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All-in-one CNC machine for cabinet making

Optimus from Axys International is a heavy-duty industrial CNC router combining a customized machine configuration, dedicated support and a range of specially designed machine options suitable for cabinetry or general woodworking. The router accommodates widths from 49.5 to 74.5 in. and lengths from 96 in. to 20 ft. A steel base and an 8 in. … [Read More...]

Panel preparation machine

Top and bottom brushing machine from Cefla Finishing offers thorough cleaning of panels prior to applying coatings. The Smartclean machine is said to feature easy controllability and high-output. Units can be configured for different types of production requirements. Inverter-driven brushes and conveyor are all independently controllable via … [Read More...]

PROFILE

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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Canada-EU trade agreement opens doors

After three years of negotiations and two prime ministers, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada has been ratified by their respective houses of parliament. But what does this free trade agreement now mean for Canada’s secondary wood processing industry? That Canada is almost exclusively an importer of woodworking machine tools has meant that tariffs have been virtually zero since well before the latest trade deal, according to Jan Backes, a … Read More

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