The SCM Group reported an increased number of orders, agreements and contacts for LIGNA this year compared to the 2015 edition, confirming the sector’s optimism.
SCM registered a 35 per cent increase in German visitors attracted by “Made in Italy” technology. This range stretched from classical machines to automated systems for industrial-scale production.
FlexStore and Cell Lean 4.0
A particular favourite was “Cell Lean 4.0”, an integrated solution for flexible production that applies Industry 4.0 and mass customisation concepts in a way that is concrete and feasible. The solution presented is completely automated, controlled by Maestro Watch software and served by an anthropomorphic robot fitted with a piece recognition viewer. The cell uses standard, reliable, high performance, easy-to-use and configure machines. The system operates automatically from the moment the order is launched and can be used with any operating system. The cell is therefore able to manage automatically and with only one operator, all machining phases, from standard panels to furniture assembly.
Cell Lean 4.0 demonstrates the skills of the SCM engineering division, whose aim is to present simple, functional solutions that allow work flows and times to be calculated precisely, and a quick and certain return on investment to be guaranteed.
At the closing press conference of LIGNA, Luigi De Vito, director of the SCM Woodworking Machinery Division and vice president of Eumabois said, “Companies today are ready for Industry 4.0. The wide use of robotics should not be confined to a simplistic and incorrect equation of saving labour costs, but should be focused on creating and forming a more highly qualified workforce. In our sector, human labour will never lose its central role.
The use of advanced technology allows our companies to appeal increasingly to highly qualified young people who represent the future and already feel completely at home with these new techniques.”
LIGNA 2017 closed its doors with almost 100,000 visitors and 2.8 million contacts on its various communication platforms.