In the novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", it takes a supercomputer several million years to come up with an answer to the "ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything" - which turns out to be the less than helpful number "42". The Austrian FELDER Group, however, gets results in a much quicker and more pragmatic way - at least when it comes to furniture production. Based in Tyrol, the FELDER Group is one of Europe's most advanced machinery manufacturers and one of the world's leading suppliers of woodworking machines for skilled craftspeople, trade and industry. The company has over 250 sales and service centers across 84 countries, meaning customers always have a highly skilled advisor close at hand to help them with any issues - for instance, when testing all innovations down to the very last detail. Not only that, but FELDER customers also benefit from getting everything from a single source - from the machine itself, the in-house software and high-quality accessories right through to customized suction solutions and a wide range of services both on site and at the hotline center. It's no surprise, therefore, that the machines are produced to meet customer-specific requirements as well as the highest quality standards, while also maintaining an excellent price-performance ratio. In the run-up to LIGNA 2019, FELDER is unveiling its profit H80 CNC machining center, which it claims is the only answer to the question of what profitable furniture production might look like in the future.

As a panel cutting, drilling and milling center with an interpolating C axis, the profit H80 is designed to help cabinetmaking and carpentry workshops put in place highly efficient 'furniture production 4.0' and thus secure their future. For example, the profit H80 allows even mid-size companies to produce complete custom furniture with all the necessary holes, grooves and connections at the click of a mouse and in a single step. It also supports state-of-the-art nesting technology designed to deliver maximum savings in terms of materials and time. What’s more, the profit H80 can be expanded to include various loading and unloading solutions even going as far as full automation, thus achieving maximum throughput rates. The end-to-end, efficient and profitable production process surrounding the piece of furniture is based on F4 Solutions. The software tools in these solutions are designed to ensure maximum efficiency and guide the user through the entire production chain. They allow users to design custom pieces of furniture with ease in their usual CAD environment and render photo-realistic 3D visualizations to support sales. They can also be used to transmit detailed data, including cost-effective nesting optimization, to all integrated machinery. Users are even guided through the final assembly with the help of clear and detailed drawings, and 3D data - that's how FELDER sees 4.0 when it comes to workshop and industry.