Symposium Code: FIN Code: FIN
- Karl Forth, Online Editor: Woodworking Network
- Phil Stevenson, President: AWFI
- Jason Chiu, Quality Control Specialist and Extension Trainer: Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
- David Jackson, Business Analyst: Gemini Industries
- Les Smith, Market Development Manager Cabinetry: The Sherwin-Williams Company
- Bob McKenna, West Region Manager: SAMES KREMLIN Inc.
- Don Kuser, General Manager: North American Plywood Corporation (NAPC)
- Massimo Di Russo - General Manager of Cefla North America
Woodworking Network’s veteran online editor, Karl Forth, will moderate this full-day symposium that includes a number of presentations and an opportunity to talk to suppliers and finishing experts face-to-face with your questions. Included in the discussions are descriptions of the characteristics of different finish types, and the pros and cons of each type, and application method. In addition to discussions of the existing and emerging new materials, the symposium will address new technology in finishes and benefits that may be available to early adopters. The program is being developed and presented by FDMC and Woodworking Network.
The symposium is one of several taking place the day before IWF starts. There will be a joint coffee & carbs meet-up during the registration process and a joint luncheon for all symposia attendees.
It has been estimated that 25 percent of manufacturing cost is in finishing, but it can increase the value of the finished product by 50 percent or more.
The IWF Finishing Symposium will be held August 21, 2018 in the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, the day before IWF exhibits open on the show floor.
The full-day event will look at new technologies and best methods that finishers could use in their business. Newer finishes such as polyester, polyurethane and UV finishes will be discussed, along with water-borne and low-emission products.
For the first time, there will be a presentation describing digital printing and staining, an emerging technology more wood products manufacturers are considering.
Final and detailed descriptions of presentations are not yet available. Here are some general subjects that will be part of the program.
What's new with waterborne coatings, and the many advantages of that finish, will be covered, as well as finishes that many shops have not yet adopted, such as polyester, two-component polyurethane and some UV products.
New technology in application equipment will be discussed, including light curtains, robots in finishing, and advanced controls and automation. Higher volume processes and flatline finishing systems will also be discussed.
Looking at the sanding process, and tracking the cost of quality will also be discussed.
Targeted Audience: Manufacturing personnel with specific responsibilities in finishing or quality control from across the wood products industry are most likely to benefit from this symposium.
IWF Finishing tentative schedule:
9 a.m.-10:15 a.m.-- Phil Stevenson of AWFI will discuss establishing a finishing system in your company, setting up finishing standards, performance measurements and developing training.
10:15 - 11 a.m. -- Jason Chiu of the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, University of British Columbia, will speak about problem solving in wood finishing and new developments in surface preparation, including sanding.
11 – 11:45 a.m. -- David Jackson of Gemini Coatings will discuss finishes that many shops may not have adopted, such as polyester, two-component polyurethane and some UV finishes.
11:45 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 1:45 p.m. -- Les Smith of Sherwin-Williams Co. will speak on developments in waterborne coatings, low-VOC, non-isocyanate and non-formaldehyde technologies in the coatings business.
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. -- Bob McKenna of SAMES-KREMLIN will explain new developments in spray guns, including transfer efficiency and reducing VOCs in a finishing operation.
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:30 p.m. -- --Massimo Di Russo - General Manager of Cefla North America will discuss flatline finishing systems and developments in larger volume applications.
3:30-4:15 p.m. -- Don Kuser of North American Plywood will discuss digital printing and staining on wood products, and how these technologies are affecting wood finishing.
4:15-5:00 p.m. Question and answer session with all speakers. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about their own finishing operation.