CASE STUDY - BIESSE GROUP
CUSTOMER - BIESSE
The Biesse Group operates in the market for machinery and systems for working wood, glass, marble, and stone. Established in Pesaro, Italy in 1969 by Giancarlo Selci, the Company offers modular solutions from the design of turnkey plants for large furniture manufacturers to individual automatic machines and workstations for small and medium enterprises.
As a multinational company, the Biesse Group distributes its products through a network of subsidiaries and associates located in leading strategic markets. Its 37 directly controlled subsidiaries guarantee specialised aftersales service to clients while at the same time conducting market research into new product development. At present, Biesse Group has more than 4,000 employees in its main production facilities and in offices located globally. The Group also has more than 300 resellers and agents enabling it to cover more than 100 countries.
The company's namesake subsidiary designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of technologies and solutions for the wood industry, including furniture, windows, and other wood components. Biesse has also recently expanded into plastic processing machines, with solutions designed specifically for this growing market.
INDUSTRY SEGMENT: Industrial & Services
3D PRINT MAIN BENEFIT
Accelerate the speed of research and development, while also leveraging technology to bridge traditional manufacturing lead times, enable short-run production, and offer customized products for specific clients.
Within Biesse, we have a business unit that is fully dedicated to providing machines that enable edge banding,” says the company’s Head of Technical Office and Prototypes, Marco Mencarini. “They allow for the application of plastic or wood to the edges of furniture. As you can imagine, our machines must support a diverse set of assembly needs. To support them, we need to create a wide range of highly customized parts and tools.”
Biesse offers multiple different machines to meet edge banding needs. They range from smaller, semi-automatic machines that enable a range of applications to very large, more automated versions that are purpose-built for specific use cases.
The machines are offered in many different configurations and with accessories that assist with square and round corner edging. They also offer multiple different ways to adhere materials, from glue to an innovative Air Force System that uses compressed hot air to bond the material to its intended surface.
Some of Biesse’s edge banding machines operate at very high speed and are made up of many moving parts that help customer guide the edge through assembly using supports, channels and guides. In many cases these manufacturing aids must be customized based on the edge banding material being used.
“We’ve worked with 3D printing since late 1990’s, primarily for rapid prototyping,” says Mr. Mencarini. “HP’s 3D printing solution allows us to do much more, including helping us bridge the leadtime gap of making metal molds and even allowing us to produce final parts, especially in short-runs that would be impossible to profitably manufacture otherwise.”
Biesse produces a premium product and technology innovation plays a key role in their ability to remain competitive. As 3D printing has matured, they have continuously evaluated new opportunities. When HP launched its first Multi Jet Fusion-based 3D printers, Biesse became an early adopter, purchasing an HP Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer.
The company chose HP because Multi Jet Fusion satisfies a variety of needs. Beyond simple models, Biesse wanted a more efficient way to create functional prototypes of it’s machines various mechanical components, including piston rods, pulleys, gear wheels, joints and other parts.