Every October, America celebrates those in the industry with National Manufacturing Month. To commemorate the event and celebrate manufacturers nationwide, Acuity is sponsoring its first annual Manufacturing Pride Video Contest.
“Manufacturing is more than a job—it’s a life full of ever-changing technologies, challenges, rewards, and great people. That is why I fell in love with manufacturing almost four decades ago and continue to love it today,” said Mike Schlagenhaufer, Acuity Manufacturing Specialist. “Acuity recognizes the significant contributions of the over 12.5 million professionals in the manufacturing industry that keep our country moving forward.”
If you’re a part of the manufacturing industry, Acuity invites you to create and submit a video that tells us why you are proud to be part of the manufacturing industry. Top videos will be recognized by Acuity, with prizes up to $1,500.
For contest details, including where to submit a video, visit www.acuity.com/celebrate. Entries that are not submitted electronically can be mailed to:
Celebrate Manufacturing Video Contest
2800 S. Taylor Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
All entries must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2018, or postmarked by August 15, 2018, to qualify. Must be 18 years or older to win.
Acuity Insurance, headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, protects over 5,000 manufacturers across 26 states.
Cabinet Vision and C.R. Onsrud, Inc. to Host Technology Meet & Eat Lunch Event July 12, Salem, Oregon
Cabinet Vision, by Vero Software, and C.R. Onsrud, Inc., will demonstrate the combined benefits of CNC software and machinery on July 12 at a Technology Meet & Eat educational luncheon in Salem, Oregon.
Designed to highlight the benefits of pairing software and machinery for greater productivity, the event will feature Vero Software manufacturing solutions, including Cabinet Vision, the Screen-2-Machine (S2M Center)™solution, and the WorkPLAN ERP system, which integrates with Cabinet Vision. Cabinet Vision consultants and C.R. Onsrud staff will be on-site to share the latest developments and answer questions.
The event will be hosted at Heritage Woodcraft, Inc., which provides the highest quality in materials, design, and craftsmanship to produce pieces built to last a lifetime.
The latest release of Cabinet Vision includes a powerful new photo-rendering engine that delivers a significant enhancement on rendering capabilities compared with previous versions. This technology generates photo-realistic images that manufacturers can use as sales tools to show their customers exactly what the products will look like when finished.
In addition to the high-end photo rendering engine, Cabinet Vision Version 11 incorporates a host of other new and enhanced features that help improve the design for manufacturing process.
To register or learn more about the Technology Meet & Eat, which includes lunch and is offered at no charge, please visit http://www.cabinetvision.com/events/meet-and-eat-salem-or-2018.
About Cabinet Vision
Part of the Vero Software Group, Cabinet Vision is a unique solution for manufacturers in the woodworking industry. Its products help enable any furniture or cabinet manufacturer to fully automate and integrate its design through improved manufacturing processes and greater efficiency. In addition to producing significant time savings, Cabinet Vision eliminates costly mistakes and increases productivity.
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, WorkPLAN and VISI. 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.
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.
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Finance Manager Stan Ragley has more than two decades of experience in overseeing the financing of Biesse and Intermac machines for America and Canada. He’s seen it all during that time and has a wealth of knowledge to impart to customers, particularly as they are getting closer to a tradeshow or event. With IWF 2018 looming in Atlanta just a few months away, Ragley provided his biggest financing tips for prospective buyers.
“The big thing I would tell everyone is to get your ducks in a row now and get things in order so that you’re ready to secure financing,” he said. “That way, you’re able to make a better deal at the show and be ready, especially in an environment like this when machines are in shorter supply because sales are good. The worst time to find out you need to correct something on your credit is when you need it.”
“The point is to be prepared,” Ragley stressed. “Look at both your personal and business credit to ensure it’s all in order ahead of time. Make sure there are no mistakes or things you should correct in advance.”
Ragley preaches the “Five C’s” to customers in an effort to make certain they’re completely prepared and no stone is left unturned:
Ragley reminds customers that it doesn’t cost anything to get pre-approved. There are no fees to submit an application or do the credit check required during the pre-approval process. Additionally, there is no obligation to use the approval once it’s secured. While an approval generally expires after 90 days, Ragley noted that his department is able to get it quickly re-approved after that time period has elapsed.
“The best-case scenario is to have the customer go through this process, and show up at a show with a specific dollar figure he’s been approved for already,” he said. “His financing is in order and we know that this customer needs immediate attention at the event.”
Ragley added that little oversights could cause big problems when the time comes to move on a machine. He encounters many customers who, due to the size of their company, don’t have CFOs or accountants monitoring deadlines for simple things like paying an annual LLC fee to ensure the company remains active. He advises those customers to do their due diligence for credit related issues once each calendar year.
“It doesn’t take long and it pays to be ready,” he said.
Biesse Group is a global leader in the manufacturing of machinery in the wood, stone, glass and metal sectors. Ragley pointed out that the financing requirements remain the same whether a customer is looking to purchase a Biesse or Intermac machine.
“For small business financing, which is basically $5,000-500,000, it’s the same for everybody,” he said. “We have to look at certain things regarding their credit and if they’re not in order, we have to ask questions. The biggest thing any small business can do is have both their business and personal credit in order. Particularly for a show, you don’t want to be waiting until the last minute because it can be a very stressful situation.”
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704.357.3131.
Competition will put real-world woodworkers to the test in a virtual reality world
Woodworkers attending the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, can compete for prizes and bragging rights by entering the WCA Bandsaw Skills Challenge. The competition will be held all four days of the show, August 22-25, at the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America’s booth #4154.
Through special arrangement with Mimbus, contestants will put their bandsaw skills to the test by operating the Wood-Ed Table, a virtual reality training system. Mimbus Inc. of Chicago, IL, offers the Wood-Ed Table as a training tool to teach students and novices how to operate basic woodworking machinery in a safe, dust-free environment. In addition to the bandsaw, the Wood-Ed Table features three other woodworking machinery simulation modules: a ripsaw, jointer, and shaper.
“The Bandsaw Skills Challenge will be a great way to attract woodworkers into our booth and spark conversations about the WCA’s Woodworking Skill Standards and credential Passport program,” said Scott Nelson, president of the WCA. “It will be fun to watch contestants operate a virtual reality bandsaw that functions much like the real thing but without the sawdust.”
The WCA Bandsaw Skills Challenge will be held continuously at the WCA’s booth. Participants will don a virtual reality headset and complete a brief bandsaw exercise on the Wood-Ed Table. The Vulcan software that operates the Wood-Ed Table will score each contestant on cutting regularity, hand positioning, time management and more. A leader board will highlight the competition’s high scores.
Workforce Development Seminar
The WCA also will showcase its woodworking skill standards and programs through its participation in IWF’s educational conference.
The WCA will present, “Growing Your Skilled Workforce,” 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 22. The seminar will pair Nelson with Kent Gilchrist, director of operations and design for Purposeful Designs of Indianapolis, IN. The presenters will discuss how to use the WCA Woodworking Skill Standards and training resources to train new hires and develop the skills of current employees. Learn more and register at iwfatlanta.com.
About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America was founded in 2007 as a 501C(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued more than 1,600 Passports, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of achievements as a woodworking professional. More than 100 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation® members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, including sponsorship opportunities, visit woodworkcareer.org.
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.
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