Vero Software and SCM Group recently hosted a successful Woodworking Tour and educational seminar in Ohio, where attendees were shown real-life applications and detailed overviews of the Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, and WorkPLAN solutions, as well as SCM machinery.
“Vero and SCM we have been hosting seminars for the past eight years in the Ohio region, providing software, hardware and tooling information for the woodworking industry. This year was by far our most attended event,” said Vero Regional Sales Manager Mike Littlejohn, who oversees sales of Vero’s woodworking brands in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Western New York.
“Many of our attendees stated that they’re looking for proven software and hardware solutions, and nothing compares to seeing both working together in multiple large commercial manufacturing facilities in actual live production. Seeing the SCM Flexstore and Cabinet Vision running together was truly an impressive sight at Dover Cabinet Industries, which was the highlight of the event.”
Hosted in Sugarcreek, Ohio, the event drew 54 attendees from 29 companies over the course of two days. Tours of three woodworking facilities, which utilize a combination of SCM machinery and Vero solutions to achieve greater production value and efficiency, were a highlight for participants. Ohio woodworking companies nüCamp RV of Sugarcreek, Schlabach Wood Design of Baltic, and Dover Cabinet Industries of Dover were featured stops on the tour.
“The synergy between the software, machines and tooling impressed me, as it does take all three to make it happen,” said Paul Beitner, vice president of operations for Candlelight Cabinetry of Lockport, New York. “To visit shops where this is a daily practice cements the key elements together. It was a great learning experience.”
Attending the tour and seminar was an eye-opener for Ray Staples of Holland, Michigan, wood department manager for Fleetwood Group, Inc. Staples said he regretted not bringing more team members to the educational event.
“We’ve been looking at how what we’re selling is changing and we have to come up with a faster way to make it,” said Staples, who has been with Fleetwood for 32 years. “We’ve decided to go with what works, and so we’re looking to get into nesting.”
In addition to gaining a greater depth of knowledge about tooling, Staples discovered that his company could utilize the capabilities of Alphacam more fully.
“I cannot begin to tell you what I learned,” Staples said. “You need to educate yourself; you can’t wait for someone else to do it for you.”
Nine different pieces of SCM Group equipment were featured on the tour, including an SCM Flexstore storage and retrieval system, a Morbidelli 400 Full Nesting Cell, a Gabbiani T3 3800 front-load saw with label printing, and a Stefani Edgebander with Mahros return conveyor.
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 and VISI, along with the production control MRP system Javelin. 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.
On Thursday, October 5th, 2017, Stiles Machinery Inc. opened its doors to local students in celebration of Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event that takes place each year to inspire the next generation and offer them insights into what manufacturing looks like today and how it is impacting the future. The event at Stiles was a huge success, with nearly 100 students attending from local high schools.
Students began the day with a tour of HOMAG Machinery North America, where they saw how German-engineered flat table CNC machines are built and assembled right here in the United States. From there, students made the trip down the road to the Stiles Machinery headquarters where they were able to see those same machines in action as Stiles team members lead a hands-on demonstration in the manufacturing of electric guitar bodies.
Katie Bush, a teacher at Kenowa Hills Pathways High School, explained why she believes this opportunity was an important one for her students. “We have students that have opted out of the traditional classroom environment for various reasons, many of which will be career bound straight out of high school and don’t know what their options are. This trip gave them an idea of what opportunities are out there for them.”
Many students also expressed their experience at Stiles’ Manufacturing Day Event including Aidan Ewing, a senior from Kenowa Hills, who mentioned how this opportunity has impacted his plans for the future. “When thinking about working in a factory, I’ve always envisioned an uncomfortable environment, but after touring HOMAG and Stiles, I realized that I was wrong. Everything was clean and open, and it seemed like things were very effective and productive,” said Ewing.
When asked if he would be interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing Ewing responded that before today he would have said no, but after today he would definitely be interested in it.
As the industry’s leading provider of advanced manufacturing solutions, Stiles Machinery Inc. understands the importance of investing in future industry leaders and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful.
One of the ways Stiles is putting this belief into action is through their support of the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab's National Training Center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which will be celebrating their grand opening on October 5th, 2017.
The Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) is a program dedicated to empowering the next generation of manufacturing professionals through advanced training courses in lean manufacturing. In support of these efforts, Stiles Machinery has contributed multiple state-of-the-art woodworking machines that will be used in conjunction with the MiLL’s hands-on training approach designed to provide students with a unique educational experience in modern-day manufacturing.
Dean Mattson, founder, and CEO of the MiLL believes that programs like this are crucial to the future of the manufacturing industry. “Everywhere I’ve traveled throughout the country, industry partners tell me about their concerns regarding how they’re going to fill all the empty positions left by the retiring generation of baby boomers. The industry needs a pool of trained workers. That’s why we started the MiLL,” says Mattson.
The MiLL is the first national training center of its kind designed to educate future leaders and talents in the manufacturing industry. Along with its special focus in woods manufacturing, the MiLL will also provide specialized learning labs in the areas of construction and cabinet finishing.
For more information about the MiLL, please visit https://themillco.org/
Stiles Machinery Inc. is excited to announce the grand opening of their Northeast Regional Headquarters and Training Center, in Bristol, PA. scheduled for November 1-2, 2017.
The new location will include a Stiles University Learning Lab complete with the latest technology for training in programming and design as well as a variety of fully-powered machinery for technical and operational training. Stiles is thrilled to bring the same great service, support and training that their Northeast customers depend on, closer to where they live.
In celebration of the grand opening, Stiles is hosting an exciting two-day event, scheduled for November 1-2, 2017, in which guests will experience hands-on training opportunities and educational discussions aimed at providing regional customers with opportunities to learn, grow and prepare for the future.
The event will kick off with a motivational presentation from special guest speaker Guy Bucey, Chief Operating Officer of Inova, a leading manufacturer in the furniture industry. Guy will be sharing his secrets to success in motivating the workforce and Industry 4.0 innovation. Guests will then have the opportunity to experience an exclusive hands-on training with multiple production-ready machines in Stiles University’s innovative learning lab.
On day two, guests will travel to Eastern Millwork, one of the manufacturing industry’s leading innovators in the Northeast, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of their brand new state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City, NJ. Throughout the tour, guests will witness first-hand how manufacturers in the Northeast region are investing in new production solutions, increasing labor savings and improving automation.
Stiles is excited to kick off their new Northeast Regional Headquarters and Training Center with this exciting and educational event, and looks forward to continuing to provide world-class production solutions to their loyal customers in the Northeast.
For more information visit www.stilesmachinery.com/stiles-northeast-region.
Manufacturers from across North America will descend upon 3 Biesse Group Showrooms this Fall for Inside Biesse and Inside Intermac events.
The Charlotte Campus will host its Fall Inside Biesse event at the 23,000 sq ft showroom in the heart of North Carolina on Oct. 26-27. Biesse Group will proudly showcase its latest technological innovations at this unique event as industry professionals gather to exchange ideas and discuss the new technology that is shaping the future of manufacturing.
The first is SOPHIA, Biesse Group’s new IoT platform and cloud-based software management tool, which helps users achieve higher productivity by providing them with an easy-to-use dashboard containing real-time visibility of machine status, performance and functionality. Biesse Group’s new integrated plant management software, B-AVANT, will also be prominently featured.
Inside Intermac returns to Toronto Nov. 2-4 at the Mississagua Showroom & Service Center with new machinery under power and ready for you to demo!
Take advantage of this opportunity to test drive some of the industry’s most cutting-edge machinery including the Master 33.3 4-axis CNC. This versatile machine is used for glass, mirror, natural stone, Marble and Quartz materials with drilling, milling, grinding, polishing and V-groove capabilities.
The Inside Biesse event is back this Fall in Biesse Group’s West Coast Showroom & Service Center in Anaheim, California, on Nov. 9. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to see our latest machines and services at this state-of-the-art showroom.
Consult with Biesse Group product managers, each with over 20 years of experience in the woodworking industry, who will be on hand to show you how our technology can increase your production.
As Biesse Group evolves from a company dedicated to the production of machines to one also offering highly technological systems to increase their performance and productivity, let our knowledge at these Inside events work for you and increase your bottom line!
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I’ve noticed this year that many of our members are really busy, while others need more work. Both of these situations can bring stress, and it struck me recently that being a CMA member has important advantages during both the “feast” and “famine” phases of running a business:
IF YOU’RE BUSY: MAKE TIME TO CONNECT.
Learn how you can streamline your business. Use the online forums to ask questions about your processes, inquire about new technology prior to a purchase, and simply bounce your ideas off of others.
Make time to attend our events to network in person and see other shops and learn how they operate. Even a single “take-way” could save you hours and dollars.
Share your workload with others. Use the forums to ask for help if you are too busy to keep up. CMA members are happy to job-share when needed.
IF YOU AREN’T BUSY: MAKE CONNECTING A MAJOR FOCUS.
Reach out via the forums and let fellow members know you’re willing to help out with their projects.
While you have extra time on your hands, use that time to focus on growing your business. Participate in events. Network with other members and visit other shops to get ideas that will benefit your business.
And speaking of events, you don’t want to miss our 20th Anniversary Conference next March. This will not be your typical association meeting – we promise to deliver an exceptional experience that will both educate and inspire you.
The conference will be held in Denver March 1-2, and we’ve chosen a theme that’s very much in keeping with this beautiful city in the Rockies: Elevate. Join us to find out how you and your business can soar to new heights with the CMA.
ONE MORE REASON TO ATTEND?
We’ve made it affordable. The registration fee for this two-day event is only $100 for general members (and that includes meals, too). For more information and to register, please visit: www.cabinetmakers.org/denver.
We also have a special offer for non-members, and we hope you’ll spread the word: Non-members will get a one-year
CMA membership as part of their registration, which will provide them with a great opportunity to get to know our
community and see what they’ve been missing. CMA members often tell me that they wish they had known about the
association sooner, so I hope you’ll help me get the word out about this special opportunity to get two great experiences for the price of one!
Amanda Conger, Executive Director
The Wood Technology Industry Institute (WTII) will hold a week-long Boot Camp focused on wood processing January 8-12, 2018, at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. The program is designed to give sales, marketing or executive staff a better understanding of the woodworking industry’s manufacturing processes.
Sponsored by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), this Boot Camp session provides an exposure-level curriculum and hands-on approach to several of the industry’s fundamental wood processing applications and the machinery used in those manufacturing processes. Topics to be covered include: AutoCAD, CAM Software, CNC, wood science, primary processing, finishing, veneering, cabinetry, machine woods, tool technology, millwork and facilities management.
While the registration fee for non-WMIA members is usually $2,400, the organizers would like to extend the member rate of $1,950/person to CMA members as well. This fee covers not only the course and all materials, but also hotel accommodations and all meals. Learn more at wtii.net.
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