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CNC router developed for flexible operations

The Fusion XL series of CNC routers introduced by Komo Machine feature a moving table configuration and a spindle-mounted tool changer. Features include: four-pole, 18 hp, 24,000 rpm, HSK 63F, fan-cooled spindle; 15-position automatic tool changer with aggregate capability; air blast for dust/chip evacuation and cooling of the cutting tool; … [Read More...]

CAM software speeds CNC milling operations

Mastercam 2017 CAM software has been released by CNC Software. The software features a new ribbon interface and is said to make it easier to find the functions that users need to complete tasks. The application’s Dynamic Motion technology can slash machine time by as much as 75 percent or more, the company says. And, it adds, Dynamic Motion w … [Read More...]

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Northern lights-out productivity

When your shop is 33 kilometres northwest of Edmonton down an unpaved side road, a visitor begins to wonder if they have made all of the correct turns along the way. Rest assured on this crisp fall … Read More

Systems, incentives, accountability, productivity

Flying high can be costly when you are logging hours to be certified as a helicopter pilot. That’s what Cory Brightwell, ceo of Woodwork and Pub Interiors in Edmonton, Alta., found out pursuing his d … Read More

Mission, vision and principles

The executive office is at the back of the showroom of Clareville Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, in Brampton, Ont. The door is wide open, revealing a framed set of blueprints for a classic … Read More

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An ounce of prevention

Everyone wants to have a harassment-free workplace, whether you toil on a shop floor or behind a desk. Laws have been written at both the federal and provincial levels of government that deal specifically with workplace safety — mental and physical — which provide both protection for employees and spell out the responsibility of employers. Laws are also re-written, meaning that what applied to your workplace yesterday might not apply today — so everyone has keep on their toes or risk being lef … Read More

Quantum finishing

The cabinet and furniture industries have many finishing specifications that meet a multitude of standards and certification bodies around the world. A recent workshop hosted by Catas, Italy’s testing standards organization at its headquarters near Milan of in Lissone-Brianza, illustrates just how many challenges wood manufacturers face around the world. “There's a sentence that seems to me very symbolic and I like to repeat it during such events,” says Franco Bulian, deputy director of Catas … Read More

Wood Industry 2016 reader survey

One of our greatest concerns as a trade magazine is that we don’t want to wear out our welcome. That is, we know you are being hammered from every angle, on so-called social media, with ads disguised as editorial and with magazines that purport to be reader-focused when, in fact, they don’t meet the standard definition of a magazine: they are catalogues. Each November, we do our annual survey of our readers, and, as noted above, we are concerned that you are being surveyed to death. I know for … Read More

Software start-ups provide logistics options

Cabinet and furniture manufacturers all want their products and components delivered or received a timely manner. Addressing these challenges nowadays are a complex web of supply chain logistics services being driven by start-up companies using internet-based software to find the best supply chain alternatives. The annual Logistics Trend Radar report from the DHL Logistics unit of Trolsdorf, Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL Group states, “Recent years have witnessed start-ups that have managed … Read More