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 2012 the competition had 79 entries. Following are the 7 winning entries from this year's competition.
IWF 2012 Challengers Award Winners
Winners listed alphabetically
CIM-TECH.COM, Inc.Solid-CIM 3D
Solid-CIM 3D is the ultimate solution for programming or nesting 3D solid parts and assemblies from AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor and many popular solid modeling products. Solid-CIM 3D turns your solid models and assemblies into 100% machine ready NC Code and can be used on any CNC machine.
Giben America, Inc.Prisma6000 ECOtech
We capture the lost kinetic energy of the large moving components (saw carriage and pusher in this case) during their deceleration (negative acceleration) ramping cycles, and we turn that waste into energy...and all of this while gaining performance and efficiency.
Hafele America Co.Frontino
Innovative hardware that allows sliding doors to sit flush instead of on separate tracks allowing consumer the functionality of sliding doors without altering the look of their cabinets. It closes quietly and maximized available space as doors do not pivot outwards taking up additional space.
James L. Taylor Mfg/ JLT Clamps/Cameron Automation Cameron Flooring Nester
The Cameron Flooring Nester automates the labor intensive job of nesting random length flooring into bundles ready for strapping. It uses laser measuring and an innovative sorting mechanism to accurately control the quantity of flooring in each bundle. Although the software is internally complex, the user interface is quite simple. Flooring companies can now start saving labor and material with Cameron Flooring Nester.
Martin Woodworking Machines Corp.MARTIN T75 Sliding Table Saw
The T75 PreX has revolutionized industry standards in terms of performance and flexibility. It is the first machine worldwide where a cutting height is 204mm is combined with a tilting range of 2 x 46°. The operator is free to execute each angular cut at the cross-cut fence as well as the rip fence exactly the way it is best for the task at hand or the work piece to be machined.
Miltec UV Gloss Control UV Finishing
The new HPI Gloss Control UV Curing system eliminates the need for costly downtime by allowing for only one coating to be used for all gloss ranges from 30 to 80 gloss units. The new invention will revolutionize the wood finishing industry forever.
Techniks, Inc.ATEMAG EXTRA Plus Aggregate
The ATEMAG EXTRA Plus Aggregate significantly reduces machining cycle times for time consuming deep lock cases and mortise work on CNC routers enabling companies to become more productive and helping control equipment and labor costs. By creating a unique oscillating tool motion the material removal rate is greatly increased and this drastically reduces the time required for mortise work and deep lick cases on CNC routers.