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



Atlantic Machinery / VITAP - Booth 6728

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



   Bacci America - Booth 7821

     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.



BIESSE America - Booths 6953, 7153 & 7353

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.



Cefla North America - Booth 7553

Cefka Inert Coating Technology by Sorbini

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.



   Doucet Machineries, Inc. - Booth 6747

    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 - Booth 4761


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 America, Inc. - Booth 6973 & 6981

    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
  Booth 6034 & 6035
/Booth 5248

Multi Tool/QuattroForm Cutterhead System


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.



Koch Ltd. Machinery & Systems - Booth 5813

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.



   Leitz Tooling Systems LP - Booth 5248

     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.




LMT Onsrud LP - Booth 5113

Polaris Compression

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.



Red Horse USA, Inc - Booth 4667


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!



   Riverside Tool/ RKO Saw / Techniks/ In•tooligence
  - Booth 5213


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
Salice Air

   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 by IES - Booth 7900


SonicAire 2.0

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​

   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 Polymer Composite Nails

   RAPTOR® non-metal nails completely eliminate damage to sawblades,
   bits and abrasives caused by metal
nails. Use RAPTOR® for CNC or
   door manufacturing and cut or sand right through them. Additionally,
nails do not need to be countersunk and leave no holes to putty because they cannot rust or stain.




Weinig Group - Booth 6034 & 6035

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.