With more than 20 years of experience in the solid wood sector, HOMAG is now stepping into a new market segment. At LIGNA, the company presented planing machines for the first time in its history – completely in keeping with the HOMAG standard, including the powerTouch user interface. This is how HOMAG covers the entire range of solid wood processing and offers cell solutions with perfectly aligned technologies from a single source – both for the processing of solid wood and for wood materials. Examples of these complete solutions are found in the production of windows and profiles. Focusing on the value chain of window processing, the new LPP 300 series from HOMAG carries out the first step in window production – the planning before being processed on the CNC machine. Similar applies to coating, varnishing or for wet lacquering of profiles and strips with the HOMAG Lamination technology or with the HOMAG partner Makor. For all processes, HOMAG offers everything from a single source – both in sales and in the service sector. A particular advantage of the new LPP 300 series presented is powerTouch with operating comfort, developed especially for these machines. This is unique in the industry: With just a few touches, the operator can load and select processing programs on the touchscreen. The machines in the LPP 300 series also have a variable feed, a variable spindle speed, a tool management system and a proLock spindle clamp. The machines in the LPP (Lumber Processing Profiles) series for wood processing with a focus on profile processing are available in various performance classes and with five, six, or even seven spindles. What’s more, the usual HOMAG complete package is of course available for these machines: from maximum machine and processing quality, through the teleservice connection via the HOMAG ServiceBoard, up to the connection to the “tapio” platform (Industry 4.0) as a machine that is ready for the cloud. “The new HOMAG LPP 300 is a very special machine for us. It combines the most modern machine operation with a heavy and solid machine construction. With this machine we will integrate the wishes of our “Generation Y” customers in a machine generation shaped by traditions, allowing dynamic and innovative solid wood processors to create perfectly planed surfaces in the future. It was no easy task, but we have put our heart and soul and our many years of experience into this further development and we will continue to work on the machine,” says Vera Zimmermann, Product Manager for CNC technology. Unique: Planing machines with powerTouch powerTouch has now established itself as the operating philosophy of HOMAG on the worldwide market: easy, equal, ergonomic, evolutionary. This system unites design and function in a new generation of control systems. At the heart of the concept is a large, 21.5″ widescreen multitouch monitor that allows machine functions to be controlled directly by touch. The operating comfort developed for the LPP 300 offers, in addition to the well-known powerTouch, a graphical operator guidance via gesture control (e.g. “swiping” to change the spindles) that allow intuitive handling. Cross-product use of powerTouch with operating comfort The principle is used in numerous HOMAG machines in the area of surface technology — for example, in sanding technology. Characteristic features include the integrated tool management and the interactive creation of formulations (program templates that can be saved and accessed again by the user) — specially designed for the applications of the selected machine.