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SCM Opens The New Digital Home For Woodworking Innovation

Clare Hollister

The Grand Opening of the new Technology Centre in Rimini takes place from 28 to 30 September. It is an opportunity to discover how SCM’s latest technological and digital innovations can assist the client with developing their business.
These include the innovative automated Cargo system for machining centres, the new Maestro Lab software and the advisory services enabled by Maestro Connect for a new standard of relations with the client. 

SCM is confirmed as a solid group which continues to grow and innovate, investing in its industrial sites in Italy to increase its production capacity and further enhance its relationship with its clientèle. One clear example is the new Technology Centre created as part of an expansion and modernisation programme at the Headquarters in Rimini, which will be opened from 28 to 30 September 2023 with a Grand Opening aimed at companies and stakeholders from the entire wood-working industry at global level.

It is a space of 4,000 m2 which, for all intents and purposes, is the new digital home for woodworking innovation: every detail has been planned to offer the client the widest range of technologies and services possible and provide integrated, connected, flexible, more sustainable and optimised processes at each stage of secondary wood processing. 

The event will be an opportunity to discover the latest solutions developed by the Group which combine the strong technological skill for the production of solutions for furniture, doors and windows, timber construction and artisan joinery with the development of software and services, to accompany the client at each stage of their production process. Some of the main new entries include those applied to machining centres, which will be the subject of a specific training event: Cargo, innovative automatic system for loading and unloading doors and panels, and the new CAD-CAM Maestro lab programming software.

Cargo will be presented integrated with the morbidelli m200 pods & rails machining centre: it is a fully automated cell that requires no operator supervision, and it is unique in the market for its ability to continuously load and unload pieces in masked time while the machine performs drilling and routing operations. This exclusive solution allows for maximum efficiency by avoiding manual work phases and their associated costs and unproductive time, in addition to an unprecedented ease of use: both the machining centre and Cargo are directly managed with Maestro active HMI interface.  

However, if it is true that the technology remains the heart of SCM’s experience, the software and services are increasingly the guarantor element of a continuous and shared relationship with the client. 

Maestro lab is the new state-of-the-art CAD/CAM programming software for both the office and machine use. Intuitive and dynamic, it allows you to easily transform an idea into a finished product, thanks to intelligent and technologically advanced programming functions and more than 150 already integrated apps. So, from the office to the factory in a flash via an enjoyable and fast user experience. 

The contextualised and continuous exchange of information from the machine to the cloud thanks to the IoT Maestro Connect platform means SCM can provide clients with rapid access to answers and specific advice which will support the operators and maintenance workers with their challenges and needs for autonomy when using, carrying out maintenance and programming the machine and software. On the subject of this, a specific area has been created inside the Technology Centre which will demonstrate how the data is transformed into bespoke assistance and advisory services of a proactive and predictive nature with a view to guaranteeing the client operational continuity thanks to the most evolved digital technologies and constant attention by the SCM Service team. 

SCM continues to invest in the excellence of its customer service and, for the event, will open the doors to its new automatic storage for spare parts, Autostore, an innovation which has allowed SCM to increase fivefold the pick-up speed of the codes and increase the number of orders handled within 24h by 26%. All this with an energy consumption of less than 0.1 kWh per robot, confirming the Group’s focus on sustainability.

Sustainability which also means ergonomics and ease of use, made available to the operators of all the SCM machines by the renewed eye-M control panel, which makes the operator’s work easier and offers a modular programming and a higher calculation power. 

Other Technological Innovations

Furniture industry 

The new SCM Technology centre will see flexible cells integrated with the unmanned AMR shuttles: for beam saw, gabbiani gt2 with robot for loading and unloading; for edgebanding, stefani cell E with gantry panel return system; for drilling and dowelling, morbidelli cx220 which can be used either with just the robot or partially manned. Also highlighted is a beam saw and nesting cell for batch 1 with flexstore hp automatic storage and robot to unload the finished pieces, small pieces and waste, a gabbiani p80 panel saw and a morbidelli x200 nesting machining centre integrated into the same storage.

Worth highlighting for edgebanding is the new olimpic 500plus which can achieve even higher productivity, to machine edges in solid wood up to 12 mm and glue plastic edging using hot-air technology for a line of invisible glue. 

For assembly, worth pointing out is action e with a new loading and unloading system which greatly helps the work of the operator and the action p loading and unloading electromechanical clamp with a new HMI which allows work programs, production data and general database to be imported and exported.

Surface treatment

The latest in the dmc eurosystem will be present for sanding and calibration for machining work on unfinished and painted panels. These include the new 15” eye-S control panel to handle all the functions directly from the touch screen; the new HMI Maestro active sand for ideal handling of the tool storage; the new planetary unit for an accurate finish on any surface. 

Also on display are the new dmc sd 90 functions, a highly customisable solution, available in 12 versions, to guarantee the best results on solid, lacquered and painted wood.

It will be possible to request a specific demo at the Surface Lab at Villa Verucchio (Rimini) on the new dmc system with laser unit, for exclusive productions and three-dimensional scorings on parquet, wooden elements, mdf panels to be veneered, fibre cement panels and solid surfaces of any length. 

In a link up with Superfici’s Technology Centre, there will also be demos of the latest new entries for painting and finishing like the compact xl sprayer for high capacity productions and a more efficient paint recovery system; the innovative Uv led polymerisation system for performances on a par with conventional Uv polymerisation, while keeping the advantages of led;
Excimatt, the Superfici excimer technology for the finishing on different finished products and materials, capable of providing extra-opaque effects that are surprisingly smooth with no more compromising on the surface resistance; the Cartesian and articulated robots for painting windows and doors and panels, designed to guarantee production speed and continuity together with a very high level of precision and machining quality. 

Windows and doors and solid wood

During the Grand Opening, you will have a chance to discover, in a world preview at the expanded production site in Rimini, the new system 9 integrated range for the production of windows and doors with an absolute new entry: the celaschi action bilateral tenoner. The SCM range stands out for the high speed at which it changes configuration and the extreme flexibility in handling the piece lengths. This makes it possible to produce up to 200 complete windows per shift, even with medium-small batches. The new celaschi action, in particular, allows for two elements of differing lengths to be machined simultaneously, making the most of the principle of machining with the transfer of the motors when the pieces are stopped. Some of the advantages include the presence of 4 electro-spindles, each one subjugated by an 8-position tool change.

Windorflex, the new automatic cell for complete windows and doors which optimises productivity by keeping a high flexibility and machining quality will also be on show at the plant in Rimini.

The automatic superset nt throughfeed moulder will be on show at the Technology Centre for the first time complete with SCM’s Maestro connect IoT platform, for an intelligent and connect production of profiles for windows, doors, staircases, matchboards and furniture parts.

The new entries also include Connexus fj: tenoner-mortiser that meets all the machining demands for different kinds of solid wood or coated MDF, including complex joins such as miter doors, face frames and French joints on cabinet doors and shutters.
Joinery machines

SCM’s machines best suited to artisan work on show. Stand-alone as well as integrated solutions like those for beam saw, edgebanding and drilling of the Smart&Human Factory integrated cell dedicated to flexible and bespoke production from raw materials to finished furniture and enhanced by the integration with MES software.

Other new entries will include: “blade off”, SCM’s innovative safety system applied to circular saws which, thanks to the smart sensors, prevent accidental contact between the human body and the blade; startech cn k, compact 3-axis machining centre for routing of any kind, decorations, engravings, production of signs and 3D model prototyping.