Wood Tech Summit 2013

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2013 Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference

Registration is open for the 2013 Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference, taking place Oct. 23 at the Four Points By Sheraton in Mississauga, ON. The scheduling of the program dovetails with the 2013 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS 2013), Canada's premier woodworking show, Oct. 24-26 at the nearby International Centre.

Wood Tech Summit will feature presentations by seven of the Canadian woodworking industry's best and brightest leaders with a special emphasis on best practices for succeeding in the 21st Century.

The unique event also features table top exhibits and networking opportuntiies.

2013 Wood Tech Summit Schedule

Attendee Registration, Table Top & Sponsorship Fees

For additional information, contact Rich Christianson at 847-415-8024; rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com.

 

 

 

Wood Tech Summit Launching in Vancouver

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Registration is open for Wood Tech Summit, a management-level conference for North American woodworking professionals, will make its debut as a stand-alone event Oct. 22-23, 2012 at the University of British Columbia’s Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver.

Wood Tech Summit represents the latest collaboration between the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at UBC and Woodworking Network.  The two-day event will feature three comprehensive full-day conferences - Wood Finishing, Plant Productivity and Business Development. The event will also feature a Networking Reception on the evening of Monday, October 22 including tabletop displays by leading industry suppliers.

Those attending the Monday session on Wood Finishing will receive a 25% discount to also attend one of the dual-track programs – CNC Technology or Building Business Competitiveness - scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23.

 

More Info
For information about attending or table top displays and sponsorship opportunities, contact Rich Christianson of Vance Communications at 847-415-8024; rchristianson@vancepublishing.com; or Jason Chiu of the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at 604-822-1472; jason.chiu@ubc.ca.

 

NOTE:
On-site registration opens at 8:30 a.m. each morning.

All sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.


DAY ONE – Monday, October 22, 2012

Industrial Wood Finishing: Balancing Quality, Productivity & Profitability

9:30am to 9:40am - Welcome

 

9:40am to 10:30am –Keynote: Straight Line Designs

Judson Beaumont, iconic furniture designer and manufacturer and owner of Straight Line Designs, discusses how he has used innovative finishing techniques to create high-margin millwork installations and limited run furniture that are in demand all over North America

 

10:30am to 11:15am – Going Greener in the Wood Finishing Industry

David Powers, Sherwin-Williams examines current finishing practices and strategies companies can employ to effectively compete as a supplier of green products

 

 11:15am to 11:35am - Break

 

 11:35am to 12: 20pm - Achieving Consistent Finish Quality

Jason Chiu, Technical Specialist, CAWP, provides a set of proven practical strategies for achieving predictable and repeatable quality in the finishing room, borrowing from both QC program fundamentals and finishing best-practices

 12:20pm to 1:20pm - Lunch

 1:20pm to 2:05pm – Building a State-of-the-Art Finishing Facility from Ground Up

Denis Staples, President, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, Ottawa, explains how his company selected equipment and materials and built a modern new finishing department following a devastating fire in 2009.

 2:05pm to 2:50 – Automated Machinery for Small to Medium Size Finishing Operation

Alan Henderson, Western Regional Manager for Cefla, will discuss opportunities available to small to medium sized finishing operations to reduce costs in labour and materials through automation.

 

2:50pm to 3:10pm – Break

 

 3:10pm to 3:55pm - Implementing Waterborne Technologies

Bernie Bottens, Woodworking Network / Custom Woodworking Business summarises the materials and technologies currently available, how waterbornes have evolved, and the key considerations that must be taken into account when using these coatings.

 

3:55pm to 4:40pm - R&D That Is Changing How We Finish Wood

Philip Evans, BC Leadership Chair in Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing, UBC will outline the results of recent research on wood finishing, surface preparation and grain raising and explain what these findings mean for manufacturers.

 

 4:50pm to 6:20pm – Networking Reception with Table Top Exhibit

 

DAY TWO – Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Track 1: Building Wood Business Competitiveness

 

9:30am to 9:40am – Welcome

 

9:40am to 10:30am – Keynote: That’ll Never Work -Entrepreneurship in the Wood Products Industry

Denis Staples, Deslaurier Cabinets, Ottawa. This keynote presentation tells the story of a company’s resilience in the face of a devastating loss; on New Year’s Day 2009 a fire destroyed Deslaurier’s production facility in its entirety, including several weeks’ worth of completed orders. By a combination of innovative outsourcing and tenacious rebuilding the company bounced back, surpassing original sales volumes and creating an exemplary production facility in the process. This story is featured in the bestselling book of the same name.

 

10:30am to 11:10am - Economic Trends, Opportunities and Threats for the Wood Products Sector

Antje Wahl, Markets Group, FPInnovations, provides an up to date picture of Canadian and export markets for value-added products.

 

11:10am to 11:30am - Break

 

11:30am to 12:10pm - Growing Sales and Creating Customer Niches using Finishing

Bernie Bottens, Woodworking Network, describes how companies can use speciality finishing to differentiate their company, increase margins, and diversify their product range.

 

12:10pm to 12:50pm - Successful Sales Without Really Selling

Neil Godin, Neil Godin International, presents a winning approach to sales based on his extensive experience and reputation as “The Turnaround Guy”, assisting companies to bounce back from financial trouble to achieve lasting business success.

 

12:50pm to 1:50pm – Lunch

 

1:50pm to 2:30pm Green Marketing and Business Practices

David Cohen, Professor of Sustainability, Business and Globalisation, UBC, describes how green markets have evolved, how customers view “green”, and what companies need to do to successfully execute and market green business strategies.

 

2:30pm to 3:10pm -

How to Market Your Business to Architects and Designers - Roy Manion, BC Wood Specialties Group, outlines ways that wood products manufacturers can successfully position their companies and products to appeal to architects, common questions that should be addressed, and ways to get their product information into architects’ hands.

 

3:10pm to 3:30pm – Break

 

3:30pm to 4:10pm – Financial and Other Support Services Available to the Wood Products Sector

This presentation features short updates from three presenters outlining financial support available for training and R&D, as well as describing industry-specific training and human resources tools available at no or low cost to wood products manufacturers.

 

4:10pm to 4:50pm Leveraging the Internet andSocial Media for Business Growth

Iain Macdonald, Managing Director, CAWP, provides practical tips on how to navigate the often-confusing world of online marketing and use quick, inexpensive methods to reach new customers and build brand loyalty.

 

4:50pm to 5:00pm – Wrap-up

 

Track 2: Maximizing Production Efficiencies

 

9:30am to 9:40am – Welcome

9:40am to 10:30am – Keynote: That’ll Never Work -Entrepreneurship in the Wood Products Industry

§  That’ll Never Work – Entrepreneurship in the Wood Products Industry – Denis Staples, Deslaurier Cabinets, Ottawa. This keynote presentation tells the story of a company’s resilience in the face of a devastating loss; on New Year’s Day 2009 a fire destroyed Deslaurier’s production facility in its entirety, including several weeks’ worth of completed orders. By a combination of innovative outsourcing and tenacious rebuilding the company bounced back, surpassing original sales volumes and creating an exemplary production facility in the process. This story is featured in the bestselling book of the same name.

 

10:30am to 11:10am – Comparing the Benefits of Nesting vs. Traditional CNC Manufacturing

Werner Brinkhaus, Weeke will describe the differences between the two dominant methods of CNC manufacturing and help you determine which method is more suitable for your production operation.

 

11:10am to 11:30am - Break

 

11:30am to 12:10pm - Did that Job make Money?: Tracking Costs using ERP and RFID

Luke Elias President, Muskoka Cabinets, Ottawa will discuss how his mid-sized cabinet manufacturing business has integrated the latest tools in MRP, CAD-CAM, Quality Control and RFID Technologies.

 

12:10pm to 12:50pm - Tooling Innovations and the cost case for Diamond Tooling

Brett Reid, BC Saw & Tool Inc. will discuss the latest in tooling innovations.  He will describe the tool costs vs. tool value for diamond tooling and explainthe soft costs savings.

 

12:50pm to 1:50pm - Lunch

 

1:50pm to 2:30pm - Advanced Automation Case Study: Canada's First Fully-Robotic 24/7 Furniture Production Facility

Bob Law and Andrew Legault of CNC Automation, along with Tommy Gagnon of Machineries AutomatTech, will present a case study example of Canada’s first fully-robotic furniture manufacturing facility.  The factory is located near Quebec, QC..


2:30pm to 3:10pm - Automating Material Handling in a Small Woodworking Shop

Hartmut Schrage, Bargstedt, describes how even mid-size woodworking businesses can realise efficiency gains and improved lead times through the use of automated material handling systems. A recent case study from Ontario will be referenced in the presentation.

 

3:10pm to 3:30pm – Break

3:30pm to 4:10pm - Effective Integration of CAD-CAM Software for Wood Products Manufacturing

Peter Mate, President, Planit Canada and Columnist, Woodworking magazine, will discuss the latest developments in software available to wood products manufacturers and explain what to expect when implementing new software.

 

4:10pm to 4:50pm - Emerging Digital Tools for Scanning, Measuring and Prototyping

Ira Laughy, Principal, Rapid 3D, Calgary, will demonstrate the practical benefits of using increasingly affordable digital scanners and other measuring devices for product development, prototyping and other tasks.

 

4:50pm to 5:00pm – Wrap-up

 

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