by William Sampson
email@example.com AWFS FAIR
Powerful learning on tap 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 Advanced Wood Processing,
University of British Columbia, will speak about problem
solving in wood finishing and new developments in surface
preparation, 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 discuss trends in finishing.
CNC Technology Symposium
Moderated by FDMC’s editor, Will Sampson, The CNC Tech-
nology Symposium features presentations designed to appeal
to all levels of users and sizes of operations, with time 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-volume production presented by Ted Hall, founder of
Shopbot. Jason Dingess of Quis Machinery follows up with a