SOPHIA and the robotic panel handling systems will be in the spotlight at the Biesse stand at Xylexpo, the 26th biennial global trade fair for technologies for machining wood and furniture industry components, set to take place in Milan from 8 to 12 May 2018. Today, SOPHIA, the Biesse service platform, is a real tool which provides users with an efficient working method, enabling them to tackle everyday challenges, prevent future issues and improve their standards. The speed with which SOPHIA is being adopted in the production sector is a strong indicator of the significant benefits that customers are enjoying first hand. The rapid evolution of the platform and the constant expansion of the functionalities it offers in a short space of time, coupled with the clear investment planned for the next few years, demonstrate Biesse’s awareness of the current and future potential of SOPHIA, and its desire to offer customers a production method that can optimise both processes and economic activities in real time, reducing the consumption of all types of resources. The platform is based on the ability to send real-time information and data on the technologies in use, optimising the performance and productivity of machines and systems. The data collected enables the production process and machine functions to be analysed in detail, detecting malfunctions, assisting customers in maintenance operations, ordering replacement parts in less time and ultimately preventing faults. The platform consists of two powerful areas, IoT and Parts. The corresponding applications, IoT SOPHIA and Parts SOPHIA, are already available to download for both Apple and Android devices, and Biesse customers with connected machines are already benefiting from these. Indeed, the IoT SOPHIA application provides the customer with full visibility of the production status of their machines, with performance parameters summarised historically and an overview of the machines in operation. Where a machine stoppage occurs, the corresponding ID code is displayed, with the relevant details if the assistance operations have already been taken over by the Biesse Service Team. Parts Sophia, meanwhile, provides customers with the opportunity to browse through the documentation for the machines they own, enabling them to create a spare parts basket and monitor the progress of their orders via an easy, intuitive and fully customised tool. Visitors to Xylexpo will be able to take a closer look at how SOPHIA revolutionises production and simplifies the work of companies every day. But that’s not all. The Biesse stand will also provide all those present with a demonstration of the company’s ability to transform production processes, courtesy of the high performance handling solutions it offers. The established success of Biesse in the design and production of systems and solutions is confirmed by the fact that the company has achieved the revenue objectives set out in the three-year plan a year ahead of schedule, with more than 100 projects competed in a single year. But the spirit of innovation that characterises Biesse does not stop here, taking a huge leap forward in the evolution of the robotic panel handling systems. At Xylexpo, 3 different integrated processes with 4 robots will be on display, offering unrivalled levels of system customisation and flexibility, two key requirements in the world of production today. A total of 30 functioning machines will be exhibited within the 3500 square metres occupied by the Biesse stand, where visitors to Xylexpo will also be able to take a closer look at the technologies that interest them, with the help of highly specialised technical staff.