Archives for August 2017

Steel tray shelving system for kitchens

Planero is the first steel tray shelving system from Vauth-Sagel. All versions feature a push-to-open mechanism said to be in response to the demand for kitchen furniture that offers a purist look on the outside and on the inside. A thin, powder coated sheet metal edge encloses a wooden shelf protected by a sealing strip […]

Soft-close drawer hardware provides convenient opening and closing

The Tipmatic Soft-close from Grass is a drawer hardware system that allows for a handle-free design. Slight pressure is all that is needed to open the drawer and it is also gently closed with a familiar movement without any sudden braking, the company says. The opening system combines two familiar functions: the mechanical opening of […]

Show business

Well, we’ve had it. Nowhere to go from here. GreenInUrbs, a European think tank citing its top achievement as an interactive website, has determined that trees create VOCs and contribute to ground-level ozone. Or, at least, they funded the study reported in May on ACS, (American Chemical Society). ACS, according to ACS, advances science, advocates […]

High heels: stomping out a work place requirement

Mr. Mason has just opened a new restaurant that he hopes will compete with such large restaurant chains as The Keg, Joey’s and Earl’s. When you attend the restaurant you notice that your server, Katherine, is knowledgeable, polite and gracefully glides between tables and patrons to accurately serve your order all while wearing very high […]

Shake up your factory

Just like with everything else in life, you most likely need a plan if you’re going to have a chance to succeed at all. This rule applies to purchasing manufacturing technology, too. Just going out and buying the latest computer controlled gizmo because it’s shiny or because your competitor has one is not a great […]

Order or chaos?

There is a lot to be known when one sets out to design products. Probably too much. The complexities of production have multiplied with advances in technology and now its unlikely that an individual will be able to obtain a comprehension sense of what can be done and how to do it. It remains incumbent […]

Guilded by association

When businesses think about marketing nowadays, there are many vehicles to consider: internet, social media, advertising, trade shows, ad mail, showrooms and direct sales. But can industry associations provide another key element to growing your business? Peter Gallagher, president of AWMAC Ontario (Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada, Ontario chapter) and president of Convoy Custom […]

The shop of the future – now

When a wood shop wants to automate its manufacturing operations, often one or two processes get a high-tech upgrade. Not so Muskoka Cabinet Company of Alfred, Ont., down-river just east of Ottawa. “Every inch of space is planned, equipment racks, shelving and ductwork is designed to be flexible to suit the changing needs of production […]

E-letter: Simple rule to prevent backfire

I grouse quite a bit about mass marketing. It deserves it. All it has accomplished so far, besides making a few people rich, is to focus society on its lowest common denominator. H.L. Mencken noted this phenomenon back in 1926: “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched […]

Manufacturers’ Roundtable at WMS 2017

Want to improve your profile? Confused about customer relations? Help us support your customers! As you may have read, Wood Industry magazine is conducting a Manufacturers’ Roundtable during WMS 2017. The idea is to gather as many manufacturers and managers (your customers) as possible in one private place and let them discuss issues of interest among […]