Published on : Thursday, June 6, 2019
Visitors and exhibitors at the Hannover fair, got the rare opportunity to meet Industry 4.0 expert and AWFS presenter Georg Frey. Woodworking network got this rare opportunity to catch up with the leaders and attend the session. At LIGNA he discussed about the trend of growing flexibility of all manufacturing environments. “Most machines are fast,” said Frey. “We need them to be flexible as well. More and more focus on production is in automation.”
Frey mentioned that the connected factory is already transforming the woodworking and furniture industries. “For example, robots are now integrated into more areas of manufacturing than in the past. Enhanced vision systems allow robots to work more closely with their human production colleagues than in the past, when human workers were shielded from working near robots with cages, fencing and safeguarded perimeters.”
As per the LIGNA management, over 50 percent of fair visitors rated the importance of Industry 4.0 from high to very high. Another 40 percent of them were either upgrading their existing machinery or considering the purchase of new machines to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0 technology. Knowledge share, discussion and meeting with visitors were scheduled to enrich the world woodworking industry at LIGNA.