The purpose of the Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award ® is to encourage and promote the development of innovative new technology in the field of woodworking machinery, supplies, and services for the furniture, kitchen cabinets, architectural woodwork, store fixture, upholstery, or specialty and general wood product industries. For IWF 2016 the competition had 77 entries. Following are the 7 winning entries from this year's competition.
IWF 2016 Challengers Award Winners
CNC Router For Shaping & Sanding Cabinets Doors Outside
The Bacci Master/Pro dual spindle, twin or triple table 6-Axes CNC
Machining center for shaping and sanding the outside profile of
custom kitchen cabinet doors; the first, best , and only CNC pod
and rail machine for true, high volume (600 doors per shift! or more with triple table!) Batch One processing of custom five piece doors.
Viet Robotic sanding of cross grain scratching and Mdf, wood or painted doors
Biesse and Viet deliver the Opera R: The only automated solution for sanding MDF doors with flat center panel, as well as removal of cross grain scratching of solidwood doors. The“Patented” Viet Opera R delivers high quality sanding results normally only obtained from manual hand sanding but in an automated way.
Fastenlink™ is a hidden connector system that joins materials in a fast, economical and innovative way. Using standard woodworking equipment, Fastenlink™ simplifies your manufacturing, reduces a large percentage of assembly labor and delivers a finished product free of exposed fasteners. With Fastenlink™, you will never manually insert fasteners again.
Giben by Anderson
The new model GS CNC router offers linear motor technology on both X
and Y axis for incredible speeds for both positioning and machining. On
a typical nest, the movements are done in a fraction of the time required
on a conventional machine due to the instantaneous reactions, aggressive accelerations and higher top speeds.
Ltronic is HOLZ-HER's completely integrated solution for
processing laser edging. With Ltronic, users obtain a cost-effective alternative to laser and hot-air processes. Switch it on and it's immediately ready for use - the new Ltronic unit does not require any heat-up time. In addition, the complete system operates absolutely silently and requires no compressed air.
The Polaris Compression is the latest generation of compression spiral cutting tools from LMT Onsrud LP for the routing of panel materials.
Specifically designed for significantly longer tool life in high pressure laminates and fire rated panels, the Polaris Compression uses optimized cutting geometry and wear resistant coating to minimize tool wear in all panel materials.
The innovations used to accomplish this longer tool life include a new PVD coating designed to reduce edge wear in abrasive materials and a pre-coating conditioning process designed to guarantee maximum coating adhesion allowing the coating to provide longer protection of the cutting edges.
Salice America, Inc. - Booth 2833
Air is an innovative and revolutionary hinge, which, despite its compactness and small size, delivers full
functionality to cabinet manufacturers. Like traditional hinges, Air is fully adjustable with three dimensional adjustments and also incorporates an integrated soft close mechanism for decelerated closing. Air is inserted into the cabinet panel and door.