July/August  2002

Peachy Keen
    Get Ahead of the Competition with Information at IWF in Atlanta
by Samantha Carpenter

SHELTER readers who work with wood or wood composites won’t want to miss the International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair (IWF) 2002, to be held August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. IWF is owned and sponsored by the American Furniture Manufacturing Association, the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association. 

Show organizers say that the event will feature more than 1,200 exhibiting companies filling more than 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space. 

So what will companies gain by attending IWF? “IWF exhibitors can show you how to do things better, smarter, faster, with less waste—and help you make prudent and practical decisions about your company’s growth potential,” said show organizers. Exhibitors will also be available to inform attendees how to improve production capacity and reduce set-up time, and stay ahead of the competition by applying new technology or processes to existing production methods.

What are the show hours?
Thursday, August 22, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, August 23, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, August 24, 8 a.m.-6p.m.
Sunday, August 25, 8a.m.-3 p.m.

Go to the Web
Want more information on exhibitors? Go to to search by product category, type of machinery or by exhibitor name. Attendees can also call IWF headquarters at 770/246-0608 for any questions regarding the show. 

Choose from a Variety of Technical Sessions

Show organizers are offering a variety of how-to sessions designed to offer the latest information on various topics. The cost to attend each session is $30 if pre-registered by July 19, 2002, or $40 if registering on-site.

Facing the Challenges of Moisture, Surface Preparation and Proper Application of Adhesives
Thursday, August 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

E-Commerce: Getting Started
Thursday, August 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

Woodworking Industry Standards and Safety—A Free Session
Thursday, August 22, 3:30-5 p.m.

Friday, August 23, 10 a.m.-noon

Attaining Targeted Profitability
Friday, August 23, 1-3 p.m.

Equipment Cost Justification
Friday, August 23, 4-5:30 p.m.

Lean Manufacturing—Reduce Waste, Increase Productivity and Profitability
Saturday, August 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Innovative Strategies for Attracting, Training and Retaining Today’s Woodworker
Saturday, August 24, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Successful Integration of Software and Automation for the Small Shop
Saturday, August 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Look for These Products at IWF

Servo-Driven System
W.I.S.E. Corp. of Largo, Fla., will introduce its 8800 LXR at IWF 2002. Featuring touch-screen technology, automatic hinge-feed application and fully savable functions, the servo-driven system is similar to the CNC machines familiar to other industries. The shrinking labor market and demand by large pre-hangers for technical innovation and automation is leading to major advances in equipment capabilities, said the company.

W.I.S.E. Corp. plans to meet those demands through cutting-edge engineering and development, while maintaining its service and support of the entire industry, said the company.

See W.I.S.E. Corp. at IWF booth #9362

Cellular-PVC Porch and Ceiling Planking System
Marley Mouldings of Marion, Va., has developed a prefinished Never Rot® low-maintenance exterior porch and ceiling system in cellular vinyl using custom-blended PVC, which it will exhibit at IWF 2002. This product can never rot, according to the company, and it cuts and nails better than wood as well as is moisture proof. 

Cellular vinyl from Marley is insect proof and can be installed with nails or exterior glue and is virtually maintenance free. Profiles have a non-skid surface and have a unique installation design.

See Marley Mouldings at IWF booth #1419

Visit SHELTER magazine at IWF 2002 booth #AC337.

Samantha Carpenter is the editor of SHELTER magazine.


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