SCM’S Smart&Human Factory at LIGNA.IN
Published on :Thursday, September 30, 2021
At LIGNA.Innovation Network, SCM put the spotlight on the Smart&Human Factory, the digital and user-friendly factory, continuously evolving to meet the needs of a flexible and “batch 1” production.
SCM’s Smart&Human Factory is a state-of-the-art production model for the furniture industry that goes beyond traditional automation systems. All this thanks to automated flexible, modular and easily reconfigurable cells, integrated with software and digital services, industrial articulated and cooperative robots and intelligent unmanned shuttles, programmable according to the production unit layout and capable of moving and working alongside the operator in total safety. These cells can be put together to suit every customer’s needs and satisfy the most varied machining and spatial demands. It is the ideal solution to achieving the dream of a single factory, a single storage warehouse, and a single assembly, packing and shipping area by simplifying production and logistics needs as much as possible.
Already presented at Ligna 2019, after many implementations on cutting-edge markets in Europe, the United States and China, SCM’s Smart&Human Factory has been enhanced with new additions to further increase productivity and flexibility, reduce waste and optimise the quality of the end product even on more sensitive materials.
SCM’s Software and Digital Services ecosystem
SCM’s “Digital Integrated Woodworking Process” is a collection of digital and integrated technologies – i.e. Software and Digital Services – that interact to define what products are to be manufactured, as well as how and when they are to be manufactured.
Within this framework, digitalization can support the client at every stage of his process in creating furniture.
PREPARATION. First thing is preparing the information, data and programs for the production. Design, CAD-CAM software and simulators can dramatically shorten time and reduce errors from the office to the machines. SCM provides specific software to support customers in the design, optimization and data generation for the machines in the shopfloor. Among these software SCM presents:
- Maestro cnc is the CAD-CAM software for the design of the workpiece, to program SCM machining centres. Maestro cnc is the only software that ensures that all the wood workings are quickly and easily programmed thanks to smart functions (app and macros libraries) built to program any machine operation with a mouse click.
- Maestro proview, the 3D Simulator software that allows users access to a three dimensional model of their machine in their office and view the operations that will be carried out during the production in advance on their PC.
Maestro beam&wall is SCM’s specific software for the programming and management of CNC machining centres for timber construction. It is characterised by simple, intuitive operations and rapid execution thanks to integration with the main CAD systems in the sector: Maestro beam&wall interprets files in “btl” format and automatically transforms them into programs to be run on the machine.
PLANNING and OPTIMIZATION. Once all production data have been defined, it’s time to optimize, schedule and plan the jobs and the production. Production scheduling and planning can be handled with dedicated software, the so-called MES (Manufacturing Execution System). On the other hand, optimization has to do with optimizing processes such as cutting, or drilling.
- Maestro easyFLOW is the newborn plug&play MES software powered by SCM that ensures well-executed production plans, complete visibility and optimization of production and processes across the enterprise. Maestro easyFLOW is extremely easy to support even small businesses with programming and production flow management as well as 4.0 interconnection.
- Maestro opti wise is the new cutting optimizer, developed to offer the customer the best solution in terms of waste, time and costs optimization.
Maestro powerset is a unique solution in the market born from the need to stop wasting time on tooling study procedures and to reduce human mistakes while maintaining the know-how of the process.
PRODUCTION. Smart manufacturing employs different technologies to make machines more and more intelligent, smart and interactive. In this concept, a smart factory has machines provided with HMI software facilitating the user experience and interaction with the machine.
Maestro active is the new unified operator interface software for all SCM technologies. A single operator can easily and safely manage multiple machines at a time, thanks to the consistency maintained between all interfaces: regardless of the machine, Maestro active maintains the same look & feel, thus ensuring the same approach to interaction.
MONITORING and SERVICING. Once the production has been started and for the whole life cycle of the machine, Maestro connect Digital Service platform ensures machine status monitoring, maintenance optimization, issue management, spare parts suggestions, smart learning as well as augmented reality service support with Smartech.