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Storti Well Known in Europe for Nailing Lines, Scragg Mills
Italian Manufacturing Company Produces Automated Pallet Assembly Systems and Sawmill Equipment

By Staff
Date Posted: 6/3/2002

Storti, an Italian manufacturing company that produces automated pallet assembly systems and sawmill equipment, is well known in Europe and last year entered the North American pallet and sawmill market. The company retained G. Wine Sales as its exclusive agent and representative in North America.

Storti is a family-owned business headed by Giancarlo Storti. The company, launched by his father, has been manufacturing wood-working machinery for more than 40 years. The company’s operations are based in a small town in northern Italy, about an hour’s drive south of Milan. Factory, warehouse and offices are all in one location.

Storti manufactures two automated pallet nailing systems -- beam-type tandem nailing machines -- that are being marketed to North America under the model names Flex 2200 and Flex 2600. The Storti nailing machines use bulk pallet nails, which are less expensive than collated fasteners. When nailing mats for block pallets, a steel plate will ensure the nails are clinched.

"They are flexible," said Greg Wine, president of G. Wine Sales. "You can build stringer or block pallets on the same line. They can also be easily expanded or adapted for other in-line machines, such as automatic chamfering, corner-trimming, and branding." If a company manufactures pallets that require those operations, "Once you buy the line, you can add those into it." The Flex 2200 is a less automated system and requires manual placement of pallet parts. "The only real difference," Greg explained, "is that the 2600 has automatic board feeders." For pallet manufacturers with customers that use a painted pallet, Storti can supply completely automated painting lines.

In beam-type nailing machines, stringer pallets are oriented so that the stringers are parallel to the line of hydraulic-driven nailers. The machine drives all the nails at one time that are required to fasten deck boards to one stringer, then advances the pallet to the next stringer, and so on. Generally, beam-type nailers are faster than machines in which the pallet is oriented so that the deck boards are parallel to the line of nailers; these latter type of nailing machines drive all the nails required for a deck board, than advance the pallet one deck board at a time.

After advancing through the first nailing station, a pallet is automatically turned over, but the method is different than some other nailing systems. A large, clamp-like device takes hold of the pallet by the front and back. The clamp is attached to an arm that lifts the pallet and swings it 180 degrees, transferring the pallet to another parallel ‘bed’ of the nailing system. The area where the pallet is flipped is entirely enclosed by a grate for safety reasons. The pallet advances down the line for components to be nailed to the bottom deck. A different device flips the final pallet right-side up before it is automatically stacked.

Over-all length of the machines varies, depending on the model and what features and optional equipment the customer orders. Optional equipment for cutting blocks, for example, will automatically cut blocks from material that has already been appropriately sized and feed the blocks into the line.

Storti also produces pallet design computer software and pallet testing equipment. The company’s Pall-Pro software, which comes free with Storti nailing systems, allows the user to build a virtual pallet based on the dimensions of the components. The user can choose nail types and where to place them. The software will produce basic specifications and print two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings.

Storti has developed a drop tester, inclined impact tester and unit load tester that are used at the Italian Research Center for Wooden Packaging and Logistics.

Storti also manufactures complete turnkey scragg mill lines -- and individual components -- for processing small logs. Components include log sorting and handling equipment, metal detectors and debarking systems, slasher saws, scragg mills, multi-rip saws, and edger and slab recovery lines.

For more information about Storti or its products, contact G. Wine Sales at (540) 644-9220, fax (540) 663-4081, visit its Web site at www.palletmachinery.com, or e-mail palletmachinery@hotmail.

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