July/August  2004



Trip Tix
 Why Make a Trip to Atlanta for IWF in August
by Samantha Carpenter

The International Wood-working Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair—USA® (IWF) will be held August 26-29, 2004, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Exhibitors at IWF will display advanced technology as well as machinery in action. According to show organizers, “No other event will bring together such a wide variety of machinery from around the world.” With more than 1,200 exhibitors, IWF allows attendees to compare machinery, products and services side-by-side.

IWF isn’t just about woodworking; organizers say professionals from industries such as flooring and wood composites as well as plastics, upholstery and store fixtures attend the show because it has the technology to help them make their companies more efficient. 

You can begin your IWF visit at the new product showcase. The IWF new product showcase in the International Boulevard entrance area is a comprehensive introduction to the most recent developments in machinery, equipment, supplies and services that have been introduced to the marketplace in the last 24 months. 
At the showcase, you will find the product itself, a prototype or a photo and description with the exhibiting company’s name and booth number.

After visiting the showcase, you can determine what are “must see” exhibits at IWF and continue on to the exhibit floors.

Besides checking out all the booths on the exhibit floors, information-packed technical conference sessions will bring industry experts together during IWF. 

These practical how-to sessions aren’t sales pitches by exhibitors; they feature industry experts with hands-on experience. They are designed to teach participants how to improve their productivity and their bottom line by using the latest technology and production methods at their businesses.

Improving Productivity on CNC Routers
On Thursday, August 26, North Carolina State University will sponsor the first session from 10 a.m. until noon: “Improving Productivity on CNC Routers.” Organizers say this session will provide useful information for manufacturing engineers, programmers, production planners, supervisors and machine operators to help them improve efficiency on CNC routers.

Get on Board: Powder Coating on Wood Has Arrived
Continuing on Thursday, “Get on Board: Powder Coating on Wood Has Arrived,” sponsored by The Powder Coating Institute, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how the application of thermoset powder coatings has grown dramatically from its beginnings in the mid-1960s. This session will provide information to potential users on what is available, the benefits of powder coating, how it can be used for their MDF products and what can be expected for other wood-based products in the near future. 

Troubleshooting and Preventing Problems 
From 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association (HPVA) will present “Troubleshooting and Preventing Problems When Finishing Wood Veneer.” The focus of this session is how to prevent and troubleshoot finishing problems in both a jobsite and plant environment. 

The Real Effects of Regulations and Legislation
On Friday, August 27, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., “The Real Effects of Regulations and Legislation on your Business and Ability to Remain Competitive” will take place. Sponsored by American Furniture Manufacturers Association, Wood Machinery Manufacturers Associa-tion, Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA), participants will learn about the various government relations with which they must comply, no matter the size of the company.

UV Finishing 
RadTech International will sponsor “UV Finishing” on Friday, August 27, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. In this session, leading users of UV curable technology for finishing applications will discuss experiences with UV technology. They will discuss finishing operations and the benefits and impact of using UV technology. 

Equipment Cost Justification
The last session on Friday, August 27, will be “Equipment Cost Justification—Financing, Leasing, New Tax Considerations” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sponsored by Pittsburg State University, participants are expected to learn how best to determine equipment needs with an in depth look at simulation and how it can aid in helping make purchasing decisions. 

The Benefits and Limitations of Nested-Based and Cell-Based Applications
On Saturday, August 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., hear a panel comprised of woodworking professionals that will discuss why and how they use nesting systems or work cells at their plants. They will also discuss the benefits they derive, limitations and the requirements for maximizing the efficiency of their systems. 

How do Shops Gain Efficiencies?
The Cabinet Makers Association will sponsor “How do Small- to Medium-Size Cabinet and Wood-working Shops Gain Efficiencies?” on Saturday, August 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn specifics on how small- to medium-size shop owners and managers solved, or are continuing to solve the challenge of gaining production efficiencies and working faster.

Integrating Lean Manufacturing
Also on Saturday, August 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., “Integrating Lean Manufacturing Into Your Business,” sponsored by Wood Component Manufacturers Association will take place. 

Participants are expected to learn the reasons they should care about lean manufacturing. The issues, obstacles and barriers to becoming a lean company will be included, along with methods to overcome these barriers. 
The cost to attend each session is $30 if pre-registered by July 23, 2004, or $40 if registering onsite. Pre-registration and more information about IWF is available online at, by e-mailing or calling IWF’s new fax-on-demand system at 886-662-4119.

Visit SHELTER’s Booth!
Please come by and visit us at IWF. SHELTER’s booth is #B324. We look forward to seeing you.


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