The 2009 trade show offers expanded seminars and new events to ensure that during the economic downturn, attendees can position themselves for a rebound.
|Many seminars and presentations will be held on the show floor.|
Despite a struggling economy, this yearâs AWFS Fair, being held in Las Vegas July 15-18, will provide attendees with the opportunity to view the latest product innovations and learn from industry experts at the College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) â all to help them survive and emerge as better business people.
For more than 100 years, the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Supplies (AWFS) has advocated on behalf of the industry. For the past 50 years, the AWFS Fair has sought to bring industry members together in one location to showcase new machinery and the latest trends and to share educational opportunities. The largest U.S. woodworking event this year is no exception. AWFS executives say that the trade show will provide manufacturers and suppliers an opportunity âto position themselves to capitalize on pent-up demand when the economy recovers.â
âEconomic forecasters are saying things will ease in the second half, meaning the worst thing a company could do would be to stay out of the market just as buyers are starting to loosen their purse strings again,â says Angelo Gangone, executive director, AWFS.
Continued Education a Key Opportunity
AWFS is touting its 2009 CWWK as a reason to head to Las Vegas this summer. In what the association describes as a âpower-packedâ lineup, the CWWK will feature topics dealing with industry challenges.
âA new part of the CWWK this year is the âGoing Greenâ track, which was included as a result of feedback from 2007 show attendees.â
âAll of the seminars planned for the show will be structured to provide assistance to businesses on the key issues of the day,â says CWWK Committee Chair Philip Martin of HÃ¤fele America Inc. âNever have we had such a strong contingent of company presidents, manufacturing specialists, designers, engineers, marketing directors and trainers, all assembled to deliver some tough talk and impart knowledge they have culled from many years in the industry.â
The CWWK will consist of classroom seminars and panels, lecture demonstrations, all-day workshops and the Special Machinery and Relevant Technology (SMART) seminars, held on the exhibit floor.
The educational program has approximately 50 courses, such as âPositioning Your Company for a Future in Manufacturing,â which will feature industry insider, consultant and CEO of Premier Garage Don Shultz, who will discuss challenges of a traditional business model and will recommend new business models. Attendees can register for educational sessions online at awfsfair.org.
A new part of the CWWK this year is the âGoing Greenâ track, which was included as a result of feedback from 2007 show attendees. The goal of the Going Green track is to help attendees decipher the numerous environmentally driven issues from certification to chain-of-custody and other initiatives. Topics for this track include: Understanding LEED, Linking Lean and Green, Greening Your Marketing Message, Chainâof-Custody: From Forest to Consumer, and Green Solutions for the Wood Finishing Industry.
A complete preview of other show activities, with an exhibitors list and products, will be in CWBâs July issue. For more information about AWFS events, visit awfsfair.org.
Tuesday, July 14
Business Management: TU-10 8:00 a.m. â 4:00 p.m. Lean Manufacturing: Hands-On Simulation Workshop
Safety & Environment: TU-11 8:00 a.m. â 1:00 p.m. OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety Training
Wednesday, July 15
Business Management: WE-28 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Marketing Yourself and Your Company; WE-32 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Lean 5S: Show and Tell
Software/Technology: SMART! WE-20 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #8403, Nested-Based Manufacturing Basics; WE-30 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Should I Automate? Blueprint for Success
Techniques/Applications: SMART! WE-21 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #9231, Optimizing Your Sanding Operation; SMART! WE-22 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #9616, Rapid Case Construction Through Doweling; WE-23 9:30 a.m. â 11:30 a.m. Innovating with Mass Customization
Hand-Crafted Furniture: WE-24 9:30 a.m. â 11:00 a.m. Designing a Marketing Plan; WE-29 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Making the Right Choices with Modern Adhesives
Safety & Environment: TU-11 8:00 a.m. â 1:00 p.m. OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety Training (cont. from July 14)
Going Green: WE-25 9:30 a.m. â 11:30 a.m. Understanding LEED; WE-27 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Linking Lean and Green; WE-31 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Greening Your Marketing Message
Teacher Track: WE-26 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Teaching the Fine Art of Finishing
Thursday, July 16
Business Management: TH-45 8:00 a.m. â 4:00 p.m. Lean Manufacturing: Hands-On Simulation Workshop; TH-47 9:30 a.m. â 11:30 a.m. Profit Savvy: Smart Practices that Work!; TH-49 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Sustaining Lean: Know How and Know Why; TH-52 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Positioning Your Company for a Future in Manufacturing
Cabinet/Millwork: TH-53 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Planning for Installation Success
Software/Technology: SMART! TH-43 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. In the smartSHOP Simplifying Automation in the Small Shop; TH-50 1:00 p.m. â 2:30 p.m. Capitalizing on CAD: Enhancing Sales and Choosing Software; TH-54 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Integrating a Nesting Machine: What They Donât Tell You
Techniques/Applications: SMART! TH-40 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #8403 EDGE-U-CATION: Edgebanding for Todayâs Market; SMART! TH-41 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #9616, Lean Flow Cabinet Manufacturing; TH-51 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Virtual Spray Operator Training
Hand-Crafted Furniture: TH-44 8:00 a.m. â 11:00 a.m. Great Finishes Start at the Lumber Rack
Safety & Environment: TH-48 9:30 a.m. â 11:30 a.m. Practical Shop Safety
Going Green: TH-46 9:30 a.m. â 11:30 a.m. Chain of Custody: From Forest to Consumer
Teacher Track: SMART! TH-42 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #5200, Advanced CNC Operation and Technology for the Classroom; TH-51b 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Virtual Spray Operator Training
Friday, July 17
Business Management: FR-65 9:30 a.m. â 11:00 a.m. Putting Lean to Work in the Office
Cabinet/Millwork: FR-64 9:30 a.m. â 11:00 a.m. How to Work with Designers â Profitably!; FR-68 1:00 p.m. â 3:00 p.m. Turning Trends into Profitable Product Launches; FR-71 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Introducing the New Architectural Woodwork Standards
Software/Technology: SMART! FR-60 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m Booth #8403, Nested-Based Manufacturing Basics
Techniques/Applications: SMART! FR-61 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #9231, Optimizing Your Sanding Operation; SMART! FR-62 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #9616, Rapid Case Construction through Doweling; FR-69 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Lightweight Composite Panels
Hand-Crafted Furniture: FR-66 1:00 p.m. â 4:00 p.m. Vacuum Pressing and Forming for Craftsmen
Safety & Environment: FR-67 1:00 p.m. â 2:30 p.m. Reducing Your Environmental Footprint: Good for the Planet, Good for the Pocketbook
Going Green: FR-70 3:30 p.m. â 5:00 p.m. Green Solutions for the Wood Finishing Industry
Teacher Track: FR-63 9:30 a.m. â 11:30 a.m. Vacuum Forming for Teachers
Saturday, July 18
Business Management: SA-84 8:00 a.m. â 11:00 a.m. Money Matters: Finance for Non-Financial Managers; SA-85 8:00 a.m. â 4:00 p.m. Lean Manufacturing: Hands-On Simulation Workshop
Software/Technology: SMART! SA-82 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. in the smartSHOP, Simplifying Automation in the Small Shop; SA-86 9:30 a.m. â 11:00 a.m. Making the Most of Your CNC Investment
Techniques/Applications: SMART! SA-80 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #9616, Lean Flow Cabinet Manufacturing; SMART! SA-81 7:30 a.m. â 9:00 a.m. Booth #8403, EDGE-U-CATION: Edgebanding for Todayâs Market
Hand-Crafted Furniture: SA-83 8:00 a.m. â 12:00 p.m. Masterful Hand Joinery
Safety & Environment: SA-87 9:30 a.m. â 11:00 a.m. Implementing the CARB Rule
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