Motor racing fans will certainly have heard of the Italian city of Imola before, but besides its racetrack it is also home to a global market leader in coating, decorating and digital printing for wood and its derivatives - CEFLA Finishing. The company designs and builds custom production lines that are primarily aimed at the wood sector. On the occasion of its tenth in-house fair, dubbed "CEFLA Live", the company recently launched a new section it has added to its Finishing LAB and also showcased six other exclusive innovations.

"Six answers to six questions" sums it up pretty neatly: The first is the “PowerBack” system, which saves customers up to 30% in energy costs when they fit it to their iBotic spraying robot. Customers keen to make savings can also cut out time-consuming programming for 3D spraying trajectories with the "cVision" 3D scanner. This new solution eliminates all manual interventions by scanning workpieces as they enter the anthropomorphic robot’s spraying area. Another tricky problem for productivity is having to make frequent stops to adjust the geometry of the application head when coating edge profiles. The answer in this case is CEFLA's versatile "Edge&Go" device, which can be used to process different edges continuously, without having to stop the flow. "Scan to Print" is another new technology that enables customers to replicate a single panel in a single operation - including with a 3D finish - for replacement, addition or repair purposes. What's more, the process goes from scanning to printing without any intermediate steps.

Customers can now monitor one or more production lines, even at different sites, using just a smartphone. "cMaster" provides real-time data or selected information and statistics for targeted searches that zero in on a particular period or on preventive maintenance. As an entirely web-based tool, it doesn't require any special software or hardware.

Last but not least, CEFLA has developed its "cCloner" software, which is based on the principle that precise simulation tools and the advantages of virtual reality make learning much more effective. The software enables operators to acquire skills before equipment is installed, while it is being operated and whenever remote service technicians need to illustrate a necessary intervention.

CEFLA S.C. (40026 Imola, Italy)