It was not by chance that nobilia became Europe’s largest kitchen manufacturer. So, what is its recipe for success? Efficient kitchen unit production on highly automated assembly systems, many of which are supplied by Hüttenhölscher and use Festo automation products – equipped with IO-Link® – to improve flexibility and availability.
Nobilia produces around 3000 kitchens every working day, and around 660,000 fitted kitchens per year. With each kitchen comprising 10 units on average, this equates to more than 6.5 million kitchen units. “That kind of output simply isn’t possible without a high degree of automation”, explains Martin Henkenjohann, Head of Engineering at nobilia. “At the end of the day, consumers have individual expectations when it comes to their kitchen. This often leads to a batch size of 1 in production.”
Fully automated assembly system for manufacturing kitchen unit drawers at the nobilia plant in Verl
A large number of pneumatic drives from the Stars in Pneumatics series move the front panels and drawers from one assembly step to the next, hold them and clamp them for processing. The drives ADN, DNC, DFM, DSBC and DSNU demonstrate their qualities, such as sturdiness and long service life, in a dusty environment while slides SLT round off the installed product portfolio.
The Stars in Pneumatics include 2,200 automation products that are noted for their robustness, attractive prices and worldwide availability. With their optimised functionality, they can solve 80 per cent of all automation tasks. “The high quality of Festo automation products is the reason why virtually all our customers insist on having Festo as the automation supplier in their system specifications”, explains Daniel Hüttenhölscher. For instance, the specification for the latest system supplied to nobilia by Hüttenhölscher stipulated that the IO-Link® interface had to be used. “This is simply because we managed to convince the engineers and technicians from Hüttenhölscher and nobilia of the benefits of this connection technology”, explains Viktor Peters, Sales Engineer at Festo.
Area of business: Manufacture and sale of fitted kitchens
Area of business: Planning, design and assembly of special purpose machines
and robot applications for the furniture industry as well as other industry sectors