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PYTHA @ LIGNA – huge woodworking fair attracts over 90,000!

PYTHA @ LIGNA – huge woodworking fair attracts over 90,000!

PYTHA Lab were thrilled to be standing alongside 1,500 exhibitors at LIGNA late in May. Held in Hannover, Germany, this incredible trade fair housed an enormous collection of machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industries, and saw an impressive 93,000 visitors pass through the gates. In a new initiative, LIGNA training workshops for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters and mobile assemblers were held in partnership with the Sprint Academy (Cologne, Germany). Participants were given the opportunity to put the manually-operated woodworking machines through their paces, under the watchful eye of expert technicians. The LIGNA program also featured a series of presentations on the processing of plastics and composites at the Robotation Academy. Many exhibitors featured displays showing how woodworking machines can work not only with wood, but also with plastics, composite panels, insulation and building materials. The fair was laid out with four thematic areas: Forestry Technology, Sawmill Technology, Wood-based Panel Production and Energy from Wood . The focus was on the production of wood as a raw material for products or energy generation, through the planning, felling and retrieval stages. The current state of the art use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, proved a popular draw card, along with the latest forest surveying processes....
From Katie and the Tech Team: Hardware Headaches

From Katie and the Tech Team: Hardware Headaches

One of the most common issues we come across at the Pytha Partners support desk has little to do with PYTHA software. Often our biggest challenge lies with the clunky hardware driving our gear, and the associated headaches old hardware can cause. A while ago we gave you five good reasons to update your CAD. Today we’re giving you our top five for hardware revamps: Be Done with Downtime When old hardware has suffered through multiple installations and subsequent un-installs, it’s likely to be bearing a few scars and housing the remnants of various versions of software. This can slow down processing significantly, or cause conflicts in what should be standard operations. If you or your operators are spending more time looking at a whirring wheel on your screen than you’d like, it may time to look into some new machinery. Need for Speed Competent CAD users can be speed demons when driving their favourite software. If your hardware is not keeping up, you could end up with the tech-version of road rage in your office, which will never end well! To get the most out of your software and the maximum out of your operators, you’ll want to make sure your hardware can keep up. Vibrant Visuals With rapid advances in retina technologies, new computers have far more impressive graphics cards (and/or the ability to support graphics) than hardware even a few years old. The better your hardware capabilities, the better your PYTHA modelling will be. PYTHA’s standard premium quality Modeller renders are a part of your package, and they should be a key component of your sales...
Creating a win-win environment for you and your apprentices

Creating a win-win environment for you and your apprentices

Recent discussions with visitors to last month’s DesignBuild expo raised some interesting points – good and bad – about the future of apprenticeships in the cabinetmaking and joinery trades. The joinery shop owners we talked to were worried about the declining number of apprentices, and the shortage of skills we’ll soon be suffering as a consequence. One long-time cabinetmaker claimed that ‘everyone wants to go to Uni now’, and those that don’t aren’t keen to hang around for the length of a trade apprenticeship. The data seems to reflect this: despite some fairly enthusiastic efforts by various levels of government to increase the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, numbers in most states continue to decline. In contrast, university participation rates are on the rise, as are the numbers of young people moving directly into the labour market. What’s really concerning, though, is that those that do enter an apprenticeship directly out of school have a pretty low chance of finishing their time, with just over half collecting a trade certificate. So how do we get more interest in apprenticeships – from both employers and employees? And how do we get good staff to stay on board until they complete their apprenticeship? At Pytha Partners Australia, we’re coming in to contact with more and more apprentices as PYTHA training is rolled out at TAFE Institutes in Sydney and Melbourne. Whether they’re fresh out of school and still in learning mode, or a little more ‘worldly’ and looking to upskill, the students may have more to offer employees than we’re giving them credit for, and we’re wondering if a different approach...
Have you designed a stand out commercial fitout?

Have you designed a stand out commercial fitout?

Have you designed a commercial fitout that’s worth bragging about? Have you considered entering your best projects in to an Awards program for some well deserved kudos (and great marketing exposure!)? The KBDi Designer Awards 2017 could be an excellent starting point. These Awards recognise the outstanding talent of designers across Australia and offer the opportunity for industry and peer recognition, along with incredible prizes and marketing opportunities. Design Space Award The category award of ‘Design Space’ was developed for designers creating exceptional spaces outside of residential kitchens and bathrooms. Submissions may include (but are not limited to): Café/Restaurant Fitout Showroom Fitout Office Fitout Retail Outlet Media Room Wardrobe Fitout Outdoor Kitchen Entry is open to all existing and new members (check out the advantages of membership here), and is an all on-line process with no site visits, sample books or headaches. Entries close on 22 May, 2017, though, so you’d better get cracking! Register for the awards here, and KBDi will send you an Entry Pack outlining all you’ll need to know....

How to produce top quality technical drawings – it’s as easy as ‘A-B-C’

Most of us know a badly drafted plan when we see one: when you’re quoting a project (and pushing deadlines, too), a poor set of plans can be a major inconvenience and an estimator’s nightmare! Worse still when you’re at building or manufacturing stage, and an unclear section or inconsistent dimensioning is costing you time and money… When you’re ‘on the other side’ and preparing your plans, how do you make sure your technical drawings are top quality without blowing out your time and budget on documentation? Here’s a simple ‘A-B-C’ method that will help keep your drawings in check: A for Australian Standards Australian Standards are published documents that set out specifications and procedures to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistent. While they are not necessarily legally binding (unless called into legislation by Government), Australian Standards are an excellent reference point for businesses looking to incorporate quality control in their practice. The Australian Standards most applicable to architectural drafting are: AS 1100.101-1992 (R2014) Technical Drawing General Principles This Standard sets out the basic principles of technical drawing practice, including: common abbreviations sizes and layout of drawing sheets types and thicknesses of lines to be used, with examples of their application requirements for distinct uniform letters, numerals and symbols recommended scales and their applications methods of projection and indication of various views (elevations etc) methods of indicating sections, and conventions used in sectioning details recommendations for dimensioning including size and geometry tolerances conventions used for the representation of components and repetitive features of components   If you’re looking for consistency in the technical drawings you produce, using this...

International networking at Asian manufacturing fair

PYTHA Lab GmbH took up residence at Asia’s largest and most influential furniture production and woodworking trade fair last week, where they proudly shared their software technology with the Asian market. CIFM / interzum guangzhou was held at the Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou, China, and spanned 17 halls to cover an area of 150,000 square meters. PYTHA Lab GmbH were one of 1,329 exhibiting companies gathered at this flagship event, reaching around 70,000 visitors. As Asia’s largest and most comprehensive woodworking machinery, furniture manufacturing and interior decoration trade fair, the show attracted a strong lineup of international exhibitors. Nine national pavilions from Germany, Turkey, Korea, Chile, the United States/Canada as well as industry-driven contingents led by the Malaysian Timber Council, American Hardwood Export Council, Canada Wood and Swedish Wood featured their latest products and news. Pytha Partner’s Michael Rowe was pleased to represent Australia and New Zealand on the stand, alongside the German and Chinese PYTHA representatives. The international team used this opportunity to take stock of the trends and movements occurring in the manufacturing industry, and are genuinely excited about PYTHA’s place in this evolving trade. Keen to know how PYTHA can fit in to your workplace? Contact Pytha Partners today.          ...