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 […]

Semi-automatic entry-level contour edgebander announced

Vitap S.p.A. and Atlantic Machinery have announced the Stellar, a semi-automatic entry-level contour edgebander. What sets the Stellar apart from other entry-level edgebanders, the companies say, is its movable support arm. The adjustable swivel arm is equipped with a vacuum pod that holds the panel in place, which allows for large panels to be edgebanded. […]

Wide-belt sanders with super aggregate

Wide belt sanders from Felder, Format-4 “finish” 1352 and 1353 modular, can be equipped with different units such as contact-bars module, cutterblock planing head, sanding cushion unit or structuring brush. A new cutterblock planer aggregate with 1350 mm processing width on the machine in-feed side is optional. Sanding height ranges from 3 to 170 mm, […]

Jobsite radio features Bluetooth streaming

Festool has introduced the Sysrock jobsite radio. The jobsite radio weighs close to 0.7 kg and measures 102 x 149 x 94 mm. Radio features include Bluetooth streaming capability, hands-free calling, aux-in, FM radio reception, built-in microphone for taking hands-free calls and a 2.5 in., 10-watt speaker. The unit can be powered with the supplied […]

Squaring frame upgrade compensates for angular positioning

The circular saw models SC30P and SC40P from Casadei Busellato can be equipped with a new squaring frame to compensate the angular working position to ensure processing flexibility. New options for the circular saws Xenia 30, Xenia 40, Xenia 60 And Xenia 70, such as prearrangement for dado, allows users to fit a tool and […]

Automated furniture production without programming

The Nextec software system from Weinig permits automated furniture production without programming. The system operates in tandem with the CabinetSelect database, whereby a click of the mouse is all that is required to select the desired piece of furniture. Create any piece of custom furniture by then simply adapting dimensions and quantities, the company says. […]