Roboistic owner to discuss his robotic cabinet plant at SIBO


DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec – Bastien Larouche, who founded Ro-Bois-Tic as a one-man, one-robot cabinet manufacturing operation in 2012, will speak at the 2020 Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO).

Larouche will present a luncheon keynote of his unique operation on Thursday, April 23 at the Centrexpo Cogeco.

Larouche, former plant manager of Teknion, a large-volume office furniture manufacturer, will discuss what inspired him to launch his lights-out cabinet factory to make ready-to-assemble cabinets. He will also present an overview of Ro-Bois-Tic’s flow-through manufacturing line in which his robot partner does everything from placing thermally fused panels on a nested router and sweeping away scrap, to feeding nested parts through an edgebander and drilling and dowel insertion machine.

An entrepreneur by nature, Larouche’s presentation will delve into the key challenges he has overcome, as well as some of the benefits his enterprise has achieved via robotic automation.

Larouche was featured in a February 2013 cover story of Wood & Wood Products, which included a case study of Ro-Bois-Tic’s lights-out operation. Later that same year, the publication honored Larouche as a Wood Industry Market Leader.

SIBO will take place April 23-25 at the Centrexpo Cogeco.

About CCI Canada
CCI Canada Inc., organizer of Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvre' (SIBO), is owned by CCI Media, a business-to-business media company focused exclusively on industrial wood products manufacturing markets in North America. CCI Media's flagship publication, FDMC magazine, circulates monthly in print and digital formats. CCI Media also publishes the bi-monthly Closets & Organized Storage magazine. Woodworking Network is the umbrella brand for the combined portfolio of wood manufacturing print, digital, and web products and industry events operated by CCI Media.

The company acquired the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo and SIBO in late 2015. WMS, Canada’s national industrial woodworking show, brings together more than 7,000 industry professionals and will next take place in fall 2021 in Mississauga, Ontario. In addition to WMS, CCI Media produces Wood Pro Expo Texas, a regional marketplace, being co-located with the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, March 11-13, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. CCI Media will also present the Executive Briefing Conference (EBC), Nov. 8-10, 2020, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.



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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.