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AWFS announces educational tracks

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The AWFS fair will be offering 50 sessions in the College of Woodworking Knowledge at this year’s industry trade show, scheduled for July 15-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The CWWK seminars are specifically designed to provide woodworking professionals with new skills, ideas and innovation strategies that allow them to work smarter and to make their businesses not only competitive but innovative, according to the AWFS.

Eight educational tracks will be offered this year, including:

Business management
Short, medium and long courses addressing business improvement topics such as marketing, how to improve profit margins, and financial management for non-finance background managers, as well as instruction on various Lean implementation methods.

Going green
This new track addresses highly critical “green” issues of relevance to the wood manufacturing industry, from understanding green building and wood product certifications, to combining the strengths of Lean manufacturing with green practices.

Cabinet and millwork
Seminars designed to inform custom cabinet and architectural woodwork shops on key issues including the challenges of installation, projects that require collaborative work with designers, and determining how and what trends can be profitable.

Software and technology
This track focuses on evolving technologies, computer-controlled equipment, software and automated processes.

Techniques and applications
Encompasses new innovative processes in sanding, case construction, edgebanding, mass customization, lightweight composite panels and spray gun operation, as well as the application of lean principles to cabinet manufacturing.

Handcrafted furniture
Dedicated to the time-honored traditions of custom and hand-skill craftsmanship, this track stands out in its emphasis on the fine art of woodworking.

Safety and environment
From regulations to safety in the shop to proven environmental practices, this cluster is focused in its mission help businesses to work safer, in compliance and in accordance with sustainability principles that demonstrate the validity of a triple bottom line — people, planet, profit.

Teacher track
Session topics have been developed specifically for wood technology educators, such as finishing and vacuum forming.

For times, dates and detailed seminar information, visit www.awfsfair.org.

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