ATLANTA - With IWF right around the corner, anticipation for the 50th annual Challengers Award winners is at its peak. Twenty-one Challengers finalists - narrowed down from an original 70 entries - will be judged on the IWF show floor Tuesday, August 23, the day before IWF.
 
This year over 70 companies submitted a product. Those 70 were narrowed down to 39 semi-finalists, and then to 21 finalists. The seven winners will be announced Wednesday, August 24, the first day of the show, in a special ceremony. 
 

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The Challengers' Distinguished Achievement Award is awarded to companies that have developed innovative technology for the woodworking industry. 

"The Challengers' Award represents innovative industry changing products,”  says Art Raymond, IWF Challengers Award judge, and committee head. “The IWF Challengers' 
 
Award is recognized around the globe as an industry as an achievement for excellence."
IWF Challengers' Award publication

IWF will feature these 21 finalists in a special gallery in Building B. IWF runs August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The finalists are also recorded in a 50th-anniversary award publication produced by IWF.

We've compiled a list of all of the finalists below.

Accuride International Senseon Secure Access System
Atlantic Machinery / VITAP Vitap CNC Acoustic Panel Boring Machine
Bacci America Inc CNC for Shaping & Sanding Cabinets Doors Outside Profile
Biesse Viet robotic sanding cross grain scratching on MDF, wood, painted doors
Cefla North America Cefla Inert Coating Technology by Sorbini
Doucet Machineries Inc Doucet In-Motion Crosscut Saw
Fastenlink Fastenlink fasteners
Giben Giben by Anderson nested CNC
Holz-Her Ltronic edgebanding technology
Holz-Her/Leitz Tooling Systems LP Multi Tool/QuattroForm Cutterhead System
Koch Machinery Paul Optimizing Crosscut saw
Leitz Tooling Systems LP ProfilCut Q Premium Cutterhead System
LMT Onsrud LP Polaris Compression
Luxhammar Corp Luxhammar Thermal Modification Process
Red Horse USA, Inc Winbag inflatable spline & install adjuster 
Riverside Tool Corp SuperSand CNC sanding tool
Salice America Inc Salice Air
SonicAire SonicAire 2.0 dust exhaust fan
Taurus Craco Machinery WOOD-ED Table
Utility Composites Inc Raptor Polymer Composite Nails
Weinig Group Weinig System Plus
 
IWF, the largest woodworking technology trade show in North America, is held every other year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Each year it ranks among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as the pre-eminent event for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment, supplies, and innovative new technology, IWF attracts visitors from over 80 countries and from all 50 states - from every level of the woodworking industry. For more information about the International Woodworking Fair, go online to www.iwfatlanta.com, or call (404) 693-8333.
 

The Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award is awarded to companies that have developed innovative technology for the woodworking industry. 
 
"The Challengers Award represents innovative industry changing products,”  says Art Raymond, IWF Challengers Award judge, and committee head. “The IWF Challengers Award is recognized around the globe as an industry as an achievement for excellence."

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