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Cefla to host finishing technology event Sept. 28-29

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Cefla Finishing will demonstrate new finishing technology during a Cefla Live! event, Sept. 28-29, at the company’s headquarters in Imola, Italy.

Cefla will demonstrate the UV roller application process, Pixart digital printing by Decodigit, and the Smartcoater EVO and UV-R Superfocus together to create high-gloss finishes.

The company will provide transportation to and from airports in Rimini, Forli and Bologna, Italy, and will also provide lunch both days of the event. For more information, contact Barbara Riccipetitoni at barbara.riccipetitoni@cefla.it, or call 704.598.0020 or go to www.ceflafinishinggroup.com.

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August 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

More than 400 attend CMA educational sessions at IWF

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The Cabinet Makers Association announced that nearly 400 custom woodworking shop owners and managers, industry woodworking professionals and suppliers attended its inaugural expanded educational sessions at IWF 2012 in Atlanta, which are part of CMA’s new professional certification program.

All CMA professional certification program curriculum and CEU sessions delivered at IWF are being converted from live sessions to live webinars that will be scheduled for open participation starting in fall 2012. Once webinars are completed, they will be recorded so that anyone wishing to attend these sessions will have access to them at any time so an enrollee can learn at his or her own pace, while paying for session fees as they go. One is not required to be a CMA member to participate in and earn CMA professional credentials.

“With most of the attendees at our IWF live sessions coming from outside the CMA’s membership, it seems the executive level management training we are offering is very much needed and desired by shop owners and managers. Considering this program didn’t exist a year ago, we’re absolutely elated with the response on this brand new education and credentialing program,” said Dave Grulke, CMA executive director.

For more information on CMA’s professional certification program, please visit: http://www.cabinetmakers.org/certification.html?utm_source=EliteEmail&utm_campaign=PCP%20IWF%20Results&utm_medium=email.

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August 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hera Lighting expands office, distribution facility

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Due to growth over the past several years, Hera Lighting (www.heralighting.com) is expanding its corporate office and distribution facility in Norcross, Ga.

The lighting company’s headquarters will be 36,000 square feet, more than double its current size of 15,000 square feet, after the expansion is completed in March 2013. The expansion includes an Engineering department with an in-house UL lab, workspaces with private offices for all Hera employees, an expanded warehouse, and a new showroom and meeting area.

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August 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

WoodLINKS RTA contest winners announced

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Zach Ludden, Nikki Look, and Lucas Shelton of Rolla Technical Institute show off their winning WoodLINKS/USA RTA entry called Travolo di Stiles Table.

Students from woodworking technology programs around the country were honored after competing in the WoodLINKS/USA RTA contest in an award ceremony at the IWF show in Atlanta.

Top prize went to a team from Rolla Technical Institute. Team members Zach Ludden, Nikki Look, and Lucas Shelton presented their winning entry called Travolo di Stiles Table. Other entries included:

2nd place: Wine Rack Stack, Dale Jackson Career Center

3rd place: Kazumi, Quinter High School

4th place: Universal Light Bulb, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

5th place: Sub Roza Table, Dale Jackson Career Center

Some $30,000 in prizes were awarded to benefit the woodworking training programs at the participating students’ schools. Prize donors included Custom Service Hardware, FastCap, Graco, Stiles, Tiger Stop, and Valspar.

Industry sponsors who helped pay for students and teachers to travel to the IWF show included Accurate Custom Cabinets, C. R. Onsrud, Inc., Great Lake Woods, IWF 2012, KCD Software, Kerfkore Company, Kremlin Rexson, Inc./Exel North America, Master Magnetics, Inc./Mod‐eez®, Modular Systems, Inc., ShopBot Tools, Inc., Stiles, Vortex Tool Company, Woodcraft Supply, LLC and Accurate Technology.

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August 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Green wood dust is as explosive as beetle dust

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In Prince George, B.C., a company called WorkSafe B.C. sent the green wood dust samples to a lab for comparison, and the tests showed that green wood dust has less than five percent moisture content, making it just as combustible as the beetle dust. Green wood samples are comprised of trees that were living before they were harvested.

Worksafe B.C. says investigations are still underway and they are alerting the industry that they must be just as vigilant on green wood dust as they are on beetle kill dust.

“We are confident beetle kill wood is explosive,” director of investigations Jeff Dolan told 250 News. “The evidence we are receiving is showing that under all circumstances, all wood dust can be dangerous.”

The company issued a statement that said wood dust can be in the rafters of a mill, on the surface of lighting equipment, and even at the conveyor level. There have already been two documented explosions on a conveyor level, The Lakeland and Babine Forest Products tragedies In Prince George.

The inspections and investigations for dust control measures continue. Worksafe B.C. is currently engaged in dust management procedures involing a multi-phase inspectional program. In phase one, they inspected all sawmills to see if they were using green or beetle-kill wood. Phase two began in July and expanded the inspectional program to include other wood processing operations such as pellet and planer mills where dust accumulation could be a safety hazard. The third phase will expand to industries that generate dust from wood and other sources; this would include workplaces that manufacture rubber, aluminum and sugar.

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August 30, 2012 at 7:50 am

Vauth-Sagel forms joint venture with PAM Trading

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Vauth-Sagel, systems component and storage systems manufacturer for the kitchen and furniture industries, is restructuring its operations within the American market. The company has formed a new joint venture with PAM Trading, a plastics-processing company, to expand its production facilities and sales and distribution system in the U.S.

In addition to manufacturing items like the plastic Lazy Susan, Pam will now function as a national distribution center for kitchen fittings systems produced by Vauth-Sagel in Germany. Key account manager, Frank Fahnenschmidt, will run the sales and distribution team from a new office in Florida, supported by David Greenkorn along with eight additional members of the sales and distribution team.

“We are looking into the future with great optimism and are anticipating a considerable pickup in the kitchen market in the United States. With our new strategy of focussing more strongly on the customer, we are now very well positioned and will be able to secure ourselves a larger market share. Despite difficult overall economic conditions, this restructuring can only accelerate our market growth,” said Claus Sagel.

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August 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

House designed by digital software can be fastened together

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As more house designs include modular and easy-to-assemble features, a new design is on the market that doesn’t require the use of cranes or heavy machinery to put together. A pair of Danish architects partnered with Facit Homes to construct a 1,250-square-foot house out of parts produced in a rapid-prototyping machine, according to FasCodeDesign.com.

Facit Homes is a London-based digital fabrication and architecture specialist. Together with Eentileen, the Danish company, they constructed a two-bedroom house, The Villa Asserbo, named for the small Danish town 30 miles outside of Copenhagen where the house sits. It was built using 400 Forest Stewardship Council-certified Nordic plywood components, designed in digital software, fabricated using a CNC miller, then snapped together (each part came with a number for easy assembly). The house took only six weeks to build.

This invention cuts back on many of the environmentally unsustainable practices of standard residential construction. “No component of the construction is heavier than two men are able to carry,” said Frederik Agdrup, who designed the house with his colleague Nicholas Bjørndal. “And the house can be built without the use of cranes or heavy machinery.” The Villa’s foundation is not of concrete. Rather, 28 screw piles are inserted 12 to 20 feet into the earth, and as a result, the house floats one foot off the ground. The entire unit can be quickly disassembled and recycled. But a challenge to the project, Agdrup says, is tolerance. “We were building one large piece of ‘furniture’ with millimeter digital precision,” he told FastCodeDesign.com.

Other researchers are attempting the method of rapid-prototyping of a house, such as Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis at USC. He recently created a layered fabrication method he calls Contour Crafting. According to PopSci.com, he says it can be used to build a single house or a colony of houses of concrete or adobe.

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August 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

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