Hettich concept study at Ligna: a partly automated ArciFit 300. The gateway to drawer production 4.0. Photo: Hettich

Hettich concept study at Ligna: a partly automated ArciFit 300. The gateway to drawer production 4.0. Photo: Hettich

Hettich at Ligna 2019 – Concept study being presented in cooperation with tapio

Digitisation, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence: Hettich and partner tapio team up and take the step towards Industry 4.0. Declared objective is to make machines more intelligent to boost efficiency in production processes.

Hettich is showcasing the concept study of a partly automated ArciFit 300 assembly machine as part of tapio’s presentation lineup in hall 015, stand G05. This automatically sets the width of the drawer on the basis of cabinet body planned in CAD. The benefit to customers: time savings and fewer mistakes as no setting times are involved for different widths.

Future vision: Hettich assembly machines to become part of a network in which all machines in furniture production are interconnected and can be monitored by app – regardless of machine type and make. tapio is working hard on implementing this network, programming the interfaces needed and providing the requisite shared data platform.

Even today, MachineBoard – an app from tapio – lets manufacturers view the status and utilisation of each individual machine, providing flexibility in responding to optimising aspects, such as the extent to which capacities are being used. In future, the planned approach towards interconnecting the way in which different machine types and makes work together will provide tremendous potential in terms of manufacturing process efficiency.

This is clearly illustrated by the example of the concept study which produces the greatest possible level of furniture customisation while also boosting efficiency. You can discover everything else that will be possible with Hettich in future by visiting Ligna 2019 from 27 – 31. May.

Hettich Group sales exceed € 1 billion

Sales up 8.6 per cent

The Hettich group of companies, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of furniture fittings with headquarters in Kirchlengern, generated sales of € 1.059 billion in 2018. This represents an increase of 8.6 per cent over 2017 at € 975 million.

Around the globe, the group employed an average of 6700 members of staff over the year. More than 3600 of these workplaces were in Germany. As last year, 71 per cent of business was done abroad. In 2018, some € 119 million were invested world wide.

”We are delighted to have crossed the € 1 billion sales threshold. We thank all customers, the entire Hettich team and partners for our excellent working relationship and look forward to further successful growth in a challenging environment”, Dr. Andreas Hettich said.

TopLine XL sliding door fitting wins iF DESIGN AWARD 2019

TopLine XL sliding door fitting wins iF DESIGN AWARD 2019

TopLine XL sliding door fitting wins iF DESIGN AWARD 2019

Yet another product from Hettich has been awarded the coveted design label: the newly developed TopLine XL sliding door fitting sets standards in purist design for ceiling-height wardrobes.

Its extremely shallow design with inconspicuously integrated Silent System makes the fitting almost invisible, leaving it to blend harmoniously into the overall picture. For a perfect design finish, the runner profile can be embellished with decorative tapes in three colours. The unobtrusive sliding door fitting also impresses with a technical innovation for even greater practical convenience in 3-door wardrobes: the middle door opens intuitively to the left and right. It is gently cushioned in either direction and silently pulled into the end position. In developing the product, Hettich has also made it very easy to install so that this can be done quickly and without making mistakes. Alongside other new releases, Hettich will be presenting this award winning fitting solution at this year’s Interzum.