2023 Visionary Award winners named

Companies won a Visionary Award in eight categories.

LAS VEGAS — Among the hundreds of products on display at AWFS this year, only a handful of unique products took home the 2023 Visionary Award.

The winners of the 2023 Visionary NEW Product Award by AWFS Fair were:

  • Components: 3M for the 3M Xtract Cubitron II Net Disc 710W
  • Hardware: Shaper Tools for the Plate + Hardware Catalog
  • Machinery Over $50,000: Altendorf Group for the Hand Guard
  • Machinery Under $50,000: Northtech Machine LLC for the iGlue, automatic dovetail gluer
  • Industry 4.0: Nederman for the Save
  • Power Tools: Disston Co. for the Blu-Mol Xtreme QuickCore Holesw System
  • Tooling: True Position Tools for the Transfer Tool
  • General Category: SurfPrep for the SurfPrep Foam

The Visionary Awards showcase were located in the main lobby in front of the West Hall during AWFS 2023, July 25-28 in Las Vegas.

The AWFS Fair Visionary New Product Awards recognizes exhibitors for innovation and new-to-market products, which includes any product that has been introduced to the industry since the 2021 AWFS Fair.

The eight products were chosen from a list of 19 finalists. 

The finalists are:


  • 3M, Booth 1063, 3M Xtract Cubitron II Net Disc 710W 
  • Prevost Corp., Booth 3468, Prevost PPS SQ Compressed Air System 


  • Mockett, Booth 3258, Oceanic Plastic Pull 
  • Shaper Tools, Booth 809, Plate + Hardware Catalog 

Machinery over $50,000 

  • Altendorf Group, Booth 501, Altendorf Group HAND GUARD 
  • Nutek Machinery, Booth 1523, Alphard Custom 
  • Total Finishing Solutions, Booth 854, VD Finishing Simple Dynamic System 

Machinery under $50,000 

  • Northtech Machine LLC, Booths 801 and 1000, Northtech's iGlue, Automatic Dovetail Gluer 
  • Next Wave CNC, Booth 539, Shark RS1000 Pro 
  • Oneida Air Systems, Booth 2900, SuperCell Turbo 

Industry 4.0 

  • Nederman, Booth 1759, Nederman SAVE 
  • Vesta 360, Booth 1913, Vesta 360 Software 

Power tools 

  • Disston Company, Booth 3853, Blu-Mol Xtreme QuickCore Patented Holesaw System 
  • SawStop, Booth 2013, SawStop 10" Compact Table Saw 


  • FISCH, Booth 3060, ProFit Click & Drill MAX Patented Holesaw System 
  • Micro Jig, Booth 3262, FITFINDER 
  • True Position Tools, Booth 3916, Transfer Tool 

General category 

  • Combilift, Booth 1573, Combilift CB15-5E 
  • SurfPrep, Booth 3047, SurfPrep Foam 

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