The company's Innovation Center is the showcase for new, patent-pending technologies and smart Industry 4.0 applications that will impact the furniture sector in the coming years. Trade professionals can form an impression of what the future of data and information flows will look like, and what the next steps in networking might be. A 180° cinema offers an unusual look at tomorrow's furniture production and illuminates this topic from a novel perspective.
A complex system for one-off production will demonstrate today's ultramodern furniture manufacturing in action. One key component of the high-tech system is flat storage, which can handle a wide range of materials from plastic and Plexiglas to laminates, as well as coated and uncoated panels. At the heart of the one-off system is an edging unit which produces kitchen elements live in various sizes, colors and materials. A complete CNC cell with robotic feed is used to process the front panels. Latest-generation cell management links all the machines in the one-off system to ensure a uniform standard between different cells and increase efficiency. For users this means another step into the future of networked production, towards Industry 4.0.
A glimpse into the future of smart products illustrates the potential benefits of complete system networking for customers. Today already, for example, end customers can configure their kitchen individually with their dealer, to be manufactured as a single batch on a networked system. And just a few days later their kitchen is ready to be installed at their home. Efficient customer support is ensured by smart services that can already resolve 90% of service issues online.