LAS VEGAS

- For the 2011woodworking show, running July 20-23 at the Last Vegas Convention Center, AWFS Fair has devised eight targeted tracks provide focused, topical coursework presented by business and woodworking experts. For an overview of seminars in each track, see the Schedule-at-a-glance

1. Business Management
2. Small Shops Ten and Under
3. Cabinet / Millwork
4. Software & Technology
5. Techniques & Applications
6. Hand-Crafted Furniture
7. Safety & Environment
8. Teacher Track

    Teachers and students should use special Teacher/Student Policies and Registration form.

    Program Options

    A variety of program styles allow attendees to mix and match a curriculum. CWWK includes classroom-style seminars and panels, all-day workshops, and SMART Seminars. Special Machinery and Relevant Technology sessions are technology-oriented seminars conducted on the exhibit floor before the show opens in the morning.

    Pricing:

    • 1 1/2 and 2-hour seminars: $55 ea ($75 after June 27)
    • 3- and 4-hour sessions: $75 ea ($100 after June 27)
    • SMART Seminars: $55 ea ($75 after June 27)
    • Pre-Show Training Workshop: $150 ea ($200 June 27)
      Prices shown are before any applicable discounts.

    The CWWK Offers:

    • Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificates for all seminars, printable on-site for all classes completed. Simply go to the CWWK registration area after you attend any session and use your badge to print our your certificate.
    • Headphones for the SMART seminars on the show floor.
    • A satisfaction money-back guarantee on the seminars. If you are not satisfied with your seminar, please ask for a refund form on-site.

    Lean Manufacturing: Hands-On Simulation Workshop

    Tuesday, July 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session Code: TU10 Track: Business Management Speaker: Brian Swanson, NACS, Inc.

    This seminar received a perfect score in 2009. Structured as an interactive simulation game, the workshop involves attendees in the application of Lean principles. Split into “competing companies,” participants work on a simulated manufacturing floor, building product during four business cycles. Between each cycle, teams have the opportunity to utilize the tools learned, including cellular manufacturing, teamwork, work standardization, Kanban, Poke-Yoke, Visual Controls, Kaizen event, TAKT time and mixed models. At the end of each cycle, teams evaluate their net margin via a P&L statement. They also monitor gross margin, lead-time, work-in-process, customer service, overhead, direct labor, raw storage dollars and cost of quality. Attendees will experience firsthand the transition from a traditional to a lean manufacturing environment and gain knowledge of the Lean components employed to achieve it. Have fun while you learn with this excellent speaker. Space is limited.

    SMART. Booth #7703

    Nested Base Manufacturing Basics

    Wednesday, July 20 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: WE20 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Michael Cassell, HOLZ-HER US

    The implementation of CNC technology continues to impact the wood industry. But in order to achieve positive results one must completely understand the hardware and software requirements, the investment which must be made, the challenges one will encounter and the benefits which can be expected. This session features a live cutting demonstration and Mike will review each of the aspects of the technology curve, providing attendees with a complete view of the entire process from design and programming to machining. This entry level session, delivered by one of AWFS’ highest-rated speakers, will provide attendees with a better understanding of the process as well as the elements and investment needed, and show attendees the process from design to manufacturing.

    SMART. Booth #8900

    Solid Wood Set Up: Optimizing Material, Equipment & Flow

    Wednesday, July 20 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: WE21 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Chuck Carter, Stiles Machinery, Inc. Solid wood manufacturers will get strategies to increase productivity through faster and more accurate setups. Practical tips will be shared on how to improve moulding operations through better tool room management and moulder setup processes. Attendees learn procedures that can eliminate paperwork by utilizing organizational techniques and software solutions to guide the user through the moulder setup. Attention will be given to the concept of moving the critical set up function of the tooling to a controlled environment where the operator has a better chance of successful implementation. Find out which tool room practices can save you money; how “screen to machine” software delivers organizational skills; and proper feeding of your moulder to avoid common mistakes. This seminar provides critical information for your unique situation – whether you are considering your first machine, ready to upgrade or simply curious.

    SMART. Booth #8516

    Fixturing Techniques and Practices

    Wednesday, July 20 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: WE22 Track: Techniques & Applications Speaker: Cesare Magnani, Biesse America In this session, Cesare will explore techniques and materials to prepare custom fixtures. He begins with a discussion on cost/benefit to determine when it is worth preparing a fixture and the alternatives to custom fixtures that may be available. The seminar progresses with a complete analysis of fixtures in the manufacturing process, from design to programming, to the correct choice of substrates and gasket materials to achieve the best results based on applications. Attendees will see examples of fixtures based on practical applications, differences between simple flat fixtures and fixtures for 5-axis applications, as well as live machine demonstrations. Attendees leave with knowledge on the manufacturing parameters to be considered when planning for custom fixtures as well as the alternatives, and the best material choices and practices for fixture preparation.

     Designing & Building Chairs Wednesday, July 20 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session Code: WE24 Track: Handcrafted Furniture Speaker: Jeff Miller, J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture

    Few pieces of furniture are as intimidating or pose the challenges that chairs do –for even the highly skilled woodworker. But adding chairs into the mix can open up new opportunities for your business. With the right approaches and tools, chairs can be fun as well as profitable. This intermediate/advanced seminar starts with strategies for meeting the basic requirements of a successful chair, in its structure, comfort and visual appeal. A variety of techniques for overcoming the intimidating parts of building chairs will be discussed and demonstrated. Proper wood choice, shaping and/or bending of parts, a variety of joinery methods and strategies for building chairs in batches will all be shared. Attendees learn to de-mystify the building of chairs; gain a variety of methods for exploring issues of comfort, structure, and appearance when developing a chair; and get a wide range of techniques and strategies including optimal wood choice, joinery and dealing with curves.

    Becoming the Next Generation Manufacturer

    Wednesday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: WE25 Track: Business Management Speaker: Zenagui Brahim, New Hampshire Mfg. Extension Partnership

    This session examines the results and strategies of the Next Generation Manufacturing Study conducted of 2,500 U.S. manufacturers, by the Manufacturing Performance Institute for the American Small Manufacturers Coalition. The study refers to a framework that will drive manufacturing growth in the 21st century, based on world-class performance strategies. Particular attention will be given where key indicators reflect a growing gap between current performances and what will be required to reach world-class level. The audience will be engaged in the discussion of steps to take for advancing their level of performance in each of several world-class strategies, such as customer-based innovation, engaged-talent management and other proven methods.

    Implementing Successful Sales Systems

    Wednesday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: WE26 Track: Small Shops Ten & Under Speaker: Rick Hill, OnPoint Sales

    Do you make a great product but lack the knowledge to get it sold? Rick’s basic selling seminar, geared for small shops that do not have outside sales people, will help you develop methods for finding new business, making the sale and creating new selling opportunities for your shop. A sampling of Rick’s selling secrets include creating an “elevator speech” that defines your company’s strengths and unique product or service, how to build word of mouth sales and methods to qualify potential sales prospects quickly. He shares how to build a sales tracking system that records your work, customers, and sales activity. Rick explains how to make the right contacts, finding and calling leads and the importance of knowing how to ask “why.” Rick will lower your stress level on closing–without the plaid sports coat—and suggest multiple strategies for follow up.

    Aging in Place with Universal Designed Cabinetry

    Wednesday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: WE27 Track: Cabinet/Millwork Speaker: Carol Lamkins, Design Vision, LLC

    Universal Design is the “wave of the future.” The option to age in place should be available to every homeowner. It starts with the knowledge of how to make built-in or fitted spaces not only visually pleasing, but accessible to everyone. Understanding special needs, ergonomic principles and efficient space planning provide the foundation of this course. Moving from the basics to the unique, Carol shares solutions to meet customer’s evolving needs that will set your business apart in the areas of strategic cabinet layout, accessible interior accessories and design flexibility for future cabinet modification. Attendees will learn correct positioning for built-in appliances, wheelchair and special needs adaption, details of storage systems, weight and support issues and more. Carol sees to it that your designs will demonstrate flexibility for future cabinet modification in height and depth accessibility, clearances under sink and cooking surfaces, appropriate cabinet hardware and drawer glides and more.

    Arm Yourself with Financing Savvy

    Wednesday, July 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Code: WE28 Track: Business Management Speaker: Tim Northup, Stiles Machinery Inc.

    This seminar offers fundamental yet vital information around financing options such as leasing, cash purchase and extended financing with an emphasis on leasing. Tim reviews the particulars of the most current economic stimulus known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act and how it can benefit our industry. He shares information on tax incentives, depreciation, write-offs and tax shelters as well as sections of the IRS tax code applicable to manufacturers that your accountant may not know about such as Section 199 and the Research and Development credit. The seminar provides attendees with a better understanding of the pros and cons of financing alternatives and an overview of the most commonly overlooked existing tax benefits to our industry—and your company. (Stop by the SBA/SCORE booth #2562 for daily presentations and one-on-one info on finance plans, up-to-date loan info and more.)

    Listening to your Customer

    Wednesday, July 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Code: WE29 Track: Business Management Speaker: Brian Swanson, NACS, Inc.

    Are you in touch with the needs of your key customers and their potential impact to your company? Occasionally, we may uncover a customer frustration that we can improve but rarely do we stumble on information that allows us to fundamentally change how we do business in such a way that we become a best in class manufacturer. Based on actual experience, Brian will discuss tools and concepts to help organizations derive excellence and power from customer input while strengthening the sense of partnership that customers feel for your company. Participants will learn what it takes to fully engage their organization in gathering and evaluating customer input; methods and examples of ways to get customers to invest time and effort into the future of your organization; techniques for making sense out of large amounts of information from customers; and keys to empowering employees to take action on what is discovered.

    Think Like an Entrepreneur.

    Wednesday, July 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session Code: WE30 Track: Small Shops Ten & Under Speaker: Karin Iwata, E-Myth Worldwide Based on the principles of the bestselling E-Myth books by Michael E. Gerber, this dynamic workshop will teach you to achieve higher productivity, drive revenue growth, gain a competitive advantage AND get more out of life, by thinking and acting like an entrepreneur. In this highly interactive session you will learn the three key perspectives that drive business decisions and how they can make or break a business. You will be introduced to E-Myth’s powerful business development model, based on decades of hands-on experience coaching and training business owners to succeed, that will help you take your own business to the next level as well as gain insight on reshaping the way you approach your business. Learn how to think like an entrepreneur — and why that is critical to your success — and discover how to determine which areas of your business needs strategic attention now.


     Photograph Your Furniture Like a Pro Wednesday, July 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session Code: WE31 Track: Handcrafted Furniture Speaker: Michael Pekovich, Fine Woodworking magazine

    Fine Woodworking’s art director demonstrates the tips and tricks the magazine uses to take their great shots. Mike shows you how to take the same high-quality pictures with a simple lighting set up and the camera you already own. Learn a simple step-by-step approach to dialing in the three components that make or break a picture: composition, background and lighting, to craft a great photograph, plus tips for fine-tuning details. You will also get a better understanding of how your camera works. Shooting in automatic mode results in so-so pictures, but you don’t have to be a pro in order to customize your camera settings. Learn how to access the functions of your digital camera to get the shot you want. Finally, learn how to assemble a simple, inexpensive light set-up with a pair of utility lights–all you need to take control of the lighting in your photos to eliminate glare and create realistic shadows that bring out the best in your furniture.
    Sponsored by Fine Woodworking magazine

    OSHA Safety & Health Guidelines: Voluntary or Mandatory?

    Wednesday, July 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Session Code: WE32 Track: Safety & Environment Speaker: Don Evans, State of Nevada Safety Consultation & Training Section Art Sipple, State of Nevada SCATS Training Supervisor

    FREE SEMINAR.

    Since 1989 OSHA’s guidelines for safety and health program management have been voluntary. Because of the reduction in injuries and illnesses where effective plans are in place, having a safety system with written documentation may move into compulsory by Federal OSHA. This seminar discusses some of the key elements of safety and health management systems, touching on areas pertinent to the wood industry such as machine guards, and provides resource references for workplace safety systems. It introduces OSHA’s Field Operations Manual and the evaluation of employer safety systems as they relate to penalties, as well as points out benefits of having an effective system. The information provided will raise attendee awareness of the attributes of a safety system, of OSHA inspections and potential penalties, and of the advantages of a system as it relates to employer profits. This seminar is free and open to all but registration is required.

    How to Work with Architects & Designers

    Wednesday, July 20 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Code: WE33 Track: Cabinet/Millwork Speaker: Joe Knobbe, Exclusive Woodworking Carol Lamkins, Design Vision LLC Amy Mangold, Cohen & Hacker Moderator: Scott Markwood, Hafele America Company

    In sports, getting to the goal requires objective strategies, constant communication, respect for each other and a collective team course of action. It is the same for those on the design-build team. Attendees will hear a designer’s dream list of expectations of cabinetmakers, encompassing listening and team-playing to problem solving and protocols; the need for feedback on appliance challenges; and how “education synergy” adds to the success of al parties. An architect encourages speaking up to say “this isn’t going to work.” — before fabrication starts; why and how to dialogue, brainstorm and collaborate; and how to improve relationships going forward to realize shared goals. From the manufacturer, learn through his experience how to squeeze the most success and the least aggravation from joint working scenarios.

    SMART. Booth #7703

    EDGE-U-CATION: Edgebanding for Today’s Market

    Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: TH40 Track: Techniques & Applications Speaker: Dan Hershberger, HOLZ-HER US

    Have you ever wondered if you can use a bar code label with an edgebander, or why you might want to? Do you know what value a PC controller really gives compared to a machine without it? Have edges ever fallen off after the job has been completed and installed, causing you to wonder if you used the proper glue or edgebanding? And how do you determine which is better, wood strips or coiled wood? New developments and technological advances have taken place with edgebanding machines as well as with the glues and edgebanding itself. These questions are just a few of the practical topics to be discussed. The seminar explains the technological advances as well as when, where and how the different types of glue and edgebanding should be used and the benefits of each. The practical information covered will be useful for anyone who does edgebanding.

    SMART. Booth #8900

    Configuring Work Cells to Impact the Bottom Line

    Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: TH41 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Arnie Hopkins, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

    Work cells are cost effective, space efficient, flexible and fast, requiring minimal manpower to produce parts and products. A work cell can be the entire manufacturing solution or a “factory within a factory” to handle product requirements outside the mainstream of a factory’s flow. Cell solutions can be tailored to specific types of production requirements and produce a wide variety of products with short turnaround times and a high degree of customization to suit end user needs—essential features to competing in the current market place. In this intermediate/advanced session, attendees gain knowledge on what constitutes a work cell and the generic attributes and advantages pertinent to secondary wood products manufacturing (cabinets, store fixtures, etc.); when a work cell is an appropriate solution and how it can eliminate setup time and error; and details of 3 different work cell solutions for 3 different types of production requirements.

    Cost, Pricing & Profit: The Art of Bidding

    Thursday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session Code: TH44 Track: Business Management Speaker: Sean Benetin, Millwork & More, LLC

    This intermediate-advanced session takes an in-depth look at your operational expenses to show you how to bid each project profitably. With Sean you will determine all of your day-to-day expenses including depreciation of assets, owner/operator value and supplies. Find out how to calculate “true” hourly rate based on efficiencies and down time. Gain an invaluable system for developing a bidding center that accounts for everything involved in a project—including profits. Sean will share his comprehensive, excel-based document with attendees. Feel free to bring your laptop and work along.
    Sponsored by Cabinet Makers Association

    Converting to Water Base Finishing

    Thursday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session Code: TH45 Track: Techniques & Applications Speaker: Phil Stevenson, American Wood Finishing Institute

    New coating regulations are impacting virtually every shop in the woodworking industry. Water base finishes are the wave of the future and in many areas, are mandatory to achieve compliance. These new finishes behave and apply differently than solvent-based materials. This seminar provides information on guns and equipment set up as well as application techniques. Surface preparation and finish troubleshooting are covered as Phil takes a step by step approach from applying the stains to the final finished product to eliminate the trial and error of converting to water base finishes. With this introduction to the different types of water-based coating technologies, attendees learn how spray operators can choose the correct materials, select the right gun technology and properly set up the equipment. Additionally, they are instructed how to communicate proper application techniques for water base coatings and how to identify and correct finishing defects associated with water-based finishes.

    Advanced Joinery

    Thursday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session Code: TH46 Track: Handcrafted Furniture Speaker: Philip C. Lowe, The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts

    Furniture requires a wide range of joinery skills. Most people learn basic dovetail and mortise and tenon joints first, but these methods can be extended to cover many complex applications. Learning how to cut complex joints with hand tools will improve your bench skills and help you understand some machine tool approaches. Four different joints will be demonstrated. Each is presented in a series of steps, from layout to the construction of simple jigs which will aide in the cutting strategies. They include slot dovetails, which can be used for drawer dividers and attaching legs to columns; angled dovetails for drawer construction that isn’t square; angle tenons used in chair construction; and mortise and tenons for curved parts. Typical uses for each joint will be explained, along with design considerations. The skills demonstrated will surely be helpful with many advanced projects.
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    Strengthening Your Workforce from Within

    Thursday, July 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Code: TH47 Track: Business Management Speaker: Jeff Cronk, Lloyd’s Custom Woodwork Jake Gieschen, Jake’s Creative Woodworks, Inc. Brian Stowell, Crown Point Cabinetry Moderator: Phil Bibeau, Wood Products Manufacturers Association

    Three successful company owners share how they took a pro-active approach to strengthening their employee power –without adding staff– for the benefit of personnel, bosses and the bottom line. You too can build from within by understanding and implementing their strategies and checklists. Find out what it really means to create a culture of excellence and why it is your company’s most important asset. Understand that you can’t keep doing things the same way you always have and that improvement is a constant game. And because change is not comfortable for most, find out how to get your employees agreeable to and motivated by it. Learn why creating employee teams can add significant value to your operation. Hear about bonus systems that motivate employees to produce to their maximum capabilities. Find out when and how to add responsibility to build employee confidence, and how and why you should celebrate achievements. Creating a strong team starts with you.

    What Woodworkers Can Expect with LEED

    Thursday, July 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Code: TH48 Track: Safety & Environment Speaker: Rob Ziegelmeier, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork Whit Faulconer, U.S. Green Building Council

    The green building rating system called LEED–Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design—includes several wood credits. This seminar examines the LEED 2009 Version 3 programs and how they affect the woodworking industry. It defines and examines how woodworkers can help in attaining wood credits for builders, provides an understanding of the various programs and credits and gives attendees the five steps to a successful LEED project. The benefits of wood products in the “carbon dioxide negative” dialog will be discussed as well as the changes in the “Certified Wood” credit so that attendees understand how it impacts their business. You will also hear about the direction for the next version of LEED for materials and products. Several hot topic areas will be open for public comment. Find out the implications for woodworking professionals as USGBC considers new ways to value building materials and products in the rating system.

    Think Creatively. Business Strategies for an Evolving Market

    Thursday, July 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Session Code: TH49 Track: Business Management Speaker: Sean Benetin, Millwork & More, LLC Kent Gilchrist, Fremont Interiors, Inc. Don Shultz, Premier Garage Moderator: Steve Lawser, Wood Component Manufacturers Association

    Is your founding business model still relevant to your customers? Do you know where your next sales opportunity may come from? This fast-paced seminar will help you reengineer old, ineffective ways of doing business and spark your creative muscle to advance in new directions. These business pros demonstrate with real examples how to redesign your model through a strong understanding of customers, market realities and internal capabilities and strengths, and how to maximize your network in ways you may not have thought of, such as making your competitor your partner and setting up your own business cluster, to build upon and benefit from cooperative actions to increase exposure and sales. Learn to develop an eye for partnerships with an ROI; leverage your position in the industry and with trade groups to find hidden opportunities. Get sample marketing materials and low to no-cost ideas you can use to increase business. Not everyone will share their winning concepts—these guys do.

    How To Achieve Great Color Matching

    Thursday, July 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session Code: TH50 Track: Techniques & Applications Speaker: Phil Stevenson, American Wood Finishing Institute

    Matching finish colors can be the most difficult task in your finishing department. Customer demand requires quick turnaround time and accurate representation of the color match. This seminar is packed with valuable training on color theory, identifying the correct color steps and selecting the right materials to perform the color match. Formulation and pigment load will be covered as well as how to accurately manage color and finish process data. Learn to communicate color theory to allow trainees to choose the correct colors and efficiently perform the color match; increase their knowledge of multi-step finish color development; learn to record color information to insure accurate replication of color representation and production; and shorten the length of time required to perform a color match. Some hands-on learning will be incorporated. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with this industry pro to improve your color design and color matching skill.

    Mastering Furniture Design Fundamentals

    Thursday, July 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session Code: TH51 Track: Handcrafted Furniture Speaker: Jeff Miller, J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture

    Feeling design-challenged? Successful furniture design is a skill that can be developed in much the same way that other woodworking skills are –through an understanding of the needs, tools and the processes of design. This seminar explores those processes from the seeds of design (whether it be a set of requirements or a moment of inspiration), through the phases of developing and refining the idea. Jeff shares the most important part of the process—evaluating the idea and making it better using a set of practical criteria. Those faint of heart where design is concerned, take heed and find out where successful ideas come from and learn practical ways to facilitate the flow of ideas. Learn how to develop ideas to their maximum potential and understand the role of reflection and criticism as well as the fundamental design principles that should guide your assessment towards a winning design.

    Automating the Small Shop

    Thursday, July 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Session Code: TH52 Track: Small Shops Ten & Under Speaker: Don Bigelow, Planit Craig Sexton, SNX Technologies, Inc. Leland Thomasett, Taghkanic Woodworking LLC Kevin Ward, A. Ward Design Moderator: Duane Griffiths, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

    Automation can be the next step a shop needs to make in order to increase productivity and profit, reduce costly mistakes, create efficiencies and broaden one’s market. Learn how to gauge if investing in a CNC Router is the right decision for you and your shop’s current level of activity. The panel discusses the types of automation, necessary machinery and software, as well as preparing personnel for the technology. They discuss how to set up a shop floor plan for new machines taking into account space, power and material handling, and how software can speed up and simplify the drawing and estimating processes. Examples and visuals will show what is available and how everything works together for positive results. Attendees leave informed on the benefits of automation and how to plan for it; the different types of machinery; choosing and using software; and how to set up for maximum efficiency.

    Cutting Tool Applications and Concepts (Teachers)

    Thursday, July 21 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Code: TH53A Track: Teacher Speaker: Mike Serwa, Vortex Tool Company, Inc.

    Geared to educators, this seminar discusses a variety of cutting tools for both CNC and manual operations. Focus will be placed on tool geometry as it applies to selecting the proper tool for various applications. Methods for selecting the correct operating parameters such as feed rates, RPM and surface feet are explored. Attendees will learn proper tool holding and location technique for both bore and shank style tooling; identification and concept for basic tooling geometry such as hook, clearance and shear; and chart and formulas for determining chip loads and other operating parameters (chip load calculator).

    Cutting Tool Applications and Concepts (General Attendees)

    Thursday, July 21 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Code: TH53B Track: Teacher Speaker: Mike Serwa, Vortex Tool Company, Inc.

    Geared to educators, this seminar discusses a variety of cutting tools for both CNC and manual operations. Focus will be placed on tool geometry as it applies to selecting the proper tool for various applications. Methods for selecting the correct operating parameters such as feed rates, RPM and surface feet are explored. Attendees will learn proper tool holding and location technique for both bore and shank style tooling; identification and concept for basic tooling geometry such as hook, clearance and shear; and chart and formulas for determining chip loads and other operating parameters (chip load calculator).

    Standards for Spray Booth Safety and Higher Quality Finishing

    Thursday, July 21 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Code: TH54 Track: Safety & Environment Speaker: Martin Powell, Global Finishing Solutions

    This seminar will discuss fire safety for spray booths and explain how following the NFPA standards 33 and 86, required by the International Building Codes, actually leads to a better finish when spraying highly volatile coatings–whether solvent- or water-based. The most common causes of fires will be reviewed with emphasis on prevention, code changes for 2011, and what is required for installations of finishing equipment, as well as what building inspectors are looking for and facts behind equipment design. Dust collection booths and oven design will also be discussed. Attendees gain valuable information on the 5 most common causes of fire in a spray booth; fire safety with coatings of all types; and how to make their factory safer –while extending equipment life. They will learn how cleanliness and air flow have everything to do with fire safety and high quality finishes.

    SMART. Booth #8900

    Solid Wood Set Up: Optimizing Material, Equipment & Flow

    Friday, July 22 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: FR60 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Chuck Carter, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

    Solid wood manufacturers will get strategies to increase productivity through faster and more accurate setups. Practical tips will be shared on how to improve moulding operations through better tool room management and moulder setup processes. Attendees learn procedures that can eliminate paperwork by utilizing organizational techniques and software solutions to guide the user through the moulder setup. Attention will be given to the concept of moving the critical set up function of the tooling to a controlled environment where the operator has a better chance of successful implementation. Find out which tool room practices can save you money; how “screen to machine” software delivers organizational skills; and proper feeding of your moulder to avoid common mistakes. This seminar provides critical information for your unique situation – whether you are considering your first machine, ready to upgrade or simply curious.

    SMART. Booth #7703

    Automated Lean Manufacturing: No Paper, No Inventory, No Problem.

    Friday, July 22 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: FR61 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Daniel Dew, Weinig

    In recent years the manufacturing of solid wood products has seen tremendous technological improvements such as moving blade ripsaws, HSK moulders and visual scanning. Until now, the benefits of these individual technologies have only been felt at one station at a time. By integrating these new technologies together, a better overall process can be created streamlining the process of production of solid wood products. Coordinating the ripping, moulding and cutting against orders eliminates wasted labor, expensive material overruns and duplication in management to lower costs and improve margins. Through new technology, advantages can be found for any level of manufacturing. The seminar provides the foundation for rethinking your process to strategically get to your goals.

    SMART. Booth #7703

    Nested Base Manufacturing Basics

    Friday, July 22 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: FR62 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Michael Cassell, HOLZ-HER US

    The implementation of CNC technology continues to impact the wood industry. But in order to achieve positive results one must completely understand the hardware and software requirements, the investment which must be made, the challenges one will encounter and the benefits which can be expected. This session features a live cutting demonstration and Mike will review each of the aspects of the technology curve, providing attendees with a complete view of the entire process from design and programming to machining. This entry level session, delivered by one of AWFS’ highest-rated speakers, will provide attendees with a better understanding of the process as well as the elements and investment needed, and show attendees the process from design to manufacturing.

    Diversify. How to Capitalize on Market Opportunities

    Friday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session Code: FR64 Track: Cabinet/Millwork Speaker: Sean Benetin, Millwork & More LLC Jeff Klein, The Closet Specialist Joe Knobbe, Exclusive Woodworking Don Shultz, Premier Garage Moderator: Mike Bell, Allegheny Millwork

    Many wood industry manufacturers are looking to other segments to diversify income sources—inside and outside the residential markets. This session will guide you in how to analyze new market opportunities, where to get help with market research and how to translate ideas into action. Hear from experienced practitioners on 1) How to assess the healthcare market to determine opportunities and whether they are aligned with the core capabilities of your business. 2) Why you could be leaving money on the table if you haven’t considered closets. Learn where you differentiate and what is required. 3) Finding and negotiating historic/government jobs. Get the real scoop on this misunderstood niche that has few bidders and high margins for local, state and federal projects. 4) Offering a millwork package —even if you sub it out—for the added customer service advantage. This panel sends you home with a bucketful of ideas.

    Ornamental Inlay

    Friday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session Code: FR65 Track: Handcrafted Furniture Speaker: Philip C. Lowe, The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts

    Federal furniture was customarily embellished with stringing, which are fine lines of wood set into solid wood panels; bandings, which are simple or complex glue ups of different types of woods in decorative patterns; and bellflowers, gouge-cut shapes assembled into simple flowers and fans. Learn how these forms are done through demonstrations that will include the making of simple tools especially designed for inlay stringing as well as the strategy for the gluing up of bandings and how they are inlayed into the leg as a cuff. Bellflowers and fans will be cut from veneers and appropriately inlayed into solid stock. The age-old technique of sand shading will also be demonstrated. Join Phil as he passes on to participants a wide range of techniques to use in enhancing your own work.

    Regulations that Affect the Woodworking Industry

    Friday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: FR66 Track: Safety & Environment Speaker: Marilyn Black, GREENGUARD Gary Heroux, Composite Panel Association Brad Miller, Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assoc. Joy Flack, OSHA Moderator: Rich Christianson, Vance Publishing

    FREE SEMINAR.
    This diverse group sheds light on rulings that wood products manufacturers need to be apprised of. The proliferation of green building codes are demanding products that meet low VOC and sustainable product requirements. Find out the newest levels for formaldehyde and VOC emissions for programs such as CARB, CHPS, CA Green Code, LEED, GREENGUARD, ASHRAE 189 and IgCC. Gain knowledge on government purchasing requirements for green/sustainable products to meet Executive Order 13514, and how government and industry are working together to simplify and communicate complex environmental impact data to customers. Learn about current legislative and regulatory initiatives related to wood fiber that threaten the wood products industry. Get an OSHA update including its regulatory agenda on hazards in the woodworking industry including combustible dust, the global harmonized system, injury and illness prevention program, and working surfaces and fall protection systems. This seminar is free but registration is required.

    Teaching Frameless Cabinetry (Teachers)

    Friday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: FR67A Track: Teacher Speaker: Bob Buckley, True32 Corporation

    Want to give your students the skills to make them a valuable asset to professional cabinetmaking companies? From integrating built-in appliances into full-access cabinetry to the many joinery methods used by manufacturers, Bob will relate these topics to the realities of making a living working in the industry. A true expert on the subject, Bob will delve into the intricacies of field measuring, sales, design, engineering, machining, assembly, finishing and installation of full-access cabinetry using the 32mm system. Find out the coveted skills and mental attributes that manufacturers most value and desire; and learn the software requirements that industry will be looking for in your students.

    Teaching Frameless Cabinetry (General Attendees)

    Friday, July 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: FR67B Track: Teacher Speaker: Bob Buckley, True32 Corporation

    Want to give your students the skills to make them a valuable asset to professional cabinetmaking companies? From integrating built-in appliances into full-access cabinetry to the many joinery methods used by manufacturers, Bob will relate these topics to the realities of making a living working in the industry. A true expert on the subject, Bob will delve into the intricacies of field measuring, sales, design, engineering, machining, assembly, finishing and installation of full-access cabinetry using the 32mm system. Find out the coveted skills and mental attributes that manufacturers most value and desire; and learn the software requirements that industry will be looking for in your students.

    CAD/CNC and the Small Custom Furniture Maker

    Friday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Code: FR68 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Leland Thomasett, Taghkanic Woodworking LLC

    Join Leland as he illustrates the use of CAD/CAM software and CNC machinery in the design and production of custom furniture. A customized piece of furniture will be designed using several different CAD packages, to demonstrate the strengths of each program and the abilities of these programs to design furniture regardless of the price of the software package. CAM tool path strategies and fixturing on the CNC will be established to integrate furniture design with construction requirements. Leland guides a conversation about tooling for the project and if it is necessary for a custom tool or if it can be done with stock tooling. Attendees will gain useful information on the use of CAD software to design custom furniture; the use of CAM software to create tool paths for furniture parts; and knowledge on creating part fixtures and cutting of parts on a CNC machine.

    Software Technology for Educators (Teachers)

    Friday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Code: FR69A Track: Teacher Speaker: Don Bigelow, Planit Shawn Maberry, Roger Shaw & Associates (Microvellum distributor)

    Today’s student has more options than ever. To attract the best and brightest, your program needs to be on the cutting edge of technology and offer opportunities for lucrative and exciting careers. This seminar showcases two of the leading software technologies being used in the industry today and technology that crosses over into other industries. Learn how and why it is being used, why schools should be teaching this and how you can bring this to your students. If you are interested in increasing student enrollment, producing actual designs as part of your curriculum and ensuring job placement for your graduates, this seminar will be helpful. Find out what available offerings best fit your educational needs; get an in-depth view into the software technology offered to educational institutions today; and learn how the technology impacts your students’ marketability into the job market. Demos of Planit and Microvellum applications will be shared.

    Transitioning from Residential to Commercial Work

    Friday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Code: FR70 Track: Cabinet/Millwork Speaker: Rick Thaler, OGB Architectural Millwork

    Many woodworkers begin and grow in the residential market. Commercial and institutional woodworking is a completely different world. Rick shares a detailed picture of what to expect if you are new to or considering the commercial world. He covers selling, estimating and project management, as well as manufacturing and installation. The focus is on the differences between the two types of work, the potential risks, pitfalls and rewards. Learn how to evaluate a potential job, how to avoid common problems with commercial general contractors and how to set up a commercial job for a well-organized, smooth-running and profitable project.
    Sponsored by Cabinet Makers Association

    Profitable Growth through Innovation

    Friday, July 22 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session Code: FR71 Track: Business Management Speaker: Rich Meyer, Indiana Manufacturing Extension Partnership

    They said it couldn’t be done. Teach yourself to innovate? This seminar will instruct you in important concepts about how innovation can help you grow your profits. Rich will share hard data on what makes a new product or service successful. You will experience world-class innovation techniques that will help you accelerate your growth pipeline. Based on the supremely successful Eureka. Ranch business course, this session will get you thinking smarter and more creatively about how to grow your profits, and ways to develop more profitable customers, markets, products and services. Once he’s got you in these unfamiliar waters, he will present a system of how to fail fast, fail cheap and get smart. For those who feel they’ve never had an original thought, be prepared to think again.

    Maximizing your Investment with the Right Tools

    Friday, July 22 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Session Code: FR72 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Greg Bialy, Courmatt International Mike Serwa, Vortex Tool Company Moderator: Craig Sexton, SNX Technologies, Inc.

    Do you worry you are not getting the full benefit of your machines because of tooling decisions? These tool veterans illuminate how your machine and environment play a role in the performance of a tool (through-put and tool life); address the selection, use and care of the correct tools; and advance you to the goal of maximizing efficiency to achieve the extreme quality your customers demand. Learn the answers to choosing diamond, solid carbide or insert; collet or no collet; and shear angle. Find out how tools have evolved in recent years and about advanced tool holder technologies. Millwork, sheet goods, door, solid surface and other applications are referenced; calculating tooling cost per part will be covered. Get educated in CNC and general machining on proper tool selection; calculating tool cost per piece – “a cheap tool may be costing you too much money;” and maximizing your machine investments.

    Rid Your Business of Waste

    Friday, July 22 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Code: FR73 Track: Safety & Environment Speaker: Davis M. Woodruff, Management Methods, Inc.

    Every business has waste. Do you know how much and where to look for yours? When the entire value stream is considered, the cost of waste mounts quickly. Process scrap, re-worked products, re-done reports, wait time, wasted energy and increased environmental impacts all add to your “cost of waste.” Reducing waste is the result of understanding your business processes, identifying where waste occurs and taking action to eliminate or reduce the causes. This requires analyzing processes, systematically attacking waste and commitment to continuous improvement via a structured approach. The gains you can make by eliminating waste translate directly into reduced costs, increased productivity and improved profits. By using the information, checklists and flow charts provided, attendees will gain the tools to identify sources of waste and determine waste management metrics that make operational and financial sense.

    Social Media Bootcamp: A How-to Guide for Woodworking Professionals

    Friday, July 22 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Code: FR74 Track: Business Management Speaker: Jacquelyn Clair, Marketing Design Group

    You’ve heard the hype, now find out what social media can do for your business. Learn step-by-step how to harness the power of the social web to attract customers, build better business relationships, generate leads, recruit talent and stay relevant with your audience. This introductory session will teach you the basic principles of social media and how it will fundamentally transform the way your business is conducted in the future as well as provide the tools and best practices for developing, executing and maintaining an effective social media strategy. Attendees leave with the following actionable information: basic knowledge of what social media is, how it’s transforming the way information is consumed and what it means for their business; the 5 steps to develop an effective social media marketing plan; and the tactics to ensure objectives are met, results are maximized and the audience is fully engaged.

    SMART. Booth #8503

    Rapid Case Construction through Dowelling

    Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: SA80 Track: Techniques & Applications Speaker: Rob Howell, SCM Group John Park, SCM Group

    Most shops have implemented a CNC machine for nesting. As a result, more cabinetmakers are moving from screws, dados or KD fasteners to dowel and case clamp construction. Using traditional methods, the average cabinet takes 3-5 minutes to build, and quality is left in the hands of the assembler. Employing the latest in machine technology, build time can be compressed to one minute or less and quality is a function of engineering and the equipment. This equates to huge labor savings and throughput gains. This seminar is targeted to woodworking professionals interested in learning how to utilize nesting to switch to dowel construction and increase profits by using the latest technology in cabinet construction. Attendees will learn how they can improve finished product quality, decrease costs, compress build time and remove drawer and door adjustment in the shop.

     

     

    SMART. Booth #8516 Advanced Nested Base Manufacturing

    Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: SA81 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Cesare Magnani, Biesse America

    Showing how nesting manufacturing has evolved and is evolving is the focus of this seminar, discussing which technological developments have been recently introduced and how these developments are simplifying the manufacturing process, increasing efficiency and reducing costs. The seminar will analyze which type of nesting solutions are appropriate for different manufacturing needs. Important to the topic is the role of nesting software and which recent developments have further increased efficiency and versatility. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about the latest in nesting technology such as the fully integrated nesting cell, gain understanding of how nesting can improve the manufacturing process and how to determine which solutions fit one’s company needs. Live machine demos will illustrate some of the concepts outlined. The seminar is geared for those already familiar with nesting.

    SMART. Booth #8900 Configuring Work Cells to Impact the Bottom Line

    Saturday, July 23 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Session Code: SA82 Track: Software & Technology Speaker: Arnie Hopkins, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

    Work cells are cost effective, space efficient, flexible and fast, requiring minimal manpower to produce parts and products. A work cell can be the entire manufacturing solution or a “factory within a factory” to handle product requirements outside the mainstream of a factory’s flow. Cell solutions can be tailored to specific types of production requirements and produce a wide variety of products with short turnaround times and a high degree of customization to suit end user needs—essential features to competing in the current market place. In this intermediate/advanced session, attendees gain knowledge on what constitutes a work cell and the generic attributes and advantages pertinent to secondary wood products manufacturing (cabinets, store fixtures, etc.); when a work cell is an appropriate solution and how it can eliminate setup time and error; and details of 3 different work cell solutions for 3 different types of production requirements.

    Google SketchUp for Woodworkers

    Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session Code: SA84 Track: Small Shops Ten & Under Speaker: Tim Killen, Killen Wood

    As a free 3D modeling program, SketchUp is a remarkably sophisticated and useful tool. This seminar, presented by the author of Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, will illustrate the use of SketchUp in the design of woodworking projects for handling complex shapes, joinery and design details, as well as producing a high quality document for shop construction. From the man who “wrote the e-book,” you’ll learn set up and basic drawing tools as well as how to build a 3D furniture model. Tim addresses designing from scanned images, making turned and shaped components—including moldings– and preparing the document package. Attendees will also be informed on creating full-size templates for the shop.
    Sponsored by Fine Woodworking magazine

    Using Industry Standards as Teaching Guides (Teachers Only)

    Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: SA85A Track: Teacher Speaker: Kent Gilchrist, Architectural Woodwork Institute Greg Larson, New England School of Architectural Woodworking Patrick Molzahn, Madison Area Technical College Scott Nelson, Woodwork Career Alliance of North America Moderator: Duane Griffiths, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

    This workshop will integrate both the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) and the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Skill Standards into a useful, practical package for teachers of woodworking, whether they be in schools or in plants. Gain an understanding of the WCA’s Skill Standards and how the process can produce WCA’s Woodwork Passport Credential. Combining the individual credentialing process with an overview of the AWS manufacturing standard makes the goal of developing a properly trained workforce attainable. This session is applicable to anyone who trains or instructs woodworking professionals to meet or exceed industry standards for advanced woodworking.
    Sponsored by Architectural Woodwork Institute and Woodwork Career Alliance of North America

    Using Industry Standards as Teaching Guides (General Attendees)

    Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session Code: SA85B Track: Teacher Speaker: Kent Gilchrist, Architectural Woodwork Institute Greg Larson, New England School of Architectural Woodworking Patrick Molzahn, Madison Area Technical College Scott Nelson, Woodwork Career Alliance of North America Moderator: Duane Griffiths, Stiles Machinery, Inc.

    This workshop will integrate both the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) and the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Skill Standards into a useful, practical package for teachers of woodworking, whether they be in schools or in plants. Gain an understanding of the WCA’s Skill Standards and how the process can produce WCA’s Woodwork Passport Credential. Combining the individual credentialing process with an overview of the AWS manufacturing standard makes the goal of developing a properly trained workforce attainable. This session is applicable to anyone who trains or instructs woodworking professionals to meet or exceed industry standards for advanced woodworking.
    Sponsored by Architectural Woodwork Institute and Woodwork Career Alliance of North America


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