Through the support of over 200 industry experts, Stiles demonstrated their unique ability to help customers discover the right solutions for their business through world-class technology, innovative networked production and software integration, and exclusive insights into the digital future of the woodworking industry.
Included in the many solutions on display in Stiles’ booth was HOMAG’s brand new line of modern machine designs, complete with advanced software and tapio IoT functionality. This was the first time that North American customers had the opportunity to see this new line of machinery from HOMAG in person, and only in Stiles’ booth.
A common theme that was evident at this year’s show was a widespread interest in advanced automation and networked production from manufacturer’s of all sizes who wish to increase the flexibility of their production processes and keep up with rising demands in customization.
On Wednesday, Stiles hosted an exclusive briefing regarding the state of the industry in which Pekka Paasivaara, CEO of the HOMAG Group, and Christian Vollmers, President of Stiles Machinery discussed these current market trends and their influence on the industry. During Mr. Paasivaara’s presentation, he explained how tapio, the IoT ecosystem for the entire value chain of the woodworking industry, is driving manufacturing forward into the digital future.
“What does the manufacturer really want? They want to run their production through the cloud. So we needed a platform that was open to the entire woodworking industry,” said Mr. Paasivaara. “The easy solution would be to just create a cloud-based system for all HOMAG machines, but that’s not what our customers needed.”
Each machine featured in Stiles’ booth was connected to tapio, demonstrating how manufacturers can dramatically increase the efficiency of production management including plant and machinery operation, predictive maintenance, production optimization and much more, all from the palm of their hand.
Stiles also hosted several widely-attended networked production demonstrations and educational sessions, further confirming the North American markets’ readiness for advanced automation and digital solutions for wood manufacturing. For more information about the innovative production solutions and industry insights experienced in Stiles’ booth at IWF 2018, visit www.stilesmachinery.com.