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IWPA releases 2014 edition of ‘International Wood’

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The 2014 edition of “International Wood” covers imported veneer, plywood and lumber use in the U.S. market.

The 2014 edition of “International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends” has been released by the International Wood Products Association (IWPA). The guide tells stories of those turning to tropical “superwoods” for heavy-duty applications in unforgiving environments for decking, bridges, boardwalks, piers and more.

“Readers of this year’s International Wood can expect to see impressive projects and a wide range of species currently being used by architects and designers in innovative ways,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires. “This edition highlights how companies can get ahead of the green curve by preserving biodiversity through lesser known species. Similar in physical properties as traditional higher demand woods, these under-utilized woods are also affordable because of their abundance-good for business and good for forests.”

This 11th edition covers a broad spectrum of imported veneer, plywood and lumber use in the U.S. market.

Visit http://www.iwpawood.org/?page=139 for a free subscription.

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October 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Update on ISO/ANSI standards for woodworking

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WMIA and WMMA sponsored an ISO/ANSI TAG informational presentation at the International Woodworking Fair.

At IWF, Mark Craig, WMIA ANSI TAG chairman, provided an overview of the program, which is designed to develop woodworking machinery safety standards.

Jim Laster, WMMA ANSI ASC01 co-chair, explained how these standards cover woodworking equipment.

WMIA and WMMA want to make this information available to other woodworking industry representatives, CEOs and engineers of woodworking companies and educational institutions.

Craig and Jason Knopes, ANSI senior program manager, explained the purpose of the TAG (Technical Advisory Group) program in the United States, the benefits of this initiative for the industry and how it goes beyond machinery manufacturers, importers and distributors.

Iuri Betti, ISO/TC 39/SC4 chairman, explained the role of ISO and provided a summary of the status of woodworking machinery standards in other countries, including Brazil, the European Union, Turkey and Canada. Betti also discussed the importance of establishing a U.S. Technical Advisory Group.

Also scheduled for the meeting were an explanation of OSHA standards for woodworking machinery and defining the ANSI ACSo1 available standards, including safety requirements for fixed angle jump saws and safety requirements for CNC machining centers.

Recent activity by the ANSI ASCo1 includes work on safety requirements for gang ripsaws, CNC machining center shapers, and straight-line ripsaws.

The presentation was scheduled to conclude with an explanation of the current structure and activity of ISO/TC 39 SC4, and specific standards in development. Also planned was a discussion of product liability lawsuits and why standards are important, along with the value of unified global standards.

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October 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

Energy, environmental management system results in certification for Vauth-Sagel Group

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The Vauth-Sagel Group (www.vauth-sagel.de) has received certification across all four of its German production sites for its environment management system in accordance with EN ISO 14001 and for its energy management system in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001.

The first energy-saving pilot project was already successfully implemented at the Paderborn site. Here, a new lighting management system was installed that saves more than 50 percent of the energy requirements while offering twice the workplace lighting, the company says. The project, which has resulted in nearly 250 metric tons fewer of CO2 emitted in Paderborn, will be extended to the company’s other three plants over the next few months.

“Preserving natural resources is a central concern for us as a family committed to nature…Currently, we are replacing virtually the entire machine park at our Paderborn site with new, resource-preserving plastic injection moulding systems,” says Thomas Sagel, managing director and shareholder of the Vauth-Sagel holding company. “We view our sustainability-oriented corporate culture, our ISO certifications and further certificates such as LGA and FSC as investments into the successful future of our sites in East Westphalia and North Hesse.”

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October 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

SigmaTEK Systems announces three automation solutions webinars

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SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting and manufacturing process automation solutions, announced its upcoming webinar schedule. The three seminars are aimed at shop owners, fabricators, programmers, machine operators, production managers and others in charge of improving shop floor efficiency.

On Nov. 19, the first webinar, “Fab shop automation: A single software solution to automate, integrate, accelerate,” will be held at 11 a.m. CT. You will learn:

• Key areas of waste and their drain on profitability
• Today’s leading automation tools
• Common integration mistakes
• Where your current software may be wasting money
• Reliable multi-platform integration

The second session will be hosted on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. CT, entitled “Stent tube programming made easy.” This webinar will discuss challenges surrounding Stent Tube Laser programming and demonstrate how a single source software solution can deliver new levels of speed and effectiveness to stent laser users. You will learn:

• Quick and easy programming
• Import native CAD and neutral files without rework
• One software drives multiple / diverse cutting machines

Finally, “Laser head crashes, causes and cures” will take place on Jan. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET. This webinar will discuss:

• Common reasons for laser head collisions
• The escalating cost of machine downtime
• Solutions to avoid collisions

All webinars are free of charge. Please visit www.sigmanest.com for more information and to register.

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October 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

New YouTube video features RouterCad’s Boss CNC machine in action

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RouterCad Inc. and its Boss routers are currently featured in a new YouTube video by the Leather Sofa Co.

After more than 10 years in business, the company selected RouterCAD and the Boss CNC machine to produce high-quality component frame parts for its custom leather furniture. You can view more, including a demonstration of the machine in action, by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG-bSQSuXKc&list=UUap9-Hh3Jvgk9QVV5j8frTQ.

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October 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

AWC recognizes sustainability of wood for National Forest Products Week

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In recognition of National Forest Products Week, Oct. 19 – 25, the American Wood Council (AWC) released a statement about the sustainable benefits of wood materials and its important role in the U.S. economy. Currently, forest products support more than 1 million direct jobs and contribute $100 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product.

“The halls of Washington, D.C., have been echoing with support for wood as a building material. This encouragement coupled with the growing green construction trend illustrates the importance and recognition of the inherent benefits of wood building materials in construction,” said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “National Forest Products Week is a time for us to celebrate and discuss the economic role of wood products in our country, as well as the function of sustainable forestry in mitigating the atmospheric carbon contributing to buildup of greenhouse gases.”

AWC is providing resources for professionals to gather information on the important role of forest products. Activities encouraged by AWC in recognition of National Forest Products Week include:

• Greenbuild International Conference and Expo: As part of the wood pavilion at Greenbuild, being hosted in New Orleans on Oct. 22-24, AWC is discussing green building codes and environmental product declarations (EPDs) for wood products at the reThink Wood Showcase booth, #2539.

• Letter to editor: Celebrating National Forest Products Week, AWC has developed a letter that can be shared to grow awareness for the environmental and economic benefits of wood products. The letter is available for download at http://www.awc.org/forestproductsweek.php.

• Social media: Join others recognizing forest products this week by using the #CelebrateFP hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to share how forest products are a valuable part of your daily life.

Additional information on the role of wood products in North America, environmental advantages and EPDs are available from AWC at www.awc.org.

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October 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

Rhode Island Kitchen & Bath honored for remodeling project

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R.I. Kitchen & Bath, http://www.rikb.com/, the design-build firm specializing in kitchen, bath and interior renovations throughout Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut, was named the recipient of a 2014 PRISM Award – a Silver Award in the “Best Bath Remodel under $75,000” category.

Presented by the Builders Association of Greater Boston, the PRISM (Prestigious Results in Sales and Marketing) Awards recognize the accomplishments of professionals who influence the present and shape the future of building and design. The competition recognizes achievements in building and design and is open to builders, developers, project owners, architects, land planners, marketing/advertising firms, interior design firms, remodelers and other professionals in the home building industry.

The Silver award received by R.I. Kitchen & Bath recognized exceptional work on an outdated bathroom renovation. The cramped space consisted of a large Jacuzzi tub, separate shower stall, plain vanities and a commode. The R.I. Kitchen & Bath team focused on creating a custom walk-in shower flanked by a linen display cabinet, a vanity in Manhattan Calcutta marble, adding heated flooring as well as a side wall wallpapered to match the palette in the master bedroom. The result opened up and modernized the bathroom, allowing greater access and function for the homeowners to simultaneously use the space.

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October 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

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