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smartThe popular SMART seminars (Special Machinery and Relevant Technology) are technical in nature and are conducted on the show floor to take advantage of the machines before the show opens in the morning from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.  They focus on new technology applications, understanding machine processes, comparative processes and more.

The SMART seminars are capped at 25 due to space limitations at the booths. Early registration is recommended.



Wednesday, July 19

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., booth #4800 (Biesse)
Nesting 4.0: The Evolution of Nested Base Manufacturing
Cesare Magnani, Biesse America
Industry 4.0 is changing manufacturing environments deeply and the woodworking industry is no exception. Nested peepsbased manufacturing can be an ideal solution to very current manufacturing challenges. This nesting 4.0 seminar will explore the recent evolution of nested based manufacturing in highly automated systems capable of providing high volumes in highly custom production environments, with extremely reduced labor impact creating unsurpassed levels of efficiency. Cesare will explain how Nesting 4.0 is achieved through software, machinery, and automation along with benefits of the possible options. He will present, explain, and discuss practical examples of currently operating systems, providing information on the advantages achieved.


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., booth #8600 (SCM)
Plastic Fabrication: Staying Competitive in a Rapidly Changing Environment
Michael Batky, Business Answers International
This seminar will review the risks for fabricators of not adapting to demand changes in various plastic peeps
fabrication markets, including the downturn in the POP display market, and strategies that can be employed to remain competitive and foster growth. Mike, a plastics industry veteran of over
50 years who has run his own plastic fabrication business, will discuss the rapid market changes occurring today in the plastics fabrication environment and the impact to your business and actions for successful navigation. Attendees will learn specific CNC technologies and machine configurations to provide the maximum flexibility for growth applications. Mike will guide you through saw cutting and CNC machining demonstrations that focus on tooling, edge finish, material yield, and reduced cycle time. He will also address plastic fabrication safety and identify key machinery features designed to protect operators and businesses from serious injury.


7:30 p.m. – 9:00 a.m., booth #7411 (Stiles)
Tricks of the Trade for Panel Saws
Arnie Hopkins, Stiles Machinery
This advanced, engaging demonstration will guide panel processing manufacturers through live demonstrations on peepsnew ways to get the most output from their panel saw, whether its a horizontal beam saw or a sliding table saw.  Presentation topics include tips and tricks for miter cutting applications, using multiple cuts for bending applications and other secrets that go beyond normal operations.


Friday, July 21

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., booth #7411 (Stiles)
Plastics I: Minimizing Handwork while Producing Plastic Parts
James Swanson, Stiles Machinery
Attend this SMART session for an introduction to the latest plastics processing technologies in reducing peepsmanual work for producing high-quality parts. James leads attendees through the latest in plastics manufacturing technology and addresses a number of key acrylic manufacturing processes including diverse cutting solutions for engraving, profiling and the polishing of curved geometries on a nested-based router.  Attendees learn best practices and machine features for efficiently machining and sawing both acrylic and other plastic sheet stock.  James will also discuss and demonstrate tooling solutions available for utilizing CNC router technology to size and polish non-rectilinear geometries. This session is part 1 of a two-part series on plastics manufacturing for woodworking businesses.


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., booth #4800 (Biesse)
Real World Software Integration: Running a Smart Factory
Jason Varelli, Biesse America
If you don’t have software integration, your expensive, pretty machinery is only marginally increasing your peepsefficiency! Software integration is critical to making a system work at it’s highest level. Jason will address the strategic role of software integration and data management in relation to production control. He will define the Smart Factory, which provides advantages in efficiency and control; software integration best practices; office data management and machine connections. He will also explore case histories to remove the fear people have about production control and how it can be implemented in practical terms.


Saturday, July 22

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., booth #7411 (Stiles)
Incremental Implementation of Industry 4.0 Practices
David Mauer, Stiles Machinery
The topic of Industry 4.0 doesn’t need to be confusing, overwhelming, or even expensive.  Attend this informative peepsand applicable presentation to become equipped with general practices that will allow you to begin incrementally implementing automated software and production equipment into your existing manufacturing environment through vertical and horizontal networking.  Attendees will be exposed to a simple 5-step guideline that will morph you into a networked production environment that supports the interconnectivity and scalable aspects of industry 4.0.


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., booth #4800 (Biesse)
Emerging Trends in Edgebanding
Lauro Dominici, Biesse America
High gloss laminates and textured panels have become an increasing trend throughout the industry. This workshop peepsis perfect for manufacturers looking for valuable insight into latest industry trends for edgebanding and easy ways to create high-quality products without the high-end price tag. Lauro will discuss the different applications for EVA, POR and PUR Glues and alternate application systems. Hot Air Banding will be presented to demonstrate glueless high gloss banding, and high-gloss acrylic laminate panels will be displayed for you to examine. Learn how to stop accepting compromises with high gloss material and texture board and how innovative edgebanding technology can improve the quality of your product and bottom line.


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