the pleidelsheimer smart factory
Just a few short years ago, “mass” and “customisation” were a contradiction in terms. Now, they are an everyday paradox. New production methods are allowing consumers to tailor clothes, food, furniture and much more besides to their particular preferences, and with point-and-click simplicity. More and more people are discovering selfexpression through a special mix of muesli or a pair of personalised sneakers. At Spectral, this development is being embraced with open arms. Company founders Frank and Markus Krämer, and Managing Director René Glasmacher are more than willing to let customers order madeto- measure furniture. The only snag is that conventional methods and machines are not up to the job. Typically, industrial furniture production revolves around the output of large volumes of identical parts. That guarantees efficiency and consistent results. But it is not the basis for mass customisation – and certainly not if you want to blend personalisation with outstanding quality, precision, and timely delivery. For Spectral, the solution goes by the name of Craftsmanship 4.0: the happy marriage of traditional furniture-making skills with stateof- the-art Industry 4.0 technologies.