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Cut center simplifies cabinet construction without programming

The Cut Center by Thermwood from CNC Automation is a machine that looks a little like a CNC router but works totally differently. Instead of generating CNC programs that tell the machine how to move, it already knows how to move with pre-programmed recipes. It can make over 10,000 different cabinet configurations, and with the door and drawer … [Read More...]

Laser engraving system features large table

The Fusion M2 40 in the Fusion Laser Series from Epilog Laser features the company’s largest engraving table — 40 x 28 in. (1016 x 711 mm). The machine was designed to engrave the same high-quality image at any point on the table by using a precision motion control system and industry-leading optics, the company says. It adds that benefits inc … [Read More...]


Millwork and upholstery go hand in glove

Next time you tuck into a stack of pancakes at an IHOP restaurant in Alberta, chances are you’re sitting in a booth created by a company with a 60-year-plus legacy. Ryan Neumann, owner of Onsite G … Read More

Northern lights-out productivity

When your shop is 33 kilometres northwest of Edmonton down an unpaved side road, a visitor begins to wonder if they have made all of the correct turns along the way. Rest assured on this crisp fall … Read More

Systems, incentives, accountability, productivity

Flying high can be costly when you are logging hours to be certified as a helicopter pilot. That’s what Cory Brightwell, ceo of Woodwork and Pub Interiors in Edmonton, Alta., found out pursuing his d … Read More

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Hydro rate horror story

EVERYONE THAT PAYS THE BILLS in Ontario knows that electricity rates in the province have been on the rise, whether the invoice arrives at home or business. The conventional wisdom is that, somehow, if you become more energy efficient and consume your electricity in off-peak hours, your hydro rates can be kept under control. So why are businesses and manufacturers in Ontario protesting so loudly that some are threatening to leave the province entirely if they don’t get a break s … Read More

An ounce of prevention

Everyone wants to have a harassment-free workplace, whether you toil on a shop floor or behind a desk. Laws have been written at both the federal and provincial levels of government that deal specifically with workplace safety — mental and physical — which provide both protection for employees and spell out the responsibility of employers. Laws are also re-written, meaning that what applied to your workplace yesterday might not apply today — so everyone has keep on their toes or risk being lef … Read More

Quantum finishing

The cabinet and furniture industries have many finishing specifications that meet a multitude of standards and certification bodies around the world. A recent workshop hosted by Catas, Italy’s testing standards organization at its headquarters near Milan of in Lissone-Brianza, illustrates just how many challenges wood manufacturers face around the world. “There's a sentence that seems to me very symbolic and I like to repeat it during such events,” says Franco Bulian, deputy director of Catas … Read More

Wood Industry 2016 reader survey

One of our greatest concerns as a trade magazine is that we don’t want to wear out our welcome. That is, we know you are being hammered from every angle, on so-called social media, with ads disguised as editorial and with magazines that purport to be reader-focused when, in fact, they don’t meet the standard definition of a magazine: they are catalogues. Each November, we do our annual survey of our readers, and, as noted above, we are concerned that you are being surveyed to death. I know for … Read More