel Repair Systems for the wood panel and building industry worldwide. The company has delivered more than 400 systems to customers all over the world. Argos Solutions is fully owned by Løvenskiold-Vækerø.

 

For additional information:

Margrethe Petersen
Marketing and Communication Director, Argos Solutions
Ph: +47 982 14 055
E-mail: margrethe.petersen@argossolutions.no

Pfleiderer selects Argos Solutions for digital inspection; “We don’t compromise on quality”

Press release 

(Kongsberg March 24th, 2021) When Pfleiderer, one of the leading companies in the wood industry, wanted to update their production facilities and enhance the quality of their wood panels to an even greater extent, they looked to Argos Solutions in Norway. 

The Pfleiderer Group is a leading European producer of high quality wood based panels for use in the furniture, flooring, interior fittings and construction industries. In 2020, Pfleiderer generated consolidated net sales of around EUR 1 billion and employed approximately 3,450 in staff. Their production facility in Gütersloh, Germany produces chipboards that are finished into decorative panels. To ensure that the quality of the panels meet the strict requirements to the end users, two Argos MFC systems has been installed on site and one is in the final phase of production and testing in Norway.

  • Pfleiderer is a company that does not compromise when it comes to quality, says Dr. Björn König, Executive Manager of the Pfleiderer location in Gütersloh. We already knew that Argos was a leading supplier in the market, and the decision to select them was based on the combination of innovative and modern systems, the digital performance, and their excellent customer service. The Argos Systems are well engineered solutions that works great in difficult production environments, and at the same time they are intuitive and easy for our operators to use, Dr. König concludes.

The Argos Grading System is a powerful and effective system for automating the inspection of all types of surface defects in decorative surfaces. The optical inspection system checks the surface for the smallest defects and monitors the production process continuously.

  • We are proud to be selected as a supplier to Pfleiderer, who through 125 years has proven to be one of the most innovative and quality conscious companies in this industry. For a Norwegian company like us, this delivery is a great acknowledgment of our competence and ability to deliver modern technology and systems in world class. Our strong relationships with other leading panel board manufacturers in the market gives us experience and an advantage that benefits new customers. We look forward to developing this partnership as well as contributing to more efficient production processes in Gütersloh, says Torsten Kahl, Sales and Marketing Director in Argos Solutions, Germany.

Argos Solutions, based in Kongsberg, Norway, is a world leading technology company that has developed digital inspection systems since 1997. Their core business is engineering, design and manufacture of Surface Grading Systems and Panel Repair Systems for the wood panel and building industry worldwide. The company has delivered more than 400 systems to customers all over the world. Argos Solutions is fully owned by Løvenskiold-Vækerø.

 

For additional information:

Margrethe Petersen
Marketing and Communication Director, Argos Solutions
Ph: +47 982 14 055
E-mail: margrethe.petersen@argossolutions.no

Finnish Fibreboard aquires new system from Argos Solutions

Press release 

Last week, Argos Solutions and Finnish Fibreboard signed a contract for delivery of a new Argos Grading The system will be installed at Finnish Fibreboards facilities in Heinola, Finland.

Finnish Fibreboard produces hardboards and pride themselves to be one of the most environment-friendly companies in the wood industry. The company has more than 70 years’ experience in producing and delivering high quality wood fibre hardboards to the market.  

  • When buying a new digital vision system from Argos Solutions, we will be replacing a sturdy and reliable system that has been an integrated part of our production for many years, says Sakari Wallin, Managing Director of Finnish Fibreboard. We are depending on well-functioning systems, that provides enhanced quality and efficiency in our production process, and as the technical lifetime of this system soon has peaked, we see the need to install a new system in our production line. With more than 15 years’ experience with the Argos system, we are confident that we are investing in a very good solution that will detect any surface defects, he concludes.

The company was one of Argos Solutions first Finnish customers and have been a significant contributor to develop production process solutions in the wood working industry.

  • I would define Finnish Fibreboard as a pioneer when it comes to optimizing automation, and the confidence and support they showed us in an early development and testing stage of our products was valuable, says Rune Gotfredsen, Area Sales Manager for Argos Solutions. The choice to replace an obsolete Argos System, with a new and improved vision system strengthens our relationship and confirms their vision to continue to deliver quality products to their end users, he continues.

Argos Solutions, based in Kongsberg, Norway, is a world leading technology company that has developed digital inspection systems since 1997. Their core business is engineering, design and manufacture of Surface Grading Systems and Panel Repair Systems for the wood panel and building industry worldwide. The company, with its 23 employees, has delivered more than 400 systems to customers all over the world. Argos Solutions is fully owned by Løvenskiold-Vækerø.

 

For additional information:

Margrethe Petersen
Marketing and Communication Director, Argos Solutions
Ph: +47 982 14 055
E-mail: margrethe.petersen@argossolutions.no

Argos opens USA office

Press release 

Argos Solutions AS is pleased to announce the expansion of its operation to America with the opening of the Argos Solutions LLC branch. The new branch will be managed by the experience industry leader Richard Lepine who spent the last 20 years in the wood composite business with some of the well know company like Uniboard and Arauco as their technical and quality leader.

The new operation has set foot in Apex, North Carolina near Raleigh and will be supporting Argos’ expansion to the United States, Canada, Mexico and eventually South America.

Richard Lepine can be reached at: Cell: +1 919 428 1262 or Email:richard@argossolutions.no