Panels & Furniture Asia Sep/Oct 2020

September / October 2020, Issue 5 | Panels & Furniture Asia IN PERSON | 23 Tim (left) is able to personally operate all the machines as he likes to be hands-on. Here, he measures a leftover panel before using it for production Tim (centre) and his team members with HOMAG’s CNC machine CENTATEQ P-310 (BMG311) HOMAG’s panel dividing saw SAWTEQ B-300 (HPL300) with lifting table installed at Furnindo “At that time (in 2015), my father was still around – he had been a furniture maker for a very long time. He had his own factory in the Netherlands that was completely fit out with HOMAG machinery, so he knew what he was looking for,” Tim recalled. The machines arrived in December 2015 and were fully operational in January 2016. Right from the start, Tim was involved in the guiding and setting up of the factory. As meeting AVIP’s demands was a major goal that Furnindo was set up to fulfil, it was important that the machinery purchased were able to significantly increase production capacity. According to Tim, HOMAG’s panel sawwas definitely up for the job. In fact, after just over a year, to better handle output from the panel saw, Furnindo purchased a second CNC machine (CENTATEQ P-100)! The drastic shift away from manual production also allowed for higher precision and consistency, decreasing the percentage of defective and rejected products. According to Tim, the percentage of defective and rejected products was around 6% to 7% before the shift frommanual production. Post-transition, the percentage reduced to around 2%. Since Furnindo’s output is project based and made-to-order, the production of smaller batches is not uncommon – even down to one or two units. Here, their use of HOMAG’s wood CAD|CAM software (now known as HOMAG iX) drives automation and optimises production capacity even for small orders. Using 3D rendering and automatic CNC programming, this software enables manufacturers to streamline processes and improve their professional presentation capabilities by optimising the design stage into the manufacturing process. Prior to using this software, everything was being done manually. Drawings were made in AutoCAD and individual panel dimensions had to be individually extracted. “The software rapidly improved the way we draw and produce the furniture,” Tim commented. “Overall, it’s much faster to design and have our designs ready for production because manual inputs are not required. Once the designs are ready, just a push of a button is needed for them to be translated into individual optimised cutting programmes.” FACING CHALLENGES HEAD-ON The move from manual to digital production is a major one, and definitely did not come without its challenges. From the beginning, HOMAG shared with the team that the CNC processing centre was rather complicated especially for those who have no prior experience with CNC machines, and the complexities were doublefold because of themachine’s edging capabilities. However, HOMAG’s support in the form of regular visits from engineers and trainers helped the team to successfully manage the transition and implementation. Implementation of the wood CAD|CAM software presented a challenge at the beginning. Furnindo’s draftsmen, being native Indonesians, were not fluent in English and besides learning the ropes of a new software, they had to learn to break down the language barrier. After a week-long training session with a German trainer, the team took a month or two for experimentation and testing. Another week of training with HOMAG was then scheduled to evaluate the progress and iron out teething issues. It helped that the training sessions were held prior to delivery of the machines – the team was able to start operating them with the software immediately upon arrival. After getting past the initial hurdles, the software and machinery have definitely helped Furnindo in leaps and bounds. As the production demands for AVIP can now be met, the current challenge is to keep the factory running at full capacity – Furnindo is now working on creating relationships with other vendors, local and beyond, to whom they might be able to supply in the near future. IN A NUTSHELL Given that Batch Size 1 production (or even small-batch production) is still catching on in the South East Asia region, Furnindo’s foray intoautomation is a leap in the right directiongiven ever-increasing demands for customised projects and products. Industry leaders such as HOMAG aim to be at the forefront of helping manufacturers transit into this brave new world, with relevant regional and robust local support, education and training. When asked if the use of HOMAG’s products have been well implemented within Furnindo, Tim seemed pleased with the outcome of the transition from manual to fully automated production. “It definitely helped us reach the goals that we aimed to change,” he concluded. P