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Strong showing for AWFS Fair

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The 2015 edition of AWFS Fair drew 600 exhibitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center and what appeared to be a good attendee turnout over during the show. Unofficially, attendance was reported to be higher during the first two days of the AWFS Fair than it was during the same period at the previous show in 2013.

“Pre registrations were very strong, and attendance has followed. The first two days have been very good,” said AWFS’s Angelo Gangone on Friday morning, the third day of the show. “We’re thrilled and excited about the show this year.”

A wide range of products were on display, including CNC technology, woodworking equipment, finishing products, hardware, software and supplies.

Exhibitors and attendees that FDMC editors spoke with were pleased with the show. A number of exhibitors commented about the number of sales leads from attendees, and even machinery sales. One large machinery supplier said that they expected this to be the best AWFS Fair for their company.

The Visionary New Product Showcase included full-scale displays of the newest technology and products.  Plastic exhibitors were identified at this year’s show.  Another highlight was guest speaker John Bassett III, a third generation American furniture manufacturer and author of Factory Man.

We’ll have more coverage of Visionary Award winners, Freshwood winners and CMA Wood Diamond winners coming soon.

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July 31, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Visionary Award winners announced at AWFS Fair

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AWFS has announced the winners of the Visionary Awards.

—Holz-Her US (#8622) Evolution Vertical Machining Center

Unlike compressed air that can be regulated higher or lower, Turbospray motors deliver one fixed maximum air atomizing pressure.  The exception: Apollo Sprayers Precision Series HVLP Turbospray Systems that offer a visible and variable pressure control.  Understanding available or maximum air pressure is most important in understanding how to relate various coatings and finishes to the equipment.  The beauty of the new precision-5 HVLP Turbospray System is the ability to dial in the most efficient pressure for a particular coating based on viscosity and/or ease or difficulty to atomize a finish.    This results in the highest product efficiency, lowest amount of overspray, highest cost savings, cleanest work environment and the best protection of our environment.

—Next Wave Automation (#9738) Piranha FX

The Ready2Rout System adjusts fence and bit heights in increments down to.001” Using the built in Joinery apps, it can automatically produce, Box Joints, Half Blind Dovetails, Dadoes, Sliding Dovetails, Indexing, Key Holes, and many others.  All apps are intuitive; enter a few measurements, bit width, board width and thickness, the system then automatically position the fence and bit.  Simply follow the onscreen commands and end up with a perfectly aligned joint.

—RSA Solutions (#7441) Wood CAD/CAM

WoodCAD/CAM is a 3D/2D AutoCAD and SQL software.  ROI is based on a 50% savings for engineering “One Offs.”  There is also an average 70% savings on making 2D submittals by building the data quickly in solid modeling, leveraging the SQL database, then using the data to automatically generate floor plans, elevations, sectionals on any planes, cut lists, and G code for saws and routers, as well as material costs, labor demands, and proper part and product labels.  This product is used for store fixtures, law offices, restaurants, hospitals, schools, dorm furniture, hotel furniture, reception desks and airport facilities.

—SawStop, LLC (#4822) SawStop Jobsite Saw

The SawStop Jobsite Saw is the highest and most portable SawStop yet, and incorporates many groundbreaking features never before seen on a portable table saw.  Using technology proven over a decade and thousands of finger saves, the Jobsite Saw detects contact with skin on the blade and stops the blade in less than five milliseconds.  The Jobsite Saw also showcases multiple pioneering innovations that increase accuracy, save time and improve results.

—Schenk Ltd (#5900) Kitsilano- Smoked Larch

Borke Smoked Larch is deeply textured real wood panel. Created using real wood veneers, the texture is embossed into the board using high pressure and heat to create a truly unique look.

—Striplox (#4741) Striplox

Striplox Rapid Assembly Connectors are revolutionizing the design and cabinetry industry worldwide by providing fast, strong, versatile and easy to use concealed joining and fastening solutions.  With hundreds of applications and installations off-site or on-site without specialist tools or skilled personnel, these connectors are delivering significant savings in materials, labor, production, shipping and assembly costs.

—SurfPrep Sanding by Dixon Enterprises (#9215) SurfPrep 3″ x 4″ Sanding System Kit

SurfPrep is the new name in woodworking.  When it comes to preparing a surface to stain, primer, lacquers or any topcoat sanding, SurfPrep is your go-to!  The foundation of the SurfPrep Sanding System was built with extreme attention to detail in manufacturing from abrasives and sanders.  Today, we’ve continued carving out new products with the focus of reducing both labor and sanding material costs; Wide belts, Film Discs/Sheets, Paper Discs, and Air/Electric Sanders.

—Vortex Tools Co., Inc. (#9137) Tool Selection app

Vortex Tool Co. has developed a Tool Selection Guide App to simplify tool selection based on your cutting needs.  Users input the type of material being cut, the horsepower of the CNC machine, the tool diameter, the thickness of material and the type of cut desired, and the Toll Selection Guide App will recommend the best tool for your application.  The App also includes calculators to determine chipload, feed rate, RPM and metric conversions.

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Haworth adds Workware Wireless packages

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Haworth’s Workware Wireless is designed to simplify content sharing within a team. At NeoCon, Haworth launched two new packages for Workware Wireless with all new hardware. These packages feature the ability for multiple people to share at the same time and gives them control over how much content to share. Workware products respond to the collaborative working trend as a growing number of workers spend more time together in open plan environments. See http://www.haworth.com.

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July 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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TigerStop hires director of marketing, Simon Spykerman

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TigerStop hires director of marketing, Simon Spykerman

Spykerman will join TigerStop’s Vancouver team.

TigerStop has announced that Simon Spykerman has joined the Vancouver headquarters’ marketing team as director.  Spykerman was most recently head of SpykerMedia, where his focus was on creating and executing digital strategies and execution on behalf of a broad client base which included Smith-Root, Adventist Health, Clark College and Clark Public Utilities. British-born Spykerman will focus on TigerStop’s marketing and information assets efforts in the digital landscape.

“This is an exciting opportunity to really understand and impact a single business in a very positive way,” said Spykerman. “Being a storyteller at heart, I’m looking forward to sharing TigerStop’s story, and how its products are improving its customers’ manufacturing processes and profitability.”

Spencer Dick, TigerStop’s Founder and CEO, states that “We’re looking forward to taking advantage of Simon’s expertise. As we continue to grow, how and where we electronically communicate with our customers and the world at large, will also continue to grow in importance.”

www.tigerstop.com

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July 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Columbia Forest Products introduces online panel builder

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Columbia Forest Products has launched its Plywood Panel Builder, an easy online tool for fabricators, architects, designers, contractors and consumers to develop their own custom specifications for plywood panels.

Users can customize their plywood’s core materials, panel thicknesses, face and back species, finishes, etc.  Using the tool, customers can view a basic visual representation of the panel products and see the large range of hardwood plywood panels that are possible to order from Columbia.

Speaking about the new Plywood Panel Builder online tool, Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia’s director of marketing remarked, “A key goal in developing this tool is to present the full range of possibilities to buyers in a way that’s easy for them to understand – even if they don’t have extensive experience in spec’ing plywood panels.  It’s a great way to help them address all of the important decisions that go into building a great spec – and ensure that all of their expectations will be met when it comes to the appearance, functionality and durability of their finished pieces.”

The builder can be found here.

www.columbiaforestproducts.com

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July 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Home improvement spending to climb in 2016

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The extended easing of gains in residential improvement spending is expected to change course by early next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate to 4 percent by the first quarter of 2016.

“A major driver of the anticipated growth in remodeling spending is the recent pick up in home sales activity,” says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center.  “Recent homebuyers typically spend about a third more on home improvements than non-movers, even after controlling for any age or income differences, so increasing sales this year should translate to stronger improvement spending gains next year.”

“Other signals of strengthening remodeling activity include sustained growth in retail sales of home improvement products and ongoing gains in house prices across much of the country,” says Abbe Will, a research analyst in the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center.  “Rising home prices means rising home equity, which should encourage improvement spending by a growing number of owners.

A full size graphic is available here.

The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) is designed to estimate national homeowner spending on improvements for the current quarter and subsequent three quarters. The indicator, measured as an annual rate-of-change of its components, provides a short-term outlook of homeowner remodeling activity and is intended to help identify future turning points in the business cycle of the home improvement industry.

www.jchs.harvard.edu

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July 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

A.R.E.’s Retail Environments Network reaches 50,000 members

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The Association for Retail Environments’ (A.R.E.) Retail Environments Network, hosted on professional networking platform LinkedIn, has surpassed 50,000 worldwide members.

“In the past seven years, A.R.E.’s Retail Environments Network has become a significant online gathering spot for retail environments professionals from nearly every country in the world,” said A.R.E. executive director Todd Dittman.

In the past year, 20,000 new members joined the group, illustrating the increasing rate of growth as word about Retail Environments Network spreads virally.

“With the sheer size of the membership, close to two dozen posts are submitted for publication every day,” Dittman added. “We moderate all posts in order to ensure that the content is noncommercial, of specific interest to the retail environments market and reflects the diversity of our membership.”

Although network membership is concentrated in the world’s major retail centers like New York City (4,000 members), London (1,000) and Toronto (1,000 members), the network has members in cities as widespread as Aalborg, Sweden, and Zagreb, Croatia.

LinkedIn’s demographic profile for the group also shows that membership is evenly distributed among senior executives, managers and entry-level.

www.retailenvironments.org

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