Volume 8, Issue 6 - June 2007

Gearing Up for AWFS® Vegas

Valuable Products and Educational Events Come to Las Vegas

The Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS®) is all about wood and wood-related products. Door and window manufacturers will be excited to learn that this year’s show has a lot to offer. 

AWFS®Vegas, July 18 - July 21, will combine the largest exhibition of woodworking hardware and machinery, board and panel products, wood components, supplies, services and new technologies in North America. There will be a number of companies offering materials machinery and tools specifically for the door and window manufacturing industry. Networking opportunities and professional educational conferences will also be a part of the show. 

The biennial event continues to grow, and 2007 is no exception. 

For woodworking professionals, this is where it’s at. Special events at this year’s show include:

AWFS® Fair Awards Dinner6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19
Celebrate AWFS® Fair’s 50th Anniversary at this Gala Event, hosted by Richard Karn, best known as Al Borland—Tim “The Toolman” Taylor’s sidekick on the television show Home Improvement. This special ceremony will honor the winners of the Sequoia New Product Awards, The Fresh Wood Student Competition and the Wood 100 Award. 

The Wood Industry Forum Primary Processing is the focus of an all-new symposium for businesses in the logging, roughmill and sawmill segments of the industry. This event is collocating with AWFS®Vegas. The Wood Industry Forum offers a comprehensive conference program, and a suppliers’ showcase that features top-industry suppliers who offer products and services geared toward improving business efficiency and profitability. 

For more information, visit www.woodindustryforum.com.

Educate Yourself
While you’re there, be sure to attend the fair’s educational seminars. Here are some seminars door and window manufacturers may want to attend:

Wednesday, July 18

  • Green Building - Get the Competitive Edge
    9:30-11 a.m.

  •  Selecting CNC Software to Match Your Application
    3:30-5 p.m.

Friday, July 20

  • Lean: Continuous Improvement (CI)
    9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Lean Manufacturing Hands-On Production Simulation
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Door and Window Trends and Opportunities
3:30-5 p.m.
DWM magazine is pleased to sponsor this session that offers insights on evaluating the fenestration business from a variety of viewpoints. Attendees will learn about the trends governing the market and the threats, as well as advantages, to wood use. The role of wood products applications will be summarized in the context of its evolving competitiveness relative to new composite materials and polymers. The supply chain, including the role of the millwork distributor versus the big box industry, and the best opportunities for wood products in this changing environment will be addressed. Attendees will also hear how wood can help you meet energy requirements and provide multiple unique options including species, profile accessories and finishes, as well as the features and benefits of wood, vinyl and aluminum products to determine what’s right for you.

Presenters are Val Brushaber of Hurd Windows and Doors and Scott Shober of Ducker Worldwide. The moderator is Rich Walker of American Architectural Manufacturers Association. 

Products on Display
Make Contact with Tongue-and-Groove Panels Booth #817
Contact Industries’ latest addition to its line of wood-wrapped innovations is long-length, clear, tongue-and-groove paneling for use on walls and ceilings. Like many of Contact’s natural wood-wrapped products, the paneling offers the beauty of solid wood, but in long, clear, defect-free, color-consistent lengths. 

The tongue-and-groove paneling is ideal for walls or ceilings and is available in any species. Because it is offered in 16-foot lengths, most surfaces will require no end-joints, leaving one clear, defect-free board stretching the length of the ceiling. The softwood core makes for easy handling and there is no need for pre-drilling nail holes. www.contactind.com

Tool Time with Charles G.G. Schmidt and Co. Booth #6401
On display at Charles G.G. Schmidt and Co. Inc.’s booth will be insert tooling for all phases of door and window production. Tenon heads, groovers, surfacing heads, stile and rail cutters, panel raising cutters and router bits are all available and are manufactured to strict tolerances on CNC machinery. The company says that custom tools are its specialty. www.cggschmidt.com 

Firsthand Experience at Graco Booth #2363
Graco Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn., will feature its latest finishing and process equipment, as well as a fully operating spray booth where visitors can experience a variety of different finishing products from the company firsthand. Representatives from Graco and Graco equipment distributors will be available to discuss attendees’ fluid handling challenges. www.graco.com/roadtrip

CMS North America Shows Ares Machining Centers Booth #20095
CMS North America will be displaying its Ares Series CNC machining centers, which are useful for machining entry doors and windows, as well as other things. The centers are equipped with a five-axes liquid-cooled 8 horsepower (HP) or 16 HP working unit, and work areas with single or multiple work zones and twin shuttle tables are available. The machining centers feature automatic front doors with enclosed sides and back for maximum safety and dust containment. Both OSAI and FANUC numerical controls are available. The machining centers also boast positioning speeds up to 3,150 inches per minute. www.cmsna.com 


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