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SCM Opens The New Digital Home Of Woodworking Innovation 

Clare Hollister

“My thanks to Gabriele De Col, Alessandra Leardini and everyone at SCM HQ, Rimini for taking the time to present their latest innovations and the new Digital Control Room to me on my visit in October” Clare Hollister

September saw SCM welcome over 2,500 visitors to their HQ in Rimini when they opened their new Technology Centre dedicated to the entire woodworking industry.

This new 4,000 square metre space boasts technological and digital innovations for every machining requirement in the furniture industry, windows and doors production, timber construction and bespoke joinery.

An additional 20,000 square metres were made at other SCM sites in Monza, Piacenza Siena the Villa Verucchio, Hiteco, which specialises in electromechanical components.

The new Technology Centre, the new digital home of woodworking innovation, is designed to offer technologies and services which provide integrated, connected, flexible, optimised and sustainable processes at each stage of secondary wood processing. 

The latest solutions developed by the Group combine solutions for furniture, doors and windows, timber construction and artisan joinery through the development of software and services for clients at each stage of their production process. 

New from SCM

Cargo, an innovative automatic system for loading and unloading doors and panels using the new CAD-CAM programming software, Maestro lab.

Cargo is a fully automated and requires no operator supervision, it is unique in the market for its ability to continuously load and unload pieces while the machine performs drilling and routing operations. This exclusive solution allows for maximum efficiency removing manual work phases and their associated costs. It is innovative and easy to use with both the machining centre and Cargo directly managed with Maestro active HMI interface.  

Maestro lab is the new cutting-edge CAD/CAM programming software for both office and machine use. Intuitive and dynamic, it allows customers to easily transform an idea into a finished product, thanks to intelligent and technologically advanced programming functions and more than 150 integrated apps. 

Maestro Connect is the contextualised and continuous exchange of information from the machine to the cloud providing SCM clients with rapid access to answers and specific advice supporting operators and maintenance workers during us, maintenance and programming of their machines and software. SCM have created a dedicated area which demonstrates how data offers both proactive and predictive bespoke assistance and advice offer the client operational continuity through evolved digital technologies and interaction with SCM Service team. SCM is constantly looking at ways to improve and develop digital solutions for their client through their dedicated and innovative team.

Autostore, its new automated spare parts warehousewhich allows SCM to increase fivefold the pick-up speed of codes and increase the number of orders handled in 24 hours by 26%. With sustainability a key focus this has energy consumption of less than 0.1 kWh per robot.

Sustainability which also means ergonomics and ease of use for operators of all the SCM machines through the eye-M control panel modular programming and higher calculation power. 

Automated systems for the furniture industry  

SCM’s new Technology Centre displayed automated and connected solutions, as well as interaction systems between humans, machines, articulated robots and AMR shuttles, software and digital services.

Gabbiani gt2 beam saw with articulated robot for automatic loading and unloading: flexible cell that optimises shifts and promotes the needs of machining that is both “batch 1” and based on large volumes. It can be used with or without the articulated robot and can switch from one modality to another. It is enhanced with the new Maestro optiwise optimiser.

The Gabbiani p80 beam saw and morbidelli x200 nesting machining centre are both integrated into the automatic warehouse ensuring storage, labelling of the panels and direct loading onto the worktable of both machines, to protect the more delicate surfaces. 

The Stefani cell E edge banding cell combines the many advantages of stefani x industrial edge bander in terms of productivity and quality with those of an automated and flexible interaction through the pickbackgantry panel return system. The electronic touch operating units guarantee top finishing quality, while the new hi-drive kit increases the positioning speed of the units for high productivity even in batch 1 production. It is simple and intuitive control with HMI Maestro active edge software.

The Morbidelli cx220 drilling and dowelling flexible cell with robot produces all furniture elements more efficiently, even with workpieces that differ considerably from one another. The cell produces one panel per minute and over 400 panels per shift, with one operator, in 50 m2. It can be used exclusively with the robot for a continuous cycle production, or with partial operator supervision.

The gabbiani vsi, vertical panel saw with independent motors for main blade and scorer with mechanical plunging designed to make horizontal and vertical cuts on different types of wood materials.

Making its début was the new Maestro edgestore manager software for centralised control of the customer’s edges ensuring use and position in the warehouse are always under control whilst sharing information with software and company management systems.

The new olimpic 500plus edge bander processes solid wood lippings up to 12 mm and gluing plastic edges by using hot air technology for an invisible glue line.

The olimpic 500 is the automatic compact edge bander. Versatile use of different kinds of glue, EVA and PUR and the machining of 2 real radii through the Multiedge devices available on all the operating units including the rounding unit.

Also making its début was the olimpic 300: a new edge bander for small artisan businesses, allowing them to perform a wide variety of processes like the 2 real radii machining with simple automatic settings, 45° chamfering and the upper and lower edge finish of the panel in differentiated mode.

The action e is now available with the new unloading loading system: mounting the cabinet at the working height of the clamp.

The dmc eurosystem is a highly modular automatic sanding-calibrating machine, which performs a variety of machining work on both raw and painted panels. 

The 15’’ “eye-S” control panelallows operators to manage all the sanding functions directly from the touchscreen. The brand new Maestro active sand HMI which can manage tool storage, indicating the quantity per type of belts available in stock and giving an automatic warning when they are about to finish. The machine is equipped with the new planetary unit, ideal to achieve a precise finish on any surface, while the GSI-200 interchangeable brushing unit has been designed for companies looking for maximum production flexibility.

Making its début for dmc sd 90 is the exclusive roller unit with interchangeable rubber sleeves of different hardness.This makes the machine more flexible, adapting to the production needs of small-medium businesses. The new unit can switch from calibrating operations to sanding operations of veneered and painted panels, in a matter of minutes, by simply replacing the roller’s rubber sleeve with another one of a different hardness level. Its compact size means this sander is ideal optimising production spaces.  

Superfici specialists presented the latest trends for finishing. 

The Robot maestro for painting windows and doors is designed from the arm movements of an artisan worker transformed into a robot, now with 8 axes for machining even larger windows and doors.

Valtorta bravo2, cartesian robot for painting panels. Two 5-axe heads, precision, reliability and delicacy combined with speed and production continuity of an automatic spraying system for unparalleled quality. Its application versatility comes from inclining and positioning the spraying guns adapting the machine to the structures that are not flat. It takes an automatic reading of the load and calculates the best spray trajectories using simple, intuitive software. 

Windows and doors and solid wood

SCM previewed thenew system 9 integrated linefor windows and doors manufacturing, which included the celaschi actiondouble-sided tenoning machine.

The SCM line stands out for its fast setup change and flexibility in the management of work-pieces with different dimensions, with production up to 200 complete windows per working shift. It can process two elements of different lengths simultaneously, exploiting the principle of machining with moving motors and stationary work-pieces. Among the pluses, the presence of 4 electrospindles each one served by a 6-position tool changer.

The windorflex was showcased – the new automatic machining cell for producing complete windows, designed to optimise production rhythms by maintaining high flexibility and excellent finishing.

Joinery machines

The most representative SCM joinery machines were also 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.

The new entries include “blade off”, the innovative SCM’s safety system applied to circular saws. Its smart sensors prevents accidental contact between the human body and the blade. Also shown were the new on/off system and the automatic setup with multi-radius tools on the trimming and edge scraping units on me 40 and/or me 35 edge banders controlled by the eye-S compact control systemwith Maestro active edge interface which guarantees high performance according to the program;  startech cn k, compact 3-axis NC machining centre which carries out all types of milling, decorations, engraving, signboard creation and 3D model prototyping.