Educational Resources

Webinar: Lean in the pandemic era

FDMC columnist and lean guru, Brad Cairns will present a live webinar on Wednesday, February 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern, titled, "Lean in the pandemic era." In the 45-minute webinar, Cairns will offer lean strategies for operating in the pandemic era, which is fraught with supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. 

Power of pivoting - with Jeff Wagner

Will Sampson talks about how shifting direction adroitly can make a big difference in the success of your business. His guest is Jeff Wagner, executive chairman of CalPlant, a company that is transforming rice straw, a waste product of rice farming, into high-quality medium density fiberboard panel products for the woodworking industry. The company recently had to make a pivot of its own, entering a restructuring program to keep the startup plant on track.

Wealth from Waste - with Jeff Wagner

Will Sampson talks about how wealth can be found in what some view as waste, and his guest is Jeff Wagner, executive chairman of CalPlant, a company that is transforming rice straw, a waste product of rice farming, into high-quality medium density fiberboard panel products for the woodworking industry.

Learn how to automate 3D models for router and saw optimization

ORLANDO -- Programming multiple CNC machines and integrating routers, point-to-point machines and saws can be challenging and time-consuming. CIM-TECH and Woodworking Network will present a webinar on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern detailing how having one integrated software solution can efficiently streamline your process and increase your productivity. According to Kenny Belfatto, national sales manager for CIM-TECH, using Saw-CIM allows the 3D output from CIM-TECH to be filtered to a saw, router or point-to-point machine via ARDIS software.

Open books and employee ownership - with Ted Hall

Will Sampson talks about business transparency and sharing financial information with your employees. His guest is Ted Hall, founder of the innovative CNC manufacturer ShopBot, a company that just recently converted to an Employee Ownership Trust.

The robots are here - with Derek Degeest

Will Sampson talks about new advances in robotic technology including an interview with Derek Degeest, president of Lesta USA, which is marketing self-learning robots to the finishing industry. This episode was recorded live at the AWFS Fair.