Milesi Wood Coatings and Hunter Coatings partner on Italian high performance professional wood coatings in North Carolina
Hunter Coatings, located in Charlotte, NC is now the distributor of the complete line of Milesi high performance Italian wood coatings, according to a joint announcement released by the companies. The new distribution agreement marks the first time these two companies have partnered to provide a complete line of high performance, Italian technology wood finishing products to professional woodworkers, cabinet makers, and millwork producers. Hunter Coatings serves customers in North Carolina and throughout the southeast United States. Hunter Coatings offers full technical support, custom color matching and a team of technicians to support its customers’ finishing needs -- and now offers the unique full Milesi product line. The Milesi line includes 2K Polyurethanes; Polyesters; waterborne interior and exterior finishes; natural look finishes; high gloss, wet look finishes; UV finishes; stains and more.
The new partnership agreement pairs two companies that each have long traditions of providing high quality, professional residential and commercial wood finishing products to the wood working industry. Hunter Coatings was founded in 1947 and has long been an industry-leading provider of high quality wood coatings and other wood working products to the wood finishing industry in the Carolinas. Hunter Coatings provides professional wood finishers with one source for all their finishing needs. Milesi, coincidentally, has produced wood coatings since 1947 and is the leading wood coatings manufacturer in Europe, with proven innovative wood finish systems sold in over 100 countries worldwide and cutting edge technology not commonly found in North America.
“Hunter Coatings is excited about the opportunity to distribute the entire Milesi wood coatings offering,” said Andy Stanush, President – Hunter Coatings. “This partnership allows us to expand our customer base and offer the leading European wood finishing products available to the market. Milesi is a good fit and great addition to the high-end, leading brands we offer to our valued customers.”
“We consider this agreement another solid step in our North American wood coatings business and another milestone in rolling out the Milesi North American National Distribution Program with highly respected and quality partners such as Hunter Coatings” said Jeff Takac, Milesi – Managing Director – North America “It’s not often that a company with the expertise, knowledge, service and history of Hunter Coatings and a company with the unique heritage, products, research, and chemistry of Milesi join forces. This relationship has the potential to help both organizations experience solid growth and benefit our end users with cutting edge, high performance European wood finish technologies in one of the largest wood markets in the US. Milesi Wood Coatings are well known world-wide and respected in the North American market, and this partnership allows our end users in the Carolinas to have access to Milesi Wood coatings through a highly respected, experienced partner such as Hunter Coatings”
Hunter Coatings – When Excellence Matters
Founded in 1947, Hunter Coatings has been the trusted leader in high performance coatings for the architectural, wood finishing and industrial markets in the southeast for over 70 years. Cabinet makers, floor finishers, contractors, homeowners, designers and faux finishers look to Hunter for their high performance coating needs. Located in Charlotte, NC, Hunter Coatings supplies premium brands to the southeast region of the United States with an excellence in knowledge, service and support that is second to none.
For more information: www.huntercoatings.com | www.facebook.com/huntercoatings
Milesi Wood Coatings - Italian Technology meets design solutions
Milesi is a brand of the IVM Group, one of the largest and influential wood coatings manufactures in Europe and in the world. Milesi products were born in 1947 in Italy, a country that has always been a point of reference in the furniture industry. These products were developed and perfected through constant interaction with local industry experts and designers who are appreciated all over the world.
With its presence in North America, the IVM Group wants to declare the intention to make Milesi products more available to the North American professional user.
IVM Group can establish a systematic cooperation with the North American user to define the product and application.
For more info: http://www.milesi.us
SAMES KREMLIN would like to announce the release of the new FPro Manual Airspray Spray Gun Pressure Range. The new FPro Manual Airspray gun is perfectly balanced and provides a superior finish for all painters. SAMES KREMLIN offers the largest range of spray guns and accessories for all applications in markets that require high finish spraying. SAMES KREMLIN sets the new standard in Airspray applications with the new FPro.
Thanks to innovative patent pending technologies inside the gun, the painter has complete control with the paint application. The paint speed controller and spin effect deliver a perfect atomization with very high transfer efficiency (up to 78% in HVLP).
FPro delivers Performance at your Fingertips and Effortless Perfect Spray Finishing.
In 1925, SAMES KREMLIN industrialized the first Airspray gun in Europe and reinvents the way to atomize paint with patented innovations with the NEW FPro Airspray spray gun. SAMES KREMLIN understands the customers’ needs’ due to decades of knowledge and customer application experience.
New FPro Product Page on Website
Stiles Machinery is proud to announce their upcoming Global Production Experience in which a select group of manufacturing professionals will explore one of the fastest growing markets for advanced manufacturing technology in the world.
During this year’s Global Production Experience, set for April 15th-20th, 2018, Stiles will lead guests on a tour of
the latest technology and automated production processes in China’s furniture manufacturing sector. This event is
a rare opportunity for American manufacturing leaders to witness China’s innovative production trends for the
retail, office and residential furniture industries.
“The Global Production Experience will allow manufacturers to compare the conventional wisdom they’ve read
about in the press regarding China’s production processes, to what is happening on the ground,” says Doug
Maat, Director of Strategic Sales at Stiles. “Guests on this experience will gain a better understanding of what the
global marketplace truly looks like, allowing them to form their own conclusions through exclusive access to
China’s unique market.”
The event will include a behind-the-scenes look at high-level global business trends, tours of six industry-leading
factories, rich cultural experiences, and invaluable networking opportunities with peers and other industry experts.
Stiles recognizes that as the demand for mass customization continues to rise, the need for advanced technology
and automation is crucial to the success of manufacturing industries around the world. Understanding that China
is on the forefront of this movement, Stiles is thrilled to arrange this experience for their partners here in the
For more information about Stiles’ Global Production Experience to China, or to be the first to receive exclusive
information and registration details, visit www.StilesChina.com
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
As the industry’s leading provider of advanced manufacturing solutions, Stiles has been helping manufacturers
throughout North America increase their efficiency and productivity for over 50 years. With world-class machinery
backed by an experienced and responsive support team, extensive parts inventory, unique upgrade capabilities
and a nationally accredited education and training program, Stiles offers solutions that equip companies for
success in every area of their business. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stiles has regional offices in
High Point, North Carolina; Bristol, Pennsylvania; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Stiles is a
proud member of the HOMAG Group, a global leader in the production of industrial manufacturing machinery.
For more information, visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com.
The latest release of Cabinet Vision – Vero Software’s industry-leading manufacturing solution for woodworkers – includes a powerful new photo-rendering engine, geared specifically towards the design market.
It provides a massive enhancement on the rendering capabilities in previous versions, and now gives designers almost photo-like images which manufacturers can use as a sales tool to show their own customers exactly what the products will look like.
In addition to the high-end photo rendering engine, which gives results comparable to mainstream, generic design packages, Cabinet Vision Version 11 also incorporates a host of other design features.
Cabinet Vision’s UK Northern Sales Manager Harry Hunter says the simplified lighting function means that natural-looking light for the images can be created quickly and easily. “Also, any object can now be selected and modified in the 3D view. Designers simply click on a cabinet and change the finish type, material and texture just on that one item from any 3D view. This is all done at the job level, so you don’t have to come out of job level – it’s all done specifically for the one job.
“And major improvements to the Auto-Fill system save considerable time, by allowing the user to automatically fill a room with cabinets easily and intelligently, through a single click.”
Hunter says following Cabinet Vision’s long-term recognition as the market leader in cabinetry-manufacturing software – driving almost all CNC machines, producing cut lists and pricing – developers wanted to provide one complete package from the initial design stage, right through to the product coming off the CNC machine tool.
“Previously, users would draw up rooms and layouts in a generic design package, which then had to be transferred manually into Cabinet Vision. As with any manual process, this led to a risk of human error. Now, with Cabinet Vision’s new high-end photo rendering capabilities and additional design-led features, they can manage every step of the design and manufacturing process without having to transfer data between systems, which is faster and more accurate.”
And with the software being a specialist tool dedicated to cabinet making, he says it offers complete freedom in designing all aspects of cabinets and cabinetry items. “Drawing offices can design whatever they want, render it, produce a cut list and price list, or send it straight through to the CNC machine. It’s now a complete end-to-end solution, providing a seamless transition from state-of-the-art design to manufacturing.”
About Vero Software
Headquartered in England, Vero Software designs, develops, and supplies CAD/CAM/CAE software radically enhancing the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, providing its customers with exceptional value through high productivity gains and significantly reducing time to market.
The company’s world-renowned brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, Surfcam, WorkNC, WorkPLAN and VISI. Despite the diversity of application, these solutions have one thing in common: they all address the rising challenges of achieving manufacturing efficiencies and bring huge value to the operations in which they are deployed.
Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network.
Vero is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
For more information, please visit www.verosoftware.com.
More profitable runtime and less costly downtime are the end goals of SOPHIA, Biesse’s new Internet of Things app.
SOPHIA is a cloud-based software management tool that helps users achieve higher productivity by providing them with an easy-to-use dashboard containing real-time visibility of machine status, performance and functionality.
“SOPHIA is continuously accumulating, monitoring and analyzing a numeric-controlled machine’s data via a cloud-based computing network on a real-time basis,” said Cesare Magnani, brand sales manager of Biesse America. “From the cloud, information such as a machine’s performance history and operating statistics are filtered and analyzed to provide projections of the machine’s future behavior. This information is easily accessible through a mobile app for the customer anywhere, anytime.”
A prime example of SOPHIA’s value is its ability to predict an impending failure by constantly being on the lookout for abnormalities such as excessive vibration or high temperature of a CNC router’s electro spindles.
“If a machine sensor connected to SOPHIA detects that the machine is exceeding its parameters of operation, it will trigger an alarm alerting both our service department and the customer of a potential problem,” Magnani said. “For example, it could be a problem with the spindle, a dull tool or that the operator is pushing the machine past its limits. In any regard, the app allows the customer to analyze the problem and with the help of our service team determine if something might be failing so that it can be repaired or replaced with minimal costly downtime.”
BIESSE S.p.A. - Biesse Group is a global leader in technology for processing wood, glass, stone, plastic and metal. It designs, manufactures and distributes machines, integrated systems and software for manufacturers of furniture, door/window frames and components for the construction, ship-building and aerospace industries. It invests on average 14 million Euro per year in R&D, boasting over 200 registered patents. It operates through 8 industrial sites, 34 branches and 300 agents and selected dealers, exporting 90% of its production. Its customers include some of the most prestigious names in Italian and international design. Founded in Pesaro in 1969, by Giancarlo Selci, the company has been listed on the Stock Exchange (STAR segment) since June 2001. It now counts 4000 employees throughout the world.
Woodworking Network (WWN) ran a story in its FDMC magazine about a unique cross-country CMA collaboration that was sparked by an offhand conversation.
The WWN story detailed an October 2017 working shop visit in which CMA board member Chris Dehmer (Dark Horse Woodworks, Atlanta) and CMA president Matt Krig (Northland Woodworks, Blaine, MN) spent time at member Leland Thomasset’s Taghkanic Woodworking in Pawling, NY. Dehmer and Krig were going to be nearby for a regional CMA event, and they thought it would be great to make a hands-on visit to Thomasset’s shop.
“We went in work clothes and helped with the day’s work,” Dehmer says in the article. “We assembled cabinets, did some edgebanding, helped with miter-folding, helped with the CNC and also got a hands on-with Cabinet Vision.”
The article offers up more details as well as advice from the three on planning an effective working visit.
“Weeks later, we are still thanking each other for what we learned, implementing changes in all three of our shops and giving updates,” Krig says.
The entire article is included below for you to download and learn more.
To help kick off our 20th Anniversary celebration, we asked William Sampson, one of the founders of the CMA to share his memories of how the organization came to be. Enjoy!
This January marks the 20th anniversary of the official birth of the Cabinet Makers Association, but the organization’s roots date back even farther than that snowy first day just outside Chicago.
The tale involves a handful of cabinet shop owners who had never met before and a couple of magazine editors who started as competitors and quickly became colleagues.
In the beginning
I originally floated the idea of an association for small shop professional woodworkers in 1995 in the first issue of WoodshopBusiness magazine. I had previously worked as editor of Fine Woodworking magazine, and I had launched this new publication after meeting lots of spectacular woodworkers who were struggling because they had no formal business training. But I confess I was too busy trying to grow my magazine to put any serious effort into the association idea.
Then, a few years later, one of my competitors, CabinetMaker magazine, started to get the ball rolling on the idea of an association. Bruce Plantz, editor of CabinetMaker, suggested the association idea in both FDM and CabinetMaker. He also posted about it in an online forum and got nearly 100 responses, mostly from smaller shops.
At the same time, their management was negotiating to buy my magazine, and Bruce invited me to Des Plaines, Illinois, to conclude our magazine negotiations and help spearhead the launch of the association we had both talked about. During our meeting in Des Plaines, we determined that I would take over as editor of CabinetMaker (incorporating my WoodshopBusiness readership) and also take the lead in trying to get the new cabinet shop association off the ground.
Bruce invited five shop owners to join us, and I joined four of them at a face-to-face meeting in Chicago.
Idea to reality
That snowy day meeting of the original board members on January 9, 1998 was the official beginning of what is now the CMA.
Mike Langenderfer came in from Ohio; Jim McDermott from New York; Bob Buckley from Tennessee; Keith Hill from North Carolina, and I flew in from Connecticut. Tom Austin from Texas joined us by telephone. Langenderfer became the CMA’s first president; McDermott, the first vice-president; Buckley, inaugural treasurer, and Hill, inaugural secretary. Austin became our first board member at large, and I became the association’s first executive director. CabinetMaker magazine was named as the management company for the group.
In our two days together, we worked out the basics of incorporation, bylaws, dues and all the trappings that go with a national association. None of us had any real previous experience with this kind of thing, but we were all enthusiastic and hopeful.
McDermott said at the time he hoped the association would improve the professionalism of small shop cabinetmakers.
“There are guys who are not real businessmen who compete and take jobs away from us, and they’re not even really making money,” he said, suggesting the association could improve everyone’s business skills. “Then we can all make more money.”
Everyone from those early days brought a lot of enthusiasm, great ideas and loyalty to the CMA.
Bob Buckley was excited about providing networking opportunities. He wanted to create lots of meetings that included face-to-face round table opportunities to share ideas.
“We’re going to offer members of the association the opportunity to sit and talk with other cabinetmakers who they don’t compete with to help all of us solve problems,” he said at the time.
Long after serving out his term as treasurer, Buckley has remained active in the organization. He eventually closed his shop and retired from cabinetmaking, but he couldn’t stay away. He has recently returned to the industry, helping Cabinotch develop its new line of frameless cabinetry.
Keith Hill echoed Buckley’s emphasis on networking and sharing information between non-competing shops. He also wanted to spearhead an active online forum, and he trumpeted CMA events at trade shows and regional get-togethers. While he has left the industry, he still maintains contact with many of his CMA colleagues.
Tom Austin remained active in the CMA until his untimely death some years later.
Jim McDermott eventually served as president of the association and later as its executive director.
Mike Langenderfer shifted his business from cabinets to countertops, but continues to be an advocate for the value of small business associations as an officer on the board of the International Surface Fabricators Association.
After a number of years managing the CMA, CabinetMaker stepped aside to allow the organization to grow. Even after I was no longer executive director, I actively supported the organization at regional trade shows and with education sessions and publicity through my current role as editor of FDMC.
Today, I applaud how the association has grown and am frankly amazed at what became of an idea hatched by a couple of editors and five shop owners.
Happy anniversary, CMA!
- William Sampson
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