Ultimate Finishing Challenge: Man vs. Machine
July 10, 2024 | 1:00 pm CDT

Noted lean manufacturing expert Brad Cairns is proud of the efficiencies he has developed in his factory finishing MDF doors even though he uses mostly manual processes (Brad will use his Cosmos sanding robot, but all the finishing will be completely manual). He’s challenged another factory that uses a sophisticated automated finishing line to race to see who can finish 20 doors the fastest, most efficiently, and most economically.

Both the manual and automated processes will be completely captured on video to determine a winner. Brad and Will Duggan, owner of Creative Woodcraft in British Columbia, the automated shop, will discuss the differences between their operations in an informative webinar before revealing who won the Ultimate Finishing Challenge. Then there will be time for questions from the audience. Who do you think won?

This will be a 45-minute webinar, followed by a short Q&A. The webinar is sponsored by Guffey Systems, providing award-winning products for furniture, millwork, and cabinet finishing that optimize efficiency and reduce waste.

Brad Cairns
Senior Principal, Quantum Lean
Will Duggan
Owner, Creative Woodcraft
Will Sampson
Will Sampson
Editorial Director, Woodworking Network / FDMC Magazine