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Compact Face Frame Cabinet Hinge Adjusts in Six Directions

Hettich Ameica introduced its Optimat 3E Clip-On, a two-piece compact hinge for face frame cabinetry, available with or without an integrated touch-to-open/close Silent System.

Kimball Acquires Poppin, Gaining eCommerce Strength

Commercial furniture firm Kimball International (NASDAQ: KBAL) has closed on its previously announced acquisition of Poppin, Inc., a tech-enabled, market-leading B2B commercial furniture design company. Based in New York, Poppin has about 100 employees.

Hymmen Water-based Digital Decor Paper Printer Okayed for Production

New Saturn digital decor paper press uses Ricoh inkjet heads. It can be integrated into an existing conventional print production line, says Hymmen.

IWF Connect ‘Tradeshow Without Walls’ Draws Thousands of 1st Timers

Doors remain open until December 31 for keynotes (DeWalt, Sherwin-Williams, Canon), live demos, and hundreds of discounts and special offers from 450 exhibitors.

TKE Holding's Hardware Resources business manufactures dovetail drawer boxes in Bossier City LA.

TKE Holdings, formed from the 2010 merger of Hardware Resources and Top Knobs, will be acquired by Clearlake Capital Group. The sellers are affiliates of The Jordan Company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Bessey One-handed Table Clamps (EZR-SET) Debuts at IWF Connect

BESSEY’s newest clamp innovation, EZR table clamp, was designed primarily to work with track saw guides (slots/grooves, 12 x 6.5 mm to 12 x 8mm from Festool, Protool, Metabo, Makita, Hitachi/Hikoki and DeWalt), but this clamp does so much more.

Colonial Saw Expands Customer Service and Support Team

Colonial Saw took the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and decided to invest in its team, putting its ever-reliable customer service team and skilled technicians as a top priority.

Color Trends for 2021? Sherwin-Williams' ColorMix Forecast, Oct. 27, IWF Connect

At IWF Connect, Lauren West, Global Color & Design Director for Industrial Wood Products at Sherwin-Wiiliams, will share the inspiration and influences behind the paint and coating firm's "2021 Colormix Forecast, Rhythm of Color."

Dovetail Drawer Box Joints: Stronger and Now Easier on a CNC

Cabinet Pro SimplyPowerful CNC software machining a drawer box with a CNC router, making half-blind dovetail joints.

Dürr Innovation Honored for EcoPaintJet for Furniture and Auto Industries

Dürr Systems AG has been presented with the German Innovation Award in the ‘Large Enterprises’ category for its EcoPaintJet robot painting system. EcoPaintJet is a groundbreaking innovation for the razor-sharp painting of cars and other products.

IPCO Invests in Precision Steel Belts for Thinner MDF, OSB and Particleboard

Sandviken, Sweden is - IPCO’s production facility in Sandviken, Sweden is capable of manufacturing press belts to virtually any length, in widths of up to 4 620 mm and in thicknesses from 1.2 to 3.5 mm.

Miltec Shows Gloss Control Technology for the Wood Industry at IWF Connect

Miltec UV’s innovative HPI UV System with leading-edge Gloss Control technology enables manufacturers to achieve an extremely wide gloss range (as high as 50 gloss units) using a single UV coating.

Nanaholy Furniture to Add EFI Cubik Digital Wood Printer in China

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) reported the first sale in China of its innovative wood decorating system, the EFI Cubik S1400 single-pass digital inkjet printer, to Zhejiang Nanaholy Furniture Group Co. Ltd.

PaintLine Launches Expandable, Heavy-duty Drying Rack at IWF Connect

PaintLine introduced a new, heavy duty rack series, the ProDryingRack EX-Plus, at IWF Connect.

Robert Hermans To Be Named CEO of IPCO

The Board of Directors have appointed Robert Hermans as the new CEO of IPCO starting May 2021 the latest.

SketchUp-based CabWriter Software Releases Version 4.0

CabWriter Cabinet Design Software announces the release of Version 4.0 for CabWriter Pro, CabWriter Home and CabWriter CNC.

Trending Shadowline Cabinetry Designs Now Added to Hexagon Cabinet Vision

Sleek shadowline door and drawer front designs create a no-hardware look.

You Can Improve Your Dust Collector with Filter Bags

Replacing clogged cartridge filters high efficiency filters can greatly improve the performance of any collector by offering maximum air relief while still capturing dust particles as fine as 1 micron.

COVID-19 Infection Now Strikes 20 Percent of Woodworking Firms

Woodworking businesses reporting positive COVID-19 tests among their employees have increased dramatically since March, with 20.7 percent of firms now reporting in an October survey one or more individuals had been infected by the virus. The results were reported by Woodworking Network at a live presentation October 26, opening day for the IWF Connect virtual woodworking show.

CNC Factory CEO Chris Corrales Stays on the Go at IWF Connect

When the show opened Monday morning, Corrales had already recorded "Shorten the Learning Curve - CNC Shop & Software Essentials in 30 Minutes." Co-sponsored by KCD, it was available on-demand by 8 AM.

A Smarter Approach to Factory Air for Wood Manufacturing

Whether your factory is already far along on the path to digital operations management, or you are just beginning the process, you will eventually find yourself connecting to a manufacturing information network using the "Industrial Internet of Things"(or IIoT). The motivation behind that process of transformation to digital brings up some common expectations.

Cut the Cord? DeWalt Cordless Jobsite Strategy Hits Primetime at IWF Connect

At IWF Connect, Bill Harman, Vice President of Product Management at DeWalt Power Tools, will deliver the show's first Primetime Presentation, "Cordless Solutions – Solving Woodworker Problems through Technology Advancements," at 10 AM Eastern Time on Oct. 26. Harman will share how common woodworker challenges are being addressed through continued advancements in batteries, motors, and charging systems for cordless tool technology, and what that means for the woodworking industry of tomorrow.

Digital Printing on Wood: Now Ready to Deliver on its Promise

Innovative suppliers prosper by leading their market forward. Applying a fresh approach to solve practical challenges, these suppliers give their customers the advantage over competitors. And eventually, the whole market follows.

IWF Connect Preview: Daily Keynotes, Hundreds of Exhibits & Education On-Demand

IWF Connect, the woodworking industry virtual trade show running October 26 - 30, has issued a 56-page IWF Connect Preview Guide providing a current roster of exhibitors with full contact information, a snapshot of major presentations, on-demand educational programs, event structure, and essential how-to-shop-the-show information.

See How Easy It Is to Design and Machine Cabinets on the Thermwood Cut Center

In this series of videos, Jody Wilmes (Cut Ready Product Manager), helps you understand the differences between the Cut Center and a regular CNC Router. He provides an in-depth look at what it takes to successfully operate each machine, and lists some of the additional expenses and things to consider when shopping for an automated solution.

Sherwin-Williams Names Building Team for New Headquarters, R&D Center

The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) named key partners it has selected to build its new global headquarters in downtown Cleveland and its new R&D center in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville. The Company previously announced its plans for the project on February 6, 2020.

Showplace Cabinetry CEO Paul Sova Retires; President Bill Allen To Succeed Him

Following a 42-year career in the kitchen and bath industry, Showplace Cabinetry founding partner and current CEO Paul Sova is retiring at the end of December 2020.

Two Wood Industry Market Research Studies To Be Unveiled at IWF Connect

Woodworking Network will present the results of two exclusive industry studies during IWF Connect, the wood industry virtual trade show running October 26-30. The studies are currently underway and will reveal up-to-the minute data on key aspects of the industry as it faces unprecedented challenges and opportunities brought about by the pandemic.

Why Manufacturing Execution (MES) Matters

Dwight Eisenhower once said, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”

Wood-Mode Runs Even Better a Year After Reopening, KBDN Reports

September marked the one-year anniversary of the new corporate entity, Wood-Mode LLC, and the formal reopening of the company’s factory under the ownership of French, who also owns Middleburg, PA-based Professional Building Systems Inc., a manufacturer of custom modular homes.

Exhibitors Large and Small Commit to IWF Connect, Oct. 26-30

Shaper, which makes and markets Origin, a handheld self-guiding router that is essentially a "portable CNC," will feature its new Workstation system at IWF Connect. Shaper's sister firm, Festool, will also be on hand for the virtual woodworking trade show, running October 26-30.

Improve Workflow in the Office, and Watch Profits Grow on the Shop Floor

Built by millworkers, for millworkers, INNERGY is a cloud-based ERP solution that drives the complete business process of custom woodwork shops.

IWF Connect - 5 Exciting Days of Buying, Selling, and New Product Discovery

IWF Connect, the woodworking industry virtual trade show running October 26-30, 2020, gives attendees streamlined access to a marketplace for the latest in new technologies and supplies, highlighting exclusive deals and new product introductions, in an easy-to-navigate online experience.

IWF Connect, a New Virtual Trade Show, Will Run Oct. 26-30, 2020

IWF Connect, the all-new virtual trade show without walls giving the woodworking industry opportunities without limits, will take place Monday, October 26 – Friday, October 30. Registration opens September 1.

New Research Reveals Strong Attendee Interest in IWF Connect

Presented exclusively online, IWF Connect will bring attendees and exhibitors together in a virtual market week featuring the global woodworking industry’s newest products, technologies, innovations and solutions in one easy-to-navigate online experience.

At Küchenmeile, the German KBIS, Poggenpohl and Hettich Announce Partnership

Cabinetmaker Poggenpohl and hardware supplier Hettich announced a partnership under which Poggenpohl will use Hettich in key areas of its portfolio, and presented a groundbreaking product innovation developed between the two German firms.

Registration Is Now Open for IWF Connect

Registration for IWF Connect is now open, offering complimentary admission to the woodworking industry’s all-new way to do business.

Rev-A-Shelf Names Steve Orr West Coast Sales Representative

Rev-A-Shelf, a supplier of kitchen, bath and closet accessories and lighting, named Steve Orr as its West Coast Sales Representative.

Vertical Panel Saws Offer Social Distance Advantages Over Table Saws in the Shop

When when cutting full-size or larger panels, vertical panel saws have begun to show one clear advantage over table saws in today's environment: no extra help is needed to assist in moving the panel through the saw.

What Drives Growing Urban Wood Movement? Find out at IWF Connect

The Urban Wood Network (UWN), in partnership with IWF Connect, will present a free webinar, “The Urban Wood Movement: Expanding from Coast to Coast.”

Williams & Hussey Machine Acquired by Original Saw Company

Original Saw Company, a leading industrial woodworking machinery manufacturer, announced today that it has acquired Williams & Hussey Machine Co. an exemplary producer of molders and profile knives.

Mereen-Johnson New 1905 Automation Division Offers Advanced Custom Engineering

Minneapolis based Mereen-Johnson has launched its newest division: 1905 Automation. Founded in 1905, Mereen-Johnson is launching 1905 Automation to broaden its reach within and beyond the wood industry.

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