Stiles equips North American manufacturers with benchmarking best practices during European Technology Tour
Over 40 manufacturing professionals from across North America had the unique opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities in the world during this year’s European Benchmarking Technology Tour, hosted by Stiles Machinery on October 7-14, 2017. The forward-thinking solutions experienced throughout the weeklong event allowed participants to benchmark their own operations against other global leaders, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace and equipping them with valuable knowledge and tools that will directly affect the overall success of their companies for years to come.
With tour stops at nine industry-leading plants throughout Germany and the Netherlands, guests of Stiles’ annual Benchmarking Technology Tour received exclusive insights into the latest advancements in panel processing, batch-size one production strategies, new cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and industry 4.0 innovations for high-end store fixture, component, and kitchen cabinet manufacturers. This exposure gave attendees the opportunity to observe how global trendsetters are optimizing their operations and process flows by utilizing best practices, innovative software and advanced technology.
Several notable tour destinations included Nobilia, the world’s largest kitchen manufacturer located in the heart of Germany. At Nobilia, guests were able to benchmark their own practices against one of the leading process-driven manufacturers in the world. Sedus Systems in Geseke, Germany was another popular tour destination. As one of the most highly automated woodworking manufacturers in the world, Sedus gave attendees a window into industry 4.0 and the future of manufacturing innovation. Other tour highlights included Poggenpohl in Herford, Germany, with over 120 years of experience in high-end kitchen manufacturing. At Poggenpohl, attendees observed the latest trends in kitchen materials, colors, textures, and finishes. While in Herford, guests also visited Febru, where they experienced innovative concepts in office furniture manufacturing and unique strategies for obtaining the highest production value from a wide variety of products. HOMAG Bohrsysteme in Herzebrock, Germany, was another favorite for tour attendees where they experienced the latest in CNC machining technology.
In addition to the highly informative and inspirational site tours, many of the attendees to Stiles’ Benchmarking Technology Tour reported that the most valuable takeaway from the week was the opportunity to network with other attendees and gain valuable insights from peers who are facing similar challenges and the solutions they have implemented to increase efficiency and productivity.
To learn more about the European Benchmarking Technology Tour or other industry-leading events from Stiles, visit www.stilesmachinery.com/events
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
As the industry’s leading provider of advanced manufacturing solutions, Stiles has been helping manufacturers throughout North America increase their efficiency and productivity for over 50 years. With world-class machinery backed by an experienced and responsive support team, extensive parts inventory, unique upgrade capabilities and a nationally accredited education and training program, Stiles offers a solution for every challenge. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stiles has regional offices in High Point, North Carolina; Bristol, Pennsylvania; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Stiles is a proud member of the HOMAG Group, a global leader in the production of industrial manufacturing machinery.
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