The Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA), a cluster of wood product manufacturing companies in southwestern Ontario, is holding its next quarterly meeting September 30 at the Conestoga College Woodworking Centre of Ontario.
 
In addition to networking with BWA's 92 member companies, the event will cover several themes:
 
CNC case studies: The newest potential of CNC for the wood industry; finishing strategies for surface and laquer variation; training employees; and simulator demo. A tour of the school's facilities will also be conducted, as well as a greeting from BWA's Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Hon. Minister Kathryn McGarry.
 
Where: Woodworking Centre of Ontario, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning: 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4
When: Friday, Sept 30, 2016
Time:  12:30- 4:00 pm
 
What will be covered: 
 
Three BWA member CNC professionals share their vision and examples of CNC and what it can do. Whether you have CNC in-house already, or if you sub-contract it out, or if you are considering the investment yourself, the BWA has three custom CNC shops in its membership. Each of these CNC providers has their philosophy and approach to what CNC can do. 
 
David J. Blackler, Finishing Technologist with Conestoga College, Woodworking Centre of Ontario will address the following:
  • Considerations for surface spraying variation: wood species and mdf variations
  • How can you maximize coverage and minimize passes? (cost reduction)
  • Choices of laquer and nuances for wood and mdf
  • Considerations for training employees in house
  • Short demo of the spray simulator used for training