IWF Hits a High Note with Woodworking Attendees, Exhibitors
By Karen M. Koenig and Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 09/06/2012 8:58AM
A crowd of woodworkers at the Stiles Machinery booth during IWF 2012.
The 2012 International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair (IWF), held Aug. 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, was a hit with exhibitors and attendees alike with a buzz of energy circulating throughout the exhibit halls.
Pat LaFramboise, president and CEO of the International Woodworking Fair attributed the show’s success to pent-up industry demand. “People are anxious, hungry if you will, to have an opportunity to come and to see new technology. They have been hearing about a lot of new developments coming on in our industry. Our timing is really good. The economy is improving and the show is getting bigger. It’s a combination of events turning out to everyone’s good fortune.”
Not only were spirits high but attendance as well. Although final numbers have not been released as of printing, they are expected to exceed 2010 numbers. Prior to the show advance registration was up almost 40 percent approaching nearly 13,000 the day before IWF opened.
Many exhibitors also noted that they were pleased with the quality of attendees with many decision makers on hand make face-to-face contact. Reportedly, several large furniture companies walked the show floor and several companies posted ‘sold-to signs’ on their equipment.
This year’s IWF also had an increased international presence with a large number of attendees from Europe, Asia and South America. “It was a diverse international crowd,” LaFramboise said.
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Seven Win Challengers Awards
Winners for the 2012 IWF Challengers Awards were announced Aug. 22 during IWF. In alphabetical order, they are:
CIM Tech: Solid-CIM 3D
“The whole industry was moving to solid modeling,” said Frank Rubino, president. “In the last 15 years solid modeling has transitioned from aerospace into the most powerful design tool the woodworking industry has ever seen. Unfortunately as solid modeling became the preferred method for design products it also created the largest bottleneck for manufacturing.”
According to Rubino, CIM-Tech has been working on solution for the problem for a number of years. SOLID-CIM features the Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR), which works directly on 3-D solids and 3-D solid assemblies to lay parts flat and identify machine operations. Nested programs for any CNC machine are created with a cutlist with all the parts, materials and quantities. The software is targeted primarily for the wood, plastics and non-ferrous materials market.
About the Author
Karen M. Koenig and Michaelle BradfordMichaelle Bradford is Managing Editor of Woodworking Network magazine and Custom Built Interiors Weekly eNewsletter. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Google+.