GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The first Stiles Manufacturing Solutions Seminar of the year offered educational sessions, live machinery demonstrations and networking events designed towards helping manufacturers stay competitive and profitable.

The event took place in late March in the Stiles Machinery showroom and finishing lab in High Point, North Carolina. It attracted manufacturers of all sizes looking for solutions in technology and techniques to improve and optimize their current processes in panel processing and solid wood manufacturing.

Experts took attendees through a multitude of live work cell demonstrations showcasing fully automated technologies for European cabinet construction including intelligent material handling, robotic saws, high-tech edgebanding, vertical drilling and dowel insertion applications, and flexible CNC applications.

Solid wood technologies included door and face-frame construction applications including rip and crosscut lines, moulding, and yield optimization. Parts made in those processes were then part of a variety of sanding applications including brush and orbital sanding techniques and finishing technologies exhibiting spray and roll coat processes including robotic arms for consistent quality.

Topics including Industry 4.0, tooling for machine longevity and trends in kitchen cabinets provided attendees valuable information and thought-provoking ideas and using a data-driven manufacturing approach for successful market strategies. This was the first in a series of three Manufacturing Solutions Seminars that Stiles will host this year, with the next event scheduled for early June. See http://www.stilesmachinery.com.