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July 19-20, 2023

Hickory Metro Convention Center
Hickory, North Carolina

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Educational Program

The educational program for Furniture Manufacturing Expo offers three educational tracks - the Technology Track, the Woodworking Track, and the Upholstery Track.
The location is noted under each session title.

Please note that the program is sorted by days. Select the day(s) of interest below to see all available for that day.

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Technology Track
    • Technology Track
    Conover 1
    Understanding the importance of immediate availability and transparency of production data.
    Sponsored By: Home News Now
    • Technology Track
    Conover 1

    Join us for this session to learn how automation and digitalization can remove some non-value added tasks and free up your workforce.

    Sponsored By: Home News Now
    • Technology Track
    Conover 1

    Join the panel discussions as they discuss Technological advancements in manufacturing.

    Sponsored By: Home News Now
Woodworking Track
    • Woodworking Track
    Conover 2

    A discussion about how to use time study principles and method to reduce cycle times on CNC routers.  

    Sponsored By:  NC State Wood Products Extension 

    • Woodworking Track
    Conover 2

    A discussion of how to use lumber for upholstery frames and why lumber is a good choice in many situations.  

    Sponsored By:  NC State Wood Products Extension 
    • Woodworking Track
    Conover 2

    A discussion of the choices from US and foreign sources of plywood for upholstery furniture frames.  

    Sponsored By:  NC State Wood Products Extension 
Upholstery Track
    • Upholstery Track
    Conover 3

    How upholstery works and the history of the technology that makes it comfortable, from the beginning to current cutting edge.

    Sponsored By: National Upholstery Association
    • Upholstery Track
    Conover 3

    A in depth panel discussion, discussing the importance of continuing training and resources available.   

    Sponsored By: National Upholstery Association
    • Upholstery Track
    Conover 3

    Choose from nine types of matching based of fabric and furniture.  

    Sponsored By: National Upholstery Association
    • Upholstery Track
    Conover 3

    Learn how outdoor cushions are made, their challenges to comfort.

    Sponsored By: National Upholstery Association
Technology Track
    • Technology Track
    Conover 1

    Where 3D printing is today.

    • Technology Track
    Conover 1
    Robotics, automation, and technology will be the New Norm for manufacturing of Textile products, today and in the future. 
    • Technology Track
    Conover 1
    This presentation takes a closer look at the successful Digital Transformation at one of Europe’s largest upholstery manufacturers.
Woodworking Track
    • Woodworking Track
    Conover 2
    A discussion of how furniture manufacturers are coping with supply chain issues when not all needed materials are readily available and deliver is not certain
    Sponsored By:  NC State Wood Products Extension 
    • Woodworking Track
    Conover 2

    Best practices for plywood frames including types of joints and other considerations with multiple examples to illustrate concepts.

    • Woodworking Track
    Conover 2

    Using 3D models and 2D drawings to demonstrate step-by-step process for designing plywood frames efficiently.

Upholstery Track
    • Upholstery Track
    Conover 3

    In-depth view of the design and development of a high-profile upholstered piece. 

    Sponsored By: National Upholstery Association
    • Upholstery Track
    Conover 3
    Learn how to incorporate alternate upholstery materials for modern upholstery. 
    Sponsored By: National Upholstery Association
    • Upholstery Track
    Conover 3
    Sponsored By: National Upholstery Association

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