Virginia Tech plans Industry 4.0 Seminar at IWF Atlanta on August 23
IMA Schelling panel saw shown at Xylexpo 2018 features a Windows-based MCS controller for intuitive operation and a cutting plan generator for simple generating of cutting plans.

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ATLANTA - Wood manufacturing technology firm IMA Schelling Group  says two of its execs will join other industry experts at Virginia Tech’s Industry 4.0 seminar to be held at IWF Atlanta, August 24, 2:00 - 3:30 pm. 
According to the lead presenter, Virginia Tech Professor Urs Buehlman,  the wood manufacturing industry is at the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution (hence the term "Industry 4.0) in which manufacturing becomes digitized and the entire value chain will be interconnected.  Industry 4.0 will bring digitized processes and intelligent automation that lead to increased productivity and quality while reducing per-unit costs.  However, investing into the digitization of your factory/shop is challenging as large investments need to be justified and reliable data on the costs and benefits are hard to come by.
Peter Tuenker, Managing Director of IMA Schelling Group USA, and Joerg Rosemeier, Sales Manager for IMA Klessmann GmbH, will explain how companies can utilize digitized processes and intelligent automation for increased productivity and quality while reducing per-unit costs.
For many factories and shops, the investment for digitization can be a leap which needs to be justified with reliable data on costs and benefits.  The “Industry 4.0” seminar seeks to help manufacturers better understand state-of-the-art wood products manufacturing, plan for the adaptation of key technologies, and prepare for future industry evolution.  
Other speakers include:
   • Urs Buehlmann, Professor: Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
   • Mathias Schmitt, Management Consultant: White Rock, LLC
   • Matt Bumgardner, Research Forest Product Technologist: U. S. Forest Service
   • Dan Gibbons, Haworth, Inc.
   • Georg Frey, Lignum Consulting, Inc.
“IMA Schelling is at the forefront of the Industry 4.0 movement to digitization,” said Peter Tuenker, Managing Director, IMA Schelling Group USA.  “We have invested heavily in the field for the last 15 years, providing scalable solutions for fully-automated production all over the world - Western Europe, South America and also in North America.”
IMA Schelling’s booth (#5013) theme this year is “The Space Where Innovation Meets Automation” – where they will display the integration of a CR Onsrud router with a Schelling fh5 panel saw and a Schelling vs Area Storage Retrieval System, all connected via Eurosofts’ SquareOne MES software.
IMA Schelling Group USA is a single-source provider of sales, service and support of IMA and Schelling products. IMA Schelling Group USA is designed to give the two companies’ customers and business partners the benefit of working with one source for customized industrial engineering manufacturing and standard machinery sales under one roof in Raleigh, NC.
The IMA Schelling Group works collaboratively with businesses ranging from mid-sized woodworking, metalworking and plastics shops to major corporations to engineer customized, industrial manufacturing system solutions that optimize throughput in the North American woodworking, metalworking, plastics and composites markets. For more information, visit IMA Schelling Group USA at IWF booth #5013, online at or call 919.544.0430.

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.