Installation will start in February 2017, with the first panel expected to be produced in August 2017.
Panel Plus is an international producer of wood-based panels and is part of the MitrPhol Group. After seeing increased demand for MDF panels, the company is expanding its production capacity.
The MDF plant has a number of special technological features. One is the wood preparation process, which generally uses wood from the rubber tree—which is abundant in Thailand. The special Z-sifter from reliably eliminates the latex component of the wood, ensuring that high-quality panel surfaces can be created.
The plant is designed to produce up to 800 cubic metres per day. It will produce MDF panels of various types, from extremely thin 1.5 mm panels up to those with a thickness of 32 mm, and all at speeds of up to 1,800 mm/sec.
The plant is controlled by the Siemens S7-1500 automation system and the Dieffenbacher PRODACON process management system, from debarking right through to the Lukki storage system. Automation of raw board handling has also been adapted to meet the special requirements for the high-speed production of extremely thin boards.