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Wood finishing 2002: optimizing processes & profits.

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The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia and Wood & Wood Products are cosponsoring a full-day Wood Finishing Seminar -- with tabletops -- on Wednesday, August 21, at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.

The Wood Finishing Seminar will include two educational tracks, each geared toward helping wood finishers improve their processes and profits. One track will be composed of presentations geared for custom finishers. The other track will address issues of interest for production operations. There will also be a general session on environmental issues pertaining to manufacturers in the United States and Canada.

For registration information or further details about display sales and sponsorship opportunities, contact Iain Macdonald, associate director at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, University of British Columbia, (866) 822-2297;

Custom Track

Key Procedures for a Quality Finish

Bob Flexner, author of Understanding Wood Finishing and editor of Professional Refinishing, outlines methods for handling end grain and blotchiness in woods, blending woods of different shades and gun adjustment & rubbing techniques.

Finishing Equipment - 10 Steps to Increase Efficiency and Profitability

John Patry, president, Kremlin Inc. describes how correct equipment use and maintenance can result in cost efficiencies in the finishing room.

High Performance Coatings & the Latest Trends in European Technology

Jake Millar, president, Finishing Solutions, discusses the European approach to high-end custom oriented wood finishing.

HVLP - Past, Present and Future

Bill Boxer of Modern Finishing Products gets inside HVLP technology, including how it works, the most suitable applications and selecting the right coatings.

Achieving Special Finish Effects

Mike Unbenhower, national sales manager, M.L. Campbell, discusses the methods, procedures and challenges involved in creating specialty effects.

Organizing the Finishing Shop

Patrick Ruder, president of Redbud Ridge Custom Shop, discusses organizing the finishing room for peak efficiency and learning from mistakes.

General Session

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Dr. Philip Evans, director, CAWP, and Rich Christianson, editorial director, Wood & Wood Products Magazine

Opening Session

The Power of Training and R&D in Wood Finishing

Philip Stevenson, president & founder, American Wood Finishing Institute, presents effective skills development strategies for industrial wood finishing, demonstrating how training and R&D positively impact the bottom line.

Final Session

Balancing Finishing Quality with Compliance Issues

* U.S. regulations

* Canadian regulations

* Case Study: Palliser Furniture

Joe Binder, J.C. Licht Co. and Gary Vegh, ERA Environmental Consulting Inc. report on developments in the United States and Canada regulatory arenas. Following this, Phil Trory, Corporate Environmental Manager, Palliser Furniture, discusses how his company is taking a leading role, in Canada, toward greater environmental compliance.

Closing Remarks

Networking Reception with Tabletop Displays

Production Track

Small Batch Sanding in a High Production Environment

Bill Beaty and Doug Washer, application engineers with St. Gobain Abrasives/ Norton, highlight advances in abrasive technology, machine setups and operator training.

Trends & Innovations in Finishing Automation

Robert (Bob) Kostelnik, finishing product manager, Stiles Machinery, discusses new technologies in finishing, including spraying, profile finishing and powder coating.

Modern Finishing Materials

Barrie Edwards, research chemist at Becker Acroma Inc. discusses the benefits of high solids, water-borne and UV-cured materials.

Flexible Manufacturing and its Impact on Finishing

Sepp Gmeiner, project manager at Schuler & Assoc., describes how finishing processes can be adapted to facilitate the popularity of high-volume, small-batch manufacturing.

Case Study: Powder Coating Wood at Riverstone Technologies

Steve Vanderveen, partner, explains why and how his company got involved in powder coating MDF two years ago.

Case Study: Steelcase Wood's Hybrid Water-Based Finishing System

Vince Parente, Finish Division manager and James Huey, Finish Lab supervisor, discuss their plant's commitment to environmental responsibility plus how fast color changes facilitate mass production.
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Date:Jul 1, 2002
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