The nominees for the IWF Challengers Award have been announced:
Company name Entry
Accu-Systems, Inc. Panel Sizing & Squaring Machine
Allmoxy The Wood Marketplace
Benz Inc. Turbo Floating Aggregate Head
Bessey Tools North America Bessey Auto-Adjust Toggle clamp
Biesse America Viet sander
Biesse America N.C Drilling Center
Biesse America Biesse Automated Nestling Cell
Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. QuickTrak
Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. MadeWell Radial Wheels
Blum, Inc. Tandem plus Blumotion
Blum, Inc. Compact Blumotion
Cim-Tech Solid-CIM 3D
Colonial Saw Co., Inc. Lamello Zeta P2 Joiner
Columbia Forest Products MPX Smoth, Domestic, All-Wood Core
Custom Accents / Handisolutions Helix Cable Manager
Deulen Tools Deulen Jointer/Planer Knife Sharpener
Dieffenbacher, Inc. Dieffenbacher Colorizer
Element Designs Inc. Aluminum frame cabinet door
ETemplate Systems Etemplate Combo
FS Tool Corp. / FS Curing Aerotech Universal
Giben America, Inc. Prisma6000 ECOtech
Graco, Inc. Merkur ES
Graco, Inc. ProMix 2KE
Graco, Inc. Agitator Speed Controller
Graco, Inc. ACS Module
Hafele America Co. SmartCab Storage System
Hafele America Co. Slido With Smuso
Hafele America Co. Frontino
Hettich America ArciTech
Interprint, Inc. Premeer
Invis (North America), Inc. Invis Mx Minimag
James L. Taylor Mfg / JLT Clamps / Cameron Automation Cameron Flooring Nester
James L. Taylor Mfg / JLT Clamps / Cameron Automation The Skew
Kanefusa USA Inc. UFO(U-formed) planer head and knife
KCD Software Real-Time Rapid Response Training System
Kings Mountain Intl. My KMI
Kremlin by Exel North America EOS Pump Systems with Xcite Airmix Manual Spray gun
Leitz Tooling Systems, Inc. Diamaster PLUS3 and PRO3 Diamond Router Bits
Leitz Tooling Systems, Inc. MC 33 Coated Planer Knives
Leitz Tooling Systems, Inc. VariPlan Plus Planerhead
M.L. Campbell Clean Cure Formaldehyde Free Technology Finishes
Martin Woodworking Machines Corp. Martin T75 Sliding Table Saw
Maximum, LLC Sure Stop Lazy Susan Bearing and Detent
Micro Jig, Inc. Micro Jig GRR-Ripper
Milesi USA Hydrocrom Exterior Water Base Wood Coating System
Miltec UV Gloss Control UV Finishing
Mohawk Finishing Products Brush Tip Grainging Markers
Newman Machine Co., Inc. EQ3 Equalizing Module
Nordson Corp. PURBlue 4 PUR Adhesive Melter
Northern Apex Corp. RFID for the Wood Working Industry
Oneida Air Systems, Inc. Dust Cobra
OSI Wood Machinerie Self-centering planer
OSI Wood Machinerie SmartSwitch process
Panel Processing Eco-Finish Woodgrain Print
Prevost Corp. One-push Safety
Prime Estimating & Software Services, LLC Prime6400
QuickScrews International Corp. Spiral Point Funeel Head Screws
Rev-A-Shelf, Inc. 432-BFSC Series
S D Machinery MagPi
Sherwin-Williams Co. Sher-Wood Water-Reducible Zero VOC Spray Stain
Sherwin-Williams Co. Sher-Wood F3 - Formaldehyde Free Finishing
Stiles Machinery Inc. Venjakob automatic coating change system
Stiles Machinery Inc. IntelliStore
Stiles Machinery Inc. LED Lighting
Stiles Machinery Inc. Weeke vertical machining center
Techniks, Inc. Atemag Extra Plus Aggregate
The Moisture Meter Co., LLC - AB Brookhuis MTG-TGT Module
TigerStop LLC SawGear with Crown+MiterPro
Timesavers, Inc. CNC Profile Sander
Tisfoon Ulterior Systems Tisfoon Scanner
Uniboard High Gloss Melamine Finish
USNR ADEC-Automatic Dryer Exhaust Control
Vollmer of America Corp. Vollmer CP200 Top & Face Grinder
Voorwood Co. Table Shaper/Sander
Weinig / Holz-Her The Weinig CUBE
Weinig / Holz-Her Weinig Lineal moulding cell
West Wood Products Stainable Prints
Whiteside Machine Co. Ultimate Trim Bit
Wood Technology, Inc. Electric Height Adjustable Desk Frame
WoodEye North America, Inc. WoodEye 5
Applying Pareto's Law and its 80/20 logic can simplify your business and improve profitability.
Lean manufacturing helps furniture maker expand quickly.
The manufacturing exodus doesn't have to be happening.
Technology and lean manufacturing open up automotive market for Paladin Industries.
More and more cabinets are being made in China.
Q: We will store assembled, finished bath vanities and medicine cabinets in cardboard cartons in an unheated warehouse throughout the coldest months of the year (below zero). We do not know what amount of stress this will have on the wood of our product. We are also worried about condensation build-up. Your thoughts?
A variety of wood glues are used to assemble the 175 pieces in a six-string guitar. Matching the proper adhesive with the application is important for Taylor Guitars.
Why wood colors vary and what it means to you
You bought the system and now it doesn't work. Experts advise on how to design and maintain dust collection systems.
Q:I have recently noticed that our incoming lumber is
about 4 percent MC. Our kiln operator says it is higher and that
he could not dry the wood that dry. What do you think?
Getting the most from a widebelt sander and abrasives is a matter of balancing your budget with proper features to perform the work needed.
Q: We are getting a lot of cupping in some of our lumber. What is causing this and what can we do to fix it?
Q: We have a gang rip saw that we have trouble with. When the lumber is about halfway through, the piece travels away from the fence. The infeed has rollers that are at an angle so that the lumber is pushed against the fence. That seems to work well for the beginning of the pieces, but then it moves away from the fence. When we increase the feed roll pressure it seems like it might get worse. Any ideas?
Proper heat treatment is as important as the selection of HSS for tooling.
Nickell Moulding Co. shows that a switch to water-based finishes helps more than just the environment.
ICA Group has created a range of water-based finishing products targeted at meeting the special coating needs of wooden chairs.
Manufacturing flexibility, market responsiveness and technology such as v-grooving and finishing line help Sandberg Furniture stay competitive.
Think Light: Innovative Lightweight Panels was held recently in Kentwood, Mich., organized by Virginia Tech and sponsored by FDM, Stiles Machinery and others.
The companies in this directory are making investments to make sure that you have the tools and products necessary to develop successful products with lightweight panels.
Q: I have read every Wood Doctor column you have written and have gained a lot of practical information. But here is a question I have not seen addressed before. As background, our fairly large company has really gone into JIT, just-in-time, manufacturing, which means in-process materials cannot sit around very long at all. Well, this has recently translated into machining our glued up panels (edge-glued on a clamp carrier) within 24 hours after they are glued, or sometimes less. Of course, you know what the problem is: sunken glue joints that are obvious after finishing. My suggestion of waiting three days after gluing, as we have always done, has not been well-received. I am hoping that you have some help for us.
For Saint-Georges Doors, adding curved cabinet doors to
its product line also meant purchasing new CNC machinery and
improving the workflow.
A chair developed by Georgia Tech's Advanced Wood Products Laboratory combines the principles of universal design and an eye toward CNC machining.
Morphosis architectural model shop adds CNC routing to its repertoire.
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