More than 16,000 attendees had the opportunity to experience Stiles Machinery like never before at the industry’s largest tradeshow, the 2016 International Woodworking Fair held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Clearly exhibiting their position as the industry leader with the show’s largest display of manufacturing technology – nearly 26,000SQFT of booth space – Stiles offered live demonstrations on more than 50 cutting-edge machinery lines, as well as presenting software and service solutions designed to help manufacturers take the next step toward revolutionary speed and production.
The company is celebrating one of its most successful IWF show performances as of yet, noting double-digit sales growth and an astounding 65% increase in lead generation over their IWF 2014 success. “The marketplace for equipment sales is currently very robust and our strategies are in place to offer maximum support to our current and future customers,” explained Christian Vollmers president of Stiles. More than 25% of the show’s registered attendees visited the Stiles booth to take part in their countless live machinery demonstrations and gain consultation from one of the 200 industry experts working their booth. “We showed more than machines at this show, we showed what makes Stiles the industry leader; our resources and our dedication to the customer”, continued Vollmers. “We staffed over 200 experts in the booth to help our customers find solutions and to fulfill our promise that their ‘success is our business’.
A popular highlight of the IWF show was Stiles’ North American introduction of the revolutionary ‘Batch Size One Production’ work cell presentation. Through daily live demonstrations, over 500 furniture manufacturers witnessed the best in networked production as Stiles showcased this groundbreaking, fully autonomous cutting cell. This new, intelligent technology integrates the innovative HOLZMA HPS 320 flexTec automatic single line cutting system with Industry 4.0 technologies to create a fully-automated lean manufacturing solution geared towards eliminating human handling and ensuring consistent and repeated production rate and sequence. The robotic cutting system revolutionizes cutting batch size one or short-run custom cutting by completely redefining part flow in customized production using fully automated processes and unlimited recuts for single panel processing. Visitors were able to see how their own companies can gain added efficiency in processes by leveraging the system’s greater accuracy, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and work cell intelligence.
Stiles hosted another 500 customers on personal technology tours through the booth for more concentrated and private presentations on other new equipment advancements for zero edge technologies, robotic spray finishing, Industry 4.0 technologies, solid wood processing, and 5-axis CNC technologies, together with a wide variety of fully operating machinery for the woodworking, panel processing, and plastics industries. “We appreciated the opportunity to meet thousands of guests and share our technology and solutions with visitors from across the globe,” says Chris Dolbow, marketing manager for Stiles and the company’s IWF show chairman. “We wanted to focus on inviting our visitors to journey with us towards improving their production and making smarter decisions about their future, providing strategic recommendations that make sense for their business.”
The Stiles booth which was more than 20 percent larger than the company’s 2014 exhibit, provided customers with a completely new design concept with improved sight lines, greater engagement and enhanced hospitality experiences. Attendees got to experience advanced digital interaction from intuitive technology kiosks and 360degree virtual tours of Stiles’ support service center in Grand Rapids, MI - the largest in the industry. “We focused on providing customers with a glimpse into the future of manufacturing by showcasing new, leading-edge technology that caters to growing market requirements, and enhancing their visit by providing booth navigation touchscreens and interactive digital displays to help attendees experience all that Stiles has to offer”, explained Dolbow. “This includes engineering solutions, proven software solutions, unparalleled service and technical support, education and training courses, enhancement technologies as well our machines.”
“The interaction with a customer is not just selling a machine”, explained Pekka Paasivaara, president of HOMAG Group AG during the Stiles press conference on Wednesday of the show. “It’s about helping customers in the brink of an industrial revolution, showing them that we have efficient product solutions as well as total service solutions, parts and technical assistance.”
For more information on the resources and technologies showcased at IWF 2016 by Stiles Machinery, Inc. visit stilesiwf.com.
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
For more than 50 years, Stiles has been helping manufacturers succeed. As the largest supplier of quality
machinery, Stiles provides a Total Production Solutions approach by also offering equipment integration, financial
services, education, service and parts. By having a wealth of solutions whether defined as people, products or
services, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stiles has regional offices in High Point, North Carolina; Toms
River, New Jersey; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Stiles is a proud member of the HOMAG
Group, a global leader in the production of industrial machines for the manufacturing. Visit Stiles at
www.stilesmachinery.com. For additional information, please contact Stephan W. Waltman, Vice President, Stiles
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Biesse is excited to announce IWF 2016, held in Atlanta Georgia from August 24th to August 27th, was the most successful show to date for Biesse America and Biesse Canada! Attendees from over 1,000 companies visited Biesse’s booth to see demonstrations on the industry’s most innovative technology. Recognizing the lean and value-oriented needs of today’s market, we showcased over 17,000sqft of machinery focused on flexibility, productivity, and lowering operating costs, demonstrating how anyone can seize the rich opportunities offered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
We are also proud to announce we won the prestigious and esteemed Challengers Award® with our Viet Opera R robotic sanding machine for innovative new technology. The Opera R presents the only automated solution for sanding of MDF doors with flat center panel, as well as removal of cross grain scratching of solidwood doors. A panel of 8 expert judges, all industry professionals representing a broad cross-section of the industry, reviewed and analyzed each entry. On Tuesday, the finalists performed live demonstrations for the panel of judges, who then made their final decisions on the most innovative product developments.
“IWF 2016 exceeded our expectations and was once again a record breaking show for Biesse America and Biesse Canada,” said Federico Broccoli, Biesse Group Subsidiaries Division Director and President/CEO of Biesse America and Canada. “18 million dollars of signed orders received in 4 days is a tangible sign of the North American market strength and the confidence our Customers have in Biesse’s latest technologies. We are continuing to increase sales in North America with double digit growth, improving market share and Customer satisfaction. Our important investments, such as our new Charlotte Campus state of the art showroom, are evident signs of faith and trust in the North American market, which now makes up 20% of global sales. Our vision is to continue to support our two subsidiaries in North America, with unaltered focus and investments to maintain exceptional Customer support and increase market share.”
IWF 2016 also gave Biesse Group an opportunity to give back to the community. We continued our strong, unwavering support of the Make-A-Wish® foundation and once again donated $100 for each machine sold at the show. We were honored to host over 500 people at our VIP Party to present a check for $6,000 to Make-A-Wish as a portion of the anticipated amount of donations and contributions expected. For the IWF 2016 Make-A-Wish contributions for machines sold at the show, the total amount is $13,700, an exponential increase from the contributions from 2015 AWFS Show of $9,000.
For more information about Biesse at IWF or upcoming shows and Biesse Inside events, please contact email@example.com or call (704) 357-3131.
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 3.450 employees throughout the world.
Question: An employee was stung by bees while working outside. The employee refused medical treatment, and the company submitted the workers’ compensation claim as first aid only. The employee was given the rest of the day off with pay, and offered modified duty until they felt ready to go back. The employee went back to work the next day with no problem. Could the company have recommended that the employee take an antihistamine? Since medical treatment was refused, all the company had available was OTC/first aid.
Response: We are not aware of any specific employment statute that addresses a private sector employer providing over-the-counter (OTC) medication such as Tylenol, Advil or antihistamines to its employees. That said, we generally do not recommend that employers supply employees with any kind of medication, even OTC medications, or advice concerning what OTC medicines they should take, because doing so could expose the company to unnecessary liability on a number of fronts.
For starters, there is a percentage of the population that is allergic to any given medication, and certain medications are contraindicated by even OTC pain relievers or decongestants (i.e., they could result in employees taking other medications having an adverse reaction to even common OTC medications, such as aspirin or decongestants). Thus, for example, if an employee is taking certain blood thinners, such drugs can accelerate the blood thinning properties of aspirin (or ibuprofen), and if an employee helps him or herself to such medicine provided by the employer and suffers internal bleeding as a result, not only is there the possibility that the company could be potentially liable from a negligence standpoint, but it could, perhaps, also be faced with potential OSHA violations.
In addition, there could be added liability associated with dispensing medication (even OTC), given that the employer is not a medical practitioner or licensed druggist, etc., depending on the laws in your state as they pertain to dispensation of medication (which is not governed by employment laws and, therefore, outside the purview of this service). Also, there is potential for a choking situation when consuming OTC medications, which is another risk. Accordingly, we typically recommend that companies play it safe and tell employees to use their own OTC medications if they have a headache or minor illness or injury at work (which would include a bee sting, in most cases). Of course, a first aid kit that includes non-medicinal items such as hand sanitizer, alcohol swabs, gloves, gauze, and/or bandages to clean minor cuts and scrapes is generally fine for the employer to provide. We recommend that the employer contact the local OSHA office for further guidance on this topic: https://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html
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Since the downturn, I was curious to see how this year’s IWF Show would be, but I’m happy to announce that it’s back in full swing! During this event, it provided access to all the major and even minor machine manufacturers. Plus, it showcased outside of that area by sharing new software, hardware, finishes and every other type of supplier a cabinet maker would like to learn more about.
Naturally, the CMA Bus Tour kick started the event, which was well executed with lots of action. Attendees were treated to four woodworking facility tours, which ranged from highly automated panel processors to a high-end and hand painted furniture house. Osborne Wood Products provided lunch in their company gymnasium then provided a tour of their turning and inventory operations. By the time I finished all that and returned to the hotel by 5PM, I was excited to see what the next day would bring.
The CMA events were planned well and their attendance was great. It’s always nice to see the regular faces, which I’m seeing more of at every show, but also meeting their new members. These events are fun because you can openly talk with other shop owners in a causal setting, which allows relationships to form. The What’s Your Problem seminar was incredibly helpful (as usual) and the banquet was so packed it provided standing room only. Also, I’d like to congratulate the Wood Diamond Award winners for their very impressive projects, they truly earned it.
If you’ve never been to a major trade show like this, you owe it to yourself to look into the next one. The information, new products and networking opportunities are worth the time and effort. All together, they make a few energizing days that would help any cabinet maker or business owner learn, grow or improve their woodworking and business operations.
David Buchsbaum, Owner of Atlanta Closet & Storage Solutions, has been designing, building and installing custom cabinetry and closet systems for over 25 years. David recently served on the Board of Directors of the Cabinet Makers Association, is an active member of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and is a Past President of the Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia.
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