by Karl D. Forth
email@example.com AWFS FAIR 2017
What is new in wood finishing? A full-day finish- ing symposium before the 2017 AWFS Fair will explore new technologies and best methods that you can use in your business. Newer finishes such as polyester, polyurethane and UV finishes will be discussed, along with water-borne and low-emis- sion products, and powder coating. The full-day seminar will include presenta- tions and an opportunity to talk to suppliers and
finishing experts face-to-face with your questions.
The program is being developed and presented by
FDMC magazine and Woodworking Network.
The day-long event will take place in the Las
Vegas Convention Center, the same venue as
AWFS Fair. It will run all day Tuesday, July 18. Pricing is $229 early bird before June 30; $295 regular,
including lunch, and an evening reception.
Phil Stevenson of AWFI, a leading finishing
consultant, will talk about creating a system for
finishing within a company rather than training
a person that could leave the company. He will
discuss how to organize a finishing system and set
up ways to measure finishing performance.
Jason Chiu of Centre for Advanced Wood
Processing will speak on problem solving in wood
finishing, covering such areas as spraying and
finish application, finish quality, dust mitigation,
and finish process issues, including a discussion of
some of the newest methods and technology.
Pierre Letellier of Decoboard Enterprise in
San Bernardino, California, will describe his com-
pany’s panel coating operation and the challenges
of finishing in California.
Len Smith of Sherwin-Williams will speak on
what’s new with waterborne coatings, and changing
perceptions with advanced European technology.
David Jackson of Gemini, a manufacturer
of wood finishes, will discuss finishes that many
shops have not yet adopted, such as polyester, two-
component polyurethane and some UV finishes.
Phil Evans of the University of British Columbia will discuss the value of research in wood
finishing, based on work that he and his students
have done on topics such as coating formation,
grain raising, cracking of finishes, blotching and
Andrew Walton of Keyland Polymer, a maker
of powder coatings, will explain UV-cured powder
coating chemistry and attributes of these coating
Sames-Kremlin will discuss new developments in
spray guns, paint and powder coating application,
improving transfer efficiency and reducing VOCs.
At the end of the day, presenters will be available to answer any questions from the audience.
Participating companies and specialists will be
available to answer any direct questions about
finishing materials, equipment and methods.
Karl Forth of FDMC magazine and Woodwork-
ing Network will moderate. Go to http://awfsfair.
symposia/ to register. ‹
Woodworking Network Finishing
Symposium at AWFS Fair July 18