Accordingly, Industry 4.0 technologies will feature prominently among the woodworking and timber processing exhibits in halls 11–17 and 25–27, as well as on the open-air site. Visitors can expect to see turnkey digitization and automation solutions that offer the ultimate in production efficiency.
Manufacturers and wood fabrication firms looking to meet rising market demand for a more diverse materials mix and custom products are increasingly turning to automation in order to remain competitive. Sophisticated electronic systems are the key in this regard. Digitized production is already a working reality in many industrial-scale companies. Small companies too – such as cabinetmaking and joinery firms – are beginning to see the main benefit of digitization: efficiency. At LIGNA 2019, companies of all sizes will find solutions that complement their individual business models.
More and more products by leading technology providers are "digital ready". The data generated by such products are stored on cloud-based IoT platforms, where they can be accessed for further processing by a diverse range of industry-specific software.
To become truly integrated, wood processing and woodworking companies need to digitize their upstream and downstream processes as well. That is why robotics systems are becoming increasingly commonplace at many LIGNA exhibition stands, especially in Hall 16.
Optical inspection systems are also gaining in importance, particularly when it comes to assuring seamless, fault-free processes. Hall 27 will feature scanner-based automatic defect detection and sorting systems that boost timber quality and yield and are thus becoming more and more widely used.
Intralogistics solutions are at the forefront of innovation in the wood-based industries. State-of-the-art handling systems, in particular, are a critical part of process optimization in integrated manufacturing plants.
Next year's LIGNA will feature the full range of wood industry technologies, from fully automated and customizable solutions for batch-size-one production to "digital ready" machines for companies that are gearing up for a fully integrated future. Industry professionals from around the world can look forward to a wealth of captivating high-tech highlights.