Ben at display fixture manufacturer Xylem Design, shows Brad Cairns a baffle he set up to channel flying sawdust from next to the CNC machine. It's an example of innovative ideas developed under Lean management.
Most changes in wood manufacturing result in only incremental improvement. On rare occasions, technology takes a leap forward, usually first implemented by top tier manufacturers, years before smaller companies could afford the investment. But the next leap is immediately accessible to all shops.
Salespeople are competitive, outgoing, customer-focused, persistent, and relentlessly determined to meet and beat targets.These fundamentals remain firmly in place, but must be adapted to the advance of a complex, technologically-driven world.
The 5" random orbital sander is an essential part of most woodworking facilities. The tool allows rapid removal of material to create a flat surface that is ready to accept stain or coatings. But their shortcomings are well known.
We were looking to improve CNC bed cleaning after sheet processing, and it was a chore to vacuum the bed with a shop vac after removing the processed pieces from the bed to ready it for the next sheet.
EPA’s regulation addressing formaldehyde emissions in composite panels is very consistent with CARB. While the regulation includes a narrow group of veneered panels, it does not include other veneer types, papers or other decorative overlays commonly used with composite wood. Products made with these are considered to be finished goods and must use compliant composite wood substrates. EPA's requirements go into effect Dec. 12, 2017, with limited exceptions.
Inherently tied to the other industry segments, the wood components market also looks to grow next year. Also spurring growth is an increasing awareness by manufacturers of the benefits associated with outsourcing these diversified products.