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SigmaTEK Systems celebrates 20th anniversary in 2013

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In 2013, SigmaTEK Systems LLC (www.sigmanest.com) celebrates its 20th anniversary in business. Founded in 1993, the company has grown to become a global provider of CAD/CAM nesting software and associated manufacturing business automation solutions.

Founder, president and CEO, Ben TerreBlanche said: “We have an extremely competent and passionate team of people in SigmaTEK. I consider myself honored and privileged to have come along for the ride. We enter our third decade with pride and excitement. We are certainly proud of how far we have come but we are even more enthused by the opportunities and challenges ahead. As we work to further solidify our reputation and leadership position we pledge to aggressively pursue the development and practical application of next generation tools and technologies that will drive manufacturing to new levels of efficiency and productivity. Our passion is unmatched and we will continue to pursue those companies and individuals who share this vision.”

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February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

Black Bros. event draws a variety of laminate users and suppliers

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The Black Bros. event brought together a variety of laminate users and producers.

The Black Bros. event brought together a variety of laminate users and producers.

The 3D Forum hosted by Black Bros. Co. at  its headquarters in Mendota, Ill., drew a wide variety of those interested in laminates.

Ed Strahota reviewed Black Bros. new press design and improvements to the Almex press designs. He specifically talked about the 3-D SmartPress, which was designed to be versatile and upgradable, and automated with SmartPin technology. Almex 3-D presses are now a division of Black Bros.

The 3-D SmartPress was also demonstrated on the Black Bros. plant floor, running several different cabinet door films. A Rapha equipment demonstration was also done, and participants received a plant tour of the Mendota plant. Black Bros. is partners with Rapha Systems.

A TB-60 laminator system was also demonstrated with MDF panels and polyester materials.

Eric Johnson of Omnova spoke on the features and applications of 3D laminates and the changing role of HPL and TFM laminates. Johnson said one important design trend to be aware of was the desire for design consistency, meaning fixtures, furniture and components use the same laminate design.

Jim Bennett of American Renolit described the European 3D market, and its more common use of high gloss, taxtures and Super Matte Solids. PVC is accepted in Europe, while facing environmental challenges in the United States. The 3D Forum audience contributed their opinions on the state of high gloss (increasing, especially in store fixture), textured laminates (established a niche), and darker woodgrains (still dominant).

Quality product and quality process was the subject of a presentation by Bill Formella, who was unable to attend the forum. Richard Utley of Helmitin and Dennis Liebrecht of SSI led an audience discussion of quality issues. They believe that laminate users must ask questions about whether the design is right for 3D materials, and that more quality control is needed where presses are used.

The meeting was a genuine forum and conversation among laminate, adhesives producers and laminate users.

For more information go to http://www.blackbros.com or contact Ed Strahota at estrahota@blackbros.com.

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February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

Interzum 2013 exhibitor list now online

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Organizers of the bi-annual furniture industry trade fair Interzum are preparing for what they call the “mother of all trade shows” featuring the latest furniture products and designs.

A full listing of participating exhibitors is available at www.interzum.com. Exhibitors include about 400 companies from Germany and 1,050 from abroad.

Additionally, more than 50,000 attendees are expected to visit Interzum, May 13-16 in Cologne, Germany, to see the new products, including materials, functions, components, textiles and machinery.

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February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

New York senator proposes new manufacturing legislation

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has announced legislation to encourage states and regions to design and implement strategies to spur growth for local manufacturing industries, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and high-tech manufacturing, watertowndailytimes.com reports.

New York state has been crippled by manufacturing employment loss, with more than 123,000 manufacturing jobs lost since 2005. In the north part of the state, an estimated 3,470 manufacturing jobs were lost from 2005 to 2010, the newspaper reported.

Gillibrand’s bill, the Made in America Manufacturing Act, would create a competitive program to award states and regions with funding to support local manufacturers through low-interest loans to build new facilities and upgrade equipment. It would also offer access to capital and technical assistance to develop exporting opportunities and help connect innovative small suppliers with larger companies. Funding would also go toward job training and vocational education programs that partner businesses with colleges, local workforce centers and other skill providers to prepare workers for manufacturing jobs.

“It’s time to see ‘Made In America’ again starting right here in New York,” Sen. Gillibrand told the paper. “I believe New York’s great manufacturing communities are well positioned to compete for funding that would help carry out their innovative ideas to spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing sectors, jumpstart new businesses, and create good-paying jobs right here where we need them the most.”

In an effort to boost manufacturing, particularly in advanced manufacturing sectors such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, and aerospace, Gillibrand’s first piece of legislation introduced in the new Congress would award up to $20 million in competitive funding for each statewide or regional manufacturing hub.

The Made in America Manufacturing Act would allow localities to use funding to set up a revolving loan fund to help manufacturing businesses expand or establish new manufacturing operations. It would also create job training programs to help address the skills gap faced by manufacturers.

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February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

Scm Group to host Technology Days April 4-5

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Scm Group North America will host Technology Days – Windows, Doors, and Stairs on April 4-5 at its Duluth, Ga., location.

The woodworking technology company will focus on windows, doors, stairs, cabinet doors and furniture applications applications. Scm Group product specialists and software engineers from AlphaCam will host seminars on topics ranging from machine options to tooling and software.

Those interested in attending Technology Days can register at www.scmgroupna.com/tdays. For assistance with registration or further information, email marketing@scmgroup-usa.com or call 770.813.7874.

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February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

Stiles Shop contest awards winner free Ironwood cut-off saw

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Stiles Shop awarded Ed Hall, from Pioneer Cabinetry in Davison, Mich., a free Ironwood CUT 14.

The contest required participants to register online for a chance to win the Ironwood 14-inch cut-off saw or $4,000 off any other Ironwood machine. Stiles Shop hosted the contest to help publicize its Ironwood machinery line.

Hall’s company, Pioneer Cabinetry, has been a manufacturer of semi-custom kitchen and bathroom cabinetry since 1986.

“When woodworking companies hear the name Stiles, many think we only provide large equipment,” said Stephan Waltman, VP of sales & marketing at Stiles Machinery. “Ironwood is a great line geared for smaller shops or high-level hobbyists, and we want to reach out to them.”

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February 27, 2013 at 7:00 am

Häfele America now distributing Grass hinges, slides for cabinetry

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Häfele America Co. formed a new distribution partnership with Grass America, a manufacturer of functional hardware and accessories for the woodworking industries. In February, Häfele America began distributing the Tiomos and TEC soft-close hinge series and the Dynapro undermount slide series.

Häfele will distribute the following systems from Grass:

• Tiomos Hinge System: A new hinge concept with an adjustable soft-close mechanism that is fully integrated and concealed in the hinge arm. • Dynapro Slide System: The new generation of undermount slides for wood drawers, with features such as a synchronization mechanism and gliding action for modern cabinetry. • TEC Soft-Close Hinge System: Made in the USA, the TEC Soft-close system provides soft closing for face-frame cabinetry.

“Häfele America Co. is very excited to strengthen our relationship and portfolio by forming this partnership with Grass America,” said Paul K. Smith, president of Häfele America Co. “Häfele subsidiaries around the globe have been successfully working with Grass worldwide for years to promote functional hardware and provide high-quality products.”

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February 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

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