Stiles leads sanding/finishing seminar

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Over 50 individuals from industry and education gathered at a recent Lunch and Learn sponsored by Stiles Machinery and at Madison Area Technical College. Participants spent the day learning about sanding and finishing applications.

Stiles product specialist Peter Van Dyke kicked off the day with a presentation on wide belt sanding. Following his keynote presentation, participants were divided into three groups to view demonstrations. Dan Bygd from 3M provided insight on abrasives and demonstrated proper use and care of D/A sanders. Mohawk’s Deb Simpson conducted seminars on touch-up and repair techniques. Van Dyke demonstrated veneer and seal sanding using the college’s new Homag wide belt sander.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in finishing. Andi Cucco and Bob Niemeyer gave an overview of the facilities for ICA Coatings in Italy.

Madison College has been delivering seminars like this since 2008, when Van Dyke first offered to present to students. Since then, the college has hosted more than 20 seminars on a wide range of topics. Over the years, the seminars have grown in size and stature. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Cabinetmaking program is planning at least two seminars. In September, they will host the Festool Roadshow, and in the spring, the focus will be on edgebanding.

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