LIGNA 2019, 27 - 31 May
Integrated Woodworking

Integrated Manufacturing in the Woodworking Industries

On 3 and 4 Mai 2016 the first LIGNA Conference was held in the Robotation Academy at the Hannover Exhibition Center (in Hannover, Germany). This event attracted 140 participants and was sold out weeks in advance. The unanimous conclusion: "Industry 4.0 is not a revolution - it is an evolution which has already begun in the furniture industry."

09 May. 2016

The woodworking community on its way to Industry 4.0

LIGNA Conference

During two action-packed days, 13 speakers from diverse sectors of the woodworking industry reported on their visions and experiences in relation to digitalization, its practical deployment in manufacturing processes and its impact on development, production and distribution.

Day one of the conference began with an interactive presentation by Timothy Kaufmann, Business Development Internet of Things at SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG, who examined the opportunities opened up by Industry 4.0.

In the course of the day the visitors found out more about the positive impact of Industry 4.0 on our everyday lives. Per Berggren, Manager Industrial Strategies at IKEA, demonstrated that integrated manufacturing techniques can be tailored to mass production applications - as evidenced in IKEA's PAX wardrobe range.

The second day of the conference was devoted to examples of best practice. Olaf Katzer, Head of International Job Family Development at Volkswagen AG, talked about the qualification of professionals in an Industry 4.0 environment. In his view it is essential to bear the human factor in mind, despite all the euphoria about efficiency gains, cost-cutting and sustainability. The customer remains the focus of attention and is an essential factor in the overall production picture. It goes without saying that Industry 4.0 will impact the production in terms of its means, data flows and the workforce involved. He emphasized the importance of taking the necessary preparatory steps.

A major highlight at the conference was the panel discussion on the implications of Industry 4.0 for the woodworking sector.

On each of the two-day LIGNA Conference, presentations were given by Biesse Group, HOMAG Group AG, IMA Klessmann GmbH, imos AG, SCM Group, 20-20 Technologies GmbH, abaco Informationssysteme GmbH, Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG, dmaic software GmbH & Co. KG, Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, LEUCO Ledermann GmbH & Co. KG, Michael WEINIG AG and SDI Project Automation GmbH. The visitors took this opportunity to swap ideas and build new networks.

The first LIGNA Conference was supported by VDMA German Woodworking Machinery Association, LIGNUM Consulting GmbH and Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences.