Editor’s pickHOMAG at XYLEXPO 2020: Production in the digital age

24-02-2020
HOMAG,Xylexpo 2020,digital production,technology,edgebanding,sorting,panel processing,surface finishing,life cycle services,sanding,saw,CNC

 

HOMAG will once again be showcasing its extensive range of products and services to customers at the XYLEXPO trade fair (Hall 3 // booth G01). The booth's main theme will be the organisation of woodworking shops in the digital age, with a focus on practical solutions that make everyday work easier for carpenters and joiners and increase the efficiency of their workshops — be that with modern machine technology, customised software applications, intelligent control concepts or innovative service products. HOMAG will also be presenting digital assistants from many areas that offer a real benefit and added value.

What's more, visitors will be able to see a proven fully integrated concept that consist of machines, smart hardware and apps. This concept is an example of a holistic customer solution for the networked digital workshop. The big advantage here is that the entry barrier to the digital workshop is very low as there are no hurdles to investment to overcome. Many solutions are "on demand," meaning that they only have to be paid for when they are actually used.


Industry 4.0

During the trade fair, HOMAG will be organising two workshops on the subject: "Industry 4.0: The 2020 budget law converts the Iper depreciation into a tax credit". One of the main benefits of the Industry 4.0 package is that the over-amortisation will be replaced by a tax credit in five annual tranches. This applies from the year after the goods are put into operation.

The workshops will discuss the most important innovations envisaged in the draft budget law. All HOMAG machines and plants meet the requirements of Industry 4.0.

Networked, digital workshop

At XYLEXPO, HOMAG will use a concept to show carpenters the specific opportunities that digitalisation can already offer them. Sophisticated tools simplify users' everyday work through simple steps and can help with workflows.

With the "Networked digital workshop" concept, each machine is operated by a single employee. This concept is organised so that the work preparation, machinery and bench room areas are separate from one another. Some of the job data is available to machine users in digital form. 

Overview of the key highlights from the individual areas:

Digital assistants

Cutting Production Set: Cutting assistant that helps the saw operator in the workshop with labeling and cutting parts. Complete processing data is therefore available from the first process step. The operator is given a quick overview of parts that have already been sawn, including a suggestion for the next part to saw.

 

Edgeband Management Set: Gives users a complete overview of all the information about their edge material. The edgeband management set manages the edgebands in the HOMAG edgeband rack, documents removals and returns of edges from/to storage and indicates the storage location, ensures easy edge handling thanks to the HOMAG edgeband packaging and enables labels to be printed to identify the edges.

 

Sorting Production Set: Contains an assistant for sorting components at the workstation in the workshop. This improves the organisation of the workshop and eliminates laboriously searching for parts. Users are also given an overview of the completeness of the furniture/components to be sorted.

 

Batch size 1 production for flexible furniture production

HOMAG presented an innovative system concept for processing batch size 1 and small series in furniture production. The EDGETEQ S-800 edge banding machine with automated return was a winner with an optimally aligned all-round solution: For edge processing, the EDGETEQ S-800 is highly flexible thanks to edge gluing PU. During operation, the cell can be used as a separate island or can be integrated in an automatic material flow. The cell includes a feed that supplies the machine from stacks. To increase performance, workpieces can also be handled in pairs. The machine operator can feed in and remove small parts manually.

After the fair, the exhibited line will be used at the customer Arcelina - for the production of kitchen furniture.

 

Technical highlights:

  • Processing of workpiece formats up to 3000 mm x 1200 mm
  • Workpiece thickness min. 8 mm
  • Dimensioning in batch size 1 via the WZ14 workpiece supply system
  • Edge gluing with PU
  • Edge magazine for 24 rollers
  • Post-processing of edges with servo technology for three profiles
  • Two grooving units with horizontal and vertical servo axes

 

Life Cycle Services

serviceAssist: serviceAssist offers customers the help they need to solve problems quickly and independently. By recommending suitable and proven solutions, the app enables machine operators to prevent possible malfunctions and thus increase plant availability. serviceAssist can be used anywhere and everywhere on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

 

Edge technology

EDGETEQ S-380 & S-500 series: Automatic glue quantity metering for the exact quantity of glue required — always tailored to the panel material used. Adjustments can be made quickly via the touch control system. Optimal glue availability ensures better performance and cost efficiency at the same time.

 

The motorised top roll pressure unit and small parts package enable optimal processing of small parts and acute-angled or obtuse-angled parts. Individual surfaces covered with protective films can also be optimally clamped during processing.

EDGETEQ S-200 to S-300 series: There are exciting new gluing and automation solutions in entry-level edge processing at HOMAG too.

 

CNC technology

powerEdge Pro Duo: Thanks to new components and an intelligent control system, the new powerEdge Pro Duo edge banding unit gives users the perfect result quickly and easily. And that applies not only to existing processing activities — the unit also allows free switching between conventional gluing with hot-melt glue and precoated edges with a zero joint.

 

Panel dividing technology

Offering still more power and flexibility to woodworking shops, the SAWTEQ B-200 can also be seen live at XYLEXPO. As standard, the compact saw has a saw blade projection of 65 mm, which can be extended to 80 mm or even 95 mm as an option. Now new: all SAWTEQ B-200 saws will be equipped with a 24-inch monitor including powerTouch. The additional "motorised groove adjustment" function is available as an option. With this option, the saw completes the grooves at the same time – faster than any processing center.

 

 

Automation technology

TRANSBOT S-100: TRANSBOT connects the processing steps in the production workflow flexibly and fully automatically, from manually operated individual machines to automated processing centers. HOMAG will be presenting the TRANSBOT Basic solution as an entry-level solution at HOLZ-HANDWERK. This technology enables automatic transport between fixed points. A higher-level control system is not needed and the solution is extremely easy to operate.

 

LOOPTEQ O-300: The perfect addition to single-sided edge banding machines, the LOOPTEQ O-300 makes the production process more efficient. Thanks to cost-effective single-person operation, manual parts handling is minimised and particularly ergonomic. Automating edge processing is essential for boosting efficiency and worthwhile for any company.

 

CABTEQ S-250: The ideal assembly assistant for pressing cabinet furniture is particularly space-saving. It is easy to operate and requires no prior knowledge.

 

PAQTEQ C-250: This cardboard cutting machine enables individual, customised cardboard packaging for a product—just in time—for optimal product protection. Measuring just 1500 mm wide, the PAQTEQ (to be demonstrated at the upcoming HOLZ-HANDWERK fair) fits in every workshop. The data is provided via various input options, from manual input to an automatic 3D scan via the 3D scanner (to be presented at the trade fair).

 

 

Surface processing

Planing: HOMAG is presenting a new solution for window manufacturing and the subsequent processing of glass fixing rails. A visualisation of the production steps for the window profiles in the "ProfileCenter" also makes operation easier. It's now even possible to measure tool contours automatically using "Tool Master Wood," thus enabling tool data to be continuously updated for management purposes.

 

Sanding: The 15.6" touch display now ensures easy, ergonomic operation in the entry-level range (SANDTEQ W-100 and W-200 series) as well. The SANDTEQ W-100 RC Advanced Finish for easy entry-level varnish sanding will be demonstrated too.

 

Painting: The SPRAYTEQ S-100 now has additional properties for easy glass painting.


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