The United States will soon get a glimpse of the future as Colonial Saw, Inc. brings the Striebig 4D to Atlanta next summer at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF). Colonial Saw is the exclusive U.S. distributor of market-leading Striebig AG vertical panel saws.
The 4D name refers to time as the fourth dimension, an integral component of each 4D sawing center as it delivers significant increases in productivity. Already popular in Europe, the top-of-the-line Striebig 4D has fully automated horizontal and vertical workpiece positioning systems. The result is nearly effortless one-person operation and greatly reduced operator effort in terms of loading and offloading panels or pieces.
“The 4D took a quantum leap in terms of technology by integrating CNC capability,” said Dave Bull, Colonial Saw Striebig product manager. “It is the first panel saw from Striebig to offer intelligent cut optimization. In practical terms, that means it can take a project cut list, optimize the cutting pattern for the saw, and cut the sheets automatically. Now all the operator has to do is confirm the next cut and remove the finished piece.”
The 4D brings precision and efficiency to a new level for automated vertical panel cutting. The automatic clamping fixtures of the PAV panel lowering device ensure that panels are held firmly and positioned vertically on the support frame for precise horizontal cuts. The fully-automatic PPS unit (programmable panel feeder) allows panels to be positioned along the bottom support rollers for vertical cuts, precise to within 0.004”. Together they combine continuous cutting with effortless one-person operation.
The brain of the Striebig 4D features intuitive control and award-winning design. The significantly enhanced Touch&Saw 2.0 system has a 12” touchscreen that gives the operator an interactive platform for communicating and working with the 4D and its multitude of functions.
“In addition, customers may choose from a wide variety of options to customize their 4D,” Bull added. “Striebig’s more than 50 years of know-how in vertical cutting technology, numerous patents and outstanding design shows with every feature.”
About Colonial Saw
Colonial Saw, Inc. is North America’s importer of Swiss made STRIEBIG Vertical Panel Saws, LAMELLO specialty tools, biscuits and biscuit joiners, and the worlds’ finest grinding machinery. For over half a century, the company has delivered uncompromising performance and value, along with one of the most comprehensive and responsive after-sale customer support programs in the industry. More information can be found at www.csaw.com.
Vision Machinery, one of Biesse Group’s leading dealers in North America, hosted a huge gathering of Customers from all across Nevada and California at its Open House in Sacramento last week.
“This event was about double compared to what we did at the end-of-year Open House last year in terms of attendance,” Vision Machinery Founder & Owner Lonnie Campbell said. “We’re quoting a lot of machines.
The feedback on how our Showroom presents was fantastic. It’s a manufacturer level Showroom with a zero pressure environment. People love that and respond very well to it.”
With both existing Customers on hand and those looking to start new manufacturing facilities in the region, the Akron 1330 AFS and the Rover S NBC proved to be highlights of the event.
“Absolutely, they showed really well,” Campbell said. “We got a lot of interest and we’re going to be selling a few here shortly. That’s what the demand of the market is, and with the NBC in particular, there are a lot of Customers who are upgrading from traditional standalone nest-based routers to the feed-through cell because you get so much more productivity and the affordability of these cells is phenomenal.”
Randy Jamison, Biesse Group Vice President Primary Accounts/Selco Brand Manager, attended the Open House and credited Campbell’s company as a case study in dealership success.
“We put a tremendous amount of faith in our dealers to be the eyes and ears of Biesse Group in the marketplace,” Jamison said. “Our continued success is due in no small part to having dealers like Lonnie and Vision Machinery that are second to none.”
For more information, email 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 4000 employees throughout the world.
KCD Software expands Customer Support Team, offers limited time FREE trial
From now until Dec. 31, 2017 KCD Software is offering custom cabinetmakers and closet designers a 31-day trial of its fully-functional Cabinet Designer / Closet Designer software at no cost. Designer is the robust first level of KCD Software’s complete manufacturing solution.
KCD Software is known for its signature unlimited technical support, which is always free of charge. Recent expansion in the company’s customer-focused support team inspired the special free-trial offer. “Our goal is for cabinet makers and closet designers to have a different kind of software experience- one that supports them in their success,” says Brian O’Keefe, Sales Associate for KCD Software. “A software trial is traditionally the same as a monthly rental, $95 for 31 days. But we want people to see how easy it is to use. And our support team is here to help every step of the way.”
Version 10 of Designer allows users to:
Powerful on its own, Designer integrates with KCD’s software suite, a set of customizable solutions that streamline production for cabinetmakers and closet professionals. From inspiration to installation, KCD Software generates cut lists, business tools, and optimized work flow based on preferred production methods.
Free 31-day trial of Designer begins now and ends Dec. 31, 2017. Add in free, unlimited technical support, and there’s never been a better time to discover the ‘software you can build on.™’
For more information please contact:
About KCD Software
KCD software is developed for custom cabinetmakers by custom cabinetmakers. Core values of fairness, innovation and customer satisfaction drive KCD’s commitment to making great design, price and build software for the custom cabinet and closet industries. KCD Software and Development Team have been recognized by the Adex Award for Woodworking Design and the Sequioa Award for Innovation in Software Productivity for outstanding product development.
Stiles equips North American manufacturers with benchmarking best practices during European Technology Tour
Over 40 manufacturing professionals from across North America had the unique opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities in the world during this year’s European Benchmarking Technology Tour, hosted by Stiles Machinery on October 7-14, 2017. The forward-thinking solutions experienced throughout the weeklong event allowed participants to benchmark their own operations against other global leaders, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace and equipping them with valuable knowledge and tools that will directly affect the overall success of their companies for years to come.
With tour stops at nine industry-leading plants throughout Germany and the Netherlands, guests of Stiles’ annual Benchmarking Technology Tour received exclusive insights into the latest advancements in panel processing, batch-size one production strategies, new cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and industry 4.0 innovations for high-end store fixture, component, and kitchen cabinet manufacturers. This exposure gave attendees the opportunity to observe how global trendsetters are optimizing their operations and process flows by utilizing best practices, innovative software and advanced technology.
Several notable tour destinations included Nobilia, the world’s largest kitchen manufacturer located in the heart of Germany. At Nobilia, guests were able to benchmark their own practices against one of the leading process-driven manufacturers in the world. Sedus Systems in Geseke, Germany was another popular tour destination. As one of the most highly automated woodworking manufacturers in the world, Sedus gave attendees a window into industry 4.0 and the future of manufacturing innovation. Other tour highlights included Poggenpohl in Herford, Germany, with over 120 years of experience in high-end kitchen manufacturing. At Poggenpohl, attendees observed the latest trends in kitchen materials, colors, textures, and finishes. While in Herford, guests also visited Febru, where they experienced innovative concepts in office furniture manufacturing and unique strategies for obtaining the highest production value from a wide variety of products. HOMAG Bohrsysteme in Herzebrock, Germany, was another favorite for tour attendees where they experienced the latest in CNC machining technology.
In addition to the highly informative and inspirational site tours, many of the attendees to Stiles’ Benchmarking Technology Tour reported that the most valuable takeaway from the week was the opportunity to network with other attendees and gain valuable insights from peers who are facing similar challenges and the solutions they have implemented to increase efficiency and productivity.
To learn more about the European Benchmarking Technology Tour or other industry-leading events from Stiles, visit www.stilesmachinery.com/events
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 a solution for every challenge. 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.
Visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com .
The champion of woodworking skill standards recognized throughout North America updates its website to better serve the industry’s need for workforce development.
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA), celebrating its 10th anniversary as the champion of woodworking skill standards, is pleased to announce the relaunch of WoodworkCareer.org. The newly redesigned website has been reorganized and updated to make it easier for woodworking professionals, suppliers and educators to access information about the WCA skill standards, allied credential passport program and other valuable employee training tools and resources.
“We’ve added so much information and so many new features to the website since its launch that it was definitely time for a reboot,” said Scott Nelson, president of the WCA. “By freshening the design and tightening up the site map, the website is now much easier to navigate.”
WoodworkCareer.org features detailed information about the WCA’s Woodworking Skill Standards and credential Passport program that are recognized throughout the North American woodworking industry. Separate pages have been developed for each of the WCA’s core membership groups, including:
Since it was chartered as a 503c non-profit in 2007, the WCA has developed Skill Standards for more than 240 woodworking machines and operations and issued nearly 1,600 individual skill credential passports. The standards and passports are recognized by educational institutions and woodworking companies operating throughout the United States and Canada. The overarching goal of the WCA is to develop and grow the industry’s workforce by creating pathways for woodworkers to advance their careers and incomes as they learn new skills.
Learn more about Woodwork Career Alliance membership, sponsorships and the WCA Skill Standards and Passport program at the new www.WoodworkCareer.org.
About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(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 more than 1,600 Passports, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of achievements as a woodworking professional. More than 165 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation™ members. To learn more about the WCA, how to get involved with its programs or to sign up to receive the quarterly WCA Pathways e-newsletter, visit www.WoodworkCareer.org.
New version of WorkPLAN ERP & Production Management System by Vero Software is dedicated to the Woodworking Industry
Already widely acclaimed in the automotive and aeronautics sectors, WorkPLAN, by Vero Software, now offers a new version specifically designed for the carpentry, woodworking and fittings sector.
Vero Software drew upon experience gained with its Cabinet Vision and Alphacam solutions, leaders in the woodworking industry for over 20 years, to create a fully integrated CAD/CAM/ERP system for the sector’s specific requirements.
As Cabinet Vision sought to expand its range of services to over 10,000 active clients in North America, Vero opted to offer a completely integrated solution by incorporating the Sales Activity and Production Control Management modules from the WorkPLAN software.
Within a period of just a few months, the sales and technical teams developed the interfaces that were required to allow technical data synchronization and the creation of quotations in WorkPLAN from information generated in the quotations menu (design and price calculations in Cabinet Vision).
Design information originating from Cabinet Vision is automatically fed into WorkPLAN. The list of panels to be cut is clearly identified, along with a list of produced parts and CNC programs generated by Cabinet Vision’s Screen-To-Machine module for each. Panel supply management is simplified by using purchase orders or the stock, with prior reservation if necessary.
Labels generated by Cabinet Vision enable the monitoring of production at each stage of the cutting process, made possible by the scanning of barcodes produced from Cabinet Vision’s Screen-To-Machine module.
"The seamless integration of the two software applications will allow users to improve their productivity by optimizing project job tracking, supply management and stock control, along with production monitoring,” said WorkPLAN Business Manager Christophe Mas says.
New functions have been developed for this dedicated woodworking-focused version of WorkPLAN, including Packing Management. "This will be available in the 2018 R1 release, and all users will be able to benefit, whatever their sector of activity,” Mas said.
The woodworking version of WorkPLAN was previewed at the AWFS 2017 trade fair in Las Vegas.
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.
Qualified candidates attended Biesse Group’s Oct. 21 Job Fair on the Charlotte Campus and met with members of our Service Team and Human Resources Team to discuss career opportunities currently available.
Eighty percent of the candidates in attendance will be contacted for follow-up interviews or have moved on to the second phase of interviews already.
Biesse Group hires a broad range of talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and cultures. We look for teammates who share our vision to be an exceptional company celebrated for performance, character and customer care. Biesse Group is among the world’s leading players in the manufacture and sale of high-tech machinery and systems for wood, glass, stone and plastics. Hard work and dedication has brought us to the forefront of our industry and continuous innovation keeps us there.
If you weren’t able to attend the Job Fair and are interested in applying, please contact our Human Resources Team at HR@biesseamerica.com or call 704.357.3131.
Biesse Group is a multinational leader in the technology for processing wood, glass, stone, plastic and metal. It designs, manufactures and distributes machines, integrated systems and software for the producers of furniture, door/window frames, 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 works via 8 industrial sites, 30 branches, 300 agents and selected resellers, exporting 88% of its production. Its customers include some of the most prestigious names of 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.
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