Technologies In Focus

Exhibitors at Ligna 2017 were eager to show off their latest products and solutions with a great focus on digitalisation and Industry 4.0. We take a look at some of these technological highlights which have the potential of reshaping the woodworking industry going forward. By Jackie Wong




With an exhibition stand that was designed based on the Industry 4.0 concept, Biesse introduced a series of interconnected technologies that offer customers the significant benefit of reduction production times and creating efficiency.


As Federico Broccoli, Division Director Wood/Sales and Branch Division Director, put it, “We like to refer to these solutions as IoB—Internet of Biesse.”


The spotlight was on the Machine Knowledge Center, a new platform developed in collaboration with Accenture that guarantees a series of features and services for obtaining more value from the machines, and the refreshed bSuite, a software suite that makes the advanced technology accessible to anyone.


NC Multi-Centre For Doors & Windows

WinLine 16 is a new multi-centre dedicated to artisans and small companies aiming to increase production as well as medium and large industries producing small, non-standard size batches or remakes. 


It can produce standard and special linear frames, including arches, with simplicity, leaving the operator free to deal with other tasks. The double electrospindle allows for all changes to happen with no downtime, regardless of the working cycle. 


It isprecise and easy to use: all working cycles, as well as the positioning the pieces, is handled by the NC. The compact machine handles all loading/unloading of pieces, as well as positioning, autonomously and with great accuracy. 


The Multi-centre can be paired with automatic Multilevel modular buffer solutions with machining autonomy from one hour to one full shift without operator supervision.


NC Processing Centre

With a working height of up to 535 mm, the new Rover M5, which was designed for machining high volume pieces, can be used by manufacturers of highly varied and delicate three dimensional items to create their own products without involving third parties. 


The work table can be customised to suit different machining requirements and can be used to clamp high volume pieces and load any type of equipment in order to machine elements in a wide range of sizes. 


The centre is compact and offers high levels of performance, with a working field of 3,200x1,600x535 mm in a space of 18 sqm (everything included) with no additional elements required. 


As far as nesting technology goes, thenew Rover K FT, a machining centre for nesting machining operations,offers versatility and reduced overall dimensions. Rover K FT was designed to adapt fully to the production space. 


It is ergonomic and can be accessed safely from all four sides. It can be set up to allow for a workflow that runs either from left to right or from right to left. 


Rounding up the Rover range is the Rover Edge edgebanding machining centres, for shaping and edgebanding panels with a single, compact, high performance machine. The range stands out for maximum bonding, the possibility of applying thin edges and 3D transparent edges and guarantees easy maintenance and panel cleaning during the machining cycle.


Other new features from for the Rover series include bPad and bTouch. The former is a new Wi-Fi control panel for the main operations carried out when preparing a working area and tooling the working units and tool holders; while the latter is a new 21.5-inch touchscreen that guarantees all the operations that can be carried out with a mouse and keyboard for direct interaction between the user and the device.


Automation System

In terms of sectioning and nesting systems, WinStore, an automatic warehousing tool for optimised panel management, can lead to considerable reductions in production times and costs. 


Translated into numbers, this means:

•a production line performance increase of up to 25% when working in real time processing;

•a 35% reduction in product delivery times compared to conventional solutions;

•a 10% reduction in raw materials compared to conventional production handling methods;

•a 30% reduction in labour.


The tool is available in three different configurations for varying productivity requirements.


The 3D K1 configuration is designed for high-volume manufacturers who need to respond to increasing product differentiation.


The 3D K2 configuration is dedicated to manufacturers who require high production flexibility.


Finally, the 3D K3 configuration was designed with minimal working dimensions, rendering it particularly suitable for use in cells in smaller areas.


Synchro is a handling device with four controlled axes which are actioned by the Rover machining centre. It collects the panels to be machined from a stack, positions them in reference to a point of origin provided by the machining centre and, once the machining operation is complete, deposits them in an area designed to accommodate the stack of machined panels. 


The working cycle is executed in automatic mode until the entire batch to be processed is complete, even without operator intervention. 


Accordingly, precious manpower is spared and can thus be used for activities with higher added value. Furthermore, inactive machine time for panel change-over is drastically reduced, and the risk of damage to materials resulting from handling of the panel by the operator is effectively eliminated. It only takes 30 seconds to unload one panel and load the next.


X-Feeder is the automatic loader which is fully integrated with the Selco WN6 range. Compact and ergonomic, it fits easily into a range of production environments, maximising productivity with reduced dimensions. 


The X-Feeder adapts automatically to different panel formats, thanks to the automatic positioning of suction cups depending on panel size. The loader can be configured with two or three arms depending on the characteristics of the materials to be processed, and can lift panels of up to 4400 mm in length. 


The seamless integration with the Twin Pusher system allows loading the panels whilst the machine is running: the new stack is created whilst the auxiliary pushing device processes the last strip.


Winner is a panel loading and unloading system for square-edging and boring lines is now available in the W4 version, and is increasingly present across flexible edgebanding and sectioning lines too, helping to automate production processes and make these more efficient.


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