HIGH POINT, N.C. – Approximately 60 woodworkers were in attendance as Stiles Machinery Inc. kicked off its Flooring Day 2016 event at the company’s High Point, North Carolina, showroom and finishing lab. Held on Tuesday April 26, the event showcased the latest emerging trends and technologies for engineered flooring and solid wood processing manufacturers, who later attended the nearby NWFA Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte.

Those in attendance, gained knowledge on worldwide industry trends and techniques in floor manufacturing. Industry experts from Stiles and its global partners shared insights on new innovative technologies for optimizing lumber, automating throughfeed processes and efficient packaging solutions in both small and high production manufacturing facilities.

Presentations and live demonstrations gave attendees an up-close look at Homag and Kentwood’s new technologies in numerous solid wood processing applications including moulding, ripping, end-matching and automated hand-scraping practices. Stiles' attendees were also introduced to state-of-the-art sanding and finishing technologies for achieving high-quality surfaces for engineered wood flooring. Each production process showcased automation and software to illustrate the impact that smart manufacturing can have on any size manufacturer for attaining increased efficiency and productivity.

Onsite vendors provided tooling expertise, advice on surface qualities and coatings, software and packaging solutions all geared toward the LVT and engineered wood flooring manufacturers.

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