Ligna 2015Hannover, Germany. The fourth industrial revolution is increasingly setting the pace – also in the furniture industry. Deutsche Messe will be doing full justice to this trend at LIGNA 2015 from 11 to 15 May, and is staging two events designed to bring the visitor up to date on Industry 4.0 technology in general, and on networked production in the furniture industry in particular.

 On the Tuesday of the show, starting at 2 p.m., a lecture program will explore the subject of “Networked production in the furniture industry” in the Robotation Academy at the Hannover Exhibition Center. The guest speakers will present various solutions and report on their own experiences with examples of best practice. Those taking part include Lignum Consulting GmbH, IBM Deutschland GmbH, 3Tec automation GmbH & Co. KG, Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG, Lenze

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Automation GmbH and Bernecker & Rainer Industrie Elektronik Ges. m.b.H.


The lecture program will be accompanied by a presentation from the technology cluster “it’s owl“: innovative research and industry projects exploring the theme of Industry 4.0, with special reference to the furniture and furniture component industry.

The event is sponsored by Biesse S.p.A., the HOMAG Group AG and IMA Klessmann.

Visitors can register to attend the event free of charge at

Lecture program “Networked production in the furniture industry”

Tuesday, 12 May, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Robotation Academy, Hannover Exhibition Center

2:05 – 2:15 p.m. : Lignum Consulting GmbH, Dieter Rezbach, Managing Partner
Introduction, “The 7 building blocks for networked production”

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.: IBM Deutschland GmbH, Eckhard Malcherek, Manager Technical Sales Systems Middleware
“The digitalization of industry: IT solutions for integrated production”

2:50 – 3:10 p.m.: 3Tec automation GmbH & Co. KG, Arno Sturm, Managing Partner
“Industry 4.0 in furniture production: from series to customized production”

3:15 – 3:35 p.m.: Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG, Stefan Sieber, Management, woodworking sector
“Towards the smart factory: integrated communication from sensor to Cloud”

3:40 – 4 p.m.: Lenze Automation GmbH, Dr. Armin Walter, Senior Management,
“FAST technology modules for efficient, network-integrated stacking robots”

4:05 – 4:30 p.m.: Bernecker & Rainer Industrie Elektronik Ges.m.b.H., Sebastian Sachse, Open Automation Technologies
“Industry 4.0: robotics and image-processing – a case study in digital collaboration”

For the first time ever, this year’s LIGNA will feature Guided Tours on highlights in networked production and automation technology. The tours will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on 12 and 13 May, in both English and German. Lasting around two hours, each tour begins with an introduction by Lignum Consulting, and gives visitors insight into special aspects of automation technology. Each tour covers six exhibiting companies. Participating exhibitors will present their solutions in a series of 15-minute slots. Visitors can take the tour free of charge, but the number of places is limited. Visitors can sign up for these tours free of charge at

Tour 1: in German on 12 May, 10 a.m.; in English on 13 May, 10 a.m.

Lignum Consulting GmbH


LEUCO Ledermann GmbH

Baumer Inspection GmbH

SMC Pneumatik GmbH


Tour 2: in German on 12 May, 2 p.m.; in English on13 May, 2 p.m.

Lignum Consulting GmbH

Leitz GmbH & Co. KG

Hecht Electronic AG

IMA Klessmann GmbH

Biesse S.p.A.

Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG

Deutsche Messe AG

With revenue of 280 million euros (2014), Deutsche Messe AG ranks among the world’s ten largest trade fair companies and operates the world’s largest exhibition center. In 2014, Deutsche Messe planned and staged 134 trade fairs and congresses around the world – events which hosted a total of 41,000 exhibitors and 3.6 million visitors. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading trade fairs as CeBIT (IT and telecommunications), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA (biotechnology), CeMAT (intralogistics), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention and rescue), and LIGNA (wood processing and forestry). With over 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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