Index Living Mall rounds office business model with its own shopping malls for direct customer business. The Bangkok-based company currently employs around 5,000 people, from production through to sales.
Its production capacity is currently around 12,00,000 units per month, and solutions from Homag help to make this possible. The new production line has been in operation since 2019 and, in conjunction with Configurator3D and ControllerMES, has paved the way for what is known as “batch size 1” production.
This is an approach that prioritises flexibility and customisation in manufacturing through smaller batches and is highly favored by Index Living Mall. Production that used to be predominantly manual and time-consuming is now carried out with automatic precision.
Right at the start of a new production line, a StoreTeq S-500 storage system takes over the organisation of panels. This is where the material is stored, sorted, and placed in order on the two SawTeq B-300 panel dividing saws that are integrated into the store with an attached panel labeling system.
Once they have been cut, the part stacks are transported for edging, where two EdgeTeq S-500 edge banding machines that have been set up as a tandem line are ready for processing. Once the edges are attached, the parts are transported for CNC processing.
The parts are drilled, trimmed, and grooved at high speed on three parallel DrillTeq L-200s and a DrillTeq H-600. After this processing is complete, they can be sorted into transport carriages.
The spokesman for Index Living Mall, Ekalak Patamasatayasonthi, is very satisfied: “In the past, we focused on series production, but with Homag technology, we are increasingly switching to ‘batch size 1’ production. We are able to work faster, more precisely and save costs.”
The StoreTeq S-500 offers a lot of leeway in combining operating machines and in panel variety, making it the icon of storage systems. The system offers high efficient logistics for industry and handicrafts.
Among its benefits are: handling of high material variety (plastic, plexiglass, laminates, coated or uncoated panels); high flexibility of the extension in length and width; standard interfaces for the integration of different operating machines; low resource consumption by means of automatic offcut management; and is also for panels that do not fit into the storage.
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