SCM debuts Technology Centre for woodworking industry

SCM’s automated technology in the Technology Centre

From 28-30 Sep 2023, SCM Group opened their new Technology Center at Rimini, Italy, to more than 2,500 visitors from the woodworking industry from all over Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

The space was enlarged to 4,000m2 and displays technological and digital solutions for the furniture industry, windows and doors production, timber construction and bespoke joinery.

According to SCM, the Technology Center was created as part of a redevelopment plan involving an additional 11,000m2 of the entire Rimini industrial site.

Other investments in the redevelopment plan, totalling an increase of 20,000m2, were made to increase production efficiency at the SCM sites in Monza, Piacenza and Siena, as well as at the Villa Verucchio site of the controlled company Hiteco, which specialises in electromechanical components.

The open house was an opportunity to discover the latest solutions developed by the group. Among the new entries there were some applied to the computerised numerical control (CNC) machining centres: Cargo, an automatic system for loading and unloading doors and panels; and the new computer-aided design or manufacturing (CAD/CAM) programming software, Maestro lab.

SCM reported that Cargo was presented integrated with the morbidelli m200 pods&rails machining centre: It is a fully automated cell that requires no operator supervision, and it can continuously load and unload pieces in masked time while the machine performs drilling and routing operations.

This allows for maximum efficiency by avoiding manual work phases and their associated costs and unproductive time, in addition to an ease of use. Both the machining centre and Cargo are directly managed with Maestro active human-machine interface (HMI) system.

Maestro lab is the new CAD/CAM programming software for both the office and machine use. It allows manufacturers to transform an idea into a finished product with advanced programming functions and more than 150 already integrated apps.

Furthermore, the contextualised and continuous exchange of information from the machine to the cloud with the Internet of Things (IoT) Maestro Connect platform means SCM can provide clients with faster access to answers and specific advice which will support the operators and maintenance workers with their challenges and needs for autonomy when using, carrying out maintenance and programming the machine and software.

More than 2,500 visitors attended the grand opening

A specific area created inside the Technology Center demonstrates how data are transformed into bespoke assistance and advisory services of a proactive and predictive nature with a view to guaranteeing the client operational continuity.

Visitors also had the change to observe SCM’s Autostore, its new automated spare parts warehouse. It has allowed SCM to increase five-fold the pick-up speed of the codes and increase the number of orders handled within 24 hours by 26%. All this with an energy consumption of less than 0.1kWh per robot, confirming the group’s focus on sustainability.

Other technological solutions displayed in the Technology Centre included automated saw beams, nesting machining centres, edgebanding cells and more for furniture production; surface treatment technologies from SCM’s Superfici brand; lines for window and door production; joinery machines; and machines for producing mass timber elements like cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam).