INDUSTRY NEWS

Keystone Plastics Welcomes Terry Parsons

In January, Keystone Plastics announced Terry Parsons as the company’s new sales/business development executive. In his role, Parsons will focus on managing business relationships, driving sales growth and building and maintaining distribution programs. His responsibilities involve providing client support, developing new product and business opportunities, and actively participating in marketing and events to promote the KPI brand.

Interview: Wöhler’s New SBM 840 for Flex Trim

Wöhler Sales Manager Jürgen Tabert presents Flex Trim Sales Manager Karsten Larsen (on the right) his new SBM 840 strip brush machine for the production of sanding brushes. After 2008, this is the second SBM for Flex Trim A/S in Denmark.

“You have to be able to make it easier — and better.” This thought came to carpenter Poul Erik Jespersen more than 25 years ago while he was bent over the hand sander at his workplace in a furniture company. The thought developed into an idea which, after a development period of eight years, became an internationally recognized and patented sanding system that is now sold worldwide.

2024 Brushware March-April Issue: World Brush Expo Roundtable

 

Brushware’s 2024 March-April issue features our roundtable interview with World Brush Expo leaders Chris Monahan, Alessandro Acquaderni and Marco Momoli in addition to a user case study from Wohler on the installation of new SBM 840 with customer Flex Trim A/S. You will also find details on the upcoming ABMA Convention set for Florida in March. PLUS: Manufacturing Skills Gap, Final US Import/Export Stats for 2023 and a new machine spotlight for Roth Composite Machinery.

World Brush Expo Roundtable: All Systems Go

Bologna skyline of medieval Two Towers Asinelli and Garisenda. Photo by istockphoto/emicristea.

Roundtable Interview with the organizers behind the launch of the Inaugural World Brush Expo

As anticipation mounts for the inaugural World Brush Expo, set to unfold from May 22-24, 2024, in the picturesque city of Bologna, Italy, I had the privilege in late January of convening a roundtable discussion via Zoom with the key leaders at the helm of this transformative event. Replacing the venerable Interbrush tradeshow, the World Brush Expo aims to fill a critical gap for the brush industry, signaling a new era of connectivity and opportunity for industry professionals worldwide.

Will AI Revolutionize Manufacturing?

Smart industry robot arms for digital factory production technology showing automation manufacturing process of the Industry 4.0 or 4th industrial revolution and IOT software to control operation. Photo by istockphoto/NanoStockk

By John Davis
CTO, Global Shop Solutions

Few technologies have changed the manufacturing industry as much as ERP software. From automated scheduling to precision inventory management, automated purchasing, real-time job costing and more, ERP simplifies production processes so manufacturers can work faster and more efficiently while delivering a quality product on time every time. The next transformative technology is artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and both are already having a significant impact on our industry by changing the way manufacturers collect, process and analyze data.

2024 ABMA Convention Program

On March 19-22, 2024 the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) will hold its 107th Annual Convention at the Omni Resort, Amelia Island, Florida. This event features a motivational gathering of brush industry leaders and the opportunity to make new face-to-face contacts and potential business networking opportunities.

Notable for the 2024 convention is a modified schedule that effectively rolls the event one day forward compared to past years. Traditionally, the core portion of the event ran Wednesday through Friday. To better manage costs and accommodate travel, the 2024 edition will run Tuesday through Thursday. Full agenda follows: