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KICK ASS LEAN

15. June 2016 12:32

 

As we get closer to the IWF I know the anticipation is mounting in the Lean community!  It would appear that FINALLY we woodworkers are starting to emerge from our caves and see the light.  We are tired of status quo and are searching for a better way. 

“LEAN” IS THE ANSWER !  

If you’re ready for a change, you want to see more employee engagement and finally turn the table on that struggling bottom line.  Get to Atlanta!  Get to the Lean seminar and stop making excuses.  If you think I’m just crazy (which may be true, lean maniacs sometimes are) then check out what people are saying about their Lean transformation

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“I took the 6 week average production in dollars through the week you were here ad compared it to the average production since and it is 35-40% more.  Pretty good change overall for a one week blitz”

Bruce Humphrey – Caseworx

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“We have eliminated 1 million dollars in overtime in less than one year.  If you think you can do it yourself, you can.  But it may take years and years to get the same results we have seen in months”

Dustin Giffin – Giffin Interiors

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In my opinion my shop was operating at optimum efficiency until we discovered “Lean”.  We are now operating more efficiently, consistently and out producing what we thought possible”

Elvin Martin – Mullet Door

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Need I say morejQuery15204068798553455194_1466019138607  Get to the Lean seminar and start to transform your life and the life’s around you!

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Are Mushrooms the Solution to the Industry’s Petroleum & Chemical-based Resin Challenge?

9. June 2016 06:53

n     Growing Interest in the Industries New, Natural Resin

Could mushroom materials be the solution to the industry challenge of formaldehyde and other toxic resins used in the production of engineered wood? 

That was the question posed by furniture industry executives to our co-founders at Ecovative a few years ago.  It may sound like an odd question to some, but as the pioneer and world leader in mycelium-based biomaterials and, given that we use biology to grow materials with exceptional properties unattainable through conventional chemistry, the question made perfect sense for us to explore.

Flash forward two years, and the answer is “yes,” and the solution is MycoBoard™ a premium, customizable, certified sustainable engineered wood product. It is bound together using mycelium—“nature’s glue”—which is formaldehyde-free, safe, and healthy. This versatile, non-toxic engineered wood, which offers natural fire-resistant properties, can be molded into custom shapes or pressed into boards, making it an ideal solution for the architectural and design community.

You will find MycoBoard™ in an award winning chair, in commercial wall panels, and in other products being produced by leading furniture manufacturers and designers.

MycoBoard™ provides a solution to the rising cost of resins, the growing customer concerns about product health and safety, and looming possibility of expanded government regulations.

 

Interested in talking about how to integrate this new bio-resin into your product planning and production?  Join us at the “Wood Composites Symposium,” on Tuesday, August 23rd.  In session one (8:30 a.m.) we will be talking about “Resins and Coatings for Wood Composites” – including Ecovative’s bio-based resins—for composite panels and structural members.

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3 Axis Nested Based CNC-What Else Can I Do With It?

8. June 2016 09:17
So you have purchased your first CNC Router! The jobs are flowing thru the shop at a pace that you could have only dreamed of and you are becoming more comfortable with the machine and the programing. Now you start to dream about the possibilities and doors that are opening up if you could make other items with all of the excess capacity that is available for your CNC. This is precisely the vision that I had for my CNC router 8 years ago when I purchased my first router.
 
For the first year or so we produced just our cabinet parts via Cabinet Vision we would occasionally cut curved bottom rails or lambs Tongue feet for vanities and the like. Along the way we learned about fixturing methods for flat table CNC routers.

We then took on a project that would require elliptical casings, Keystone with center carvings and a two story tall great room with spoon gouged rift oak panels and large detailed crown with applied rafter tail ends. This required additional software with which we would be able to produce complex 3-D shapes and geometries. We used Vetric V-Carve Pro for the spoon gouge texturing and Bob Cad Cam for the true 3-D carvings and elliptical moldings. Both packages were fairly easy to learn and we were producing code within a couple of weeks. With these software packages you had to understand more about 3-D drawing and layering as well as proper tooling and tool path strategies.

 

As we developed all of these skills we were able to diversify our products and offerings to our customers which in turn bought additional work into our shop and allowed us to bid on jobs we would have passed on prior to having the CNC in our shop. We were also able to produce just CNC parts for other companies and individuals. We have turned the machining of cabinet parts and components into its own business that we market separately from the cabinet business with great success and profit.

In closing I have found with few exceptions that we are able to produce just about anything we or our customers can dream of. You will need to put in time to research the proper software and tooling to produce the product need and learn about different fixturing techniques, tooling types and tool path strategies. If you do all of this you will put your investment of time and money to work for you and your company in ways you had not imagined.

You can learn more about the discussion above this summer at IWF in Atlanta myself and David Bushsbaum will be presenting for IWF Education Conference on Wednesday August 24th from 3-4pm CNC Tips And Tricks

Author: Leland Thomasset

I am Leland Thomasset owner and president of Taghkanic Woodworking, CNC-Cabinetparts.com, Wine-cube.com and Pawling Closet Company

 

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What's New with Adhesives for Wood Composites and What is a CLT?

31. May 2016 16:05

One-day Wood Composites Symposium, held in collaboration with International Wood Fair (IWF), on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 will focus on advances in adhesive technology for wood composites and utilization of wood composites for mass timber construction. The program will include topics on new bio-based resins and modifications of synthetic resins and coatings for composite panels and structural members, and opportunities, performance, and codes and standards for mass timber structures constructed with cross laminated timber (CLT).

Speakers from leading industries producing adhesives for composites will present new advances in no-formaldehyde and bio-based adhesives. Presenters in the session on advances in adhesives technology include Ecovative, a leading biomaterials company with new sustainable, healthy product line for home and office interiors; Hexion, global leader in thermoset resins; Ecosynthetix, a renewable chemicals company specializing in bio-based resins for a wide range of end products; and, Polymer Synergies, LLC, specializing in adhesion science and adhesive product development.

The symposium will begin with a presentation by Jackson Morrill, President of Composite Panel Association (CPA). Founded in 1960, CPA represents the North American composite panel industry on technical, regulatory, quality assurance, and product acceptance issues. Members of CPA include leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard, and hardboard. CPA is committed to product advancement and industry competitiveness. Mr. Morrill will present an overview of environmental regulations facing the industry.

The second session of the symposium will focus on use of lumber for production of high performance composites specifically for timber structures beyond light-frame construction, such as tall wooden structures up to 30 stories high. This innovative building construction technology offers new opportunities for use of lumber products produced by sawmills. Speakers in this session include a leading architect from Magnusson Klemencic Associates and has worked on mass timber building project; researcher from Virginia Tech evaluating performance of cross laminated timber fabricated using southern yellow pine; and, Evergreen Engineering provider of complete engineering services for establishing composite panel production facilities.

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Learn about finishing technology and techniques at all-day symposium August 23

31. May 2016 15:00

What is new in wood sanding and finishing? A special full-day session August 23, the day before IWF 2016, will explore a variety of new technologies and best methods that you can use in your business.

 

The full-day seminar will include a number of presentations and an opportunity to talk to suppliers and finishing experts face-to-face with your questions.

An opening session from the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing will provide an overview of where wood finishing is in 2016, including a discussion of some of the newest methods and technology. Find out more about trends that may affect your business.

Phil Stevenson of AWFI, a leading finishing consultant, will discuss a new method of training in which the goal is to create a system for finishing within the company rather than training a person that could leave that same company.

Other speakers include two cabinet manufacturers and three finishing suppliers. A question-and-answer session will be included for attendees to ask about their finishing problems. The event will be the day before IWF opens.

Go to http://iwfatlanta.com/Education/FIN2016 for more information and to register.

Wood Flooring Benefits & Expectations

31. May 2016 08:04

 

Ask any wood flooring inspector about his or her experience analyzing wood flooring failures, and many will tell you that a good number of them are not due to manufacturing issues or installation errors.  Surprisingly, many happen at the point of sale, with the flooring retailer selling the wrong product for the job.

 

Fortunately, this issue is easily preventable with a little training and knowledge about how wood flooring will perform in different environments.  Preparing sales teams with the proper understanding of how wood flooring products differ can help them educate customers and create realistic expectations about the long-term performance of their floors.

 

Grading is one such issue.  Wood flooring is graded according to its appearance, which includes things like grain, texture, mineral deposits, and knots.  When customers understand that wood is a product of nature, and that no two pieces of wood flooring will be identical, even two pieces from the same tree, they will have more realistic expectations about using wood as a flooring material. 

 

Likewise, it is important to dispel the myths about wood flooring being bad for the environment.  Wood is the only flooring material that is entirely sustainable because trees are a natural resource that can be regrown.  Wood grows in a factory called a forest using a renewable source of energy called the sun.  Manufacturing wood into flooring also uses less water and energy than manufacturing other flooring materials, which makes wood an environmentally friendly flooring option.  Wood also is carbon neutral.  During their growth cycle, trees produce oxygen.  What most people don’t realize, however, is that during its service life, wood also sequesters carbon.  So whatever its end use – as flooring, cabinets, even picture frames – wood continues to sequester carbon during its entire service life.

 

Helping consumers understand the many environmental benefits of wood flooring can lead them to choosing more wood for their flooring projects, while helping them to understand grade and performance issues can help establish realistic expectations that will result in happy customers and increased sales.

 

These and other issues will be presented at the IWF Wood Flooring Symposium on Tuesday, August 23 from 1:30pm – 4:40pm by the National Wood Flooring Association’s VP of Education & Certification, Brett Miller.  The NWFA also provides a number of workshops in addition to detailed guidelines about issues relating to wood floors.  For more information, contact the NWFA at 800.422.4556 (USA and Canada), 636.519.9663 (international), or at www.nwfa.org.

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Estimating – from days to minutes! Part 2

25. May 2016 06:24

Estimating – from days to minutes! Part 2

Windows/Doors/Modular Buildings: For the past 10 years D3 Technologies has been working with the leading industry tools used in the design-to-estimate-to-engineering process.  To that regard, they have also developed many of those industry leading tools along with providing clients the means to truly achieve their goals.  While working with companies that design many different products (HVAC, Fans/Blowers, Tanks, Conveyors, Canopies, etc.) we have done a lot to help clients caught in the gray area between manufactured products and construction.  This conversation follows up on our April 4th post on The Current State, The Challenge and The Change.

 

THE SOLUTION

After a thorough process of evaluating industry goals and challenges, coupled with D3 having a unique access to a tool acquired by Autodesk, D3 began to work with some of the early adopters to solve the major areas of today’s workflow challenges.

These areas consist of:

·        Enable development of highly customized user-interface solutions to rapidly lay out a product with 3D graphics

·        Integrate back office systems to tie-in costing of materials and labor to selections for quoting

·        Easy button creation of 3D models, drawings, bill of material lists, ERP data push, PDF and CNC exports

·        Development of Web-enabled tools to allow controlled access from anywhere

 

THE PROCESS

D3 starts with the a Requirements Gathering phase to understand the client’s current state and to compare that with their desired future state. From there D3 builds out a plan that can solve the problems and provide the desired return on the investment. Clients are then armed with a game plan that shows the order of events, expected outcomes and control of when to pull the lever to gate through the custom development sprints.

 

THE RESULTS

Clients solve problems with each delivered sprint, thus they are able to self-fund all of the following sprints. This helps a client phase in the solution with real gains as you go along and not faster than can be afforded.

The outcomes include:

·        Estimating and design tasks, which used to take 165 minutes, now take about 10 minutes

·        Drawings and other documents are created with a click of a button compared to days in engineering

·        Intelligent 3D models are created on the fly reducing what has to be done even for very custom projects

·        Clients get what they want before the competition can respond and it is accurate.

·        Downstream systems like ERP or CNC equipment get the information pushed over automatically rather than requiring manual input

 

CONCLUSION

While these solutions are not cheap, neither are the problems they are solving.  Most projects have a six to 12 month ROI for all of the sprints mapped out.  When you invest in tools that can improve the bottom line in large increments by harnessing rules into a reusable tool, a company can then be scaled with the business and not have to default to throwing more warm bodies at the problem.  You don’t have to let your intellectual property clock out at 5pm and hope it returns.

 

Daryl Price

 

Director of Sales

D3 Technologies

 

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ENHANCING ROUGHMILL PERFORMANCE

24. May 2016 11:23

ENHANCING ROUGHMILL PERFORMANCE

By: Eugene Wengert, President: The Wood Doctor's Rx, LLC

The two presenters of this session have seen well over one hundred rough mills.  We have seen good ideas that pay off, both in specific operational techniques and in evaluation of an operation.  We will share effect QC techniques.  We will share these ideas with the attendees.  Questions (written or oral) will be addressed.

Come here more about this subject at the "Rx for Enhancing Roughmill Performance" session at IWF 2016.

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Solid Surface Thermoforming

17. May 2016 14:56

Solid Surface Thermoforming

By: Keith Haight

I have questioned a variety of architects and designers what they think of when I say “solid surface.” Their typical response is Flat and Horizontal.  In other words, they think of countertops.  This is justified since solid surface did get it’s start primarily as countertops for the residential kitchen.   

However, solid surface has transitioned very nicely from the residential kitchen countertop into a material that is now being used extensively in commercial applications.  With these applications, Flat and Horizontal may still be the chosen design more often than not.  This workshop will help change all that by showcasing how solid surface can be thermoformed and thus transformed from flat and horizontal into sweeping 2D and 3D designs that will enhance any project. 

We will not only discuss the variety of tools and equipment involved with thermoforming, we will explore the process parameters and tricks of the trade to help set you up with a very successful offering and operation.

If you currently fabricate solid surface and you are looking to enhance your company’s offering, why not consider thermoforming?  This workshop will prove most beneficial to you and your company as we outline what it takes to incorporate this technology for successful projects.  Even if you currently do not fabricate solid surface but you are considering it, this workshop will help you see the benefits solid surface can bring to your business.


To learn more about this topic check out the "Exploring Countertop Options Symposium" at IWF 2016.

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Whether you love “IP” or hate it, or even know what I’m talking about, I have good news!

16. May 2016 06:40

 

 

 

Whether you love “IP” or hate it, or even know what I’m talking about, I have good news!

Brad Czerwonky – Patent Agent, Taylor English Duma LLP   

ANY of you like to tinker in the garage? Any of you design things or write for a living? Any musicians or authors? Any executives, engineers, artists, scientists, teachers, sales and marketing professionals, students, graphic designers, programmers, or even lawyers out there?

NO matter who you are and what you do, you probably have your own share of ideas and your own unique way of expressing them. Some of you probably make your livelihood based on developing those ideas and communicating them to others (and if that’s you, I can relate!). Us humans are not only wired to create but to share and build on each other’s ideas as we have done since time immemorial.

NOW when you hear the term “intellectual property,” how do you respond? Do your ears perk up? Do you run for the hills? Do you pour yourself a drink (maybe even with the benefit of your own personal “automaton” such as the above gem disclosed by Mr. Robert Little in U.S. Patent No. 711,510, issued in 1902)? Does mention of the terms “patent,” “trademark,” “copyright,” or “trade secret” get your creative juices running or your blood boiling? Unless you live completely “off the grid” (and probably even if you do), all of us touch or create intellectual property or IP on almost a daily basis.

WHILE it might strike fear into the hearts of some and irritate others because of the perceived mystery or hassle involved, learning the basics of IP need not be difficult and, like many things, can be fun as long as you know what you’re doing. More importantly, if you like the idea of making IP work for you—or at least knowing what others are doing with it, we’ll be covering this and other ground in one of the sessions at this year’s IWF show: Intellectual Property 101: Protecting Your Inventions and Other Creative Works. Save the date or even sign up now to join us if you’re already hooked: Thursday, August 25th from 10am! In my next post, I’ll share more on what exactly IP is (and why it matters)…

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