The first is an automated solution which enables the production of components for up to 150 kitchen cabinets per shift with only one operator. Biesse will demonstrate how to store, select and load different material types to be processed. These materials are then automatically processed by routing, drilling, inserting dowels and finished with edgebanding. The cell includes a Winstore X3 material management system, auto loading a Rover A nesting cell, robotic offloading and part management through an Elix bore and dowel machine, followed by automatic transfer to an edgebanding line. Traditional work cells to accomplish these production quantities, can require over 4 operators while the above automated solution reduces this number to 1 operator.
The second cell is a semi-automated solution which will produce up to 700 MDF/HDF shaker door and drawer fronts. This compact cell, requiring only 2,150 sq/ft of space, will auto-load single MDF sheets from a bunk, rout complete door/drawers, robotically manage auto-offloading of doors, robotically manage sanding of all 4 edges, and finally robotically manage panel sanding to remove tooling marks. This complete process can traditionally require a labor burden of 7-9 people but has been reduced to only one with this forward thinking solution. The cell includes a Rover B HD (High Dynamics) Nesting Cell, robot to manage offloading of CNC and edge sanding, and finally Viet Opera R1 robotic solution for panel sanding.
Enduring Labor SavingsWith dramatic labor market shortages and manufacturing labor rates continuing to increase throughout North America, there’s no doubt that these automated solutions pay for themselves quickly with reduced labor costs alone. Additionally, manual labor can be relieved of monotonous jobs, replacing them with processes which have the most inherent value. For example, assembling the box and laminating or painting the door. These advantages are coupled with the assurance of a consistent, reliable production output. These solutions are a direct response to the demand for smart automation in today’s manufacturing environment.
The Benefit of RepeatabilityRepeatability of cabinet output and part quality benefits from the consistency of both Biesse automated solutions. With streamlined automation, a factory can achieve an even paced production output every single day, because they are not relying on an operator to come into work and then finding a quick solution if they don’t show up.
No matter who you are or where you are, everyone is facing labor issues. Biesse’s goal with both of the solutions you’ll see at IWF, is to help customers maximize their labor resources in factory positions which requires the human touch and automating the positions that don’t.
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