Power tool manufacturer showcases professional, precision-engineered solutions for the construction, woodworking and painting trades.
Festool has expanded its Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. tour schedule for Festool Roadshow, which is powered by a 48’ truck making numerous stops throughout the United States and Canada. The tour is designed to give craftsmen across North America a first-hand look at everything that's currently available —and upcoming — from Festool. Widely regarded as the superior brand among remodelers, carpenters, cabinet makers, furniture builders and painters, Festool will be showcasing recent product introductions and future product previews as well as a broad range of its award-winning product line.
“Due to the success that the Roadshow has experienced throughout North America, we’ve added a number of stops in the Northeast and Midwest through July,” says Leo Zirkler, Vice President of Marketing at Festool. “The Roadshow is our way of taking our professional tool solutions out into the marketplace, where craftsmen can experience first-hand how to do their jobs better and in less time.”
Festool Roadshow tour dates are frequently added. To find a tour stop nearby, go to either www.festoolusa.com/roadshow or www.festoolcanada.com/roadshow.
Founded in Germany in 1925, Festool is known for its innovative, precision-engineered power tool solutions. Based in Lebanon, IN, Festool USA offers a comprehensive lineup of power tools and system accessories, designed to boost productivity through efficiency and high performance. For more information, visit www.festoolusa.com or www.festoolcanada.com.
Actually, they are hoping to help you!
We all recognize that there's a critical shortage of trained workers in woodworking-related fields and very few training programs dedicated to filling that need. As many of you know, the New England School of Architectural Woodworking (NESAW) currently offers a 23-week career training course for cabinetmakers. Currently, the bulk of that time is devoted to building kitchen cabinets for members of the local community. Read a week-by-week description of our program here.
This year, we’ve fielded more calls than ever from employers looking for qualified workers, and we’ve realized that it’s time to re-visit the format of our training program to better meet your needs.
We currently graduate 9-12 students per year since we only run one five month program per year; this is obviously inadequate to meet the needs of the industry in the northeast, based on the number of inquiries we get. The problem is compounded by the fact that many of our students aren’t willing to relocate to areas where the jobs are, which makes it even more difficult to meet your needs. Finally, a five-month, $11K training program, (plus living expenses in some cases) can be difficult for potential students to commit to.
This is why we’re looking for new ideas. Should we shorten the program and run it more often to graduate more students and meet industry needs more quickly? If so, what should we focus on from a training point of view?
We've considered limiting it to the curriculum in the first 8 weeks of our current program. Would this make it easier for you to find young people locally and help sponsor their training here at the school? Is there a bigger role to play for industry organizations in the training arena?
We have always been very proud of our five month program and the high quality graduates that we produce. But given the current situation in the industry, maybe a shorter program with the right content would provide potential employees that are well grounded in the basics and allow you to continue the training in house. We would insure that they are safe, understand the basics, and have a good work ethic.
We’re frankly open to just about anything, including a hybrid model, but need some feedback to make the right decision and make sure we do what’s best for the industry. Working together to develop a better training model can benefit all of us.
Join us for our first ever Employer Roundtable, to be held on July 11th, 2018 from 9:30 am – 1 pm here at NESAW in Easthampton, MA.
We would love to show you our facility, explain our current training program, and brainstorm on how we could improve and what you would want to see in a training program in the future. Even if you aren’t able to attend in person, we would welcome your feedback via phone call or in our forum. We also hope to be able to setup a dial-in number for those unable to attend in person; we'll send out more details when we have them.
Lunch will be provided by the New England Architectural Woodwork Institute (NEAWI) and Precision Veneer. In addition, the NEAWI will be hosting a tour after lunch of Wright Architectural Millwork in Northampton, MA which you are welcome to join.
If you and/or others in your company plan on attending, please register below so that we know how many people will be joining us. If you know of anyone else who might be interested in attending, please pass on the information.
Click here for directions on how get to our shop. It’s easy to find our building by using GPS, but much more difficult to find our shop, so please use the directions provided to find us.
Please feel free to email or call if you have questions or feedback for us or just want more information...
Chris Corrales of CNC Factory to Speak at Cabinet Makers Association Regional Event in Springfield, Missouri – Friday, June 22
Chris Corrales, the owner of CNC Factory (CNCFactory.com) in Santa Ana, California, will speak to the Cabinet Makers Association at their Springfield, Missouri Regional Event - Friday, June 22. Cabinetmakers from around the area will learn what is new in CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment and what is newly improved. The event will be held at Cabinet Concepts by Design located at 4123 N. State Hwy. H in Springfield.
CNC Factory designs, builds and manufactures CNC machines in their Orange County California facility. “With CNC Factory located in the United States, we integrate new technology into CNC systems quicker and more skillfully than any other CNC manufacturer in the world,” Corrales says.
At the CMA Conference in Springfield Corrales will discuss:
1) 3rd Generation CNC Robotics – it does all the heavy lifting;
2) The new CNC Factory Printing and Marking Block - this allows each cut piece to be labeled with post production instructions; and
3) The new Lockdowel Scorpion boring and insertion machine - which enables flat-pack shipping and cabinet assembly without using screws, glue or cams.
“The Lockdowel, glue-less, snap-together assembly method for cabinets and furniture is a game changer in this industry,” Chris Corrales Owner of CNC Factory says. “This is just the kind of technology breakthrough CNC Factory can incorporate quickly and expertly, and we have, with the Scorpion Lockdowel LDR machine,” Corrales says. “Our LDR machine is equipped with 3rd generation, A.I. production controls, real-time virtual support, automated gun cleaning, precise laser measuring - and it’s designed for one operator, even when working with large productions.”
Andy Patel, Owner of Designer Closets in Orlando, Florida owns a Scorpion Lockdowel Machine, a CNC router, an edgebander and a 3-D Lamination Thermalfoil Press all from CNC Factory. His company produces Lazy Lee Spinning closets for homeowners and for wholesale.
“We chose CNC Factory because I know I’m working with people in the cabinet business I get along with,” Patel explains. “Should I have an issue, who I am working with and how issues get resolved is very important. Chris and his team deliver in-house tech support with experience and treat me as a friend they know, and not just a problem they need to process.”
To see the complete Cabinet Makers Association Agenda for the June 22 CMA Springfield Regional Event go to: https://www.cabinetmakers.org/june-2018-springfield.html
About CNC Factory
Chris Corrales has more than 20 years of cabinet making expertise. His real-world experience inspired him to start building better CNC machines 13 years ago, with a clear goal of helping companies embrace CNC automation. His mission: To make CNC automation as common place as a table saw.
Today this vision is core as CNC Factory designs and manufactures high quality precision CNC routers, machining centers, edgebanders, Lockdowel insertion and thermofoil 3D presses to meet urgent business needs of customers. At CNC Factory, providing the fastest, most accurate and dependable CNC Machines and supporting products is only the beginning of meeting customers’ needs. “We never leave them all by themselves,” Owner Chris Corrales promises.
Power up your needs with CNC Factory and capture more opportunities within your market! CNC Factory 2001 South Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 714-581-5999, CNCFactory.com
Leading developer to share expertise on choosing software for your CNC.
KCD Software is pleased to announce that John Murphy, company founder, will present at the CNC Symposium, a comprehensive day-long program running in conjunction with the 2018 International Woodworking Fair at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
To be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 21 - the day before IWF starts - the CNC Symposium is a must for shop owners, manufacturers and business leaders already using or considering implementing CNC technology in their operations.
With four decades of custom cabinetmaking experience and 35 years continually developing integrated design and production software, John Murphy is uniquely qualified to present “Choosing Software for Your CNC.” This talk will address the fundamental questions for custom woodworking shops to consider before investing in or expanding their CNC capabilities, including:
• The different types of CNC machines available;
• Determining which equipment is best suited for specific business models;
• What adding or expanding CNC technology can or cannot do for your business;
• Finding the right software fit in terms of capability, required technical expertise and goals;
• Considerations for minimizing disruption when implementing new CNC capabilities; and
• How to optimize your investments in agile manufacturing.
Geared toward both small shops and larger manufacturers, the CNC Symposium covers a wide variety of CNC-related topics and gives attendees an opportunity to talk to suppliers and CNC experts face-to-face.
Details and registration are available here: http://iwfatlanta.com/Education/CNC.
For more information please contact, Ken Frye, executive project manager, KCD Software at 508-760-1140 or email@example.com.
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. The KCD Software and Development Team has been recognized by the Adex Award for Woodworking Design and the AWFS Sequoia Award for Innovation in Software Productivity for outstanding product development. Learn more.
Running August 22-25, 2018, The International Woodworking Fair is one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries. IWF is a biennial event that is held every two years at the Georgia World Congress Center and draws attendees from all over the world.
About the CNC Symposium
FDMC magazine and Woodworking Network editor Will Sampson will moderate this full-day symposium. Designed for everyone interested in CNC manufacturing, the symposium will cover a wide selection of CNC-related topics for beginning to advanced users. The program is being developed and presented by FDMC and Woodworking Network.
Program designed for users and managers to master best practices, learn new features, and realize user benefits.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence will host the first annual Vero Software Users’ Group meeting at HxGN LIVE 2018, June 12-15, at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Hexagon's premier cross-industry technology conference offers continuing education and valuable interaction with product development and application specialists from Vero Software. The Users’ Group meeting is designed to help users and managers master new software features, apply best practices, and ensure their companies fully realize the latest user benefits. Conference attendees will have exclusive access to roadmaps for Vero Software's product portfolio — Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Radan, Surfcam and WorkNC. Acquired by Hexagon in 2014, Vero Software is a leading developer of CAD CAM software for design and manufacturing processes, and specialized solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries.
The conference officially kicks off on Tuesday, June 12, with the late afternoon HxGN LIVE Keynote address and reception. The Vero Software Users' Group meeting will be held June 13-14, and will include productivity workshops, training sessions, and new-to-market product unveilings. The two-day program features instructional track sessions covering the latest software upgrades and benefits, as well as Advanced User showcases. Conference attendees will have many opportunities to network with Vero Software specialists, and experts and peers in the Vero Software community. Participants will have access to the entire HxGN LIVE conference with keynote sessions and The Zone technology expo featuring more than 120,000 sq. ft. of Hexagon technologies and 60+ exhibiting sponsors. For more information or to register, visit www.verosoftware.com/events/vero-user-group-meeting-2018.
On Wednesday, June 13, Vero customers will be presented with two one-hour sessions that will focus on the history of Vero Software and its vision for the future, and how building industry partnerships is a strong foundation for more complete manufacturing solutions. Vero Software CEO Steve Sivitter, Regional Director-Americas Nick Spurrett, and Alphacam and Cabinet Vision Director Richard Chappell will speak to Vero customers about Vero Software past and present, current and future product developments, and how the company’s partnerships will translate to greater user benefits.
On Thursday, June 14, four one-hour, solution-specific sessions will be presented to users of Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Radan, Surfcam, and WorkNC. These will include sessions on product-development roadmaps, 2018 product reviews dedicated to utilizing the latest developments, productivity workshops that will include introductions to new products, and advanced user showcases. Sessions will also include ‘ask-the-experts’ interactive opportunities with brand managers and product specialists.
About Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence helps industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. As a leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, our expertise in sensing, thinking and acting – the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data – gives our customers the confidence to increase production speed and accelerate productivity while enhancing product quality.
Through a network of local service centers, production facilities and commercial operations across five continents, we are shaping smart change in manufacturing to build a world where quality drives productivity. For more information, visit HexagonMI.com.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
Online resources can be used to help establish training programs in the classroom or on the shop floor.
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America now offers a treasure trove of tools for training students and entry-level woodworkers. Unlimited access to the online vault of training resources is a valuable new benefit that comes with the $250 annual fee for EDUcation™ and MANufacturing™ membership in the WCA.
While most of the training tools were developed to help high school woodworking instructors implement the WCA’s Sawblade credential program, woodworking businesses can readily adapt them to address their specific training needs.
“Developing a structured program for training new hires from scratch is both time consuming and costly, especially for small shops,” said Patrick Molzahn, director of the Cabinet & Millwork program at Madison College in Madison, WI. “Businesses can use the WCA’s sawblade credential program and resources to train someone who is new or has limited woodworking experience on some of the most basic, yet important fundamentals of woodworking. It’s $250 well-spent.”
Each of the training modules includes a step-by-step learning plan and corresponding learning tools. For example, the learning plan for operating a table saw covers recommended reading assignments, instructional videos, and a checklist of saw safety, key parts and functions. The learning plan also features a series of table saw operator activities such as tapering, beveling and mitering. Rounding out the table saw module are evaluation tools for assessing the quality of the cuts. (Watch sample video: Tapering on a Table Saw.)
Other training modules available to WCA members include:
“We plan to add new resources as often as possible,” Molzahn said. “We welcome contributions from industry, academia and others who are willing to help us build out our library.”
The training resources were detailed in a recent webinar presented by the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers. Molzahn and Bert Christensen, woodworking instructor at Westosha Central High School of Salem, WI, discussed how they utilize the online tools in their respective programs to credential students to WCA skill standards. Click here, to watch the webinar on demand.
To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of the Woodwork Career Alliance, visit WooodworkCareer.org.
Weinig Holz-Her USA will host a Technology Expo at their location in Mooresville, NC on April 19-20. This event will feature live demonstrations on over 30 machines along with their on-demand production software EnVision and the Weinig Service App.
Jason Howell, President of Weinig Holz-Her USA stated “Our goal for this event is to showcase how Weinig Holz-Her manufacturing solutions enable the true intent of mass customization. Embracing this method of manufacturing offers unparalleled flexibility and generates more profitability for our customers.”
The Technology Expo will be hosted at Weinig’s Mooresville 25,000+ square foot showroom and will span two days. Andy Turner, VP of Sales said in relation to the event “It is an exciting time when we can interact with manufacturers across the country and learn about their needs, and at the same time showcase how our technology can partner with them in order to meet those needs.”
Weinig plans on conducting customer situation specific demonstrations of advanced cell manufacturing, highlighting how the EnVision software can connect various machines and achieve an efficient Industry 4.0 manufacturing environment.
“Our technology is unique to the industry and enables our customers to meet an ever-growing variety of consumer demand” Howell added.
The Technology Expo is April 19-20 at 124 Crosslake Park Dr. in Mooresville, NC 28117. Contact Nicole Christinat at Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.weinigusa.com
Weinig Holz-Her USA is the industry leader in solid wood and panel processing technology and equipment. Specializing in innovative manufacturing solutions that enable mass-customization and improve efficiency, Weinig Holz-Her USA offers an array of equipment including moulders, cross-cut saws, rip saws, finger jointers, gluing presses, scanners, CNC machining centers, edge banders, beam saws, vertical saws, material handling equipment, along with fully integrated software solutions that manage and optimize production.
Think Industry Excellence --Think Weinig.
This section of our site contains industry news relevant to CMA members.