Robots are a major growth area

There are the wood industry summit, seminars and training workshops too: something for everyone!

With automation on the rise across the economy, robots are increasingly finding their way into manufacturing technology. Their roles range from parts handling to component processing and assembly. High-performance controls ensure short throughput times and high plant utilisation rates.

Robotic “colleagues” are also increasingly found in woodworking. The world’s first building with a robot-manufactured hardwood Beech frame was erected in Gmund, Germany, in 2015.

Robots have also gained permanent footholds in painting, grinding, polishing and assembling. Ligna exhibitor Maka, in collaboration with Siemens, demonstrates how easily robots can be integrated into manufacturing: The ‘Run my Robot’ option enables complete programming and operation of the robot using the CNC interface.

System partnerships between industrial robot manufacturers, programming specialists and mechanical engineers play a decisive role in the implementation of robotics solutions. Interested businesses will find representatives of all these sectors at Ligna 2017.

In its factory automation showcase, Siemens demonstrates with its open, modular Sinumerik architecture how easily controls can be adapted to an existing machine’s operational philosophy. Beckhoff Automation promotes its unified automation platform for all robot types.

B&R Industrie Elektronik is presenting the Power Panel 500, computer-based controls that cover even the most complex robot applications while ensuring the highest security standards. On the end-user side, Homag is exhibiting as one of the leading specialists for robot-supported construction of production cells.

Minda sorting robots are working successfully in glued-laminated timber manufacturing. With its cleverly designed, modular PUR laminate building set, Burkle shows how widespread robot applications have become. Mohringer uses vacuum robots for automatic stacking in sawmill engineering.

A host of innovations like these await visitors at Ligna 2017, both in the new machine components and automation technology display and in the many other sections of the show. Everyone – whether from industry or the skilled trades – will get the full picture at Ligna.

Industry summit

The display categories at Ligna 2017 are: Tools and machinery for custom mass production; surface technology; wood-based panel production; saw mill technology; energy from wood; forestry technology; and machine components and automation technology.

Following its successful premiere at Ligna 2015, the Wood Industry Summit in 2017 will once again be staged by Deutsche Messe and the German Forestry Council (KWF), with major emphasis on the topic of ‘Access to resources and technology’

From 22 to 26 May, Hall 26 will once again be home to the summit, the international platform for forestry and energy technology. On debut it became a success, with international customers achieving an investment volume of some €30 million.

The summit is divided into three areas: an exhibition, a forum and a matchmaking hub. Every day from Tuesday (23 May) to Friday (26 May) the forum of the wood industry summit will highlight a topic of current international interest in the industry, with experts from Germany, Austria, Canada, Russia, Sweden and Spain giving presentations and fielding questions from the audience.

Both exhibitors and trade visitors can take advantage of the forum, which brings together international participants to generate new business leads in fast-growing markets for their international projects. Forum participation is free of charge for visitors and delegations, and advance registration is not required.

Training workshops

Throughout Ligna 2017, Deutsche Messe and Germany’s Sprint Academy will be running courses for joiners, cabinet makers, carpenters and mobile assemblers and installers. Selected companies will be stepping up as training partners, sharing their expertise with trade practitioners in the pavilions on the open-air site at the Hannover Exhibition Centre.

Equipment manufacturers will serve as training partners, answering questions and providing trade professionals with the information they need on machinery, tools, materials and production supplies.

Jowat SE will start the programme on Tuesday (23 May) with a workshop on adhesive bonding. The next day (24 may), Festool will show participants how to create perfect edges on moulded parts using a mobile edge-banding system and how to achieve perfect surface finishes using handheld power tools.

Participants will be able to learn about and try out a wide range of products and processes. Participation is free of charge, but requires prior registration.

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