Innovationen für den Holzbau


Impressions of the Innovation-day „Wood construction 4.0”


Hundegger Timber Engineering 4.0 Innovation Day

Innovative knowledge transfer for successful timber engineering companies

It was a gamble -- but in the end everyone was thrilled with the results!  „Timber Engineering 4.0“ Innovation Day turned out as an impressive gathering for leading companies in the timber engineering industry.


Science meets experience -- with new opportunities for the entire industry. This was the main idea that organiser Walter Fahrenschon, of Hans Hundegger PLC, wanted to convey to the industry representatives in attendance. This time around, however, Hundegger PLC didn't invite its Innovation Day guests to headquarters in Hawangen, choosing, rather, an outstanding and successful company from the timber engineering industry as the platform for innovative knowledge transfer.

Here, Holzbau Hauck, in Neckarbischofsheim, offered the ideal prerequisites:  With its tight integration of cutting-edge CAD software and state-of-the-art machinery, along with sterling craftsmanship, Holzbau Hauck enjoys the deserved reputation of a pioneer in the timber-engineering industry. At Holzbau Hauck, the customer gets it all in a single package: from original concept to turnkey dream-house, his/her trust is rewarded with the highest level of customer focus and dependability.
 Within the industry, Holzbau Hauck's quality standards serve as a benchmark; they are achieved through innovative planning and production technology, together with the use of high-quality materials.


Besides Hans Hundegger PLC, the worldwide market leader in CAD-controlled joinery machines, other companies, such as cadwork, mensch&maschine, Faro, BIZS, Isocell and Balz Machines, collaborated to provide a heretofore unheard-of wealth of information.

Over a hundred top managers and decision-makers from the timber engineering industry enthusiastically took the "backstage tour" of the innovative family-run company in Neckarbischofsheim. An effective blend of theory and practice, along with stimulating views beyond familiar professional horizons, made the Hundegger Innovation Days at Hausbau Hauck into absolute Highlights.


The scientific background was introduced by Thomas Rohner, professor of Timber Engineering and BIM (Building Information Technology) and head of the Timber Technology Department at Bern Technical University (whose stimulating talk, however, was far removed from arid theory).  To the contrary: Rohner deftly kept his audience involved and its curiosity wide awake. So what really is the deal with much-vaunted "Timber Engineering 4.0"? For Rohner, one thing is certain: In the long run, future challenges can be successfully addressed only if theory and practice once again converge. Professor Rohner: "BIM can't just be a slogan. We all share in the responsibility of helping Building Information Modelling, supported by state-of-the-art software, coalesce into a truly optimised planning, production and management tool".  So runs the appeal of this well-versed expert with much practical experience.


The ca. 100 interested participants were quick to respond: along six varied stations, they formed into work groups which soon set theory into practice. 

The highpoint came when they donned the Virtual Reality 3D Spectacles which allow Hauck customers to freely roam through their new home -- long before it is built.
 Entering all relevant data soon brings the planned house into "reality"-- if only of the virtual sort -- yet astoundingly close to the real deal. Like Holzbau Hauck's customers, participants in Innovation Day reacted with unreserved delight:  "I just understood what Timber Engineering 4.0 actually means for our work", one impressed participant commented.


At the end of the day, participants in Hundegger Innovation days at Holzbau Hauck were blown away by the technical possibilities, taking away a number of novel insights. Naturally, Hundegger "Timber Engineering 4.0" Innovation Day also provided a welcome platform to establish new contacts and propel existing business relations to higher levels.


State-of-the-art joinery machine for Rosenheim Technical University

New Hundegger ROBOT-Drive at the Laboratory for Sawmill Technology and Solid-wood Processing                                                                       
Happy faces at Rosenheim Technical University: With Hans Hundegger PLC's ROBOT-Drive joinery machine, the university at last regains the required technical conditions to successfully prepare students for the modern challenges of Industry 4.0 in the wood-processing industry. Hans Hundegger could not resist personally handing over the new ROBOT-Drive on site and pressing the symbolic start button. A select group of specialised colleagues and experts from industry and science gave thunderous Applause.

The university at Rosenheim had to bide its time before being in a position to offer students at the Laboratory for Sawmill Technology and Solid-wood Processing what's indispensable to solid, future-orientated training: a modern and functional joinery centre satisfying the increasing requirements of the wood-processing industry in interdisciplinary training, along with day-to-day uses in internal and external research and development projects.

 "This new machine technology brings our lab up to the latest standards and advances our ongoing development as a modern, integrated, technology and training centre for industrial solid-wood processing and timber construction", noted Prof. Matthias Zscheile, who went on to thank Hans Hundegger and marketing director Walter Fahrenschon for their personal involvement: "Without them, we simply wouldn't have a functioning joinery centre in Rosenheim today. And without a joinery centre, we aren't able to prepare students for a successful career", he added.

University president Prof. Heinrich Köster also expressed his school's gratitude for Hans Hundegger PLC's support. Preparing the next generation for the industry requires the collaboration of all actors in the timber engineering industry, he concluded.