Lectra demonstrate how to develop an armchair in 24 hours

France
Published:  30 June, 2014

Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials—recently hosted a seminar for upholstered furniture professionals at its Bordeaux-Cestas campus in France.

Structured around the theme “24 hours”, the seminar brought together over 50 participants from 13 countries. Throughout the event, which centered on following, in real time, the upholstery manufacturing process for an armchair from initial design sketch to production of the finalised cut parts, guests were encouraged to share their experiences and best practices on investing in new technology and the benefits it brings to their manufacturing processes.

During the event, customers witnessed the full product development of the armchair’s interior (wooden structure and foam) components, as well as the leather and fabric upholstery, using Lectra’s industrialisation and pre-production software.

Guests also learned how valuable an automated cutting room can be for optimising production, increasing material savings, and maintaining consistent product quality through demonstrations of Lectra’s leather and fabric cutting solutions, Versalis and Vector. “Investing in the Versalis system has made our production process go more smoothly and allows us to produce more efficiently than we did before,” says Else-Marie Rønning, Production Engineer at the Ekornes tannery from Norway. “The waste has gone down by 5-6% and the productivity has increased,” adds Leif-Jarle Aure, Technical Manager.

“This event was a fantastic opportunity for our customers and prospects to gain new insights and discover new approaches to improve their manufacturing processes. Going through the entire process of designing and developing an armchair then producing the cut parts, was a big hit with the participants,” says Céline Choussy-Bedouet, Marketing Director, Lectra.

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