Wood Technology students benefit from high-tech gift
The Pittsburg State University Wood Technology Program announced this week that the Michael Weinig Group of Mooresville, N.C., has installed a major piece of new equipment at PSU that will allow students to train on equipment that is both literally and figurative “cutting-edge.”
David Miles, an associate professor in wood technology, said the company recently loaned the program a new Raimann ProfiRip KM 310 M Optimizing Rip Saw valued at more than $116,000. This is the third gift the company has made through the “Partners in Education” program.
Miles praised Jeff Davidson, president of Michael Weinig, for his strong support.
“He recognizes the importance of providing students the opportunity to use the state-of-the-art equipment and processes,” Miles said. “We are grateful to have dedicated supporters of our program and appreciate the excellent quality of Weinig Group machinery.”
Miles said the new saw will give students hands-on experience with equipment that is the future of the woodworking industry.
The new saw, Miles explained, is a German-made machine designed to optimize the ripping operation in flooring, moulding, and solid wood manufacturing plants. The machine is designed not only to save 7-10 percent in materials, but also to significantly reduce labor.