The after effects of Global recession are still felt in business environments in India & furniture industry is no exception. But this crisis has provided an opportunity to re think the strategies, ways of working and the methods. It also compelled us, to device new techniques to make the industry more efficient in production & innovative to offer better products to the market.
The fierce competition has shrunk the margins, compelling the producer to reduce the costs. Unfortunately while reducing the costs the quality also went down. This aggravated the situation.
A smarter way of working is the best remedy for the situation.
We have seen in the earlier article that the assembly of solid wood furniture & components. In the following article we will see the assembly of Panel Furniture.
Assembly of Panel furniture
The small size panel furniture like cabinets, side tables and small boxes can be assembled with the help of clamps. But large size cabinets, wardrobe units are difficult to assemble manually. Many times they get damaged and also take longer time. In order to avoid the damages, to reduce the dependence up on skilled labour and get the work done quicker mechanical / hydraulic clamping systems are used. These systems do the work faster and cleaner.
Leading machinery manufacturers produce the assembly clamps and specialized machines for this work. These machines can be conveyerised to achieve higher production capacity with less job handling.
Assembla P (Comb system cabinet assembly clamp) from SCM is a simple clamping machine for cabinets with solid structure for intensive and long-life use, thanks to the transmission system that easily manages any kind of pressure. All the components are put together with dowels and glue. They are placed in the clamping machine. By a simple pushing of the button the components are pressed together with perfection at all the corners. All the corners are perfectly 900. The cabinets are kept aside for the glue to cure.

The manufacturing time of the furniture is reduced with the finish processing in “continuous” mode. The possibility to push the produced pieces towards the opposite side with respect to the infeed allows the operator to obtain finished and packed products without managing them so many times, all this by means of a touch-screen control. With this one can optimize the assembly with few operators.

Biesse manufactures COSMO assembly clamping machine. The self-setting electromechanical and manually fed clamping machine that is the ideal solution to face all the cabinets assembly needs, both for small and industrial manufacturers.
The overall dimensions of the machine allow it’s positioning also in an environment where the space is very limited. This reduces lot of labour involved in the assembly work.

THROUGH-FEED HYDRAULIC CABINETS CLAMP
The new through-feed hydraulic cabinet clamp model SAP 2L ARM is a machine needed for the final dowel-jointed box assembly by means of hydraulic pressure over the box’s sides. This machine is necessary for those who are producing assembled furniture box, whatever is the box kind (kitchen, bathroom, office furniture box). Beyond the hydraulic pressure, the box perfect squaring is obtained by means of a rack and pinion system in order to get the best parallelism between clamping elements of the machine.
The vertical and horizontal pressures and clamping cycle are adjustable on panel control according to the type of furniture to be assembled, by means of a dedicated software installed on a Panel PC in the main switchboard. Safety photocells barriers on both sides in order to allow boxes manual stapling.

HOMAG LIGMATECH:
Electric continuous case clamp MDE 120 saves time and energy with innovative technology
The trend towards individualization is very demanding for every furniture manufacturer. Carcasses with new shapes, colors, materials or surfaces are designed in order to remain competitive on the highly competitive market. But is an economic and flexible production still possible with such a carcass variety? In the range of the final assembly LIGMATECH provides an answer: The new developed electric continuous case clamp MDE 120 for automatic pressing of carcasses. It convinces by its trend-setting technology, the new machine design and its enormous energy efficiency. Visitors were able to experience the MDE 120 live at LIGNA 2013 in Hanover.
Flexible technology for the complete variety: The MDE 120 uses a patented development which is only provided by LIGMATECH: The zero edge pressing by which the carcass is entirely accessible allows a simple and fast processing of the rear panel. Regardless if serial production, small batch sizes or batch size 1, the carcass order is irrelevant for the MDE 120. An absolutely rectangular, solid and properly pressed carcass is the result. And in other respects the MDE is also an all-rounder. No matter whether sensitive or thin-walled, especially high-quality or miter carcasses – it presses every carcass gently and in highest quality. This is ensured by the electronic weight compensation and the high sensitivity of the press. Not even different sizes cause a problem for the machine, as the pre-assembled carcass is automatically traced by sensors in the infeed sector. In combination with the new developed electronic servo technology, high-precision ball screws allow an exact adjustment according to different parameters – and that fully automatically. So it is guaranteed that the batch size 1 production is pressed without any loss by setup times.
Time-saving operation by powerTouch: And the MDE 120 impresses by another innovation. An intelligent control considerably simplifies the operation of the machine. The electric continuous case clamp is press is equipped with powerTouch, the new control concept of the HOMAG Group. The operator can quickly and easily enter settings such as pressing time or press power via a multi-touch-screen.
Saving half of the energy costs by means of ecoPlus: The energy consumption of machines with compressed air is enormous. As a result, the energy costs are correspondingly high. These times are over now with the new developed MDE 120. In this machine, the weight compensation of the top pressure is no longer effected pneumatically but electronically. Thus, energy saving of up to 50 % can be realized.