Short Courses/Workshops

Annual Workshops on Design and Operation of Circular and Band Saws at UC Forest Products Lab

1980-1983      As an Extension Specialist at the University of California, Berkeley Campus, developed and conducted a series of one-week workshops on "Design and Operation of Circular and Band Saws", held annually at the University of California Forest Products Laboratory in Richmond, California.

Annual Workshops on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Circular and Band Saws

1984-1985      Leader of a one-day workshop on "Design, Operation and Maintenance of Circular and Band Saws" in Portland, Oregon, during the Forest Industry Clinic and Machinery Show. Initiated two-day WMI Workshop on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Circular Saws and Band Saws held annually in Portland, Oregon.

Workshops on Wood Machining and Cutting Tools

1992-1998      Conducted biennial workshops on "Wood Machining and Cutting Tools" held in Atlanta, Georgia and Anaheim, California in conjunction with the International Woodworking Fairs.

In-House Workshops and Seminars

Dr. R. Szymani has organized many in-house short courses, seminars and workshops on saws and sawing technology over the years in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and Brazil. From 1980 to the present, he has developed and conducted on-site workshops on "Design, Operation and Maintenance of Circular and Band Saws". These workshops have been held at:

  • Louisiana Pacific Corp., Ukiah Division, California
  • Minton Company, Mountain View, California
  • Leuco International, Horb am Neckar, Germany
  • Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension and Virginia Lumber Manufacturers Assn., Richmond, Virginia
  • Clear Pine Mouldings, Inc., Prineville, Oregon
  • Willamette Industries, Inc., Lebanon, Oregon
  • The Peerless Saw Company, Groveport, Ohio
  • Sierra Pacific Industries, Chico, California
  • P & M Cedar Products, Inc., Stockton, California
  • Vaagen Bros. Lumber Inc., Colville, Washington
  • Tarkett AB, Hanaskog, Sweden
  • Leitz GmbH & Co., Riedau, Austria
  • Champion Building Products, Bonner, Montana
  • Great Lakes Carbide Tool Manufacturing Inc., Peshtigo, Wisconsin
  • Gladu Tools, Marieville, Quebec, Canada
  • CSR Softwoods, Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
  • Vermont American Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky

International Wood Machining Seminars

1982      Served as Director for the 7th International Wood Machining Seminar organized by the University of California Forest Products Laboratory, October 1982.
2001      Served as Chairman of the 15th International Wood Machining Seminar organized by Wood Machining Institute in cooperation with N.C. State University and West Coast Wood Industry, held in Los Angeles, July 30-August 1, 2001.

International Conferences on Scanning Technology and Process Optimization in the Wood Products Industry

1985-1998      Developed program and served as Technical Program Chairman for the First (1985), Second (1987), Third (1989), Fourth (1991), Fifth (1993), Sixth (1996), and Eighth (1998), International Conferences on Scanning Technology and Process Optimization in the Wood Products Industry, sponsored by Miller Freeman, Inc., publishers of Wood Technology, San Francisco, California in cooperation with the Wood Machining Institute, Berkeley, CA. Proceedings from these conferences are available from the Wood Machining Institute.
2001-2007      Developed program and organized ScanTech 2001, ScanTech 2003, ScanTech 2005, ScanTech 2007, The 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th International Conference on Scanning Technology and Process Optimization in the Wood Products Industry. Proceedings from these conferences are available from the Wood Machining Institute.

International Conferences on Sawing Technology

1989-2007      Organized and served as Program Chairman of SawTech '89, SawTech '91, SawTech '93, SawTech '95, SawTech '97, SawTech '99, SawTech 2001, SawTech 2003, SawTech 2005, SawTech 2007 -- International Conferences on Sawing Technology. The conferences were, held in Berkeley, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, Las Vegas, Nevada & Atlanta Georgia. Proceedings from these conferences are available from the Wood Machining Institute.

International Symposia on Computers in Furniture and Cabinet Manufacturing

1992-1996      Organized and served as Symposia Chairman of CIFAC '92, CIFAC '94 and CIFAC '96: The First, Second, and Third International Symposia on Computers in Furniture and Cabinet Manufacturing, held in Atlanta, Georgia, and High Point, North Carolina.

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