September / October 2020, Issue 5 | Panels & Furniture Asia 22 | IN PERSON Smart Manufacturing: HOMAG and Indonesian Furniture Manufacturer Furnindo Pave the Way By Jo-Ann Teo As global manufacturers shift beyond merely automation, wood panel processors and furniture manufacturers are looking towards the use of smart technology to optimise production lines and further streamline processes. HOMAG, a world leader in providing integrated solutions for the woodworking sector, endeavours to enable their partners to achieve Industry 4.0 and get ahead of the game. Here, we explore how a leading Indonesian furniture manufacturer partnered with HOMAG to embrace smart automation in their factory right from the get go. In a part of the world wheremanual woodworkingmethods are still considered the norm, what was the motivation behind the change and what challenges came along with this unusual endeavour? Panels & Furniture Asia had the opportunity to speak with Tim Spanjaart, Managing Director of Furnindo and Chief Operating Officer of AVIP , to find out more. FURNINDO AND AVIP Furnindo Utama Asia is one of Indonesia’s leading panel processing furnituremanufacturers, and is the daughter company of AVIP – a professional design and build interior architecture firm that has been providing the Indonesian market with workspace fit-out solutions for the past 26 years. Established at the beginning of 2016 in Tangerang, Java, Furnindo’s factory currently spans around 5,500 square meters and employs a strength of about 40 staff members. Before the establishment of Furnindo, AVIP was heavily reliant on the outsourcing of furniture production as their 500-sq-m workshop in Indonesia was largely unable to produce sufficient yield. Despite an attempt to shift from manual practices by importing second-hand digitally controlled machinery from the Netherlands, the space that they had was still insufficient for AVIP’s rapid growth. Looking to reduce the amount spent on outsourcing, as well as resolve issues with product quality and timely delivery, Tim, then Production Manager at AVIP, and his management team saw the iminent need for an upgrade. HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING That’s how Furnindo was born. In 2015, the decision was made to invest in their own factory and the goal was to produce customised furniture and interiors with as much automation as possible. Despite the higher investment needed to kick-start a fully automatic panel processing line, Tim and his team wanted to move away from manual production right from the start to minimise mistakes and errors. One of AVIP’s interior fit-out projects – commissioned by Dana Indonesia Tim Spanjaart “It was an investment to make, but weighing the advantages and disadvantages made us come to the conclusion that it would be good to do this right from the beginning,” Tim said. “If we had to implement this while we were already running the production process, it could create a lot of unforeseen issues and slow you down when you have deadlines to meet.” His team then contacted a local representative of HOMAG and purchased a panel dividing saw (SAWTEQ B-300) and CNC processing centre with edging capabilities (CENTATEQ P-310 and Edge Bander NKR782). Tim shared that his late father led the decision to work with HOMAG.