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Exploring new frontiers in finishing.


Over the past six years, Purdue University and WOOD & WOOD PRODUCTS magazine have teamed up to present nearly a dozen educational programs. These programs have ranged from broad-based seminars designed for employees entering the woodworking trade to single issue presentations such as last year's highly successful wood veneering workshop.

While each of the programs was selected on a perceived basis of need, I think it is safe to say that none has been as important by virtue of sheer timeliness as the wood finishing seminar scheduled for March 4-6 in Grand Rapids, Mich. That's because the already complicated task of achieving and duplicating quality wood finishes is being made all the more difficult by the proliferation of volatile organic compound emission restrictions being enacted at federal, state and local levels.

The comprehensive finishing seminar, being presented in cooperation with Michigan State University, aims not only to update wood finishers on the new air quality regulations that are or will impact their businesses, but to explore options for complying with these rules.

Speakers, exhibits and plant tours

Seventeen industry experts have been lined up to speak on topics ranging from an overview of federal and state regulations, to the technologies and materials available to comply with them. Presentations include but are not limited to: using water-based finishes and stains; spray gun equipment, including high-volume low pressure; roll coating; electrostatic applications and powder coatings; UV curing systems; and regenerative thermal oxidation systems.

Among the speakers will be John Lappin, coordinator of Southern California Edison's Industrial Technology Center. This unique R&D center was detailed in an article appearing in last month's issue of W&WP. Lappin will provide a first-hand account of what Southern California woodworking companies are doing to meet the nation's toughest finishing regulations.

Compliance is only a part of the finishing equation. Perhaps the bigger factor is finding cost-effective methods of not only achieving compliance, but maintaining quality finishes. This is the underlying theme of the Grand Rapids wood finishing seminar.

In addition to the presentations, the program will feature table top exhibits by major industry manufacturers and suppliers of finishing equipment, materials and related products.

Day three of the program is reserved for optional tours of the finishing rooms of two local contract furniture companies -- Stow & Davis and Nucraft Furniture -- plus a tour of the research and development center at Guardsman Products.

The wood finishing seminar is designed to encourage audience participation. In addition to being able to ask questions of the experts, the seminar provides an excellent forum for sharing problems and solutions with fellow attendees.

Registration information

The program fee is $350 per person. A special group room rate has been secured at the Amway Plaza. For more information about exhibiting or attending the seminar, contact Professor Daniel Cassens at (317) 494-3644.
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Title Annotation:details of proposed seminar
Author:Christianson, Rich
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Jan 1, 1991
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