How To Improve CNC Router Tooling Performance
July 29, 2015 | 1:00 pm CDT

The heart of a CNC router is its tooling - where technology gets down to the business of cutting wood. In this free presentation, tooling experts share the fundamentals in best practices for tool mounting and machining, and explain several advances: in blade materials that extend tool life; in chucks for precision mounting; in point-of-contact dust extraction; and Intelligent Tooling that collects and shares data to optimize tool performance. You'll also learn about reference resources, including tooling apps you'll make regular use of. This free webcast is on demand now, watch it above!


Mike Serwa
Vice President, Vortex Tool

Mike Serwa is the Vice President of Vortex Tool Co., Inc. a manufacturer of cutting tools serving the industrial woodworking market both domestically and internationally. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has over thirty years of working experience in engineering, manufacturing and applications related to industrial cutting tools.

Mark Alster
Regional Sales Manager, Leitz Tooling

Mark Alster has been involved with tooling for the primary and secondary woodworking industries for 25 years. Mark began his career with Michigan Knife/Simonds Industries (Big Rapids, MI) and has been employed with Leitz Tooling Systems since 1995. Mark currently serves as Regional Sales Manager and previously worked closely with many of the industry's largest machine providers. He was instrumental in securing a Sequoia Award (2011) and Challengers Award (2010) for Leitz. Mark has extensive knowledge of the woodworking industry, machinery, applications and current tooling technology.

Scott Burton
Technical Sales Manager, Royce//Ayr

Scott Burton is acting Technical Sales Manager for Royce//Ayr Cutting Tools. He attended the University of Guelph for Sales and Marketing and began employment with Royce//Ayr in 2002. His many years of experience in the wood working industry has provided the necessary knowledge and training tools required to assist customers with the most difficult machining applications. Scott works closely with an Engineering and Production team at Royce//Ayr that takes tremendous pride in customer service and support.

Bill Esler
Editorial Director, Woodworking Network

Bill is responsible for overall content at, Woodworking Network magazine and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He develops audience engagement programs blending social media, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. 

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