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ISFA Provides Member Training

Posted on 11 June 2020 by cradmin3

Moksh CAD will host a webinar on June 17th at 2:00 PM EST covering ways it can help fabricators lower costs and focus on bidding on new business.

The company handles back-end processes, providing 24/7 services and support with estimation, CNC programming, CAD, data entry and many other tasks.

Moksh CAD has been in business for 13 years and supports numerous companies around the country. The company’s services are designed to lower fabricators’ current costs with a turnaround time of less than 24 hours.

Tools that can be included are:

  • Stone Profit
  • Moraware
  • Bluebeam
  • Planswift
  • AutoCAD
  • AlphaCAM
  • And many others

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Stoneworks Training Group Launches EasySTONE Training Resources

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Stoneworks Training Group Launches EasySTONE Training Resources

Posted on 02 April 2019 by cradmin

Stoneworks Training Group announced the official launch of its training resources and services for EasySTONE and EasySTONE NC. “We started Stoneworks Training Group LLC because there is a need in the stone industry for good quality training and shared experiences,” states Jerry Kidd, General Manager of Stoneworks Training Group. “EasySTONE is powerful CAD / CAM software that is used by many of the best stone fabricators. The only thing missing is convenient access to the training and support that lets you take full advantage of EasySTONE’s capabilities.”

Stoneworks Training Group formed with the mission of providing that training in ways that are convenient for shop managers and equipment operators. Stoneworks Training Group offers a broad range of services to keep their clients running efficiently:

• Remote & on-site training
• Remote support
• Consulting
• E-Courses: University of EasySTONE

Stoneworks Training Group works in cooperation with DDX Group, the maker of EasySTONE, to provide a complete approach to education, support, and sales. As veteran CAD / CAM professionals, they understand the importance of matching the right software with the right knowledge.

EasySTONE is a full-featured solution for CNC machines. EasySTONE NC is a customizable machine interface for CNC sawing equipment. The two components of the EasySTONE platform integrate seamlessly to streamline the entire process.

Stoneworks Training Group helps companies transition to EasySTONE as a unified software platform for CNC programming and operation. Kidd states, “We translate our experience and knowledge into your success as a stone fabricator.”

You may also be interested in this article about LPI’s Laser Templator Software

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LPI Releases New Series of LT-2D3D Laser Templator Training Videos

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LPI Releases New Series of LT-2D3D Laser Templator Training Videos

Posted on 17 July 2018 by cradmin

Laser Products Industries (LPI) has introduced a new series of training videos for its popular LT-2D3D Laser Templator. Designed to easily educate customers on digital templating with the unit right out of the carton, these concise, yet informative videos are segmented by application from initial setup and templating to editing and emailing job files.

The new training videos are available on the tablet that comes with each LT-2D3D Laser Templator, as well as online at www.laserproductsus.com/LTvideos and the Laser Products Industries YouTube page. LPI encourages not only customers to utilize these enhanced resources for training, but also prospective customers to understand the benefits and ease of use of the LT-2D3D.

In addition to the new training videos, LPI will continue to offer custom online training for its customers. For more information on the LT-2D3D Laser Templator and additional products and services from LPI, please visit www.laserproductsus.com/contact to find your regional sales manager.

You may also be interested in this article about Laser Products training center.

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Laser Products Forms New Company: Precision Measuring & Training

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Laser Products Forms New Company: Precision Measuring & Training

Posted on 20 April 2018 by cradmin

Laser Products Industries (LPI) announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Precision Templates of Colorado and has formed a new separate company, Precision Measuring and Training (PMT), headquartered in Denver, Colo.

PMT will initially serve the Denver market and will offer digital laser templating, CAD work, training, and tool measuring to fabricators primarily in the stone, millwork, and glass industries. The new company has offered positions to all former Precision Templates of Colorado employees to take advantage their 60 years of combined templating experience.

“PMT was formed to provide a unique set of services for the issues that today’s fabricators are facing.” said Rich Katzmann, president, Laser Products.  “We measure, do layouts, translate files to CAD drawings, schedule jobs, and handle customer paperwork. We only hire highly skilled professionals and put them through rigorous certification to guarantee error-free, on-time, cost-saving work.”

“When Rich and I first talked, I saw the immediate benefit of the PMT business model for fabricators,” said Marc Sleight, vice president, PMT. “The Laser Products system is the only solution we trust that allows us to achieve our promise of accuracy and process customization.  There’s no more down time, no expensive investments, and no more impossible scheduling problems.  PMT is fully flexible and can customize our services to the fabricator’s specific needs regardless of type of job, material, location, or process.  PMT employees are better trained, better with customers, and go where you want, when you want, based on your schedule. It’s a perfect solution.”

Currently only in the Denver market, PMT will be expanding to other cities this year, aggressively growing to national status in just a few years.

You may also be interested in this article about Architectural Surfaces Group’s acquisition of Bedrock International.

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MIA+BSI Adds Silicosis Training Resource to Natural Stone University

Posted on 04 August 2017 by cradmin

miabsi-natural-stone-universityMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute has added a new silicosis training resource to the Natural Stone University. This resource, entitled “Silicosis: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention,” is divided into three sections:
• What Is Silicosis?: An Industry Guide to Awareness and Prevention
• Air Quality Test Methods
• Safety Precautions for Workers

“This is an important addition to our library of online safety resources,” said Aaron Dahnke, MIA+BSI Education Manager. “This training tool serves as a review and opportunity to update the people who work in our industry about this preventable illness.”

Overexposure to respirable crystalline silica particles can lead to serious, sometimes fatal illnesses including silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis (in those with silicosis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition, silica exposure has been linked to other illnesses including renal disease and other cancers. Silicosis is a progressive disease and there is no cure upon its onset. Minimizing your exposure to respirable crystalline silica is the key to prevention.

Shop owners who have implemented strict new housekeeping rules and controls have been able to achieve levels that are below the new OSHA Action Level (25 µg/m³). The effective date for OSHA’s new silica exposure standard for General Industry (fabricators) is June 23, 2018. The Construction Standard, covering workers in the field, becomes enforceable September 23, 2017.

To access this resource, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/university

You may also be interested in this Health & Safety Watch article regarding silica exposure.

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NTCA Endorses Online Training Courses by UCTS

Posted on 15 April 2016 by cradmin

The National Tile Contractors Association has officially endorsed the core curriculum of the University of Ceramic, Tile and Stone (UCTS) to allow aspiring tile and stone industry professionals to gain the correct knowledge and skills without necessarily leaving the confines of their current jobs. Structured to be delivered online, UCTS is currently offering three online courses that can be completed within 14 days. These include Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile, Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone and Tile Installer Thin-set Standards Verification Course. 

The basic tile and stone courses are geared towards salespeople in the tile and stone industry to equip them with the correct knowledge about industry standards, stone and tile technical information and the different sales techniques for such products. The ITS Verification course is geared to setters, installers and finishers, and reportedly equips them on industry standards, manufacturers’ requirements and best practices on the installation of tiles.

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Effective Safety Planning Part 5: Training for Employees, Supervisors and Managers

Posted on 23 February 2016 by cradmin

safetytraining_0Last month, we took a break from our six-part series on Effective Safety Planning to bring you news of the MSI+BSI safety initiative for 2016. Now, we continue the series with a followup to December’s article on Hazard Prevention and Control. Once you have established a culture of safety, created a four-point safety plan as recommended by OSHA, identified all workplace hazards and implemented prevention and control measures, it is time to train your supervisors, managers and employees.

Train From the Top Down

In Part One of this series, we talked about how important it was for a business to establish a culture of safety, and one of the essential factors in doing this is to get your entire team onboard. If your supervisors and managers are not interested in safety, how do you expect your employees to be? The same goes for training. Safety training starts at the top and works its way down.

Because so many situations warrant further training, such as new hires, promotions, new equipment and new environments, professional training from a third-party organization can get expensive. You will want to have your supervisors and managers fully trained on all aspects of health and safety so that employee training can be conducted in-house whenever necessary.

OSHA rules are very extensive and specific concerning safety training, and they can be found in the 270-page publication Training Requirements in OSHA Standards. However, you must be aware that even stricter standards may have been imposed by your state legislation or state OSHA.

In Oregon, our state OSHA does a great job of providing training consultations and additional materials and resources for small-to-mid-sized businesses, such as Safe and the Supervisor: An Introduction to Five Important Safety Responsibilities.

Training Overview

Remember, everyone who is on the work floor or at a job site must be thoroughly trained, this includes full-time employees, part-time employees, temps, supervisors, managers, contractors and yourself. Only those who have been properly trained and authorized to perform a job based on that training should be permitted to do it. Otherwise, you open your company to liability should an accident occur.

safety_training-NAHBEven if all employees have been trained, if one of them is observed performing a job poorly or in an unsafe manner, he or she may need additional training. To help you determine whether everyone understands their training, some companies hold emergency drills, but at the very least, supervisors and managers should periodically assess working conditions for new or unrecognized hazards.

At a bare minimum, everyone in the workplace should know all of the following:

  • Fire and emergency plans
  • Location and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • The types of chemicals and other foreign substances present
  • The precautions that must be taken when handling or working with dangerous materials

Health & Safety Training Programs

OSHA has recognized that health and safety training is most effective when it is incorporated into a company’s overall training program for general and specific job duties. The content of a program, however, will vary by the specific conditions and characteristics of the environment and the workforce. In addition, the most effective training programs follow these five principles of teaching and learning:

  1. Everyone should understand the purpose of the training.
  2. Information to be taught should be organized to ensure maximum effectiveness for those learning.
  3. Learning is accomplished most easily when skills and knowledge can be practiced and applied immediately.
  4. Feedback should be provided for each individual after practice runs.
  5. Several teaching methods should be incorporated to take into account that the most effective methods of learning are different for everyone.

BG1Once a training program has been developed, it should be evaluated to identify its strengths and weaknesses. This is often best achieved by having a safety professional from outside the company review it. This feedback can be essential in creating additional training programs or changing current training programs to accommodate for changing conditions.

Keep Written Records

When performing safety training, Oregon OSHA recommends the following six-step procedure, which ends with keeping sufficient documentation.

  1. Introduction – All learners are told what they are going to be trained to do and why. The importance of the training not only to the employee’s health but also to the success of company should be emphasized. Explain the consequences of not following safety procedures.
  1. Show and tell – The trainer explains the safety procedures to the trainees and follows up with demonstrations so that they develop familiarity.
  1. Ask and show – The trainee takes what was learned from step 2 and explains the procedure to the trainer. The trainer takes this opportunity to correct mistakes and provide clarification.
  1. Tell and show – The trainee shows the trainer that he or she can perform the safety procedures.
  1. Conclusion – The trainer recognizes the accomplishments of each trainee, re-emphasizing how important the training is, how it fits into overall work processes and makes each individual accountable for their future performance.
  1. Documentation – All training sessions should be formally documented, and all trainees should acknowledge they have been through and understand the training. A great way to do this is to issue certificates of completion that note the training subjects, date and location. It should be signed and dated by the trainee, the trainer and a work supervisor.

Final Thoughts on Hazard Training

You are not alone when it comes to hazard training. If you have questions, OSHA is willing to help. Most businesses can take advantage of free consultations directly from OSHA without fear of reprisal for current non-compliance issues. You can find additional help from insurance providers, corporate headquarters, local safety councils and industry associations, such as ISFA or MIA+BMI.

Be on the lookout for next month’s Health & Safety Watch where we will conclude our series with Effective Safety Planning Part 6: Safety Meetings.

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ISFA Launches ‘ISFA on Demand’ Solid Surface Training Program

Posted on 14 December 2015 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is launching a new “ISFA on Demand” training program, in which a certified ISFA trainer will travel to facilities to train on-site personnel in solid surface fabrication. The training will be performed using the client company’s own equipment and supplies, so that those being trained will be shown fabrication processes on the very machinery that they will be using in actual production. While the on-site program currently only covers solid surface training, expansion into quartz/stone training, business training and shop optimization is being planned. Companies that sign up for ISFA on Demand training must be members of ISFA or must sign up for membership prior to training.

You may also be interested this information on other countertop-related training and events.

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ATI Decorative Laminates Creates On-Site ‘ATI University’

Posted on 28 July 2015 by cradmin

ATI Decorative Laminates created its first on-site educational program, ATI University. The one-and-a-half day course is designed for ATI distributors across the country. Each session brings in two to eight participants for an education on ATI’s products, and their journey from the front door to the shipping dock.

“We show and tell how each product is made, why it’s sold the way it is, and even how it’s packaged,” said Vice President of Sales Vern Combrink. “It’s a nuts and bolts perspective that helps them understand not only our product line, but also why we sell certain sizes and require certain yields.”

Each ATI University session is tailored to the distributor’s business. “Training is never a catchall. We have to take individual needs into consideration for content,” said Combrink, who notes that the design of each session is guided by an understanding of distributors’ needs, products and challenges.

There are 10 sessions of ATI University planned for 2015, and Combrink piloted a few sessions in 2014. Along with ATI University, the company has a year-long focus on education. This includes webinars for distributors that can’t travel to attend the course in person; an indexed training video for distributors, allowing them to easily access portions relevant to their business; and continuing education units (CEUs) that have long been a part of its offering.

You may also be interested in this article on ISFA addiing a conference to its annual meeting.

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ISFA Adds Conference to 2015 Annual Meeting

Posted on 16 February 2015 by cradmin

Slated for Nov. 4 to 6, 2015, in the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, the ISFA Annual Member Meeting Luncheon is being paired with an educational conference and variety of network events. Attendee space for the full 2-day event, which is sponsored by Cosentino, is limited.

Two guest speakers/trainers – Andrea Chapman, president of Suitable Solutionsand a Sage 100 Contractor-certified Consultant; and Ed Hill, owner of Synchronous Solutions and co-owner of Cabinet Creations – will not only share first-hand knowledge of owning and operating countertop businesses, they will share how they gained their track records of helping other business owners realize success. The event also provides attendees with opportunities to learn and network with each other.

A full registration includes: two nights’ accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, a kick-off networking reception with food drink and live music; a full day of discussion groups with industry experts, a vendor/sponsor meet and greet; the annual ISFA meeting and lunch, and a group dinner with the other attendees.

There is no cost for ISFA Members in good standing to attend the Annual Member Meeting Luncheon only.

There will be a fee for attending the full 2-day event. More information is available at www.ISFAnow.org or via email at [email protected].

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