LIGNA 2019: hot spot for industry 4.0 tech

Published on : Wednesday, May 22, 2019

LIGNA 2019 is scheduled to open its gate on May 27 to exhibit the future of the wood processing and woodworking industries. The trade show will display the latest smart technologies, automated systems, digital platform solutions, wood industry trends and innovations, and a wealth of live machine demonstrations.


At the Hannover fair more than 1,500 companies from 50 countries will showcase their solutions on the open-air site and indoors on 132,000 square meters (1.42 million sq. ft.) of net space. “In terms of display area, this year’s show will be even bigger than the last LIGNA held two years ago. The woodworking and furniture industries are turning to Industry 4.0 solutions to meet rising consumer demand for custom designed interiors,” said Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Andreas Gruchow. “Just about every wooden window, cabinet or chair these days is made using machines that were launched at LIGNA.”


LIGNA will feature the full range of tools, machinery and plant for custom and mass production, surface finishing solutions, wood based panel production technology, sawmill technology, wood energy technology, machine components, automation technology and forestry technology – essentially all solutions along the wood value chain that can be used meet customer demand for individualised, unique wood products and furniture. The core drivers of next-generation processing technology in all instances are digitisation, automation and integration.


“LIGNA really is in a class of its own internationally. For instance, it’s by far the world’s most important woodworking machinery showcase and is the platform of choice for technology users and providers seeking new ideas for the next generation of processing solutions. No other trade show in the world can match LIGNA for the sheer volume of wood-industry innovations on display. Why? Because the world’s leading manufacturers specifically time their innovation cycles to coincide with it. LIGNA also provides an unrivalled overview of the many applications of digitisation and automation. It’s where wood industry professionals from around the world go to discover the specific applications and technologies they need in order to boost their competitiveness and grow their business. Put simply, LIGNA is the number one platform for innovations that greatly simplify, if not revolutionise, daily operations in the wood industry,” explained Gruchow.


Some of the key highlights of integrated woodworking solutions includes machines, autonomous cells, systems and software designed to help joiners, cabinetmakers and furniture manufacturers take that crucial next step on the road to digitisation. Digitisation and Industry 4.0 are the main themes in the primary processing industry. Visitors to this year’s LIGNA will also be able to see live demonstrations of entire, fully integrated furniture production, the latest VR modeling, robotics and scanner systems. The demonstrations will be complemented by exhibits of software for managing and integrating all stages of furniture production, window and door production, stairs and staircase construction as well as 3D free forming.


Surface technology holds special place in LIGNA. The fair will showcase the full range of surface finishing solutions, including flawless matt finishes that are fingerprint resistant and feature self-regeneration technology which can “heal” blemishes overnight, and 3D digital printing solutions that provide a cost-effective means of embossing positive and negative relief effects on wood or other panels. LIGNA.Forum, the LIGNA Training Workshops, the LIGNA Campus, the LIGNA Forestry Get-together and the ever-popular Crane Driving Championships are scheduled to enhance the visitors experience at LIGNA.



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