The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is currently underway at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta with nearly 1,000 exhibitors from around the world. The biennial event targets the wood products industry, and exhibitors showcase everything from doors, windows and mouldings to furniture, cabinets and other wood-related products.

This show is one of the biggest in the industry, with more than 23,000 attendees in 2014, according to the sponsors,  the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA). One long-time attendee says this year’s program is seeing a good turnout.

“I’ve been to a lot of IWF shows, and some are huge and some have been small, and this one is right in the middle,” said Dave Harris of American Renolit. “It’s doing very well. It’s very well attended. Overall, the activity in our booth has been really good.  I’ve had some pretty good discussions with some guys. I’m happy.”

Machinery is a major focus at the show. One of the largest booths belongs to Stiles Machinery, which displayed 26,000 square feet of technology. The company says that’s 20 percent larger than its display at the 2014 show. Stiles unveiled fully autonomous cutting technology for the U.S. market, as well as new advancements for zero edge technologies, robotic spray finishing, Industry 4.0 technologies, solid wood processing, five-axis CNC technologies and much more.

The company also demonstrated the ProPen Control window line, a product from its European partner Vertongen.  It consists of a single end tenoner and profiler. The machine is fully tooled to produce the required profiles. Stiles recently installed the system at the H. Window Company in Ashland, Wisc.

“One of the greatest advantages we have experienced with the Vertongen PenPro line is the flexibility it has in set up,” said Kjell Hatlehol, owner of H. Window Company, in a release. “We can be cutting a typical awning window and jump right into a tilt-and-turn window or a lift and slide door system within seconds. The setup for these systems would have taken hours on our old equipment.”

TigerStop unveiled its new TigerSaw 1000, a fully automated cross-cutting saw system that delivers finished-part cut quality along with five-piece door optimization and pack-and-bundle processing. It comes with Dynamic Optimization software for getting the best material yield.

It also features an adjustable cutting envelope, pushing capacity to handle bundles or single-piece processing, baffles for improved air flow and pneumatic clamping.

Mereen-Johnson’s new Scout loader is a fully automated feeder designed to directly offload lumber from bunks to its Rip Navigator Scout Optimizing system for more efficient and flexible production. The company also displayed its new Model 524DDC/SR Select-A-Rip edging rip saw, which it says is designed to drastically reduce handling and disposing of edgings at the back end of the saw. This saw features precision, glue joint accuracy with two moving edge hogging blades and four moving saws blades.

SCM Group continued to bring its Lean message to the market by hosting daily educational and interactive demonstrations on Lean manufacturing automation.

“SCM is showing robotic integration coupled with machinery commonly found in cabinet and millwork shops,” says John Park, vice president, engineering. “Rapid case design, machining and assembly is now a possibility not only in the design and CAD software but for manufacturing through robotic automation coupled with vision software and labeling for part identification and handling.”

The IWF show continues through Saturday.


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