Oregon State University and the TallWood Design Institute choose Biesse’s Uniteam UT machine for new advanced materials lab
When Oregon State University and the TallWood Design Institute (TDI) needed a machining solution to support creativity in their new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, they turned to Biesse Uniteam and its high performance Uniteam UT work center. When the new lab opens on May 14th, the UT machine will be used for student education, industry training, technical demonstrations, and applied research.
A partnership between Oregon State University’s Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon’s College of Design, TDI is the nation’s leading research collaborative focused on the advancement of structural wood products and mass timber design. “There are several large-scale CNC machines on the market that allow manufacturers to work with mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber (X-LAM) and glue-laminated beams (GLU-LAM),” said Iain Macdonald, Director of TDI. “But essentially what we saw with the Uniteam UT machine was that it had the best all-round flexibility. This is really important for what we do - every project is unique, and we will be dealing with everything from scaled-down mockup buildings and product prototyping to full-scale structures for testing.”
Macdonald previously managed an R&D center for the wood products industry in Canada, and experienced some frustrations with the more limited capabilities of other machines. "When architecture students and practicing architects came to our workshops, they were all fired up to try out innovative designs and be very creative. They were sometimes disappointed when we had to tell them about the constraints of those machines.”
Macdonald said the experience of Emmerson Lab users is likely to be quite different. “Our new Biesse Uniteam UT machine will cut mass timber panels, straight beams and curved beams, so it will help us push the boundaries of what can be done with wood. We are really looking forward to being able to use all the capabilities of the machine to do some cutting-edge research projects, help industry understand what the technology can do, and show designers how the fabrication process works. To fulfill our research and development mandate, the UT machine was clearly the best solution for us".
According to Mike Johnson, Biesse Vice President of Sales, the Uniteam UT’s design has a unique advantage. “The Uniteam UT has the flexibility to quickly set-up for machining of both straight and curved Mass Timber or Laminated Beams, while also having the capacity to machine CLT panels up to 10’ in width. It combines a fast automatic clamping solution with a powerful 5-Axis electro spindle able to perform machining operations to the highest possible standards. The Uniteam UT machine is ideal for manufacturing companies requiring flexibility in fabrication as well as the needs of a research, training, and design institute like TallWood.”
Made possible by $6 million in funding from California-based Sierra Pacific Industries and named for Sierra Pacific's co-founder, the new lab has two missions. Half of it will be dedicated to state-of-the-art fabrication. The other half will house a structural testing facility, designed for building up to 3-story structures using mass timber products and destructively testing them for seismic strength, structural strength, and other characteristics. The 15,000-square foot advanced materials lab is one part of an $80 million investment to create the Oregon Forest Science Complex, that also encompasses the 80,000-square foot George W. Peavy Forest Science Center.
WalzCraft is excited to announce the addition of a new versatile gray stain to our extensive line of finish options for custom cabinet components. The new Stonehenge V3 Combination Stain is a medium gray tone that covers most of the woods natural color and highlights the darker grain. Stonehenge is available on Birch, Cherry, Maple, and Red Oak Wood Species.
WalzCraft manufactures custom cabinet doors, drawer fronts, dovetail drawer boxes, cabinet components and millwork for custom cabinetmakers and cabinet refacers throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1982, WalzCraft has built a reputation for producing a High-quality product, at a competitive price, with a short delivery cycle, while offering a vast array of options from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at 2600 Hemstock Street in La Crosse, WI. http://walzcraft.com
Elias Woodwork has announced the launch of their newly redesigned website www.eliaswoodwork.com. The completely revamped website features a streamlined and simplified design, improved functionality and enriched content areas to help industry professionals find the products and options available that will meet the needs of their cabinetry or millwork projects.
With improved design, content navigation and product selection, their new website will improve and increase user engagement with new search and filter features that give users the ability to quickly identify the product options they are looking for. Whether looking for technical information or product photos to help get inspired for the next project, the new site is designed to drive users to their objective.
“We are excited about our new website with a fresh, modern look and new features that make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for. Our goal was to create a funnel driven website that caters to a wide range of professionals across several industries. The new site is also a key component in our marketing strategies and aligns our digital platform more closely with our future goals and branding. As we strive to improve every aspect of our on and offline presence, significant projects like this not only demonstrate pride in our company, but shows our commitment of excellence for our customers, partners and friends,” says Jeremy Funk, Sales & Marketing Manager.
Since 1983, Elias Woodwork has been manufacturing cabinetry and millwork components. Over the years they have made themselves known for their vast product selection, high quality finishes and competitive prices. As a lean manufacturer, Elias Woodwork can cater to a wide range of industries across North America and internationally. From Tenon, Miter and Slab cabinet doors, drawer boxes, moldings, refacing material, custom AOS Elite (Assemble On Site) cabinet boxes and decorative accessories, they can manufacture nearly any wood product for a new, remodeled or refaced kitchen, bath or millwork project.
SawStop, the world leader in table saw safety, today announced a “Free Upgrade” offer on new Professional Cabinet Saws. Between March 1 and April 30, 2019, in the United States and Canada each customer who purchases a new Professional Cabinet Saw will receive one of two available accessories: the Overarm Dust Collection OR the Integrated Mobile Base, each worth $249 USD ($365 CAD).
SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw continues to set sales records, and SawStop saws are always the same price. The company rarely holds promotions, but CEO Matt Howard said offering the free upgrade was important. “We all know there are things we should do to be safe, but we don't always do them. If by offering this upgrade SawStop has helped someone make the decision today to protect themselves, we will count the promotion a success.”
This offer expires on April 30, 2019. The Professional Cabinet Saw is available through authorized dealers both in stores and online. Find more details at www.sawstop.com/upgrade.
SawStop is the world leader in table saw safety. Each SawStop saw stops the spinning blade on contact with skin. The company’s saws are designed to minimize saw-related injuries and the costs associated with them.
KCD Software, a leading provider of professional custom woodworking and design to CNC software for the cabinet and closet industries, announced today the launch of its newly designed website at http://kcdsoftware.com.
The completely revamped website features a simplified and streamlined design, improved functionality and enriched content areas. It’s designed to support cabinet and closet making professionals to make well informed decisions about their custom software technology needs and goals.
“We’re excited to provide visitors with dynamic product and industry info, along with helpful tools like our simple: Get the Right Software Fit product finder – 5 questions to help match your custom business to the right software product,” says Executive Project Manager, Ken Frye. “The new site empowers professionals to try the connectivity and tools they need to ramp up and streamline their custom businesses.”
Visitors to the site can also find clear and easy to understand software tutorials and training videos, solutions-based product information and industry articles and trends.
KCD Software has manufactured powerful and easy to use design to manufacturing software for custom builders, renovators, cabinetmakers and closet makers for over 30 years. They continue to invest time and resources into the ongoing success of their customers providing innovative software solutions, free updates, no annual maintenance fees, free phone support, trainings and one-on-one customer assistance.
Visit http://kcdsoftware.com today.
Premier EuroCase has reduced their standard lead time from ten business days to five. Accelerating lead times is a huge benefit to their customers since it’s one of the shortest in the country for custom orders. This increased efficiency is possible due to optimizing internal processes, and investments in automated machinery that speed inventory retrieval, cutting, and edgebanding.
Part of Premier EuroCase’s value proposition is being a reliable supplier to their customers. By reducing lead times by 50 percent they’re creating a competitive advantage for consumers to receive their superior quality products faster.
To achieve these consistently fast lead times, Premier EuroCase stays in a continuous state of innovation. By the end of Q2 2019, they will be the first company in the U.S. to have a completely autonomous production line from TFL production to finished banding. The line will consist of an automated inventory retrieval system, automated HPS robotic saws, and an automated laser edgebander all integrated into a single autonomous system.
“Our investments in automated technology are paying off for our customers as we cut lead times without sacrificing quality,” Andy Wilzoch, President of Premier EuroCase said. “We’re leveraging our lean manufacturing innovations to benefit current customers and attract new ones on the things that matter most to them: speed, quality, and price.”
Premier EuroCase has already implemented the new lead time on standard panel and door orders. Their large product portfolio (Reflekt, UltraMatte, Ion, Roücke HD, Roücke TFL, and HPL) offers over 75 stocked color options for a several markets including residential, commercial, multifamily, education, hospitality, and retail store fixtures.
About Premier EuroCase
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Premier EuroCase is a privately-held, full service panel processor that has been specializing in laminating, manufacturing, custom components and technical innovation since 1987. For more information, visit www.premiereurocase.com
At the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Last Vegas February 19-21, 2019
Richelieu is thrilled to celebrate 50 years of innovation at KBIS in Las Vegas. Through our years of expertise and industry knowledge, Richelieu has built an extensive range of specialty hardware products for the kitchen and bath industry. Reaching out to the architecture, design and woodworking communities, we are proud to share this milestone achievement with our KBIS family.
Visit us at booth #C-9309 to see Richelieu’s latest innovations and learn more about our solutions for creating spectacular interiors and functional furniture. From a stunning line of new decorative hardware to the most impressive kitchen storage and organization solutions, Richelieu responds to market demands for both functional and stylish kitchen and bathroom accessories that you won’t want to miss!
See more information online at Richelieu.com/KBIS2019
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