Robotics were seen in many booths,
ranging from materials handling and
finishing operations, to demos showing
the collaborative processing by workers and machines. Biesse, for example,
featured seven robotically operated systems, including a robot-operated beam
saw, all under the theme of Automac-tion: integrate, connect and digitize.
Homag’s display also focused on
automated and digital production, as
well as integrated and networked solutions, including plenty of “tapio ready”
machines. Visitors also got a look at the
new Saw TEQ robot saws.
SCM too showed developments in the
“Smart & Human Factory,” a cutting-edge, flexible and modular production
model based on digital and automation
systems and allowing for advanced man-machine interaction and 360-degree
control over the entire production flow.
A connected system (cutting, optimizing, moulding, jointing) was one of
the highlights at Weinig’s exhibit, which
also featured developments in planing
and profiling, including the debut of
the Hydromat Generation. Holz-Her
also debuted the Evolution 7400 series
CNC for four-sided formatting, along
with new options in its Nextec software.
Among the new products from IMA
Schelling were the BIMA Px80 router
shown with a diode laser and 6-axis
robot, the Novimat Contour L20 lipping
and veneer edgebanding machine with
multi-profile technology, and the ls
1-panel line for leaner processes.
Safety was also a top concern for
many. Developments by Altendorf
(ASA safety assistant) and Felder (
Preventative Contact System) made news,
with high-performance optical sensor
systems for material scanning and
detection that implements AI.
Smart solutions were also evident in
surfacing technology. Here are just a
few of the items that caught our eye:
Among the items on display at
Cefla, the fully automatic Robo Wrap
profile wrapper adjusts for altered
shapes and enables changeovers to be
completed in just 5 minutes. And for
digital printing, Cefla’s J-PRINT TD
creates positive and negative tactile
effects, including MyTexture surface
texturing, embossing in register (EIR).
Innovations by more than 1,500 exhibitors were showcased at Ligna, including new surfacing
technology by Cefla (pictured) and others. Photo: Deutsche Messe.