How a 40-Ton Robot is Helping Groupe Lacasse Revolutionize Manufacturing

Laminate sheets are neatly stacked to the ceiling and a massive 40-ton robot called Goldorack efficiently goes about its business picking the sheets and feeding them into another automated machine that cuts, shapes and edge bands them into pieces that will become Groupe Lacasse furniture. The robotic equipment knows just how to cut the shapes to get the most out of each board leaving almost no scrap or waste.  The laminate line at the Groupe Lacasse factory in Saint-Pie, a hamlet just east of Montreal known as the Furniture Capital of Quebec, is a model of efficiency and productivity. Simply put, there is no other factory like it in North America.  The company is pinning its success on this state-of-the-art facility to improve quality and boost efficiency. “We changed the entire machining side of the plant with new technologies and automated machinery,” said Sylvain Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. …