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.