This year’s trade show in Atlanta was amazing, to say the least. Attendance was the best it's been in 10 years, and you could tell: the aisles and booths were quite crowded.
We began the week with shop tours of local CMA shops on Tuesday. The tour sold out and the bus was full! The day
concluded with a BBQ at Dark Horse Woodworks – an amazing example of Southern hospitality and a great way to connect with other members before the show began.
In addition to welcoming CMA members who visited our booth when the show opened on Wednesday, we also began hosting our seminars – there were 12 throughout the show, and they were well-attended and well-received.
Wednesday evening we continued our tradition of hosting a “What’s Your Problem?” roundtable discussion. We filled the room, and the conversations were lively and lengthy. Many members’ takeaway was their relief that other cabinetmakers have the same if not similar problems.
On Thursday, we held the Wood Diamond Awards ceremony and recognized members and the superb quality of their work.
That evening, we gathered for our Annual Membership Appreciation Banquet at Gordon Biersch Brewery in Buckhead. Throughout the evening, we offered tours of the nearby SubZero showroom. It was another great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and also see the amazing craftsmanship of Exclusive Woodworking in the SubZero showroom.
All in all, it was a great show. Connecting with other members and learning from each other is what we are all about, and participating in trade shows like IWF is one of the ways we fulfill the mission of the CMA.
Stiles Machinery will demonstrate highly-efficient networked production and software integration techniques at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, Georgia, August 22-25, 2018. The presentation, delivered by Scott Cruickshank, Director of Software Solutions at Stiles, will explore how Industry 4.0, IoT, and innovative software solutions can help manufacturers of all sizes to maximize yield while minimizing time and labor costs.
Using technology from HOMAG’s brand new line of modern machine designs, Scott will demonstrate how to manufacture a customized checkout counter with the latest design software as well as a combination of innovative material handling solutions; a fully-automated robotic panel saw, seamless edgebanding technology and powerful CNC machining.
Attendees to the presentation will experience the industry’s fastest panel management system, HOMAG’s STORETEQ S-500, first-hand as it manages a wide range of materials with ease. The materials will then be fed to HOMAG’s SAWTEQ B-320 flexTec for further processing. The SAWTEQ B-320 flexTec is designed for rapid single panel processing with unlimited recuts and flexible cutting patterns. Its innovative design completely redefines the flow of parts in batch-size one production and dramatically increases material yield with leading-edge robotic handling technology. Once parts are sized, they will then be transferred to the HOMAG EDGETEQ with integrated LOOPTEQ O-600 return conveyor technology, for a fully automated part flow during the edgebanding process.
Throughout the demonstration, Scott will feature innovative software solutions from HOMAG including CutRite cutting optimization software, ControllerMES for a fully-optimized production process, and the latest version of Wood CAD|CAM which will be making its North American debut at IWF. Each machine featured in the demonstration will also be connected to tapio , the world’s first digital platform designed to dramatically increase the efficiency of production management within the woodworking industry including plant and machinery operation, predictive maintenance, production optimization and much more, all from the palm of your hand.
The Networked Production and Software Integration Demonstration will take place Wednesday-Friday at 9 am, 11 am, and 2 pm as well as Saturday at 10 am . For more information, or to register, visit www.StilesIWF.com or stop by Stiles booth #5035.
About Stiles Machinery
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 solutions that equip companies for success in every area of their business. 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.
A recent contest turned up a surprising entry from Camp Good Days, a residential summer camp in Branchport, NY for children with cancer or those who have (or have lost) a parent or sibling with cancer. Colonial Saw Company, the U.S. importer of Lamello woodworking tools, ran the 2017 contest among their customers to discover innovative uses of the Lamello P-System.
“I was so pleased to see Jerry’s entry in our contest among many other creative submissions from all over the country,” said Chris Hofmann, Lamello U.S. product manager at Colonial Saw. “It brought his and the camp’s efforts to my attention. I knew that my colleagues at Lamello back in Switzerland would appreciate this particular customer as well!”
Jerry Romanowski and other volunteers run the woodworking program at Camp Good Days for their campers to help get their minds off their treatments, or in some cases, their loss. He cuts the wood components in his personal basement shop and brings them to the camp for the children to sand, paint and assemble items such as bird houses, keepsake boxes, and step stools. Together they create over 600 projects each summer. However, since campers come from all over the US and the world, getting their projects home on an airplane was a problem in the past. Until, that is, Mr. Romanowski discovered the Lamello P-system and the Clamex P-14 connectors, which enable projects to be flat-packed and sent home in their suitcases ready to re-assemble.
Romanowski’s story and the camp’s efforts resonated with Lamello AG, which now supports Camp Good Days with free P-System connectors, tooling, and accessories. “When I saw their contest entry I knew they were something special,” said Marco Ress, Lamello International Area Sales Manager. “No child is ever turned away and services are free thanks to the support of many individuals and businesses. Woodworking is in our DNA and we wanted to help them succeed.”
But the generosity doesn’t stop there. Colonial Saw has joined with Lamello’s CNC manufacturing partner Komo Machine, Inc. and Universal Forest Products to help produce parts for the Camp at the International Woodworking Fair in August. Universal Forest Products will be supplying the wood and Komo will produce CNC-routed component pieces for over 100 campers’ projects live at their booth at IWF (#6734), the largest US woodworking industry trade show. In addition to partially liberating Mr. Romanowski from his basement shop, this effort will help raise awareness about the camp.
It’s a true collaboration between four companies who came together to give children the opportunity to regain some of the fun and camp experience that cancer has taken away from them.
About Colonial Saw
Colonial Saw Company, Inc. is the U.S. importer of Lamello specialty tools and connectors, Striebig vertical panel saws, and the world’s finest grinding machinery. More information can be found at www.csaw.com or visit them at IWF booth 6569.
Lamello’s revolutionary wood joining systems have been inspiring wood workers since 1955. Synonymous with quality, innovation and excellent functionality, they are used across the globe. More information can be found at www.lamello.com
About Komo Machine
Komo Machine, Inc. designs and manufactures an entire line of high-quality, precision computer numerically controlled (CNC) routers and machining centers in the USA, designed and supported by a highly skilled team of individuals. More information can be found at: www.komo.com
About Universal Forest Products, Inc.
Universal Forest Products, Inc., a U.S.-based global corporation founded in 1955 as a supplier of lumber to the manufactured housing industry, is today a multibillion-dollar holding company with subsidiaries around the globe that serve three robust markets: retail, industrial, and construction. More information may be found at www.ufpi.com
With over 27,000 square feet, Biesse’s exhibit will be the largest at IWF in Atlanta. But even more important, it’s not just bigger, it’s better. From one end to the other, we will have the widest range of CNC machines ever displayed in North America. Everywhere you look, you’ll see solutions designed to meet your market challenges head on. You may be wrestling with how to address current labor shortages. Or trying to find ways to produce more without increasing floor space. Or working to minimize maintenance and choose machines with standardized components to reduce your cost of ownership. In all those cases and more, Biesse has strategies to help you achieve your objectives now.
“If you think the Industry 4.0 concept is only a reality for big companies, spending time with Biesse will convince you otherwise,” says Cesare Magnani, Biesse Brand Sales Manager. “There’s no reason for small- and medium-sized companies to sit on the sidelines, especially when a shortage of skilled labor is impacting the industry as never before. The interconnectivity of ‘AUTOMACTION’ is for everyone.”
Think of it as CNC City
On the show floor in Atlanta this year, you’ll see Biesse’s largest number of CNC machines ever displayed at IWF, covering a complete range of solutions and applications. You can experience everything from stand-alone machines to fully integrated solutions, and from vertical CNCs to five-axis machines to CNC contouring edge banders and flexible drilling solutions. “In addition to watching how new machines and integrated solutions can change the way you work, you will be able to interact with experts who are dedicated to working with you to find the best, most efficient way to reach your production targets,” Magnani says.
Biesse has always been known for introducing cutting-edge technology and exclusive innovation. This year is no different. At IWF, new applications you’ll see in our booth include completely automated panel processing solutions with demonstrations of automatic kitting of components via a robot placed at the end of a nesting cell. Although similar applications have been introduced elsewhere in the past, it’s clear that Biesse has greatly enhanced operational efficiency to create a true production solution.
What not to miss
If you are looking for results, Biesse has a wide range of workable, reliable and intuitive solutions. See the biggest selection of CNC machines and lines ever at IWF booth #7553.
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.
Chris Corrales, the owner of CNC Factory (CNCFactory.com) in Santa Ana, California, will speak to the Cabinet Makers Association, August 21 at their IWF Atlanta Breakfast, one day prior to the IWF show. Corrales will cover what is new in CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment for woodworking and what is newly improved. The breakfast will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Centennial Olympic Park at 7:30am.
Corrales will discuss:
1) 3rd Generation CNC Robotics;
2) The new CNC Factory Printing and Marking Block - allows each cut piece to be labeled with post production instructions; and
3) The new Lockdowel Scorpion boring and insertion machine - enables flat-pack shipping and cabinet assembly without using screws or glue.
“Because CNC Factory manufactures equipment in the United States, we can incorporate industry advances quickly, expertly and affordably. Just like we have with the with the Scorpion Lockdowel LDR machine,” Corrales says. “Our LDR machine is equipped with third generation, technology, 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.”
According to the company, CNC Factory will have five different CNC machines on display at IWF:
--Python Router with loading and unloading - $69,000
--Viper Router - $32,900
--Badger 3600AT Edgebander - $16,900
--Cyclone 4896 Thermofoil Press - $23,900
--Scorpion Lockdowel Drilling and Inserter - $69,900
“We will have the newest in CNC equipment at IWF Building C booth 2722. Everyone is invited to come see our live demos throughout the show,” Corrales says.
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 machines and thermofoil 3D presses to meet the 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,” 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 email@example.com
Stiles Machinery will offer a look at some of their world-class CNC solutions for manufacturers of all sizes at this year’s International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, Georgia, August 22-25, 2018. Included in Stiles wide-range of CNC technology on display at this year’s show, will be HOMAG’s brand new line of CNC technology. This will be the first time HOMAG’s newly designed machines will be available to the North American market since their recent launch at the HOLZ-HANDWERK fair in Nuremberg, Germany.
Included in this new line of CNC machines, is the HOMAG CENTATEQ N-500 nested based router. Made right here in the United States, the CENTATEQ N-500 is a powerful, and efficient nesting solution for high-speed processing and maximum precision over the total working width. Featuring increased drilling and tool changing capabilities, C-Axis with Flex5 functionality and easy-to-use touch-screen controls, the CENTATEQ N-500 offers the perfect solution for manufacturers of all sizes who depend on German-quality machining at an American-made value.
Stiles will also showcase the HOMAG CENTATEQ N-300 series router featuring a new compact machine platform for manufacturers who require the same power and efficiency they’ve come to expect from HOMAG’s world-class CNC technology, in a much smaller footprint. The CENTATEQ N-300 series requires a 30% smaller operating footprint, and a 50% smaller non-operating footprint compared to a traditional HOMAG CNC router.
In addition to HOMAG’s wide range of flat table CNC solutions, Stiles will also highlight HOMAG’s powerful CNC machining centers including the DRILLTEQ V-200 . The DRILLTEQ V-200 features a vertical machining footprint that requires minimal floor space, making it a perfect solution for both small shops and large industrial operations. With zero setup and change-over times regardless of part size, as well as vertical and horizontal boring, routing and grooving all within one extremely small platform, the DRILLTEQ V-200 is YOUR SOLUTION for achieving more with less.
For more information about Stiles’ comprehensive line of CNC machinery, visit www.stilesmachinery.com.
For every challenge, there is a solution, discover YOUR SOLUTION for powerful CNC technology in Stiles’ booth #5035 and #5053 at IWF 2018 this August.
About Stiles Machinery
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 solutions that equip companies for
success in every area of their business. 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.
Seminar focused on repurposing felled community trees receives strong sponsorship push from Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.
An intriguing mix of companies exhibiting at the International Woodworking Fair have signed on as sponsors of “The Urban Wood Movement Is NOW! Come Join the Movement.” The free 90-minute seminar is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The diverse cast of urban wood seminar sponsors include Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.
“It is extremely gratifying to see these four major companies throw their support behind the concept of utilizing community and landscape trees at the end of their service as lumber and wood products when possible,” said Rich Christianson, a representative of the Urban Wood Network, organizer of the event. “We’re excited to educate woodworkers about the benefits of networking with local tree care professionals and sawyers to use locally reclaimed lumber in their custom projects.”
The IWF seminar will feature expert presenters representing expanding urban wood networks in the Midwest, West Coast and Southeast. Each of their presentations will shed light on opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.
About the IWF Urban Wood Seminar Sponsors
Wood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN, (booth 6575) is the lead sponsor of the IWF urban wood seminar. As a world-wide leader in the manufacture of narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, Wood-Mizer has long been a strong advocate of repurposing trees felled in the urban wood as lumber and wood products. The company’s diverse product offering also includes wideband sawmilling equipment, re-saws, kilns, moulders/planers, pallet recycling equipment, and bandsaw blades.
“With Wood-Mizer’s thin-kerf blade technology, diseased and dying city trees can find new life in a piece of furniture that could have otherwise gone to waste,” said Darryl Floyd, COO of Wood-Mizer. “Throughout the past decade, Wood-Mizer has seen a major influx of successful businesses who are utilizing urban sourced wood for their sawmilling operations and we are proud to manufacture a product that enables small businesses to be profitable with an underutilized resource. While Wood-Mizer has been educating woodworkers about the positive environmental and economic impact of urban wood for years, the Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018 will be another step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”
Among the products Wood-Mizer will exhibit at IWF is the LT40 Hydraulic Wide portable sawmill. This industry workhorse for producing quality lumber fast and easily features a 34-inch width of cut and 21-foot log length capacity. Wood-Mizer will also show the MP260 and MP360 four-sided planers/moulders. These single-pass machines can be used to manufacture flooring, planed boards, crown moulding, cabinet trim, door and window frames and furniture components.
Richelieu of Saint Laurent, QC, (booth 1604) is one of the largest distributors and manufacturers of specialty hardware and complementary products in North America. Richelieu operates more than 50 distribution centers to service over 80,000 customers engaged in the manufacture of kitchen and bath cabinets, closets and storage spaces, and home and office furnishings.
Richelieu will continue the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary at IWF 2018. The company will display its latest innovations in hardware, fasteners, lighting, storage solutions and more.
Dynabrade of Clarence, NY, (booth 8121) has been designing and manufacturing high-quality portable abrasive power tools in the United States for more than 50 years. Dynabrade also offers dust collection solutions and accessories for its abrasive power tools. “Dynabrade is a company that is going through a ‘Going Green’ program,” said Andy Mandell, marketing manager. “We’re eliminating waste and creating a new recycling program. It's fantastic to see old wood serving new purposes. and Dynabrade is proud to be a part of it.
Dynabrade will introduce the Dynorbital Extreme Random Orbital Sander line at IWF. It features an ergonomic design with a tactile soft grip over-mold for a comfortable feel. The 12,000 RPM motor features an improved rotor design for enhanced power.
Safety Speed Manufacturing of Ham Lake, MN, (booth 6013) is a U.S. manufacturer of high-quality panel processing machinery. Safety Speeds product line includes a full line of vertical panel saws, panel routers, widebelt sanders, edgebanders, screw pocket machines and sign-making equipment. Tom Houska, marketing manager of Safety Speed, said supporting the urban wood movement is an extension of the company’s environmental initiatives. “We are constantly aiming to decrease resource consumption through improved efficiency in our manufacturing processes, eliminate unnecessary resource use and decrease the amount of waste produced through our manufacturing activities.”
At IWF 2018, Safety Speed will demonstrate a manufacturing work cell to more efficiently process panels. The integrated solution includes the 7400 vertical panel saw, Conquest 23-spindle line boring machine, 72GP glue pot edgebander and SPM 301 screw pocket machine, which will make its debut at IWF.
Note: While admission to this program is free, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat. Register at IWFAtlanta.com.
For information about the IWF Urban Wood seminar, contact Rich Christianson at 773-822-6750; firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Urban Wood Network
The Urban Wood Network (UWN) operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. UWN has opened up membership to other state urban wood organizations as well as individual companies and entities. The four state partners include: Illinois Wood Utilization Team; Michigan Urban Wood Network; Missouri Department of Conservation; and Wisconsin Urban Wood.
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