SCM embraces 2017 strengthened by a continuous and brilliant growth. 2016 ended with a turnover of €600m, up 15% compared to 2015, confirming its solid financial position with a good cash flow. An extraordinary result that has been driven by the wood sector, which has exceeded €430m in turnover, with a growth of over 15%.
2017 began with a double digit increase in orders and turnover, a further improvement on the already-good results of recent years.
SCM confirms its leadership position in the technologies for woodworking processes, that today are represented by a single brand: SCM.
The models inherit the distinctiveness and names of the original brands – Morbidelli for CNCs, Stefani for edgebanders, DMC for sanders, Gabbiani for beam saws, Celaschi for profiling machines and double-end tenoners, and so on – all market-leading brand names that are rooted in the history of woodworking and that from SCM DNA.
The doubling of the turnover for cell systems, plants and production lines for flexible industrial productions has been particularly satisfying for SCM. They are demanding orders, with investment costs that range from one and a half million to ten million euros and the leap forward of this sector proves the maturity achieved by SCM Engineering.
The Lean Cell 4.0 is a concrete application of the concepts of Industry 4.0 and mass customisation. The aim of the cell is to meet the individual needs of the client, whilst maintaining the advantages of the industrial production. The whole system is completely automated, managed by the Maestro Watch software, supported by an anthropomorphic robot fitted with a piece recognition viewer and managed by a single, not necessarily expert, operator.
The Lean Cell 4.0 is extremely flexible and able to produce a wide variety of pieces, from the production of a large number of panels ready to be assembled to ‘batch one’. The cell uses standard, absolutely reliable, high-performing, easy-to-use and configure machines. The system operates automatically from the moment the order is launched and is open to every operating system.
The cell is therefore able to automatically manage with a single operator, all the machining phases, starting from the standard panel to the assembly of the furniture. During Ligna 2017, the Lean Cell 4.0 was used to produce libraries that have been installed in the recently-rebuilt schools in central Italy, destroyed in the 2016 summer and autumn earthquakes.
The new Maestro Suite software was presented at Ligna 2017. The most significant development affects Maestro Cut, the software for single-blade panel saws that is fitted with a new completely multi-touch user interface on a 21in 16:9 screen, which makes management extremely easy.
Maestro Cut, available across the whole range of panel saws, can be used to manage all the machine functions. The top of the line performance is achieved with the Maestro Ottimo Cut, the new optimiser produced in collaboration with a well-known Italian university, that has developed an extraordinary heuristic algorithm.
This cutting optimiser for beam saws reduces calculation times from 10 to 30% and produces cutting diagrams that reduce waste by up to 50%. This achievement places Maestro Ottimo Cut at the absolute pinnacle of its category.
The CNC work centres have also seen new developments. The Maestro CNC has the new Maestro 3D function, which allows for the automatic creation of sophisticated machining programs, such as the ones required to create bas-reliefs. The Maestro CNC specialised machining operations have been augmented with the new version of Maestro Nest, that guarantees an infinite number of new nesting operations.
Maestro Setting, an optimiser for stand-alone and line drilling units, is a new development that allows for the tooling of drilling cycles and reduces the times of the machining cycle, with a significant competitive advantage for users. All SCM software is open system to allow any type of connection with third party software, for the total control of the machine functions and ensuring that operators can work simply and intuitively.
SCM becomes the single brand of the wood sector. Each model maintains the distinctiveness and names of the original brands. Therefore within the group, SCM brings together the woodworking technology and CMS the technologies developed to machine composites, aluminium, plastic, wood, glass, stone and metal.
As far as components are concerned – produced by the group for its own companies, for third parties and for the mechanical industry – they have been grouped in four brands: Steelmec (metal framework), Scmfonderie (cast iron), Es (electrical cabinets) and Hiteco (electrospindles and technological components).