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Belt sander racing comes to LIGNA HANNOVER 2009

10.02.2009: LIGNA HANNOVER is playing host to an unusual new competition this year: For the first time in Germany, the official "Belt Sander Racing Championships" will be staged from 18 to 22 May 2009 at the Hannover exhibition center. The motivation of the organizer

LIGNA HANNOVER 2009, 18 to 22 May


LIGNA HANNOVER is playing host to an unusual new competition this year: For the first time in Germany, the official "Belt Sander Racing Championships" will be staged from 18 to 22 May 2009 at the Hannover exhibition center. The motivation of the organizers: to arouse even greater interest in the woodworking and wood processing professions.

The belt sander racing competition represents a speed contest between successive pairs of belt sanders which are turned on and then "turned loose" without any manual guidance racing down the track. This competition is being organized by the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Woodworking Machinery Sector in VDMA and Hannover-based Deutsche Messe.

Belt sander racing comes originally from the United States and is offered at trade exhibitions and similar events. The races at LIGNA HANNOVER follow the American rules, based on using a 50-foot track (cf. http://www.accuride.com/bsra/Rules.asp). The contest will be offered in two different classes: stock class belt sanders (size limitation) and modified class belt sanders (size and weight limitation).

In the stock, or standard class, the belt sander must be a standard product manufactured by a conventional power tool manufacturer. A measure of "tuning up" is permitted, in that contestants can determine the type of abrasive belt used as well as the speed. The sanders can also be decorated using cardboard, plastic film and scissors at the stand of Ostwestfalen-Lippe University, analogous to the "best-dressed" competition category in the U.S. In the stock class belt sander competition, each sander not only competes individually against all other competing sanders, but the races are also timed.

Thanks to its involvement in a number of R&D projects with woodworking machinery manufacturers, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University possesses a great deal of measuring engineering expertise, so the track will be replete with high-tech equipment. At the end of the track, for example, directly before the final leap of the belt sanders into a bed of chips, light sensor cascades will be used to measure the time and speed, and the power feed will then be cut off.

This equipment will be highly visible to ensure that belt sander racing instills a sense of fascination and fun regarding the technology among visiting students.

Along with the winners of the individual races, there are two additional categories for the overall winners in the stock class competition:

  -  Best average time
  -  Best design (theme)

The holders of the best average time will be announced at the end of the tradeshow. Voting for the overall winner of the best design/"best dressed" category will take place on the Internet, with photos posted on the website. This award will also be announced at the end of the show. The races in the belt sander stock class will take place on a continuous basis. Any tradeshow visitor with around 15 to 20 minutes of time on his hands can compete.

Two additional races are planned in the free competition class: one for vocational and technical schools on Wednesday, 20 May, and one for schools of higher learning on Thursday, 21 May. The rules for these races will be published at the beginning of February. Within the confines of the general rules of the technology, contestants here will be permitted to tune up their own power tools.

Overall coordination / Organizer:

Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences
Department 7 Wood Technology Prof. Dr.-Ing. Adrian Riegel
Liebigstr. 87 32657 Lemgo, Germany



- Anja Brokjans-

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10.02.2009 / MaP

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