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Cutting edge lab to study expanding wood products industry

Georgia Institute Of Technology : 04 December, 2000  (New Product)
Among those expected to attend the lab's dedication are the Honorable Terry Coleman, chairman of the Georgia House of Representative's Committee on Appropriations; G. Wayne Clough, president of Georgia Tech; Thomas D. Galloway, Dean of Georgia Tech's College of Architecture; John Gangone, executive vice president of SCM Group USA; AWPL Interim Director Joe Koncelik; and AWPL Assistant Director Karl Brohammer.
Among those expected to attend the lab's dedication are the Honorable Terry Coleman, chairman of the Georgia House of Representative's Committee on Appropriations; G. Wayne Clough, president of Georgia Tech; Thomas D. Galloway, Dean of Georgia Tech's College of Architecture; John Gangone, executive vice president of SCM Group USA; AWPL Interim Director Joe Koncelik; and AWPL Assistant Director Karl Brohammer.

The AWPL has three missions. The first is to provide education and training to members of the wood products industry in Georgia and the Southeast. This includes teaching designers and machine operators how to use and maintain Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing programs. They also will study modern, interlinked Computer Numerical Control, technology, machines that process and shape wood materials into complex items such as furniture, cabinets, doors, window frames and molding. The lab also will provide managers with programs on the strategic, marketing and economic elements that are the keys to integrating new technology into wood products manufacturing.

The second mission of the laboratory is to demonstrate high-tech, highly flexible wood processing machinery and operations through the application of CNC and traditional technology to the broadest possible array of users in Georgia. Finally, the lab will engage in extensive research and development activity. Faculty and staff at the lab will investigate new products, new uses of processing equipment and new methods of manufacturing, including software development, in collaboration with industry and the resources available at Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech and its corporate partners continue to develop the AWPL program together. The lab's charter corporate partner, the SCM Group of Rimini, Italy, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of woodworking machinery. The SCM Group equipped the AWPL with an initial consignment of CAD/CAM wood processing equipment. The AWPL will remain a state-of-the-art facility in the years ahead through ongoing integration of technology, software, interactive training programs, advanced machines and materials-handling systems.
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