IWF 2014 is fast approaching, and thousands of woodworking industry professionals are eager to discover which exhibitors will be presented with the Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award for innovations in machinery, software, hardware, safety and production.

A Look at Previous Challengers Award Winners as IWF'14 ApproachesIn 2012, seven exhibitors were awarded, including Giben for the Prisma 6000 panel sizing saw with ECOtech. General manager Mark Craig said the saw offered enhanced machine performance and productivity, but with substantially reduced power consumption for an energy savings of 35 percent.

Martin Woodworking Machines Corp. was also awarded for the T75 sliding tablesaw, which offers a blade that can be tilted to both the left and the right. Martin is returning as a finalist in 2014 for its Airtronic seamless edgebanding machine.

A Look at Previous Challengers Award Winners as IWF'14 Approaches2012 winners also included CIM-Tech for its Solid-CIM 3D nesting software, and Miltec UV for its HPI Gloss Control UV Curing System, which made only one UV final topcoat necessary for all gloss ranges from 30 to 80 gloss units.

Hafele America Co. was awarded for Frontino hardware, which allows sliding doors to sit flush on a single track.

Cameron Automation was awarded for the Cameron Flooring Nester, which automatically nests random length flooring into bundles for wrapping.

A Look at Previous Challengers Award Winners as IWF'14 ApproachesAnd Techniks was awarded for the Extra Plus Aggregate Head, which features an oscillating cutting action that can cut a mortised lock pocket in 11 seconds.

The purpose of the Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award is to encourage and promote the development of innovative new technology in the field of woodworking machinery. Winners of the 2014 competition will be announced on August 20, the day IWF 2014 opens.

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