The first international Ligna conference will be held at the Ligna showgrounds in Hannover, Germany on 3 and 4 May. The event is staged by Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association within VDMA and supported by Lignum Consulting and Ostwestfalen Lippe University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Lignum Consulting has acquired extensive experience in the area of integrated production for the wood and furniture industry. The Lippe University of Applied Sciences is a prominent member of the Federal Research Ministry’s excellence cluster “Smart Technical Systems.”
Other enterprises adding support to the program are Biesse Group (Pesaro, Italy), SCM Group (Rimini, Italy), Homag Group AG (Schopfloch, Germany), IMA Klessmann GmbH (Lübbecke, Germany) and imos AG (Herford, Germany).

The Ligna conference will consist of keynotes, a variety of interesting papers and a panel discussion on the topic “Integrated production in woodworking – the way towards Industry 4.0”. This topic was reported by Supplier Magazine last year and continues to gain world wide momentum.

These leading machinery manufacturers, well-known in Australia for their leading-edge machinery, will provide valuable technical expertise to this important conference. Decisions coming from this conference will affect machine design for decades to come. They will provide the conference by exploring the possibilities of increasing the efficiency and business models in plant and engineering; digitalization of the value chain and the impact of Industry 4.0 on everyday lives.

Of interest to Australian manufacturers is what the delegates suggest about the furniture market in times of digital transformation – from manufacturing to the customer, data processing and conditions for successful online business. Modular machine concepts for handling applications in woodworking machines and “who talks to the machine” will be high on the agenda.

Other issues discussed will be the seven building blocks for a connected factory; how new technologies are affecting assembly activities; the implications of Industry 4.0 for the woodworking sector and “from lean production to integrated production,” a practical case study by the giant Werndl Steelcase company.

Supplier Magazine’s Technology Editor, Philip Ashley has visited Biesse, SCM, Homag and Werndl Steelcase in recent years and confirms that these companies have the drive and skills to see real change in the way furniture is made.

Supplier Magazine will continue to keep you up to date on this emerging technology.