CHARLOTTE -- "Sanding is not as simple a task as most people would think," says Adam West, abrasives specialist for SurfPrep. "Every part of the sanding process must work together to accomplish a few simple tasks." West will get into the nitty-gritty of sanding in his presentation, "How to Eliminate Waste and Improve Your Sanding Operation," on February 14 at the Charlotte Wood Pro Expo. West is an Abrasives Specialist for SurfPrep. He has been in the woodworking industry since 1995, and has worked his way up from sanding on a production line to being known as the best technical abrasive specialist in the industry.
"Sanded wood must have the right surface texture, it must be able to accept the desired finish, and it must look pleasing to the eye of the customer," said West. "Each step of the process must compliment and improve the process before it, but each step of the process has impact on the later processes. The wide belt machine is the first step in the process for most companies so it is always one of the first things I want to see as a tech."
West's presentation is part of a jam-packed agenda for Wood Pro Expo Charlotte. Complete schedule here. The event kicks off February 14 with a keynote address by Georg Frey, president of Lignum Consulting. In his presentation titled, “How Industry 4.0 Can Optimize Any Size Plant,” Frey will simplify the process by which woodworkers can take advantage of new technology and improve their productivity, regardless of the size of their companies.