Biesse showcased technological innovation transforming factories into better places to work
Cover photo caption: Over 49 solutions in action displayed at Biesse stand were aimed at all manufacturing companies, from large-scale businesses to small firms that can be transformed into real smart factories
A stand featuring 6,000 square metres of automation and digital interconnection, with 49 technologies in action, three fully-automated process solutions and 50 years of technological innovation to be celebrated, all in the name of the future.
With these impressive numbers, Biesse brought the future of industry to LIGNA, presenting a vision of a reality where the creative minds of people meet the infinite capabilities of machines: the winning partnership that is taking shape between the two offers a host of opportunities and advantages connected to robotisation and the digital factory. This human-machine alliance enables production to become fully automated and interconnected, leading to the creation of intelligent factories. This is Automaction.
Automaction and Digital Hub
At LIGNA, Biesse technologies were the undisputed stars of the stand, and mark a year full of exciting new developments. Three completely automated process lines demonstrated the results that can be achieved with customised, flexible production. Designed to enable Biesse to get closer to its customers and meet their production needs – which differ in line with the size and requirements of each individual company – the three solutions vary from one another with regard to the number of panels produced per shift, but all offer the same high levels of performance, in terms of quality, efficiency and flexibility. These machines are the fruit of the Testimonial in Automaction project, a close collaboration between Biesse, CUBO DESIGN, LAGO and BMT BAGNI, three leading names in the world of Made in Italy design with an international presence, with whom Biesse shares a focus on the customer, along with a number of key values and production principles.
“By establishing a perfect understanding with robots and machines, we, as human beings, can take advantage of one of the leading trends in the market – namely, robotisation – in order to improve business. Indeed, in the era of automation, technological innovations enable us to create new business models based on automated and interconnected production”, explains Federico Broccoli, Wood Division/Sales Director and Subsidiaries Division Director. “At Biesse, we believe in creating factories that are not only smarter and more efficient, but which also constitute “a better place to live”, where the actions of human beings are enhanced and their activities gain greater value. This is why Biesse has decided to support our customers, standing alongside them as they come face to face with this new digital challenge and providing high-level technological expertise and decades of experience, in every part of the world”, concludes Broccoli.
For this reason, the Biesse stand featured 7 ROS (Robotically Operated System), at the service of the cutting, boring, sanding and CNC machines. These ROS, which stand out for their reduced dimensions, can be inserted into the production flow with extreme flexibility, optimising machining cycles and combining versatility with efficiency and high return on investment.
There were a total of 49 solutions in action, aimed at all manufacturing companies, from large-scale businesses with significant production volumes to those looking for flexibility and customisation and small firms that can be transformed into real “smart factories”. From Rover machining centres – which represent a guarantee of reliability on the market and are now even better, courtesy of a new and more advanced FPS (Feedback Positioning System) for the work table, delivering improved performance in terms of speed, productivity and safety – to the new edgebanding machines: indeed, Stream A Smart and Akron 1100 made first ever appearance at LIGNA. For the housing sector, UNITEAM RC made its début; this new entry-level machining centre is dedicated to the processing of beams and partitions for the production of prefabricated panels and frame structures, and is ideal for small and medium-sized companies.
The Digital Hub was at the heart of the Biesse stand – the nerve centre of the new digital world, this solution was created to accompany the customer through a path that shows the various phases of the construction of a 4.0 factory via a host of innovative functions, from the simulation of processes and machining operations, to the software for the design and optimisation and programming of production facilities and the ability to choose between the services available to monitor progress, increase productivity and all the services offered by SOPHIA. The latter is Biesse’s IoT platform, designed in collaboration with Accenture and developed on Microsoft Azure, which enables customers to access a wide range of services designed to simplify and optimise the management of working activities. Today, less than two years after the platform was launched, the milestone of the thousandth connected machine has been reached, demonstrating Biesse’s commitment to guaranteeing maximum customer satisfaction.
“We are currently experiencing a real revolution, an industrial transition from “iron” to digitalisation, as I like to describe it, and we must manage this in the best way possible in order to ensure that we can continue to grow”. – Roberto Selci, CEO, Biesse Group.
The company’s collaboration with Accenture and Microsoft is one of the four premium partnerships established under the Partner in Automaction project: as a result of this, Biesse has come together with four international brands recognised worldwide for their excellence in technology, innovation and digital competence, combining their principles and technological goals through the use of digitalised and interconnected processes in order to better serve customers and drive evolution through 4.0 factories. Indeed, Biesse has used its partnership with Elettric80 and BEMA as an opportunity to integrate state-of-the-art systems which can deliver the efficiency and safety that today’s automated industrial systems require into digital and interconnected factories. With Bacci Automation, Biesse confirms and further strengthens the bond between man and robot: as a partner in the creation of integrated robotised systems, Bacci Automation offers robots designed to handle panels.
“LIGNA has always been the best international stage for showcasing our solutions, systems, software and services, designed to facilitate the work of our customers and render them more competitive within the market. This aspect is rendered possible by the significant investments planned under our three-year industrial plan, which confirms our specific focus on investments in innovation and service, based on 3 main drivers: expanding our product offering, developing new solutions for the customer, and pursuing a greater level of digitalisation”, states Stefano Porcellini, Managing Director of Biesse Group.