#edge is digital: REHAU is making the supply chain more efficient

The digital edgeband for furniture manufacturers

REHAU is one of the leading manufacturers of edgebands. With more than 20,000 different edgeband designs, three product groups and an extensive range of surface finishes, REHAU offers suitable edgebands for all your needs with RAUKANTEX. The polymer specialist is also constantly working on services to create added value for its customers. #edge is digital is an innovative service in this area and represents a huge step towards a Smart Factory future.

REHAU edge is digital illustration of process
REHAU edge is digital illustration of process (Copyright: REHAU)

Logistics and production planning often take more time than the actual production of the components on the machine. Storage, stock management and machine set-up take up a great deal of time and are prone to error due to the sheer amount of work steps that need to be carried out manually. This is where the digital world steps in: With #edge is digital, REHAU now offers an additional service for all edgeband coils which includes transport, production and storage chains to enable smarter, more efficient production. This is a big step towards digitalising the furniture industry.

Edgebands are linked with the customer’s machine using “data on tag” (Barcode/2D code/QR code) on the edgeband coil or via a Cloud-based connection, providing actual and/or instance data, such as width, thickness, material, version, colour or even the coil length, in digital form. This service makes things easier for several departments, e.g. warehouse management, incoming goods and material planning. In terms of production, #edge is digital simplifies device operation, saves time, and minimises errors and risks. “This marks major progress in terms of process control and quality management, pointing the way for Industry 4.0 in the field of industrial furniture production,” comments Matthias Hacker, Project Manager and Senior Engineer for REHAU’s Edgeband Division.

REHAU offers #edge is digital in three tiered versions: the Basic version includes simple master data. Premium includes extended master data and Excellence offers access to actual data. Manufacturers can talk to a REHAU expert to explore the available options and find out which version is most suitable for them. Whichever version the manufacturer chooses, one thing is for sure: #edge is digital is guaranteed to save both time and money in the long run.

Interested fabricators can find out more about the road to a Smart Factory future and book a consultation with a REHAU expert online at www.rehau.de/edge-is-digital.

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