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Mike Johnson from Biesse unveils plans for IWF

 Friday, July 27, 2018

biese mike jBiesse’s sprawling 27,000 sqft plus exhibit at IWF is packed with innovative technology, including integrated robotic and automated solutions for all levels of production. When you see the company’s operative word, “Automaction,” flying high in the Georgia World Congress Center make a beeline for it. Rather than just concepts, prototypes and promises, you’ll be rewarded with demonstrations of actual products that represent automation in action, backed by documented productivity results.


“The technology IWF guests will see in our booth addresses two separate issues that plague manufacturing today,” says Mike Johnson, Biesse America’s Vice President of Sales. “First is an overwhelming lack of skilled craftsmen. Shops are challenged to produce high-quality parts consistently and repetitively without the ability to rely on the kind of high-caliber craftsmen who dominated their production processes in the past.  The technology of today’s CNC, Sanding and Edgebanding machinery responds to this challenge by delivering repeatable artisan quality.  Second, our customers are also having difficulty filling general labor positions such as stacking, loading and offloading. Our robotic and smart handling systems solve this problem, effectively reducing reliance on labor, as well as reducing the risk of injury.”  Mike concluded.


At IWF, Biesse will demonstrate new technology for manufacturing panels, solid wood, plastics and advanced materials, along with new software modules.  A main focus will be what Johnson calls “usable automation”– automation for mid- to large-sized companies that easily integrates into their current production processes without creating seismic shifts in the way the overall shop functions.  Johnson is eager for visitors to see five solutions in particular.


“Our Robotic Sorting Station allows a company to increase optimization and yield on both the front and back ends of a production line,” Johnson says.  “On the front-end, manufacturers can process production in a random pattern to optimize yield and decrease costs. On the back end, you can operate in a very sequenced fashion. You can automatically sort and kit the proper components together so they are ready to move on to packaging or assembly,” he says.


Biesse’s NBC Nesting Cell offers automatic loading and robotic offloading which effectively creates a completely autonomous cell. Bunks of materials are automatically loaded into the cell, separately fed one sheet at a time through the nesting router, and then robotically offloaded and passed on to the next operation without any human intervention. A shop can maximize the pace of production and eliminate speed constraints, as well as the inadvertent human errors that can lower productivity.


The new W4 system speeds edgebander throughput. In a nutshell, it’s a single-man ergonomic solution to maintain and increase productivity. “With W4, we see production increases in the range of 30-to-40 percent while maintaining automatic stacking functionality,” Johnson says.


Viet’s new Sculpture Pad that helps customers replace the need for highly skilled craftsmen in the finishing department with machinery that can perform the same production skills. “Today there’s a big demand for special-effect type sanding. With the addition of Sculpture Pad, a standard wide-belt sander can go from sanding typical applications of solid wood to being able to produce special effect finishing including wavy looks within the board, hand-scraped looks and hand-sawn appearance.


SOPHIA, Biesse’s new IoT platform that provides a comprehensive overview of specific machine performance features with remote diagnostics, continuously updated statistics and full integration with the company’s new PARTS Portal. The portal makes it faster and easier for customers to purchase parts, check availability and track purchases online 24/7.


Biesse Exhibit highlights at a glance:

•    Services Highlights
SOPHIA IoT platform

•    CNC Highlights
NEW bPad – IWF Challenger Finalist!
Nested Based Cell with Robotic Offloading
5-Axis Machining
CNC contour edgebanding machine

•    Edgebander Highlights
Award Winning AirForce Hot Air Banding
NEW PUR application system
W4 Automation System with Robotic Sorting Station

•    Panel Saw Highlights
Twin Pusher technology
Winstore Inventory Management System
NEW WN2 panel sizing machine for small to mid-level production

•    Sanding
NEW Sculpture Pad
NEW Knife Planer Sander engineered for small to mid-level production
Robotic Sanding Cell
Automated hand sawn, hand carved and structured panels

•    Drilling
NEW EKO 2.2 compact vertical boring machine



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