Lamello’s 2017 contest for real-world Zeta P2 uses spurred a robust response and many pleasant surprises. “There are many standard applications the product was designed for, but the system is so innovative when creative people get ahold of it they come up with applications that the manufacturer hadn’t thought of,” said Chris Hofmann, Lamello’s eastern U.S. product manager.
Last spring Lamello and Colonial Saw issued the Lamello Dealer Challenge, an unprecedented contest to grow Lamello and the Zeta P2 markets in the United States and reward top-selling dealers. The prize: an all-expense paid trip to Switzerland to tour the Lamello factory, participate in hands-on demonstrations and enjoy Switzerland’s natural beauty.
Woodworkers have an innate professional curiosity, always looking for a better method, a better end result. Hermann Steiner was no different as he wrestled with the process of joining chip board panels, an interesting new material for cabinetmakers in the early fifties. Bedridden with a winter fever, he concentrated on the problem until a solution came to him as he stared at his shutters: cut small opposing grooves into the panels that wouldn’t weaken the chip board and connect them using small wooden biscuits. Simple, yet game-changing.
Colonial Saw, Inc., U.S. distributor of market-leading Striebig vertical panel saws, recently announced a new model coming to the U.S. market in 2018. The new Striebig Standard S model adds another level to their universal vertical sawing technology with integrated new elements and retained proven benefits. Chief among them, the Standard S will incorporate scoring as a standard feature and sport a sleek new operator control panel.
You could say the pieces are in place at the MiLL National Training Center.
The shop floor is filled with equipment and signs to recognize the many industry partners. Machines include a Weeke CNC router, Stiles edgebander, Timesavers sander, Altendorf table saw, SCM case clamp, Striebig panel saw, JLT clamping systems, eight TigerStops, many Kreg products, Bessey clamps and Rikon machinery.