IWF 2016 Challengers Award Finalists
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.
A panel of 8 distinguished judges, all industry professionals representing a broad cross-section of the industry, review and analyze each entry. The finalist judging will take place the day before IWF 2016 opens. On that Tuesday, the finalists perform live demonstrations for the panel of judges, who then make their final decisions on the most innovative product developments.
The 2016 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® culminates with a presentation held on the show floor on opening day during which the winners are announced and presented with the now familiar distinctive bronze sculpture. Following are the 21 Finalists from this years competition.
IWF 2016 Challengers Award Finalists
Entries are listed alphabetically
Accuride International, Inc. - Booth 1607
Senseon Secure Access System
Senseon is the all-new electronic lock secure access system and an
innovation of Accuride International. Flexible, intuitive, and secure,
Senseon’s invisible RFID reader integrates seamlessly into commercial or retail environments. Accuride continues to be committed to developing new precision movement technologies to keep you moving forward. accuride.com/senseon
Vitap CNC Acoustic Panel Boring Machine
The Point Acoustic is a compact CNC machine designed specifically for the manufacturing of acoustic/sound absorbing panels, which represents a growing segment of the wood industry. These panels address noise pollution, which many studies have confirmed to be causing a serious impact in the environment, workplaces, cinemas, theaters, as well as private residences.
Advantages of Point Acoustic:
- Drilling from below greatly improves dust collection
- Compact machine only requires 40 sq. ft. of space
- Noise reduction
- Extremely fast production with very fast ROI
- Affordable machine cost
- Minimum equipment maintenance, electrical and pneumatic costs
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.
Inert Coating Technology is a new surface and edge-finishing process that turns low-cost material into high- value panel products in just a few steps while saving you money on coatings, energy and floor space. ICT is a heat free UV curing process. The system applies a durable sealer coating on inexpensive raw materials; MDF, OSB chipboard, honeycomb and more.
Cefka Inert Coating Technology by Sorbini
Doucet In-Motion Crosscut Saw
The DOUCET IN-MOTION CROSSCUT SAW executes up to 8 cuts per
second at a throughput speed up to 400 feet per minute, without
pausing the cycle to execute the cuts. Combining length accuracy with
an outstanding cut quality, the DSS-400 is the first crosscutting saw
fast enough to keep up with high speed moulders.
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.
Holz-Her - Booth 6034 & 6035
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.
Holz-Her/Leitz Tooling Systems LP
The HOLZ-HER MultiTool System, which incorporates the innovative Leitz QuattroForm tooling, provides perfect results for multiple profiles. QuattroForm utilizes an innovative gear system, within the tool body, to automatically index diamond cutting tips to the desired radius or profile. The profile needed is selected from the screen control, and MultiTool revolvers position the needed profile within seconds. The tool change process is completely automatic and accomplished via NC servos for 100% accuracy and repeatability.
Booth 6034 & 6035/Booth 5248
Multi Tool/QuattroForm Cutterhead System
Paul Rapid Optimizing Crosscut Saw
The PAUL Rapid machine offers an innovative 2 sawblade cutting station with a revolutionary waste disposal system to allow high speed cutting, with speeds up to 1500 ft per minute, and integrated vision scanner to achieve high yields and low labor requirements from one manufacturer.
ProfilCut Q Premium Cutterhead System
Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium is the fastest and most precise insert system
available. Precision knife seating prevents knife movement due to
centrifugal forces, providing unmatched performance and allowing the
tools to safely operate at cutter speeds up to 120 meters per second, which is a full 50% faster than competing insert systems.
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.
Luxhammar Corporation - Booth 4421
Luxhammar Thermal Modification Process
Luxhammar Thermal Modification Process is environmentally-friendly method
of wood treatment which provides durable and stable wood out of any wood specie without addition of chemicals. Only heat and steam is used in Luxhammar Wood Thermal Modification Process. We provide complete thermal modification plants, including power plants.
WINBAG the most versatile and revolutionary tool on the market. WINBAG is a very powerful hand operated inflatable air cushion made of fiber reinforced material. Designed to provide maximum pressure up to 300 lbs. and can be used in a wide variety of applications. WINBAG gives users infinite adjusting possibilities!
SuperSand by Riverside is a new dynamic approach to profile sanding that reduces labor, setup time, and an un-matched profile match to sand wood products. It's unique rubberized abrasive easily sands complex profiles giving a superior finish as the part exits the machine.
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.
SonicAire® has a mission to eliminate the problems with combustible fugitive dust. This is a key safety concern for wood manufacturers. The SonicAire 2.0, designed for wood processors, is the only proactive engineered solution to prevent overhead dust accumulation. The result? Continuous compliance to OSHA regulations for combustible dust.
Taurus Craco Machinery - Booth 8373
WOOD-ED Table is the unique virtual training table that simulates 4 different
types of machines (band saws, dimensioning saws, planer and router). This
advanced equipment provides the student with a fully immersive experience
of its activity. It tracks the user’s hand motion and provides him with a realistic 3-D vision of the tool and wood materials. Furthermore, a unique force feedback system recreates the real feeling of wood cutting.
Utility Composites / Raptor - Booth 4259
RAPTOR® non-metal nails completely eliminate damage to sawblades,
Raptor Polymer Composite Nails
bits and abrasives caused by metal nails. Use RAPTOR® for CNC or
door manufacturing and cut or sand right through them. Additionally,
RAPTOR® nails do not need to be countersunk and leave no holes to putty because they cannot rust or stain.
Weinig System Plus
The all new Weinig System Plus gives customers who manufacture mouldings the ability to operate in the most efficient, flexible, and profitable way possible. The unique combination of software and machinery creates a manufacturing environment that is unmatched in the industry.