Volume 47, Issue 6 - July/August 2008

IWF 2008:

Large and In-Charge

The largest woodworking technology trade show in the Western Hemisphere is held every other year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, and show officials say that it is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. IWF 2008 will take place Wednesday through Saturday, August 20-23, 2008, and exhibit hall hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday.

Recognized around the world as the preeminent event for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment, supplies and innovative new technology, IWF attracts more than 43,000 visitors from every level of the industry and more than 80 countries.

IWF 2008 will feature an expanded technical and business conference program, including a new symposium the day before the show opens and 16 sessions during the show designed to educate IWF 2008 attendees with the latest information on technology, manufacturing and business techniques. Experts from a wide variety of industry segments will headline the educational program.

What’s on the Educational Agenda?
The 2008 conference program focuses on advancing business management skills; implementing profitable, efficient and safe production strategies; and providing information on new technology, processes and manufacturing techniques and industry and environmental standards and regulations. The diverse program includes the all-day symposium on the latest developments in wood finishing and technical and business sessions such as the economic and logistical impacts of going green, how to create a winning factory, CNC processing, lean manufacturing, expanding into new market segments, improving the bottom line and recruiting and retaining quality employees.

“Cutting-edge technical and business sessions and the latest technology on the show floor combine to make IWF 2008 the best opportunity for woodworking industry leaders worldwide to get the information and products they need for business success,” says Charles R. Tomkins, IWF 2008 chairman and president of Cresent Fine Furniture Co. in Gallatin, Tenn. “IWF 2008 will present more than 1,300 exhibits of machinery, supplies and services for woodworking and related industries in more than 800,000 net square feet of floor space.”

Booth #6272: A Cost-Effective Machine
KVAL’s new computerized 979-2 Miter Trim Saw represents a breakthrough in cost-effective precision cutting of casing for door units and windows, according to company officials.

Pre-programmed touch-screen controls provide fast and easy adjustment to cut mitered casing for door units as narrow as 1 foot and door units up to 8-foot high. The 979-2 automatically calibrates itself to cut the exact length when the saw heads switch between 45 and 90 degrees. 

The 979-2 also has the capacity to miter casing up to 4 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches thick. With an integrated hopper feed system, this machine can produce up to 30 finished pieces per minute. KVAL’s top-down cutting system and chip block support system ensures precise cutting with no tear-out to the underside of the casing. www.kvalinc.com

Booth #8226: CMS Machining Center
CMS North America, a division of CMS Industries of Zogno (BG), Italy, will introduce the new ATHENA 10-5 TUCU 5-axis machining center equipped with 10-foot by 5-foot working area, 9-horsepower 24,000-rpm 5-axis air-cooled spindle with HSK 63F connection, and six-place tool-changing rack. 

The machining center has enclosed sides and back with front manual sliding doors for operator safety and noise reduction. It also includes OSAI numerical control with auto-teaching system and PowerARM Software.4 www.cmsna.com

Conference Session Line-Up
Wednesday, August 20
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
“Surfaces & Woodworking,” co-produced by Surfaces Fabrication magazine. 

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. “Should You Go Green: The Economic and Logistical Impact of Becoming Eco-Friendly,” co-produced by Shelter magazine’s sister publication, Door and Window Manufacturer magazine (for more on this session, see the sidebar on page 14). 

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. “How to Use and Specify Structural Panels, Composites and Veneers,” co-produced by APA – The Engineered Wood Association, Composite Panel Association and Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association. 

Thursday, August 21
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
“Lightweight Panels: The Technology and Momentum are Building for Widespread Use of This Innovative Building Product,” co-produced by Wood & Wood Products and CWB magazines. 

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. “Expanding into New Market Segments,” co-produced by FDM magazine.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. “How to Create a Winning Factory,” co-produced by Art Raymond, A.G. Raymond & Co. Inc. 

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. “Functional and Decorative Hardware Trends and Applications,” co-produced by Wood Digest and Finishing magazines.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. “Improving the Bottom Line,” co-produced by the Association for Retail Environments.

Friday, August 22
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
“What Successful Businesses Are Doing to Recruit and Retain Quality Employees,” co-produced by the Wood Products Manufacturing Association. 

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. “Effective CNC Processing of Advanced Materials and Plastics,” co-produced by Plastics Distributor and Fabricator magazine and Georgia Tech’s Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. 

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. “CNC Software from A-Z,” co-produced by Woodshop News. 

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. “Cabinet Grade Finishing for the Small Shop,” co-produced by Bob Flexner, finishing author and teacher.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. “How Does Your Shop Measure Up? Learn about Measuring Tools, Benchmarks and Business Models to Compare Your Small to Medium-Size Shop with Competitors and the Rest of the Industry,” co-produced by Cabinetmaker magazine.

Saturday, August 23
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. “Automating for Profitability in the Small to Medium Size Shop – Learn How to Prepare and Implement an Efficient System Throughout Your Company,” co-produced by Cabinetmaker magazine. 

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. “Lean Manufacturing for Small Shops,” co-produced by Modern Woodworking.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. “Marketing for Advanced Wood Manufacturing Companies,” co-produced by the Architectural Woodwork Institute. Registration for regular conference sessions is $35 on or before July 25 and $45 after that date. Full information on the technical sessions and online registration is available at www.iwfatlanta.com.

In addition to the Technical Conference, the IWF 2008 will feature the New Product Showcase, The Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards® and the student Design Emphasis Competition. 

Booth #6435: A Cut Above
Wintersteiger officials say the company’s new thin cutting technology achieves optimum results in the production of high-quality lamellas for doors and architectural windows.

A new drive concept, servo-controlled precision feed and increased drive performance make the Sonic one of the fastest thin cutting frame saws in the world.

The new tolerance-free saw guiding system gives companies the most precise lamellas and more yield than any other technology. As a new option, the Salt Lake City-based company offers a wet cutting model to cut green wood or antique heart pine and other species with high resin content.4 www.wintersteiger.com

Booth #1561: A Green Product
Timber Products Company’s new GreenT™ line of hardwood plywood can be produced with a special no-added-urea formaldehyde resin, or other resins that meet specific performance requirements. GreenT™ Hardwood Plywood is available with an MDF, veneer or particleboard core. The GreenT line also includes a panel with a hardwood face and decorative overlay back, a two-sided decorative overlay panel, raw particleboard panels and particleboard door core panels. Because of its air quality benefits and sustainable components, GreenT meets or exceeds many green building requirements, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® program and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emission requirements. It is produced from wood certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council. GreenT accepts all painted, laminated or printed decorative surfaces and offers excellent machinability for the most intricate profiles.  www.timberproducts.com 

Booth #4353: New Fire-Rated Frame Option
Contact Industries offers new fire-rated door frames, veneer-wrapped in any wood species with fire ratings of 20, 45, 60 and 90 minutes. Previously available with a 20-minute fire rating, Contact can now create fire-rated door frames in sizes up to 4 feet by 8 feet in single and double door openings. The manufacturer says it is ideal for installation in new hotel construction among other applications. 

Historically, when fire ratings were required, steel doors were the only choice. Contact’s natural wood-veneered fire-rated doorframes are available through distribution in most areas of the country. www.contactind.com  

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