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Moulding power

At Ligna 2015, Weinig is unveiling its new Powermat 700 Moulder. The company says the main feature of the machine is an innovative “Comfort Set” operating concept that enables tool-free set up and significantly reduces set-up time. The Powermat 700 also uses smart-touch technology, which enables wireless communication between the control unit or a t … [Read More...]

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Architectural clamping

If your shop produces architectural wood components, the new R1206P Architectural Door and Window Clamp unit from Ritter Manufacturing may be worth looking at. It’s designed to make door and window joinery fast and easy. The R1206P has 20, four-inch bore pneumatic clamps that provide high clamping pressure in selected areas. Thin materials can be l … [Read More...]

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Success comes cold-calling

There’s a line in a song by the legendary Maritimes singer/songwriter, Stan Rogers, about an Alberta rodeo-star-turned-rancher-being-cattle-rustled that goes, “Forty-four’s no age to start again.” But … Read More

Johnathan Glick says he's fortunate to have a great team of 154 people behind him at Cutler.

Profile: Cutler Group

Jonathan Glick is on a constant high. “This is the best period of my career. It’s the most fun I’ve had,” he says from behind a desk covered in neatly arranged paperwork he still has to attend to. “I’m … Read More

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Lovech MDF Doors and Custom Products

It is December—that time of year when the Toronto Maple Leafs traditionally start to tank heading into the second half of the hockey season. But Emile Pironkov doesn’t care that his beloved team has … Read More

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Mar-Apr 2015 Wood Industry cover

Export: Go big or go home

According to Wood Industry’s November 2014 survey, 79 percent of Canadian respondents expect revenue growth this year — a figure that approximates a similar survey in the States by the Milwaukee, Wisc.,-based Cabinet Makers Association (CMA). There, just over 86 percent of respondents to the CMA’s survey said they are anticipating revenue growth this year. Today, that growth could come from almost anywhere on the globe. This may be the year, as the saying goes, to “go big or go home.” If you rea … Read More

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Managing risk

Some people don’t like change. But when it comes to safety and risk management in your business, changing your ways can be critical to preventing catastrophe. Just ask Josef Pruellage. He is the senior risk assessment consultant with the risk services division of Hub International, the largest insurance brokerage firm in Canada. Pruellage has done assessments for wood businesses in just about every region of the country, and he has seen just about everything. Pruellage recalls one shop in p … Read More

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Getting on board with barcoding

In 2014, barcoding turned 66. And it’s more ubiquitous, more advanced, and plays a more vital role, than ever before. Perhaps more than barcoding inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver ever imagined. Silver was a young grad student at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia in 1948. He overheard a conversation and blazed the trail for today’s barcoding technology. Silver heard the owner of a local food-store chain ask one of the institute’s deans a question. Would he do resea … Read More

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Custom versus custom

It is rather like standing at an unmarked crossroad in the middle of nowhere and trying to determine whether both roads lead to the same place, whether they go off in entirely different directions or whether one road ends abruptly at a precipice. When it comes to the future of fine wood craftsmanship design and production versus computer-designed and CNC-machined pieces, it seems they are two paths destined, for the most part, to continue their separate ways. But they’ll also continue crossing.  … Read More