Woodworking Manufacturing Cells: A Brief Tour

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/29/2013 6:53AM


HIGH POINT - Approximately 200 woodworkers representing 119 companies attended the 2013 Manufacturing Symposium hosted by Stiles Machinery. The two-day event, which attracted cabinet manufacturers, furniture manufacturers, architectural woodworkers, closet companies and more, was held Jan. 24-25 at the company’s newly expanded High Point, NC, facility.

A highlight of the Stiles Manufacturing Symposium was the workcell demonstrations. This video shows two of them. The first demonstration is a flexible manufacturing cell incorporating the IntelliStore robotic system for material handling. Two workers are capable of running the entire cell, which includes: the Vector Revolution contour edgebander, Brandt Ambition edgebander, Ligmatech ZHR conveyor, Weeke Vantech CNC router, Holzma HPP panel saw and the IntelliStore used in conjunction with the Bargstedt TLF for material handling.

The second half of the video demonstrates a high production workcell. Featured is a Holzma HPL Power Concept panel saw, a Homag Ambition edgebander, a Ligmatech MDE case clamp, Weeke ABD drilling and dowel insertion machine, a Weeke BHX machining center and a Ligmatech ZHR conveyor system.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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