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Furnishing Idea is the portal dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, designed to bring together different professionals such as architects, designers, carpenters, furniture makers and manufacturers active in the furniture market who represent the reference point in terms of innovation and quality of the product offered. On the other hand, the portal aims to provide a valid information service focused on products, projects, events and fairs and everything that revolves around the world of components, semi-finished products and accessories for the furniture industry.


The portal is divided into different sections where you can explore the different products according to different categories, get in touch with manufacturers, download catalogues to keep up with industry trends and watch videos of interviews with the best professionals and manufacturers.


In the articles section you can find all the information about the most innovative product technologies, such as furniture materials, furniture accessories and systems, furniture machinery, furniture hardware, manufactured by manufacturers with a solid experience in the field. In the companies section there is an overview of the manufacturers registered on our portal, divided by product category, where you can contact us for any request. Our portal also has a special catalogues section to allow professionals and operators in the sector to view in a practical way all the catalogues relating to the various products (furniture hardware, upholstery materials, furniture paints, etc.). In addition, to allow easy consultation of the products, our portal has reserved a product section, organized by categories, where you can find out about the technical characteristics, materials and functionality of each product. The video section, on the other hand, presents numerous video interviews given by professionals and manufacturers that report news, insights and informative content on the best technologies in the sector.


In addition, to keep you constantly informed you can also consult our Journal section which contains all the Furnishing Idea magazines dedicated to the furniture and furnishing industry, such as the edition dedicated to Sicam or Interzum, two of the most important trade fairs in the sector. The magazines can be consulted from the portal or easily downloadable in pdf format.


Thanks to the trust placed in us by many manufacturers, our portal is now recognized both nationally and internationally. In fact, there are already many internationally recognized and established companies in the sector, including the AIPEF group (Italian Flexible Expanded Polyurethanes Companies) which promotes scientific information on the use of flexible polyurethane foam in the sectors in which it is used.

Catas Engineering: alongside companies to measure quality in production

Catas, the most important European laboratory for tests in the wood-furniture sector, not only offers its customers laboratory tests and product certifications, but also offers a rich catalog of machines and equipment that companies can buy to test "in continue "their products. Catas Engineering is the division of the Italian laboratory to which this activity is delegated.


Catas Engineering alongside companies

Catas Engineering works alongside companies to create real "test laboratories" in the production sites with which to perform, for example, "pre-tests" on everything that the design office has developed, in a short time and with absolutely true results.

It provides individual test equipment for components, chairs, tables, beds and storage furniture or the entire turnkey laboratory project.
Among the available equipment, the tools to carry out the tests of static load and seat-back fatigue, seat front fatigue, static load and armrest fatigue, wheel fatigue, seat / backrest / armrest impact.

The equipment, also available for several combined test stations, is equipped with an electrical control panel and a device for programming the cycles. The testing is carried out preliminarily at the Catas laboratories or directly at the customer.


Create your own test laboratory

A new chair or mattress must be tested by Catas in its laboratories, but it can be important for a company to have test and measurement tools with which to verify at any time the validity or requirements of its production, of a prototype, of an idea.

Creating a test laboratory requires only a space in an environment possibly not subject to sudden changes in temperature and humidity, electricity, compressed air and a dedicated technician. Catas Engineering, on the other hand, installs machines identical to those present in its accredited laboratories in Lissone (Monza Brianza) and San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine).

"More and more companies decide not to limit themselves to" official "checks and want to have tools that actually become an integral part of the production system", comments Franco Bulian, director of Catas. "We are talking about a choice that allows companies to tackle delicate issues with greater competence and preparation, thanks to safe technologies, which we have been providing to companies and laboratories all over the world for many years and that our technicians will be able to update according to the evolution of the regulations, providing for the maintenance and training of the personnel who use them, also periodically checking the calibration status ".

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