2011 Sequoia Awards New Product Innovations

The 2011 AWF Vegas Fair, held July 20-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, featured new products and technology, showcasing some of the industry’s latest advancements. The Sequoia Awards were handed out for creativity and ingenuity, resulting in nine companies being recognized for making advances in product innovation as well as leadership in green/environmental product development in the woodworking industry.

Approximately 40 new products were entered with the following named winners in their respective category:

Product Innovation in Components: Biesse America for Viet HP Sanding Pad — Viet HP is a new innovation for wood sanding machines on the electronic sanding pad. BiesseAmerica.com
Product Innovation in Machinery over $50,000: SCM Group North America for Stefani ONE TOUCH — The Stefani One Touch edgebander is designed to give woodworkers simple touchscreen operation, and to run just-in-time production, regardless of parts needed. SCMGroup-USA.com

Product Innovation in Machinery under $50,000: TIE
Graco Inc. for ProMix 2KE — The ProMix 2KE from Graco is a compact, easy to use component proportioning system for woodworking shops performing multi-color, two-component spray finishing jobs. Graco.com; and Oneida Air Systems for Smart Pro Dust Collector — The Smart Pro Dust Collector is equipped with Oneida Air Systems’ new Smart Air Control Technology; a variable speed controller that can automatically adjust pressure and air volume depending on the size of the dust port. Oneida-Air.com.

Product Innovation in Power Tools: Micro Fence for Plunge Base & Edge Guide Package — Micro Fence says its Plunge Base and Edge-Guide package is the ultimate combination for joinery and for detailing work, bringing machine-tool precision to woodworking tasks with 0.001-inch readouts. MicroFence.com

Product Innovation in Tooling: Leitz Tooling Systems for the Leitz RipTec Cutting System — Leitz says its innovative RipTec cutting system uses micro-serrated carbide knives to eliminate woodgrain tear-out, plucking and fuzzing in solid wood caused by normal cutting pressure and common pre-splitting along the grain. LeitzTooling.com

Productivity in Software: Planit Solutions for Stand Alone Screen-to-Machine Center — Screen-to-Machine solution, the S2M Center, previously only available to Cabinet Vision and Cabnetware users, now is offered as a stand-alone solution for any CAD user who needs a solution to get individual or batches of DXF drawings from Screen to Machine. ScreenToMachine.com.

Green/Environmental Leadership in Wood Coatings: M.L. Campbell for EnviroVar — EnviroVar Formaldehyde Free Conversion Varnish Clear was developed using M.L. Campbell’s breakthrough solvent borne Clean Cure technology. This technology platform provides an acid cure formaldehyde free amino alkyd post-catalyzed conversion varnish that is both low odor and HAPs free creating a safer more environmentally friendly work environment, the company says. MLCampbell.com

For Green/Environmental Leadership in Raw Materials: Hardwoods Specialty Products for Red Grandis — Red Grandis (Eucalyptus Grandis) is a top quality solid wood product suitable for high end applications in residential and commercial furniture, cabinets, mouldings, interior design, doors and windows, etc. Hardwoods-Inc.com.

Below are additional products entered in this year’s competition:
Apollo Sprayers: Precision Series 1050VR HVLP.com
ArtCam by DelCam: Artcam Express 2011 ArtCamExpress.com
BESSEY Tools North America: Auto-Adjust Toggle Clamp BesseyTools.com
Biesse America: Biesse Skill FT-G NBC Auto-Labeling BiesseAmerica.com
Biesse America: Bacci Pitagora Cam Software BiesseAmerica.com
Binks/DeVilbiss: Binks Fine Finish Spray Tip Binks.com
Binks/DeVilbiss: 183-Series Pressure Tank Binks.com
Binks/DeVilbiss: Receptor Booth Filter Binks.com
Doellken-Woodtape: FusionEdge Doellken-Woodtape.com
Drawer Box Specialities: HelpingHands Trash Center DBSdrawers.com
Festool USA: CXS Drill Set
Festoolusa.com
Festool USA: RO 90 DX Rotex Sander Festoolusa.com
Festool USA: CT 26 E Dust Extractor Festoolusa.com
General Tool & Instruments: EZ Pro Mortise & Tenon GeneralTools.com
Hafele America Co: Hiddenbed
Hafele.com
Hafele America Co: LOOX Led Lighting Hafele.com
Hardwoods Specialty Products: Echo Wood Hardwoods-Inc.com
Hardwoods Specialty Products: O2 Bamboo Hardwoods-Inc.com
Intooligence (Riverside Tool Corp.): Intooligence Intooligence.com
INVIS North America Inc.: INVIS Mx SwissInvis.com
Kerfkore Co.: FoamKore FR
Kerfkore.com
Leitz Tooling Systems Inc.: Diamaster WhisperCut Cutterhead
LeitzTooling.com
NewWood Manufacturing: NewWood NewWood.com
Nordson Corp.: Nordson MiniPUR Adhesve Melter Nordson.com
Osborne Wood Products: The Fusion Leg series OsborneWood.com
Perfect Match Stain Marker: Perfect Match Stain Marker PefectMatchStainMarker.com
Rev-A-Shelf LLC: 4WCSD Electric Waste Container Rev-A-Shelf.com
Rev-A-Shelf LLC: 448TD Wood Pantry Rev-A-Shelf.com
Rev-A-Shelf LLC: 448TP Pullout Pantry Rev-A-Shelf.com
Silver Creek Industries Inc.: ArtGlass BuySCI.com/cabinet
Spectrum Adhesives: EnviroBond SpectrumAdhesives.com
Stiles Machinery Inc.: Homag laserTec StilesMachinery.com

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