COMMERCE, CA -- More than 50 industry professionals have been recruited to participate in 46 educational sessions during the AWFS Fair, July 20-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Plans for this year’s College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) program include an all-day hands-on Lean Manufacturing workshop -scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, a day before the AWFS Fair opens. In addition, the CWWK includes a wide range of  courses falling under Business Management, Cabinet/Millwork, Software & Technology, Techniques & Applications, Safety & Environment, Handcrafted Furniture and a Teacher Track.

Brand new this year is a Small Shops Ten & Under track. Topics for the track range from automation to management, sales techniques and using Google Sketch Up.

“Many businesses feeling the crunch of a severe economy, haven’t had the opportunity to get out of the trenches in the last few years,” said Philip Martin of Hafele, chairman of the CWWK Advisory Committee. “This program is structured to provide attendees with ideas, strategies, skills and resources to jump-start their thinking, planning and actions.”

Another highlight of the AWFS Fair education schedule is the Special Machinery and Relevant Technology (SMART) program. It features a dozen technical courses that take place on the exhibit floor before the show opens in the morning. SMART courses combine lecture and visual demonstrations that allow attendees to see machines in action, understand complex processes and applications. The SMART sessions range from nested base, fixturing, dowelling, to configuring work cells, optimizing solid wood set up and more.

Learn more about AWFS Fair College of Woodworking Knowledge sessions.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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