KITCHENER, ON - The Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA) and Conestoga College are collaborating on a skills enhancement program for experienced wood spray finishers.

The first part of the training, a classroom program planned for April 24 in Walkerton, will be presented by instructors of Conestoga College's Woodworking Centre of Ontario. It will include theory and training using a spray finishing simulator designed to help finishers improve their spray techniques that was displayed at the 2013 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo in Toronto. The simulator allows trainees to spray pieces projected on a screen. The simulator's software program calculates the efficiency and coverage of the spraying that is done with a real spray gun, but without any actual coatings flying.

Wood products companies also can sign up for part 2 of the program and bring the Conestoga College instructor into their facility to train their entire finishing staff in one day on techniques and methods to spray more effectively. In addition, the instructor will monitor and evaluate the company's finishing set-up and current performance.

Both finishing programs are open to BWA members as well as all other interested woodworkers.

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The Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA) is a manufacturing cluster made up of more than 55 wood products manufacturers and suppliers. BWA member companies collaborate on projects and value-added networking events.