AWFS Names 8 Visionary Award Winners at Woodworking Fair
AWFS Visionary Award

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LAS VEGAS – Eight woodworking machinery and supply manufacturers received Visionary Awards this morning at the 2015 AWFS Fair. The Visionary Award recognizes creativity and innovation, as well as leadership in green/environmental product development.

The eight winning products were selected from a group of 25 products, by 22 companies. "We had a great selection of products this year, more so than we've had in the past," said Angelo Gangone, executive vice president/AWFS Fair.

The winners are:

Product Innovation in Components: Schenk Ltd for the Kitsilano- Smoked Larch textured real wood panel.

Product Innovation & Productivity in Sanding: SurfPrep Sanding by Dixon Enterprises for the SurfPrep 3” x 4” Sanding System Kit.

Product Innovation in Software: RSA Solutions for the Wood CAD/CAM  3D/2D AutoCAD and SQL software.  

Innovation & Productivity in Hardware: Striplox for its Striplox Rapid Assembly Connectors fastening solution for cabinetry.

Product Innovation in Cutting Tools: Vortex Tools Co., Inc. for its Tool Selection APP which simplifies tool selection based on cutting needs.

Product Innovation in Power Tools: SawStop, LLC for the SawStop Jobsite Saw which detects contact with skin on the blade and stops the blade in less than five milliseconds.

Product Innovation in Machinery Under $50,000: Next Wave Automation for the Piranha FX  CNC routing system that can also 3D Print and Laser Engrave.

Product Innovation in Machinery Over $50,000: Holz-Her US for the  Evolution Vertical Machining Center which features a vacuum-based clamping system (patent pending), and fully automatic suction cup positioning with hole recognition, allowing workpieces to be machined on all four sides without re-clamping.

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Click here to see a complete listing of all AWFS Visionary Award finalists.


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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]