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The Forefront Conference Experience the future of your woodworking software. At the Forefront, you will be exposed to the next Release of woodCAD|CAM.This is the time to take inventory of digital efficiencies and build a strategy for the future around new emerging technology. We offer you a rare opportunity to interact with the developers and […]

We had a great time at IWF in Atlanta this year; we met with many companies looking enhance their business processes. Our theme for this year was “Office to Production” all systems working as one system which becomes a single source of truth We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Today’s woodworking market not only expects tailored designs, but top quality and rapid production speeds. To remain competitive, woodworking manufacturers must meet these demands. In order to accomplish this, manufacturers must leverage modern software solutions that provide integrated and continuous support, beginning with the planning and design process all the way through the end of […]

What is the value of your data? Having been in manufacturing for most of my career, it seems as though the recurring topics of interest tend to fall into the same categories: Machines, Materials, and Labor. Even today, while there are now top level positions for information systems, little attention is paid to the value […]

See New 3D Design Software at Cabinet & Closet Expo LAMAR, MO – woodCAD|CAM, an AutoCAD-based 3D design and manufacturing software, will be demonstrated by Roger Shaw & Associates (RSA) for the first time at the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Expo, April 10-11, at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. RSA, the largest […]

This morning I read a re-post of an interview done a couple of years ago by Karl Forth (CabinetmakerFDM) with Jim Sherbert, CEO of Bush Industries, one of the few remaining RTA manufacturers in the US. The core topic of the interview was, “How did Bush survive the recession?” Early in the interview, Mr. Sherbert […]

Thomas Chippendale published The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director, becoming a well-known celebrity in the furniture and interior design world, by cataloguing an amazing range of styles which were considered the pinnacle of his art. However, in addition to Chippendale’s artistic skill, he was clearly a marketing genius. He pushed the state-of-the-art, using what we […]

Adding Employees or Technology Most of us have seen shops that are very labor intensive and others, doing similar volume with far fewer employees, as a result of technology investments. Compare for example, the casework manufacturer with CNC, where high volumes of precision parts are made with only a few workers, as opposed to another […]

Keeping up vs Catching Up One of the worst common adages we have all heard is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s hard to say where this would apply. Does it mean, don’t change the oil in your car until the engine seizes up? Don’t replace the bearings on a machine, even though […]

This past week I noticed a post in one of the groups I follow on LinkedIn, which is about tracking jobs on the shop floor. This is a highly controversial topic, with pros and cons regarding a number of aspects of the issue. Of course every manufacturer wants to monitor the status of production, manage […]

AWI 61st Annual Convention The 61st Annual AWI Convention “kicked off” yesterday with an action packed schedule. However, the most successful event of the day was the “Behind the Scenes Manufacturing Plant Tours”. The tour included two stops with two completely packed charter buses, filled with woodworking professionals eager to learn the secrets to the […]

So it’s Monday and AWFS 2013 is now a memory … the question being, “How was it Ross?” Personally, I would give it a 90%, which qualifies as an “A” in any university. All those who attended that I had an opportunity to speak with felt the trade show floor was well worth the price […]

I think that it is fair to say that we enjoy doing what comes easy for us, but avoid the things in life that are difficult, out of our comfort zone, or resembles past failures. However, the things that are difficult are usually worth while. The stretching of our comfort zone brings new opportunity and […]

Did you know that the US tax rule 179 allow you to deduct software purchases from your taxes? Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of software purchased or financed during the tax year. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. Government to encourage businesses to buy […]

The Center’s most distinctive spaces are the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall, Brandmeyer Great Hall, as well as its acoustical design & accessibility. Each space contains dramatic eye- and ear-catching design that combines sophisticated aesthetics, acoustics & technology with the intimacy of a smaller space & the comforts of home. Designed by renowned architect […]

The International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair (IWF) will take place August 22-25, 2012. With an announced 40 percent increase in early attendee registration in comparison with 2010, as well as approximately 850 exhibitors that have contracted for exhibit space occupying more than 365,000 net square feet, expectations for this year’s event have been […]

Shop Talk with Shawn Maberry CEO of Roger Shaw & Associates I Didn’t Realize We Did All of That… How many times do you enter the same information into different systems? Likely, you don’t even know off the top of your head, but that doesn’t make knowing less important. The best way to determine how […]