Lay Storage


Increase easily the capacity in your cutting-room.


The sore point in a flexible and high-tech cutting room today is the interface between spreading and cutting. Here the VEITH LAY STORAGE SYSTEM and TRANSFER TABLE offer among others the following specified, outstanding benefits:

  • improved material flow
  • improved work load for spreading machines and cutters
  • space saving
  • simple method to increase production capacity.

The capacity of a spreading machine is controlled by the lay height or the number of plies, the capacity of a cutter by the number of lays to be cut. Small orders, short but differing ply heights, quickly changing fashion trends and late ordering do not allow a synchronisation of these parameters.

Consequently: The material flow is interrupted by completed lays blocking the spreading tables.

This results in costly stand-by positions for expensive spreading equipment and cutters waiting for each other. Cutting performance drops, as faster operators slow down to the pace of slower operators.

Necessary expansion is prevented through space problems as the buffer between spreading and cutting is stored on long tables.

The possible cutting capacity cannot be utilized within one working shift, and the purchase of a second cutter is too expensive.

Consequently, a part of the production is again cut manually, thus resulting in compromises on quality and cost.

The VEITH LAY STORAGE SYSTEM and TRANSFER TABLE form a production unit.


The VEITH LAY STORAGE SYSTEM is a micro processor-controlled interim store for completed lays which are waiting to be cut. The lays are stored on air bearing pallets which are stored in the VEITH LAY STORAGE SYSTEM on a "first in last out" basis.

The vertically adjustable VEITH SYSTEM TRANSFER TABLE acts as the transfer unit to the LAY STORAGE. As soon as a loaded pallet has been transferred into the LAY STORAGE it dispenses an empty pallet onto the TRANSFER TABLE.

This quick turn around operating process is only possible as the LAY STORAGE SYSTEM contains empty pallets as well as full ones.

In order to use the storage space to its utmost advantage, the storage area has been divided into 5 cm high sections. The lay height is electronically measured and the microprocessor then chooses the best storage position.

The VEITH LAY STORAGE SYSTEM can store up to 18 pallets of a 4m length each. That means a maximum total lay length of 72m may be obtained requiring only a floor space of 4.5m for its storage. Thus a space saving of more than 90% is obtained - compared to a buffer area comprising normal tables.

The VEITH SYSTEM TRANSFER TABLE runs on rails and is hand driven. In addition to the known function of connecting spreading tables with cutting tables the VEITH SYSTEM TRANSFER TABLE incorporates several other important functions.

It incorporates, instead of a table top, a pallet handling mechanism which accepts a pallet out of the VEITH LAY STORAGE SYSTEM. Subsequently the TRANSFER TABLE serves as a loading and unloading device for the VEITH LAY STORAGE SYSTEM.

In order to load and unload the TRANSFER TABLE without lay distortion the pallets can be equipped with an air floatation system. Then the TRANSFER TABLE contains the air supply and a device to lock the air supply with the pallet.
Furthermore for the VEITH SYSTEM TRANSFER TABLE is a height lift as an option available. Therefore, the spreading table can be set at an ergonomically comfortable height, irrespective of the height of the cutter.

  • Improved material flow and improved quality as no spreading table is blocked by waiting lays. "Overtaking" manoeuvres and folding of lays can be avoided.
  • Higher total performance and a shortened payback of expensive capital equipment as spreading and cutting procedures are separated.
  • Extremely high space utilization as the lays are stored in a very compact manner in the LAY STORAGE SYSTEM.
  • Extension of automatic cutting time, as the lay storage can store enough lays to serve a second shift.
  • Minimal buffer storage time for finished lays.