ATLANTA - Semi-finalists were announced in the 2016 International Woodworking Fair Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award, which promotes the development of innovative new technology in woodworking machinery, supplies, and services for the furniture, kitchen cabinets, architectural woodwork, store fixture, upholstery, or specialty and general wood product industries. 
 
Nearly 70 submissions were narrowed to this list of 39 for the 2016 competition. The Finalists, usually 21 contenders, will be named in coming weeks. The winners will be announced August 24 after the International Woodworking Fair opens. 
 
IWF 2016 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the The IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award.  The Challengers Award has become known throughout the world for recognizing outstanding companies who have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, services, or manufacturing techniques that will advance the industry.
 
A panel of 8 distinguished judges, whom are all industry professionals representing a broad cross-section of the industry will review and analyze each entry. The top twenty finalists are announced at the end of May 2016 and final judging will take place the day before IWF 2016 opens. On Tuesday, August 23, 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.
 

Company Entry Name
Accuride International Senseon Secure Access System
Atlantic Machinery / VITAP Vitap CNC Acoustic Panel Boring Machine
Bacci America Inc CNC Router For Shaping & Sanding Cabinets Doors Outside Profile
Biesse Viet Robotic sanding of cross grain scratching and MDF, wood or painted doors
Biesse Biesse Setup Assistant
C.R. Onsrud Osync
Cefla North America Technomelt CHS UV Fusion Coating technology by Henkel
Cefla North America Cefla Inert Coating Technology by Sorbini
Doucet Machineries Inc Doucet In-Motion Crosscut Saw
Fastenlink Fastenlink
Giben Giben by Anderson  nesting CNC
Holz-Her Ltronic
Holz-Her Multi Tool
Ice Edge Business Solutions i-Cube
Kerno, LLC aeCore
Koch Machinery Paul Optimizing Crosscut saw
Leitz Tooling Systems LP QuattroForm Cutterhead System 
Leitz Tooling Systems LP ProfilCut Q Premium Cutterhead System
Leitz Tooling Systems LP WhisperCut EdgeExpert Pre-Mill Cutterhead System
LMT Onsrud LP Polaris Compression
Luxhammar Corp Luxhammar Thermal Modification Process
Mid-Coast Mfg & Suply Panel Buddies
Next Wave Automation Next Wave Automation's Virtual Vision 3D
OVVO OVVO Connection Set
Pillar Machine HMJ Beaded Face Frames
Red Horse USA, Inc WINBAG
Riverside Tool Corp SuperSand
RSA Solutions Industry 4.0 Wood
Salice America Inc Salice Air
SawStop LLC SawStop Jobsite Saw
SD Machinery MagPi
SNX Technologies Inc. Booth 6569 SNX nVision System2 Contour Edgebander
SonicAire Booth 7900 SonicAire 2.0
Striplox Booth 3145 Striplox
Taurus Craco Machinery Booth 8373 WOOD-ED Table
US Router Tools  The Hurricane
Utility Composites Inc Raptor Polymer Composite Nails
Weinig Group Booth 6134 Weinig System Plus
WoodCraft Solutions LLC Booth 8166 PantoRouter