Published on : Monday, June 10, 2019
After celebrating five days of innovations and creative expressions from the premium woodworking brands across the globe, LIGNA closed its doors on a happy note. Even after the grand wrap up, till today, the organisers are excited and enthusiastic about the grand five days of the fair. Unlike other LIGNAs, this year the fair was packed with edgy and smart innovations. Starting from the all new mobile app to the new blog post on the fair by Jonas or the wooden hashtag at the fair ground, LIGNA this year surprised every moment while kindling excitement and interest for the next LIGNA.
Deutsche Messe is constantly encouraging its network of partners to create new market platforms and expand its portfolio of events in promising growth markets around the globe. Apart from LIGNA in Hannover, Germany, the company has joined hands with IFMAC event and is concentrating on organising the under its “Woodworking Shows Worldwide” portfolio. IFMAC (International Furniture Manufacturing Component Exhibition) is the leading tradeshow for woodworking machinery in Indonesia and will next be held from 9 to 12 October 2019.
LIGNA showcased a host of innovations from the manufacturers of wood processing machinery for solid and engineered wood concentrated on automation and integrated systems, especially on modular technologies as a gateway to digitisation. Besides digitisation, robotics technology is increasingly becoming the norm across all areas of industrial manufacturing, from materials handing to collaborative processing by humans and machines, right through to surface finishing. The surface-finishing link in the value chain is becoming increasingly integrated into the overall production system. Automated guided vehicle systems are optimizing materials flows. And advanced central system control modules are intelligently managing the associated data and aggregating it quickly and efficiently for even the most demanding of single-batch production scenarios. From the cloud technologies on show, it was abundantly clear that cloud-based data management has now fully made the transition from proprietary systems to digital ecosystems. Along with these a growing array of digital assistance solutions, the use of production data for preventive maintenance and production planning is getting more efficient all the time. At this rate, the vision – presented at this year’s LIGNA – of end-to-end cloud-based material and tool management may soon be a reality.
Over 50 percent of LIGNA visitors appreciated the theme and innovations along with the Industry 4.0 as displayed for five long days. Some 40 percent were either upgrading their existing machinery or considering the purchase of new machines to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0 technology. Another vision that is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality relates to networking based on standardized communication protocols for all machines. On that score, the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOIS) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) used LIGNA to present a framework for a new P&W (Plug & Work) standard. The framework is a joint project by eight leading European manufacturers of woodworking machinery.