Woodworking Network (WWN) ran a story in its FDMC magazine about a unique cross-country CMA collaboration that was sparked by an offhand conversation.
The WWN story detailed an October 2017 working shop visit in which CMA board member Chris Dehmer (Dark Horse Woodworks, Atlanta) and CMA president Matt Krig (Northland Woodworks, Blaine, MN) spent time at member Leland Thomasset’s Taghkanic Woodworking in Pawling, NY. Dehmer and Krig were going to be nearby for a regional CMA event, and they thought it would be great to make a hands-on visit to Thomasset’s shop.
“We went in work clothes and helped with the day’s work,” Dehmer says in the article. “We assembled cabinets, did some edgebanding, helped with miter-folding, helped with the CNC and also got a hands on-with Cabinet Vision.”
The article offers up more details as well as advice from the three on planning an effective working visit.
“Weeks later, we are still thanking each other for what we learned, implementing changes in all three of our shops and giving updates,” Krig says.
The entire article is included below for you to download and learn more.
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.”
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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.
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 .
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.
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.
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