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Keynote Presentation - John Ratzenberger
Open to all attendees
Thursday, July 20, 8:00 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center
A full day of networking and industry education programming available the day before the opening of the AWFS Fair exhibit halls, brought to you by Woodworking Network! All July 18 program registrations include education sessions, lunch, and Leadership Reception.
Tuesday, July 18
Las Vegas Convention Center
Finishing Symposia, Closets Symposia, or Leadership Forum
followed by the
Woodworking Network Leadership Reception
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
I'm going to be there from Thursday morning to Saturday. I'll be giving a talk on Friday about my business, and another on Saturday about introducing CNC into a furniture shop. Would be very happy to meet any Woodweb readers. Feel free to email me to figure out a time to get together.
For such a short trip, I learned a lot and made some really great connections. I was in Vegas for about 19 hours, and hit the ground running right after the keynote.
Thanks to Paul for meeting with me and helping me get my bearings. Another acquaintance introduced me to Amanda Conger, Director of the CMA, and she immediately ran me around the hall and introduced me to the biggest players in the room! Wow, she made a believer out of me, I need to send in my CMA dues.
Those who have said the AWFS show has gotten smaller, well, compared to what? It seemed massive to me, and it didn't seem that there were any vendors missing. Stiles, SCM and Biesse all had massive booths with a staggering array of machines. I could not believe the number of semi trucks that must have been required to haul all that heavy equipment, and the huge effort it took to set it all up and make every machine run like clockwork.
I was particularly impressed by the level of automation that was displayed. I had previously assumed that flat-line was the way to automate finishing, but seeing the robot arms that SCM and Stiles were showing was a revelation. There were also automated chains of machines where panel stock went from a full sheet to an edgebanded part ready for assembly, never having been touched by human hands. Awesome stuff.
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