by Bill Esler
email@example.com AWFS FAIR 2017
Designed as a TEDx-style program for the wood manufacturing industry, the Woodworking Net- work Leadership Forum will take place July 18, the day prior to AWFS Fair 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. A top-level conference aimed at executives from North America’s 300 largest woodworking companies, the Leadership Forum will examine business, technology and material trends that will
impact the design and production of cabinetry,
furniture and interior millwork over the next
A series of briefings will detail joint technology
developments between suppliers and manufacturers in creating new materials and equipment. The
event is followed by the Leadership Reception,
at which the 2017 Wood Industry 40 Under 40
Awards will be presented. Presentations include:
Manufacturing FutureHAUS – Joe Wheeler,
Professor of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech University. FutureHAUS is the revolutionary prototype
for the home of the future, with designs that lend
themselves to modular furniture manufacture.
Prototypes for the kitchen, bath, living room, bedrooms and home offices have been developed. 25
industry partners provided design expertise.
Love Thy Data: – Mick Peters, Applied Automation Technologies. By mining manufacturing data,
companies gain insight into production issues
and opportunities for business and sales growth.
Expert Mick Peters, a contributor at WoodworkingNetwork.com talks about mining factory data.
Joint Development Case Studies will examine
technology partnerships between suppliers and
wood products manufacturers:
• Decore-ative Specialties VP Todd Shapiro
and Bacci America’s Joe Barry recount the
two-year joint development of custom CNC
cabinet door sanding system, versions of which
are now available on the market.
• Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork’s Kent
Swinson and software expert Roger Shaw recount tailoring Production Coach enterprise
software following a plant audit.
• North American Plywood GM Donald Kuser
details joint-development with Fuji Inca Onset
high-speed digital staining, that turns 5x10’
plywood sheets to a high-def oak veneer look
in 90 seconds.
• RCS Millwork’s Dan Keller and Innergy’s
Marc Sanderson will talk about the development of a plant-wide management system to
integrate machinery and processes.
Panels on management and materials include
• Wood Products Marketing Managers Job
Managers from FDMC 300
companies and other top execs
will find an inspiring event.
Woodworking Network Leadership
Forum July 18 in Las Vegas
Left: Joe Wheeler, Virginia Tech
Top Right: Don Kuser, North American Plywood
Bottom Right: Todd Shapiro, Decore-ative Specialties