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Success factors for industry 4.0 cutting room implementation

Industry 4.0 has the potential to revolutionize the cutting rooms of furniture manufacturers. Those that get the transition right can benefit from increased efficiency, lower costs and improved accuracy.


How to make a successful transition to Industry 4.0? 

Furniture manufacturers seeking to gain improvements in operational agility, increased production capacity, greater profitability, and faster response times to consumer demands for customization are taking early steps to adapt their manufacturing operations for industry 4.0.  To help make your Industry 4.0 initiatives successful, Lectra has developed a blueprint for planning, implementing and managing the transition of your cutting room. Taking this leap will not only make your furniture business more efficient – it will transform the way you operate. 

Why readying your cutting room for Industry 4.0 is the most important thing you will do this year 

Advances in digital technology and communication are enabling furniture manufacturers to access and use data to make the entire production process more visible.  Industry 4.0—the interconnectivity and automation of machine learning and real-time data—is helping manufacturers to derive new insights about plant operations and their entire supply chain.  

Read this guide and discover: 

  • Develop a clear vision for digital transformation 
  • Build and prepare digital-first teams 
  • Plan for process change 
  • Design and implement digital workflows 
  • Manage the period after deployment 

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Industry 4.0 is coming to your cutting room. Are you prepared for it to supercharge your operation?

The move to industry 4.0 practices is affecting manufacturing companies across the board. It involves more than simply digitizing manual processes by moving paper-based files to a digital format, although that is certainly part of it. It is a transformational tool that uses the data from these digital processes to automate production, driving new efficiencies into manufacturing operations. It also uses the data to make the entire production process more visible, helping manufacturers derive new insights about plant operations and, beyond that, their entire supply chain.


Furniture manufacturing is about to be swept up by industry 4.0. Operational leaders in the furniture industry who embrace it can gain a valuable competitive advantage, delivering products more quickly, with more customization options, and with more efficient use of resources. The question facing those operational leaders now is: How can they make the transition? The journey to next-generation manufacturing starts with an industry 4.0 cutting room. However, a successful digital cutting room project involves far more than simply plugging in a new machine. It is a nuanced project, affecting every department in the company and every stage of production. It is also varied; each company’s project will be different, based on unique conditions including their personnel makeup, organizational structure, financial objectives and skill level.

Modernizing the cutting room is also a product of a company’s existing manufacturing processes and equipment. Each company comes to this modernization project from a different start point. For example, a cutting room implementation can be a replacement for an old CNC (computer numerical control) technology with its own workflows, or it can be a complete digital transformation, such as a CNC installation in a manual cutting environment. Each of these parameters will affect a company’s approach.

Lectra puts its 40 years of expertise in furniture cutting room implementation and pioneering technology solutions at the service of its customers to help them realize the many benefits of an Industry 4.0 solution. Today, all of our cutting solutions are compatible with Industry 4.0 principles. Our connected solutions deliver critical design and production data to the right places, supporting technology innovations such as predictive maintenance to keep machinery operating smoothly and minimize downtime.

Lectra experts provide the support and expertise to ensure customers unlock the full production potential of Lectra’s 4.0 solutions. Standard or tailored implementation projects provide: 

  • Expertise for secure & speedy setup of your cutting room
  • Advanced training programs that deliver in-depth knowledge of your solution and accelerate the autonomy of your teams
  • Dedicated workshops to overcome your specific challenges and achieve your objectives
  • Strong support to secure the start of production and ensure fast production ramp up
  • Project management to guarantee project goals are achieved on-schedule and follow up on delivered activities