by William Sampson
All-day learning at AWFS Symposia
Before the show opens, intensive daylong programs offer what you need to know on
finishing, CNC, closets, and leadership.
Where can you get a full day’s intensive train- ing tailored right to your business needs
and at the same time be primed for the
biggest industry trade show of the year?
The AWFS Symposia presented by CCI
Media and Woodworking Network are
just that kind of opportunity.
Four symposia are offered, each in
an intense, daylong format giving you
unparalleled access to industry experts
and thought leaders. This year’s program covers Finishing, CNC Technology, Closets, and Leadership. Each of the
symposia go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
July 16 and include a networking lunch.
Here’s a closer look at each of them.
Moderated by FDMC and Woodworking
Network editor Karl Forth, the full-day
finishing symposium will look at a variety
of new and emerging finishing technologies and best practices. Finishing system
organization, performance measurement
and problem solving are addressed. The
Finishing Symposium is sponsored by
Milesi, Superfici, and Burkle.
Phil Stevenson of AWFI will discuss
establishing a finishing system, setting
up finishing standards, performance
measurements and developing training.
Jason Chiu of the Centre for Ad-
vanced Wood Processing, University
of British Columbia, will speak about
problem solving in wood finishing and
new developments in surface prepara-
tion, including sanding.
D.C. Clark of Clark Deco is a finishing expert and consultant who will describe his experiences as a distributor
visiting shops and recommendations.
Become familiar with newer types
of finishing chemistry as David Jackson
of Gemini Coatings discusses finishes
that many shops may not have adopted,
such as polyester, two-component polyurethane and some UV finishes.
Learn about new ways to conduct
remote maintenance and improve
productivity from Superfici’s Gloria
Valtorta, business unit manager, surface treatment, and Michael Anderson, finishing solutions consultant.
Marcello Vitale of Milesi will talk about
Italian wood finish technologies, Block
Chain Addition technology, soft touch
coatings, and natural look coatings.
Les Smith of Sherwin-Williams will
look at finishing trends his company is
seeing, and the current state of wood
The last session of the day will
be a question and answer period in
which attendees will be able to ask any
speaker a question or describe a problem they are having in their finishing
CNC Technology Symposium
Moderated by FDMC’s editor, Will
Sampson, The CNC Technology
Symposium features presentations
designed to appeal to all levels of users
and sizes of operations, and there will
be ample opportunity for questions
and answers to make sure you get the
information you need. The program is
co-sponsored by RSA and Castaly.
The program begins with an overview of CNC from desktops to high-vol-ume production presented by Ted Hall,
founder of Shopbot. Jason Dingess of
Quis Machinery follows up with a presentation full of tips for buying a new
CNC and working with your distributor
to get the most out of your machine.
Understanding CNC requires
keeping up with new technology, and
Cesare Magnani of Biesse will explain
the ins and outs of Industry 4.0 and
how the latest technological revolution
affects CNC manufacturing.
You can’t get the most out of your
CNC without efficiently processing
what goes in and out of it, so James
Swanson from Stiles/Homag will
discuss modern material handling
for CNC. Paul Roza of Benz will talk
about how aggregates can expand the
capabilities of your CNC.
Michael Cassell of Holz-Her will talk
about all the different kinds of CNC
machines available in the marketplace
today and how to match the kind of machine to your operation. There will also
be expert advice on matching tooling to
what you produce with your CNC.
Co-sponsor RSA will present how
data management can improve the bot-