Fresh talent

Canada’s immigrants:Education, drive and creativity Canadian realtors are saying prices and sales of luxury homes are at an all-time high. Canadian manufacturers of high-end custom cabinets and millwork are saying the “Great Recession” has amounted to little more than a pause in their growth. Housing starts and building permits have returned to 2007 levels across […]

Modular design

Simplify, standardize, think modular — For greater product diversity, better margins and new markets The words modular design, and platform-based product development, frequently appear in documents pertaining to the plight of North America’s secondary wood manufacturing industry. In some cases, modular design is touted as a panacea to what ails the industry. In other cases […]

Software addresses real-life variables

Tracking distortion New Swedish research attacks the huge data issues in trying to analyze distortion during drying for laminated, engineered wood products. In order to create a 3D computational model, researchers need to input data not only about moisture, temperature and the mechanical loading, but also the orientation of the wood fibres and the position […]

Lockout / tag-out

Your company’s first line of defence against worker injury  In 2004, a millwright in Hearst, Ont., was adjusting belts and a tray on a loader/press/unloader when it cycled and killed him. The equipment was automated to transfer pre-formed mats of wood chips and glue to a conveyor in a particleboard production line. The worker was […]

Are options worth the money?

Sliding table saw test Even when you know you need a specific type of machine to either replace current production machinery or to expand or enhance your operation, the buying process becomes frustrating and confusing as options, additions and improvements come into the buying equation. Buyers are not alone in this frustration. The sellers, too, […]

The Training Challenge

There are only two things you need to know to be a plumber,” an old-timer once told me. “Sewage runs downhill and payday is Friday.” However, since he was a multi-million-dollar plumbing supply company owner with the exclusive contract for plumbing fixtures at a major university, it is reasonable to guess there was more to […]