Quartz slab plant design
To correctly design a quartz slab plant, various commercial and technical variables need to be defined.
Therefore, customer and supplier must carry out a thorough joint analysis during the configuration phase in order to optimize the process and adapt the layout and the equipment to the customer's specific requirements.
Some of the key questions to answer:
- What is the yearly production goal (m²/y)?
- Which design are you manufacturing (Super White, Single colors, Veins, Multicolors, Special designs)?
- What is the expected average lot size (slabs/order)?
- Which level of automation is required (Fully automatic, Semiautomatic, Manual)? This is a very important question for us because VEEGOO provides automatic production lines only.
- What are the desired levels of quality and repeatability?
- Will the line be installed in a new building? If not, could the existing building impose limitations on the design and the layout?
The following block diagrams illustrate the four most common VEEGOO lines.
Quartz Plant Classes
Based on our experience, the Pareto principle, or the 80/20 Rule, applies when designing a quartz plant. Only 20% of the plant's design needs to be customized, and 80% consists of fine tuning the following three classes.
Buildings and layouts
"New or existing?" That is the question.
New buildings offer the opportunity to free the imagination in search of the best possible solution without any constraints. In such cases, it is possible to adopt left-to-right or right-to-left material flow, together with various layout configurations ("I", "L", "C", "T", etc.), in order to optimize operations and minimize floor space requirements.
Existing buildings, on the other hand, can occasionally impose limitations on an optimal design.
In such cases, the net height under the crane hook and the possibility of digging specific areas of the building are key factors.
In a nutshell, an optimal design is one that optimizes material flow, provides special by-passes for processing specific designs, and minimizes floor space requirements while preserving ergonomics, safety, and efficiency.
Manufacturing and Details
Quartz lines are a complex assembly of reliable and well-established technologies.
VEEGOO's philosophy is to control each single phase of the construction process, from design to
machine-processing, assembly, and quality control, before dispatching to the installation and commissioning teams and, lastly, to the after-sales service. In other words, we are not just assemblers of machines and equipment: we are manufacturers committed to delivering solutions.
Our rapid growth, the astonishing percentage of market share conquered in just a few years in China, and the repeat orders we keep receiving from existing customers are evidence of VEEGOO's competitiveness and reliability, which positions us as a solid option in today's market.
Success is not a matter of luck. It is the product of clear vision, planning, commitment, and lots of hard work.
What can you make with a VEEGOO line?
Briefly, it is possible to produce any slab design of the highest possible quality, excellent repeatability, very high reliability, and at very low production costs, all of which serve to ensure a good return on investment.
“Quartzing” for countertops, flooring, walling, kitchen...
The key to a successful quartz plant is the ability to manage physical quantities (such as pressure, concentration, temperature, viscosity, speed, acceleration, torque, force, vibration, current, voltage, power, weight, and mass), and automation is crucial in achieving this.
VEEGOO lines use the best possible components available in the market, including Yaskawa drives, Schneider inverters, electromechanical components, PLCs and touch screens, Kinney roots pumps, top quality bearings, motors, joints, and valves, because every single component contributes to the final quality and reliability of the production line.
Repeatability is a very important feature of any production system. It is the ability to duplicate a specific lot, even after long periods, within the margin of tolerance established in the technical specifications of the product. Repeatability is critical when dealing with high-end customers who carry out routine inspections of incoming lots. Statistics and common sense suggest that humans can deliver repeatability, but automatic systems can undoubtedly do a better job.
As previously established, properly designed and maintained quartz slab lines can be very reliable and deliver long MTBF. Nevertheless, issues can always arise.
To help deal with them, VEEGOO quartz lines can be remotely assisted. This means that our after-sales service department in Foshan (Guangdong) can use special software to remotely connect to and check the quartz line PLC and functionalities.
This is normal practice in many production fields and it helps speed up the troubleshooting process and reduce maintenance costs.