FDMC Best Pratices in Woodworking Technology and Business


Secondary wood products manufacturing facilities manufacture various types of products on the same equipment and thus have to frequently change set-ups. Set-ups typically are time-consuming and require manpower, adding to costs while reducing production and income. However, some set-up activities can be designed such that they do not require the equipment to stop.

The Architectural Woodwork Institute has announced the 2016 winners of the Standard of Excellence awards. Each winner has been featured in the AWI official journal, Design Solutions Magazine and the awards will be presented during the 2016 AWI Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

As woodworking factory and shops get busier, they are also getting noisier - largely a function of saw blades and cutting tools doing their duties. The high noise emissions of circular saws is one area of particular concern, since the frequency of even and idling saw blade spinning can damage hearing - and is unpleasant both for operators and their colleagues. That noise can be so piercing it i even bothersome to neighbouring workplaces. 

The Wood Component Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will host its 2016 Fall Conference and Plant Tour event September 18 – 20, in South Bend, Indiana. The WCMA said the conference enables wood component and dimension manufacturers, and manufacturers and importers of woodworking machinery and equipment, to network and learn about industry trends while helping their bottom line.

For 50 years, Koetter Woodworking has manufactured wood products ranging from architectural and custom millwork to mouldings, doors, stair parts, and other wood components. Started in 1959 by Tom and Mary Koetter, and located in Borden, Indiana – just north of Louisville – the family owned manufacturer began as a weekend/after-hours enterprise.

Architectural Arts has improved its production efficiency while retaining the custom and quality characteristics of its millwork products.

Restaurants have a lot on their menu when they want a new interior. Hudec Woodworking Corp. delivers a wide variety of materials and capabilities in a compressed time frame.

Textured interiors, especially designs inspired by nature, have been hugely popular in residential and commercial applications over the past few years. Major design shows from Dwell on Design to the Milan Furniture Fair continue to highlight the latest innovative, textured products that designers and architects are specifying in order to spice up inside spaces with a touch of texture. These products range from paint and wallpaper to 3D printed laminates and artisanal wood panels.

Paying attention to sanding technique will pay off in better productivity and improved product finish.

The St. Louis company is a builder, but it also makes frameless contemporary cabinets in its own modern shop, plus man doors, trim, specialty mouldings, and some custom furniture. Most work is residential, with about 75 percent renovation and additions, and 25 percent new construction.

Get what you pay for and cut hardwood costs by as much as 45 percent using these handy tips.

FDMC Executive Outlook Series of video interviews creates dialog on how the woodworking industry is adapting to new technology.

An acoustic panel product is set to become a big seller for an innovative wood products manufacturer. SoundPly Acoustic Panels will become Navy Island’s leading product line by the end of this year, according to company president Jeff Stone. Navy Island’s research and development team invented a new perforation process and patent-pending acoustic panel, which had already won Building Magazine’s grand prize for product innovation and the Silver Award for Best of NeoCon.

Navy Island, 275 Marie Ave East, West St. Paul, Minnesota 55118, 651-451-4454, navyisland.com, Jeff Stone [jeffstone@navyisland.com]

New Hampshire shop makes new and reproduction millwork out of PVC to stand up to the tough challenges of weather in New England.

Hudec Woodworking Corp. has been recognized as one of the 2015 Indiana Companies to Watch, an awards program presented by the State of Indiana and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Twenty companies from Indiana will be honored as outstanding second-stage companies during the seventh annual Indiana Companies to Watch awards program, held on August 27 in Indianapolis.

AWI Manufacturers and Suppliers will hold its 63rd Annual Convention on September 27-29 in Salt Lake City. The convention will cover problems facing architectural woodworkers, and how to solve them.

Olon Industries, a manufacturer of mouldings and components for the cabinet making and furniture industry has announced three changes to its North American sales team. Guillaume Cantin has accepted the position of regional sales representative, for Quebec and Maritimes.

Casework producer uses new location to reorganize its business.

Rising Sun Woodworking Inc. (RSW), a woodworking shop based in Mattituck, New York, recently received a $480,000 loan from the state in order to relocate to a new location in New York’s North Fork, Patch.com reports. The loan, approved by the Job Development Authority (JDA), was provided by Bridgehampton Bank in order to help pay for the $1,200,000 real estate purchased by the company, according to the agenda from the JDA meeting.

Móz Designs has launched a new website, an “interactive theatre” showcasing the company’s metal product lines, high profile projects and its Quick Ship program. The site’s debut coincides with the company’s 25-year anniversary and can be seen at www.mozdesigns.com.

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