Meeting tomorrow’s demands today – Biesse Inside Event

From the 26th-28th July, Biesse held it’s Biesse Inside Event, showcasing a full range of industry 4.0 ready machines and systems, and attracting hundreds of companies over the three days. Displays were designed to show how the digital factory can change the way we design and produce objects, through integrated, complex solutions that are easy to use.

Displays and Demonstrations of over 100 technologies took place over the 3 days

Exhibits covered various areas such as Hardware, Software, Surfaces and Edges, and we were lucky enough to be amongst those exhibiting, showcasing the latest in Joinery Automation. The IJSPLUS stand spent the three days demonstrating TopSolid’Wood 2017, its versatility and flexibility, and how it can be used to create Parametric wall paneling, amongst other intricate and exact applications.


A fantastic example of this parametric paneling was on display within the IJSPLUS stand, manufactured by Ryder Shopfitting.

Over the 3 days we saw visits from many of our valued and existing clients including Greater Group, Rintoul, Harvey Norman Shopfitters and Café Kitchens, as well as having the chance to meet with other event attendees, who’s interest was sparked by the advanced capabilities of TopSolid’Wood.

IJSPLUS team Chris, Marcin, Adam and Robert

Night two saw Biesse hold a VIP night where we met with our clients Capital Veneering and Ryder Shopfitting, while also allowing us the chance to meet with other event exhibitors and learn more about how others in the manufacturing industry are digitizing and automating their processes.


IJSPLUS team members Chris & Robert catching up with valued clients Capital Veneering and Ryder Shopfitting at the VIP night.

The event did an excellent job of highlighting the need for automation and integration, and IJSPLUS is proud to present TopSolid’Wood as an Industry 4.0 ready software solution, capable of meeting the growing demands of the manufacturing industry.

We would like to thank the Biesse Group and all our customers for a fantastic and successful event, and look forward to seeing you at an event soon! Follow us on social media to stay on top of where you can next see TopSolid’Wood and the IJSPLUS team in action.

LIGNA 2017 will go down as a milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry


“LIGNA 2017 will go down as a milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry.”

Dr Andreas Gruchow, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of LIGNA.

Ligna 2017 delivered a fresh new layout and modernised stand designs to reflect the new perspectives and impact that digitalisation is having on the industry. Almost half of the 93,000 visitors travelled from abroad to keep up with the latest trends, signifying the importance of these digital advancements for global competitiveness.


The event was packed with exhibitors presenting their latest offerings to help advance the industry and bring the realities of Industry 4.0 forward. Luckily for us, our software partners are well ahead of the curve when it comes to the solutions needed to succeed in this new era of manufacturing.

“Digitalization and integrated production are the new keys to success for our customers.”

No one does digitalization and integrated production solutions quite like our partners COBUS ConCept.

They took the event by storm with their powerfully automated and integrated software solutions for furniture, door, and window manufacturing. This is a company that consistently push the boundaries of what is thought to be possible in manufacturing software, making significant advances for the woodworking industry.


Their latest improvements to COBUS NCAD, COBUS Windows and Doors, ERP 3 and ADULO are automated and intuitive solutions to significantly streamline the manufacturing process, and they’re making their way to Australia soon, through IdacsPLUS.

A further Key trend at LIGNA consisted of ways of significantly boosting production efficiency with minimal demands on the operator’

Palette CAD captivated visitors with their intuitive CAD software, with more speed, ease, and advanced capability than they knew was possible.

Introducing their state of the art Virtual Reality experience, they transported guests into an abandoned apartment, to then bring it to life through the powerful building and design capabilities.  Floorplans, samples, and colour swatches are giving way to the power of 3D photorealistic visualisations which are fast becoming an expectation within the woodworking and building industries.

Though the visual representations are impressive, it is once they experience the extensive drawing and manufacturing capabilities that people are taken by surprise. There are few who try PaletteCAD and are not impressed by its complete offering from design to production.

This is the CAD/CAM solution making waves in the industry , with even more improvements being applied specifically for the Australian market, including:

  • Extension of the Australian product library
  • Incorporating cabinet numbering
  • Virtual Reality capability

With all the incredible and awe-inspiring advancements displayed during this year’s event, we can’t help but look forward to Ligna 2019, and anticipate the results of the innovation and evolution we have already witnessed.

*Quotes from End – of – show report for Ligna 2017

Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends In Manufacturing –

Written by: Daniel Newman 

Like the Industrial Revolution impacted manufacturing, digital transformation is now responsible for changing the industry. Finally, industrial manufacturers are joining their counterparts — as I’ve previously discussed — and are moving to a digital world. Not since Henry Ford introduced mass production has there been a revolution to this scale. Now, manufacturing companies are using technology to move from mass production to customized production, and it’s happening at a rapid pace.

Consumer expectations and the advent of connected devices and platforms are driving the persistent digitization of the manufacturing. While the majority of manufacturing executives acknowledge the importance of this transformation, only 5% of them are satisfied with their current digital strategies. The industry continues to evolve in response to the challenge of ensuring the right products are delivered at the right price to the right person through a process of improved sophistication.

IoT And Industry 4.0

At the center of industrial transformation is IoT, accounting for more than $178 billion in 2016 and proving critical to providing companies with a competitive edge. The manufacturing industry is leading in the IoT because of the revolutionary ways this connected technology has streamlined and simplified various manufacturing processes. For instance, IoT can provide real-time feedback and alerts companies of defects or damaged goods. These simple yet critical implementations of IoT reduce cost and waste. Further incorporation of IoT, Industry 4.0 “represents the vision of the interconnected factory where equipment is online, and in some way is also intelligent and capable of making its own decisions.” Responsible for the rise of smart machinery, Industry 4.0 also introduced a hybrid approach of virtual and actual content warehouses that has freed up manpower on the production and collaboration side of the industry. The trend of mass customization has allowed manufacturers to more efficiently react to consumer demand. Because customers expect the products they use to be intuitive and easy to interact with, mobilization and connectedness continue to drive manufacturers to innovate faster and create software-enabled products. IoT and Industry 4.0 capabilities are also changing how post-sale service is provided, offering immediate and consistent online support.

AI And Machine Learning 

 A machine’s ability to learn and adopt intelligent human behavior is not a new advancement. It has been a decade since IBM’s supercomputer beat the greatest chess player in the world, forever changing the relationship between man and machine. Today, these advanced algorithms are transforming the way the manufacturing industry collects information, performs skilled labor, and predicts consumer behavior. Smart factories with integrated IT systems provide relevant data to both sides of the supply chain more easily, increasing production capacity by 20%. Quality is no longer sacrificed for efficiency, as machine learning algorithms determine which factors impact service and production quality. Sensors have replaced human hands, resulting in less wasted time and materials, as well as optimal accuracy and workflow. Digitizing the industry means lower cost of production, quicker turnarounds, and more efficiently meeting customer demand.


Traditionally, robots have been used to perform tedious, repetitive tasks on the assembly line. Today, however, robots are capable of mimicking more human traits such as dexterity and memory, which makes them more useful in industries like manufacturing. Highly trainable and collaborative, robots are also providing safer working environments for humans by switching places with them in dangerous or unsuitable situations. For instance, autonomous dump trucksused at mining sites can be remotely controlled by operators, eliminating the need for human drivers. In addition, robots equipped with sensors also provide valuable feedback and data. Sensors are these smart machines “talk” to the control board, quickly identifying and fixing mechanical issues, allowing companies to make necessary adjustments more accurately. Robots increase efficiency and minimize delays.

Improved Speed And Efficiency

Robots and other automated technology are also integral in improving speed and efficiency, allowing manufacturing companies to “optimize production workflows, inventory, Work in Progress, and value chain decisions.” By integrating their IT systems, teams across the platform in various geographical locations can access relevant data, facilitating quicker, more collaborative and transparent communication. As cloud computing grows more stable, manufacturers are beginning to implement its software with more confidence. With this new level of predictive accuracy comes an improvement in condition monitoring processes, providing manufacturers“with the scale to manage Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) at the plant level increasing OEE performance from 65% to 85%.” The California-based cherry company, Prima Frutta, knows a thing or two about improving efficiency. In the last year, Prima Frutta installed automated equipment without a single additional hire and increased production by 50 percent. This connected technology provides real-time feedback to 900 employees, allowing them the information necessary to make quick decisions and act accordingly. As a result, the company now has the largest cherry production line in the world. Just ask Prima Frutta: Improving speed and efficiency translates into lower costs and better quality control.

Data and analytics  

It is predicted that by 2020, there will be 50 times the digital content compared to what exists today. Big data analysis becomes increasingly difficult and time-consuming as the digitized manufacturer struggles to manage, update, and analyze product and consumer information. As such, many businesses are opting to move content to the cloud as well as house on-site for a blended approach to their storing, managing, and processing needs. Information about things like supply, delivery, customer support used to be difficult to find or cumbersome to work with. In the digital era, that data is streamlined and collaboration-friendly, increasing accessibility for all stakeholders. Because production teams and consumers alike have grown accustomed to the immediacy and intuitiveness of IoT, they now expect the same from their processes and products, requiring faster innovation from manufacturers. To keep up with these expectations, digital transformation changes the way businesses manage and share product information across the enterprise, increasing production and transparency and decreasing cost and down time.

There has never been a more intense or focused need for highly skilled workers with STEM talents. The businesses that hire accordingly and who continue to use technological advancements to move their companies forward are the ones that will thrive and remain current and competitive.

Daniel Newman is CEO of Broadsuite Media Group, principal analyst at Futurum and author of Futureproof.

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Supplier Magazine feature Sep/Oct 2017 ‘Manufacturing with SafeCode’

The following article has been taken from Sep/Oct 2017 edition of Supplier Magazine.

There is no argument that software is one of the most important issues for modern manufacturers. From the highly technical aviation and marine industries right through to woodworking in joinery, windows and cabinet construction; software plays an invaluable role in keeping costs down and production up. There are dozens of software products available in Australia; some are still working and some sit in the bottom of a drawer because they never did what the supplier said it would. Enter a supplier that is highly experienced in a wide range of industries with a suite of software products aimed at, and customised specifically for the Australian furniture, cabinet and joinery industry.

SafeCode is a LeasePLUS Group Company. LeasePLUS opened its doors in 2002 in the financial services sector and over the next nine years new partnerships and businesses were added to form the LeasePLUS Group. In 2011 SafeCode became part of the group to include a range of services and products including management and manufacturing software. Today SafeCode provides a complete range of software solutions for a wide range of industries including the furniture and cabinet industries.

The LeasePLUS Group motto is ‘Innovate, Develop, Deliver’ and they have the drive, determination and the people to do just this with software that have very specific and very advanced capabilities.

An example of their leading software is PaletteCAD 3D software from Germany, used by cabinet makers; commercial joiners; interior designers and architects World-wide for high quality presentations. It’s very quick and easy to use and can be integrated into your order management system, your CNC machines and your stock management system. PaletteCAD in the rest of the World is mostly used as a design program but SafeCode have their own highly-proficient technicians working right here in Australia who have developed an excellent CAM (manufacturing) addition to PaletteCAD that specifically suits Australian manufacturers.

IDACSPLUS is another SafeCode Company providing design and manufacturing software including the PaletteCAD; ASPAN; COBUS; ICB; BlueCell and CABPRO software programs that cover every manufacturing need in the furniture; joinery (windows and doors) and cabinet industries. IDACS is an acronym for ‘Innovate, Drive, Advance, Consult, strengthen’ and harnesses the extensive experience of their industry experts to offer advanced solutions with the training and support a mature industry like Australia’s cabinet manufacturers, expects from its software provider.

From IDACSPLUS, ASPAN is a name well-known in Australia. An Italian software Company, ASPAN has been used on many Italian machine brands for decades and is still widely used all around the World. It’s well-priced and highly regarded for its ease of use. ASPAN links to a vast number of CNC machines and is often thought to be one of the easiest programs to use. It can be linked to machines popular in Australia such as Anderson; Biesse; SCM; Weeke and Woodtron.

Optimisation software is essential in reducing waste and maximising the yield from your expensive raw materials. IDACSPLUS offers the BlueCell optimisation software developed by Eurosoft and extensively used in the USA and around the World.

BlueCell saves time and money with highly accurate yields from board materials because it uses mathematical algorithms developed by researchers at the University of Vienna that ‘looks’ at over 100,000 possible optimised solutions in just a few seconds. There will be no doubt that the solution you are offered is the best possible.

COBUS is a complete CAD-CAM software product where your imagination is the only limitation. SafeCode’s Natalie Gray says, “If you can imagine it, COBUS can build it.” Developed in Germany, the software links to every known brand of CNC machine and is highly proficient with all wood working applications such as doors and windows; stairs; worktops; caravans and boat building. The things you have seen at exhibitions like automatic suction cup positioning; nesting; 3D simulations; 3D machining; parametric programming and even the output of G-code if you want it are of course all possible with COBUS.

And if this wasn’t enough; SafeCode have a product developed in Australia for parts management. ICB is software that sits between CAD (design) and CAM (manufacturing) for nesting in either true-form or rectangular nests; it’s your choice. This program is one of only a few that is capable of both. ICB is a post-optimisation software package that gives you complete control over your nested layouts because it’s the little things that add up to big losses.

ICB is a highly flexible program made for Australian manufacturers that allows you to customise your nests to better suit your needs. It also has multiple labelling, reporting, and importing options.

IJSPLUS also sits under the SafeCode umbrella and this name is an acronym for ‘Integrated Joinery Solutions’ that offers the TopSolid’Wood design software from the French Missler Company. In addition to software, SafeCode also offers services in asset finance and systems solutions; while their parent company LeasePLUS Group provides novated leasing and salary packaging.

SafeCode also develops websites for both desktop computers and mobile devices; develops apps to support their services and offers IT infrastructure systems, but it’s their software that is the focus of this article. SafeCode offers the complete suite of design, manufacturing and management software and is able to tailor a solution for every different manufacturer. Most of the programs are available in various levels so it’s possible to tailor a solution from several programs that meets the very specific needs of your business.

Norman Kurta is CEO of SafeCode and has a wealth of industry experience. He says “Our aim is to be the market leader. Our focus is mainly on support because we recognise this has been an issue for the industry for many years. All our people work directly for us; we don’t use agents so our customers always talk to the Australian supplier.” The advent of automated manufacturing using CNC machines is coming to a new age with Industry 4.0 and software will be the main driver of this change. It doesn’t have to be difficult; you just need the right partner.

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