The CMA is giving away a 3M Random Orbital Sander. To enter the drawing, all you have to do is submit a tip from your cabinet shop.
FDMC has asked us to supply a monthly column in their magazine that highlights a single, simple tip from a custom cabinet shop. The tips could include methods of work, marketing or business procedures, use of materials, dealing with customers, design, or anything else that is a practical solution for a cabinet shop. The column should be about 300 words, first person, with the shop person telling “here’s how I do it in our shop.” The practical benefit should be emphasized. The column will appear in the print and digital magazine as well as on their websites.
Anyone who has already submitted a tip and it has been published is included in the drawing. Anyone else who submits a tip and it gets published will also be in the drawing. The drawing will be held next summer.
Submit your tip(s) to email@example.com. Also provide your head shot along with a photograph or drawing to illustrate the tip.
If you need some help getting your creative juices flowing, you may want to read some of the previously published tips:
In-line blow guns keep clean air handy
A better bench
Never too small for purchase order numbers
Labels clear up sanding mystery
Kaizen foam keeps tools tidy
Here's more information about the sander:
3M™ Elite Self-Generated Vacuum Random Orbital Sanders feature a self-generated vacuum (SGV) and deliver professional, dust-free performance and a swirl-free finish, hour after hour in high-production industrial environments where dust extraction is required.
by Matt Krig
After 13 years of hitting the highest and lowest points, after so many memories created and shared, the machine I love so much spited me.
My spindle finally broke.
I wish I could say there were warning signs, but if I had a chance to look back, I don’t think I would have noticed anything then either. When something this devastating happens, without being prepared for it, you start thinking of what could have been. At the same time, you feel slightly naïve for not being prepared. As with any relationship, you become complacent and don’t notice the signs until it’s too late.
The days with my spindle were routine—the romance was gone and we were just a man and a CNC going through the motions of life together. I never thought I would be that guy who comes into his shop in the morning without a spindle. The spindle went out, yes, but it’s also tough to make them survive these days. The demands of life and work, along with family and kids, can take a toll on a relationship.
Naturally, I found some professional guidance to see if we could salvage anything. The technician agreed, there was still hope and a chance to fix what was broken. However, this meant my spindle needed to move out until we got everything resolved. I packed it carefully and dropped it off at our local FEDEX store to catch a ride to Ohio, where experts waited for it to see if they could spark some new life into my spindle.
My spindle was rebuilt, but building the trust back with the CNC was the biggest struggle. In fact, it was such a challenge that I decided to start over with a new XYZ Zero. The wounds have healed since then, but the painful memories of the past still linger. The slightest noise makes all of those feelings and anxiety rush back. Instantly, my mind races with questions and doubt for what will happen when I go into work, wondering if everything really is or will be okay. Can I really trust my spindle now? Am I worrying too much or too little? We still have cabinets to build together over the next 18 years, so we have to work together, but I don’t want to be one of those guys who settles with a machine because we have to stick to our goal. It’s not fair to everyone else or me.
On the good days, it’s like nothing ever happened to my spindle. I try not to lose sleep, but it’s hard not to wonder if my spindle will betray my trust once more and if I’ll walk into a living nightmare all over again. It took 13 years away from me, just like that.
I’ll never forget that painful day because my world fell apart in the blink of an eye. I just finished dropping my kids off at daycare and came in about 30 minutes later than the other guys. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew something was wrong. The guys told me there was a terrible screech during its warm up cycle so they shut it down. I ran it at a low RPM only to find a vibration and sound that was not typical. A local technician was called, and, together we sent it off to be rebuilt. It took over three weeks to be back up and running, and we’re still recovering from the disruption it created for production.
There is a silver lining to every story though so here is what I learned from this experience: have a backup plan and plan for the inevitable.
Over the last few years, I became way too comfortable while focusing on survival, then growth. Now I have companies where I can efficiently source panel processing, which is a big advantage. I know who I am not going to call and the lead times, along with the ins and outs of changing how we do and what we do. Finding a panel processor is a bit like finding a lawyer: you’re better off having one and not needing them than needing one and not having one. I recommend finding a partner company to work the bugs out with on some small projects before your back is against the wall. In our circumstance, we were about to release one of our larger projects for the year into the shop and instead had to find someone to help us out last minute.
With all that being said, I stand victorious in the end. I know exactly where my spindle is going and have a technician who can help me with what I am not equipped to deal with. Having an action plan to expedite the process to get back running fast is key. Make sure you know everything there is to know about your spindle and keep it on file and backed up somewhere else because odds are, you will need it someday. From that point, get quotes and turnaround times from spindle companies before you need it.
Lastly, have a conversation with your insurance company about catastrophic machine failure and business interruption coverage. I’m so thankful I looked into that a few years ago. Insurance does not cover the normal wear and tear, but in our case, we had an oil leak that contaminated the spindle bearings that caused a catastrophic failure to the bearing housing. The whole process was expensive and no fun for anyone.
Overall, I think we came out stronger since we now have a plan when our CNC is down, along with a way to get panels processed if we sell above our capacity. As always though, we wish we did not have to learn this great lesson the hard way.
Prior to and through the IWF trade show we ran a marketing campaign featuring a sub sandwich. What does a sub sandwich have to do with the CMA, you wonder? Good question. Other than making people hungry, it was an attention grabber and a great way to draw attendees into our booth at the show.
Our clever marketing paid off: our membership numbers are up 11%. I attest our double-digit growth to the strength of our membership benefits as well as the hard work of our very active members.
We were very clear with prospective members who visited our booth at IWF that the true value of the CMA is directly related to the amount you contribute: you get out of it what you are willing to put into it. If you participate in the forums, you know this is a fact. If you have attended one of our regional events within the past year, you also know this rings true.
If running your own shop is leaving you feeling stale, then you need to reconnect with the CMA. We have a lot planned for you in the next year, culminating with the AWFS fair in Vegas. We are still finalizing the event schedule, but I can tell you that we intend to hold a lot more than ever before.
Cabinet Vision has released its 2017 U.S. customer-training schedule, which offers a range of convenient training choices tailored to meet the needs of users and accommodate busy schedules.
Cabinet Vision offers an array of options for classroom and online learning, making it easy for customers to receive training in person or online.
“The biggest factor in the success of implementing technology is training. By offering many types of training options and services, and utilizing the latest Internet technologies, we are able to allow customers to gain the skills they need to be successful while minimizing the time impact that it has on their business,” said Jim Shaw, Cabinet Vision support and services manager.
Convenience is key to ensuring that customers receive the training they need, which is why Cabinet Vision provides a range of instructional choices for different individual learning styles and inevitable time constraints.
Cabinet Vision offers classroom-style training courses for one person to groups of up to 15 in four of its seven U.S. offices, or in hotel meeting rooms strategically scheduled throughout the country. It also offers one-on-one classes at its offices, or at the customer’s place of business.
Cabinet Vision’s long-distance training options include receiving live instruction over the Internet with a Certified Cabinet Vision trainer, or receiving instruction from a training booklet and a popular series of self-help interactive movies.
For more information on Cabinet Vision’s training schedule and opportunities near you, please visit www.cabinetvision.com/training .
About Cabinet Vision
Part of the Vero Software Group, Cabinet Vision is a unique solution for manufacturers in the woodworking industry. Its products help enable any furniture or cabinet manufacturer to fully automate and integrate its design through improved manufacturing processes and greater efficiency. In addition to producing significant time savings, Cabinet Vision eliminates costly mistakes and increases productivity.
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.
More than 3,000 registered visitors from all over the world came to the Pesaro Biesse Group Campus to take part in the traditional three-day event dedicated to the technological innovations at the service of those who work with wood and advanced materials.Biesse reports an order intake of almost 10 million Euro, most of which originating from the internal market, a reconfirmation of the economic recovery of the Italian area. “Our order intake, in fact, is 250% higher than what achieved in the previous edition and the event attracted 16% more visitors from the 5 continents compared to the previous one. Geographically, Italy stands for 30% of such result confirming the international success of the event and a considerable percentage of said order intake is directly connected to the Biesse 4.0 technologies” states with great joy Federico Broccoli - Wood Division Director / Sales / Subsidiaries Division Director of Biesse Group. The “Smart 4 all” theme of this edition has allowed the visitors to acquire a 360° vision of the potentials that digitalization can offer to the manufacturing sector. "4.0 ready" machines, systems and software marked Biesse for the big and small size companies which want to gain competitiveness through the optimization of their own design and manufacturing processes.
A more in-depth study of said 4.0 industry theme was also made possible through a series of seminars held by Accenture, Biesse Systems and Wood-Skin. More than 400 customers took part in said seminars. “These testimonials demonstrated from various view points how it is possible and convenient to set up a digitalization process within productions sites while keeping strong the value and skills of those who know how to work wood and other materials. This is the Era of the artisan’s digitalization” explains Raphaël Prati, Marketing and Communications Director of Biesse Group.
The interest from the companies in what has now become an appointment of reference for the sector was so high that the event was obliged to declare itself sold out one week prior to its happening, due to logistical constraints, thus it was decided to schedule an additional date of the Inside event which is confirmed to take place from the 17th to the 19th of November in the same place, Pesaro Biesse Group Campus.
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 euros 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 has 3,450 employees worldwide.
Stiles Machinery, Inc. continues their commitment to offer the best thinking and the best solutions for the industry with a number of educational opportunities to round out the year. Over the next three months Stiles will be hosting a variety of free demonstrations and seminars across the country aimed at helping manufacturers stay competitive and profitable in 2017.
Various ‘Stiles Lunch and Learn’ opportunities offer intimate settings with presentations and demonstrations from industry experts showcasing advanced techniques and real solutions for building face frame cabinetry more efficiently by taking your edgebanding to the next level in a competitive market, by getting more out of your CNC equipment, and through more efficient applications in moulding, grinding and sanding.
Stiles’ final Manufacturing Solutions Seminar for the year will take place next month at the company’s High Point, NC showroom and finishing lab, immersing attendees in panel processing and solid wood technologies. The popular event features live demonstrations and presentations on the most intelligent technologies and trend-setting processes for European cabinet manufacturing, providing instruction and insight for manufacturers of all sizes.
All events are complimentary. Attendees must pre-register to attend. Visit the Stiles Machinery
events page for more details and to get registered.
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
For 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. Stiles is a proud member of the HOMAG Group, a global leader in the production of industrial machines for the manufacturing. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stiles has regional offices in High Point and Gastonia, NC; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com.
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) announces the release of the 2016 Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards, the most significant update to the industry-accepted skill standards since they debuted in 2011.
Simultaneously, the WCA has released a redesigned Passport, the personal record of a woodworker’s skill standard credential achievements.
WCA developed the skill standards to support the woodworking industry’s ability to train productive woodworkers. The standards include a voluntary assessment program that allows woodworkers to demonstrate their competency in woodworking skills and earn credentials recognized throughout the United States and Canada.
The new-and-improved skill standards and associated credential Passport were unveiled in August at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.
The new skill standards expand upon the original manual. Whereas the 2011 standards debuted with just over 50 machines and tools, the 2016 version covers nearly 100 machines and tools categorized in 12 sections ranging from layout to finishing. Newly added skill standards include performance criteria for operating vertical panel saws, horizontal spindle moulders, double end tenoners, laminate trimmers, hollow chisel mortises and roll coaters to name a few.
The new skill standards have also been streamlined and enhanced based on improvements suggested by accredited skill evaluators and credential passport holders. Each performance standard includes a pre-operation checklist, an operation checklist and considerations for evaluating an operator’s competency of the task at hand. Most skill standards have two levels – basic and advanced.
Many of the machine operations have multiple observable skill standard measurements. For example, under Section 4 Shaping / Router Table, five separate performance standards cover rabbeting, edge shaping, end shaping, automatic feed and shaping curved parts.
The skill standards are used by WCA Accredited Skill Evaluators to observe and document a Passport holder’s competency of a particular skill standard. A woodworker who passes the evaluation has a credit for that skill added to his or her Passport. Each Passport holder’s skill standard accomplishments are stored in a Cloud-based registry and can be accessed at anytime from anywhere.
“The release of the new WCA skill standards cumulates hundreds of man hours of writing and editing work,” said Scott Nelson, president t of the WCA. “We can’t thank enough the many volunteers who contributed to helping expand and improve all of the skill standards contained in the new edition.”
For more information about the WCA Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards, Passport and Accredited Skill Evaluator programs visit WoodworkCareer.org.
About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance was founded in 2007 as a 501C(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued over 1,000 Passports, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of achievements as a woodworking professional. More than 130 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation® members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, visit www.WoodworkCareer.org.
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