Fasteners are becoming critical forces in flat-pack furniture production, with the newest generation of stronger and easier-to-assemble hardware providing competitive advantages. A number of hardware manufacturers will be showing the latest types of fasteners at WMS 2017 in Toronto next month.

Among them are Rampa Tec, which will be showing its newest insert in Booth 1048, the patent-pending Type SKD330, with sealing collar, hex drive, tilt protection, and speed-up of assembling.
"A lot of people have been using the same type of fastener, not realizing there are options," says Mike Wood, sales manager at Rampa Tec, based in Kitchener, Ontario. "We are always looking for the 'magic insert,' that will work across all types of applications. We think the SKD330 offers a wide of applications and represents the right balance of capabilities."
The collar works in solid wood and panel, providing an optimal retaining function, and works for widest range of substrates, with 100 percent control of all functional dimensions, including internal machine thread, Wood says. 
Titus, a pre-eminent name in automating the fastener in production process, is exhibiting within Monarch Plywood's booth 1185. In addition to panel mounting hardware, Titus has a broad range of fasteners, including the steel and zinc Combi-dowel. Titus also features FastFit technology for rapid production, and cam Quickloc technology to improve the consumer experience - called "Consumer Assembly Friendliness" -  in ready to assemble furniture. 
Titus Combi-dowel

Rampa Tec, along with Titus (in Booth 1185) and other fastener exhibitors, will present a conference session on the evolving capabilities of fasteners for flat pack and other furniture and casegoods production. That session runs Friday,  November 3, from 2:30 – to 3:30 p.m., part of the Trends in Panel & Hardware Track during the Conference at  WMS 2017.  Registration for the All Day Conference Pass costs $275, including the luncheon keynote with Scott Hodson, CEO of Superior Cabinets. 

Trends in Panel & Hardware - Friday, Nov 3

Understanding the new NAAWS Manual
Nick Anastas, AWMACS
9:00 am - 9:50 am  
Learn what’s in the new architectural millwork standards, and why AWMACS felt new standards needed to be developed.
Panel Primer: What Woodworkers Should Know
10:00 am - 10:50 am 
Fundamentals on classic panels covers performance capability
Machining Materials – Moderated by Bill Esler
11:00 am - 11:55 am 
We’ll look at new demands on machining workpieces to meet requirements of trends like zero joint edgebanding, plus the new generations of smart and silent tooling. On the panel will be Biesse and Leuco Tool, among others.  
Luncheon Address by Scott Hodson, Superior Cabinets
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (included in All-day Conference Pass)
Superior Cabinets, an Overnight Success the Making Decades in the Making - a story about Superior's turnaround, with lots of good lessons for success from Scott Hodson’s playbook.
Panel Color & Surface Trends
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 
Drawing on designers from the International Centre showrooms, we’ll look at trending colors and finishes in panel from suppliers at WMS, including Rehau, Uniboard and others. 
Fastening Systems Innovations: Hardware Trends Roundup.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
Next generation fasteners hardware developments at WMS, with Titus, Rampa Tec and others. 
The Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo, Canada's largest professional woodworking event, runs November 2-4 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, just a few minutes from Toronto International Airport. 

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