WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The SonicAire 2.0 fan is among 39 entries that have advanced to the finalist round of the 2016 IWF Challengers Award.
 
SonicAire developed its fan in response to the fact that wood dust is more challenging to remove than dust from other processing industries, as it is heavier and more articulated in its characteristics, and can be wetter or drier than “normal” dust.According to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the wood industry experienced the highest percentage, 24 percent, of all combustible dust explosions from 1980 to 2005.

“The SonicAire 2.0 fan was created to specifically address the unique composition and challenges of wood dust elimination,” said SonicAire president Brad Carr.

“Explosions as a result of combustible sawdust buildup remain a serious and expensive hazard. By creating an air curtain to stop the buildup of overhead combustible sawdust, the 2.0 fan offers a progressive engineered solution.”
 
The Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award, presented by the International Woodworking Fair, is awarded to companies that have developed innovative technology for the woodworking industry. Winners of the 2016 Challengers award will be announced at IWF in Atlanta August 24-27.

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