Robot solutions for the furniture industry

Increase productivity completely automatically with robot cells from HOMAG.

The robot as a real all-rounder

Regardless of whether it's handling in conjunction with sawing, laminating, processing edges, drilling, routing, assembling, packaging, or sorting and picking — robots are all-rounders in batch size 1 small series or series production. Innovative feed and stacking systems or pick-and-place applications ensure high performance with maximum repetition accuracy and extraordinary precision.

Robot systems for automation

Industrial robots can fully exercise their strength in areas including the automation of CNC processing cells, edge processing machines, buffer and picking systems, assembly systems, and packaging lines: regardless of whether that's the individual construction of the cell with different supply and discharge situations, part sorting, turning and alignment stations, parts checking, or part destacking. 

The cell control system enables easy operation from series production to batch size 1 production.

One robot cell, many advantages for your production

  • Maintenance-friendly
  • High availability
  • Greater efficiency
  • Greater flexibility
  • Better ergonomics
  • Greater process reliability
  • Less part damage
  • Reproducibility
  • Continuity

A selection of our robot solutions is available here.

Return Conveyors

Workpiece returns for automated edge processing

The workpiece returns from HOMAG are the perfect supplement to single-sided edge banding machines. Ideally aligned with the properties of the edge banding machine, workpiece returns optimize the entire edging process in furniture production. The material flow is automated and ordered, making the edge banding machine more efficient. The result is a leaner and more efficient edging process with an ordered flow of parts for any production solution, regardless of whether you produce batch size 1, customer-specific orders, or series. 

From the entry-level variant of the workpiece return to fully automated edge circulation

When combined with a return, even the entry-level models of the HOMAG edge banding machines can be designed optimally, effectively, and ergonomically. Thanks to automation, one machine operator is sufficient for the complete processing of the workpieces. The automated parts flow is the decisive advantage over competitors who still feed workpieces in manually. 

The HOMAG returns and edge circulations are also ideally suited to furniture production with a high level of automation. The focus is on a continuous, high-performance, and flexible production process in which workpieces are identified by their barcode. With a single or dual transfer gantry, parts are turned and transferred accordingly, supplied to the edge banding machine, or ejected from the process. Furniture parts with finished edging are transported out or can be stacked.

Workpiece returns and edge banding machines from HOMAG are perfectly aligned with one another in terms of size, speed, and control system.

Edge and surface protection

A further advantage of the workpiece returns is their protective workpiece handling. The edge banding machine decides whether the air cushion table or vacuum cross rail is used. The processing quality is significantly increased with all solutions.

This means that a wide range of parts—from small, light workpieces to large, heavy workpieces—can be transported. Even sensitive surfaces such as those with an aluminum or stainless steel look can be transported without any problems. The ergonomics provide a noticeable benefit for the machine operator, bringing an end to the days of manual handling of heavy items.

Advantages of the workpiece return for your production

  • Better machine utilization and significantly reduced downtime
  • Wide variety of workpieces
  • High profitability and short amortization times
  • Increased quality
  • Ergonomic handling
  • Simple operation
  • Flexible organization of personnel

Saying yes to automation for edge processing is therefore not a question of the size of the business. Rather, it is essential for greater economic efficiency. A workpiece return will benefit any company operating an edge banding machine in their production.

You can find the right automation solution for your edge banding machine here.

Feed and stacking

High-performance feed and stacking systems for the wood and furniture industry

Production chains use feed and stacking systems from various performance classes. A feed system splits stacks of material into individual panels. A stacking system then puts these individual panels together to form a material stack (package of panels).

Material handling with high process stability

We offer single-sided and double-sided feed and stacking systems that are compatible with all machines in the throughfeed area. They are ideal for continuous feed and stacking for applications including edge systems and drilling lines. The machines enable high-performance logistics with more transparency and flexibility for your entire production process.

Reliable production technology

Our compact feed and stacking systems are extremely robust, require little maintenance, and do not wear easily. They have a particularly long lifespan. Panels are transported fully automatically to the subsequent processing step, while sensitive edges and surfaces are protected thanks to the HOMAG drive technology.

Advantages of the feed and stacking systems for your production

  • Increased overall system performance
  • Fail-safe production
  • Material quality is preserved
  • Minimized transport times
  • High level of process security

A selection of our feed and stacking systems is shown here.

Automated guided vehicle systems

Automated guided vehicle (AGV) systems provide a flexible and fully automated solution for connecting the processing steps in a production workflow, from manually operated individual machines to automated processing centers. The driverless transport system represents automation that is free from rigid interlinking or rigid systems.

The full range of benefits offered by this new style of logistics can be applied to both trade and industry, from series production to batch size 1 production.

The self-driving transport vehicles navigate freely through the room, without the need for mechanical aids such as rails. This is precisely what makes them so flexible when handling logistics tasks. The automated guided vehicle systems can also be adapted to new conditions with minimal effort if changes are made in the production process or production program.

The scalable system opens up brand new possibilities for networking systems and provides the necessary flexibility for further development in the future.