Tafisa optimizes production with additional grading systems from Argos Solutions

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Tafisa, the largest particleboard manufacturer in North America, looked again to Argos Solutions for state-of-the-art grading systems to their production facility in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

This is the third digital surface inspection the company purchases from Argos, and the grading system will be used in the production of decorative panels.

– Our experience with Argos, their systems, the technology, and the support we received has been excellent, says Remy Gosselin, production technician at Tafisa. It is essential for us to ensure an efficient production process and most importantly, to deliver the best possible quality to 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 and is experiencing an increased demand for their products and technology.

– Today, producers must be able to guarantee the visual quality required by the market. Relying on the human eye alone is no longer possible for a modern, high-speed production facility, says Richard Lepine, General Manager for Argos Solutions in North America. Argos has positioned themselves as an expert in the market that continuously develops and improves their solutions and technology. Over time, we have built up experience and expertise in grading a wide array of panels and materials, from raw boards to decorative and flooring. Our aim is to combine this knowledge with the best possible support to our customers to enable them to reach their goals, Lepine says.

Tafisa needed a reliable grading system that was able to inspect every panel in the production process. In addition, the complexity of the panels and their decors required innovative and well-functioning technology.

The performance the grading systems demonstrated in our other production lines was positive enough that we decided to add another grading system from Argos. The track record for grading EIR (Embossed In register) surfaces, and Argos technology was important for us, says Gosselin.

EIR is a technique used by manufacturers to enhance the appearance of real wood. This product is both challenging and time consuming to control for the human eye. The Argos technology precisely controls every panel produced allowing the manufacturer to quickly adjust the press and downgrade panels based on EIR deviations.

– For us, Tafisa is a highly valued customer and partner, says Richard Lepine. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to deliver solutions that will contribute to quality products and an even more smooth-running operation. These systems will provide added value, both for Tafisa and their customers.