ATLANTA - Updated: Twenty wood manufacturing products from 19 companies have been named finalists in the 2012 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards competition. The preliminary step leads to the Challengers Awards that will be announced at IWF 2012, the International Woodworking Fair in August. 

Presented every two years, The Challengers Awards recognize seven outstanding exhibiting companies for innovative woodworking machinery, supplies and services. The Challengers Awards program, which was inaugurated at 1966 IWF, is designed to encourage companies to develop revolutionary, creative, ingenious, forward-thinking technology, materials, services or safety devices that advance the industry.

Company Name Entry Name IWF 2012 Fair
Booth Number
Accu-Systems, Inc. Panel Sizing & Squaring Machine 6569
Bessey Tools North America BESSEY Auto-Adjust Toggle clamp 4534
Biesse America
Biesse Automated Nestling Cell 6735, 6769
Blum, Inc. TANDEM plus BLUMOTION 2637
Cim-Tech Solid-CIM 3D 5820
Giben America, Inc. Prisma6000 ECOtech 6712
Hafele America Co. Frontino 2307
James L. Taylor Mfg / JLT Clamps / Cameron Automation Cameron Flooring Nester 6412
Kanefusa USA Inc. UFO(U-formed) planer head and knife 5140
Martin Woodworking Machines Corp. MARTIN T75 Sliding Table Saw 6748
Miltec UV Gloss Control UV Finishing 6534
Newman Machine Company, Inc. EQ3 Equalizing Module 5352
S D Machinery Wiithdrawn
Stiles Machinery Inc. Venjakob automatic coating change system 7535, 7935,
8135,  8155
Stiles Machinery Inc. Weeke vertical machining center 7535, 7935,
8135,  8156
Techniks, Inc. ATEMAG EXTRA Plus Aggregate 5239
TigerStop LLC SawGear with Crown+MiterPro 5929
Timesavers, Inc. CNC Profile Sander 6426
Tisfoon Ulterior Systems Tisfoon Scanner 6076
Voorwood Company A11 Table Shaper/Sander 5763
Weinig / Holz-her The Weinig CUBE 7555, 7955

Eighty wood industry products from 62 companies were  entered for the 2012 IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards competition by the April deadline.

A panel of judges reviewed each of the 80 entries and to select the 20 finalists. (The number was 21 until SD Machinery withdrew its product June 27 due to unavailability in time for the IWF show.) Just prior to IWF Atlanta, scheduled for August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center, the judges will meet with representatives of the finalist products the day before the show opens to select the winners, who will be announced on the first day of the show.

The accompanying list of Challengers Awards Finalists will be fully described as  Woodworking Network publishes the Official IWF 2012 Challengers Awards Publication the week of June 18, with expanded coverage of the Challengers Awards winners and the individual products being considered for the award. A review of past award winners will also be included.


Challengers Award Finalists


Accu-Systems, Inc.                                                          Panel Sizing & Squaring Machine                                             6569

Bessey Tools North America                                       BESSEY Auto-Adjust Toggle clamp                                           4534

BIESSE AMERICA                                                              Biesse Automated Nestling Cell                                    6735, 6769

Blum, Inc.                                                                            TANDEM plus BLUMOTION                                                        2637

Cim-Tech                                                                             Solid-CIM 3D                                                                                     5820

Giben America, Inc.                                                        Prisma6000 ECOtech                                                                     6712

Hafele America Co.                                                         Frontino                                                                                             2307

James L. Taylor Mfg / JLT Clamps
/ Cameron Automation
                                                 Cameron Flooring Nester                                                            6412

Kanefusa USA Inc.                                                           UFO(U-formed) planer head and knife                                 5140

Martin Woodworking Machines Corp.                    MARTIN T75 Sliding Table Saw                                                  6748

Miltec UV                                                                            Gloss Control UV Finishing                                                          6534

Newman Machine Company, Inc.                             EQ3 Equalizing Module                                                                 5352

S D Machinery                                                                   MagPi                                                                                                  6957

Stiles Machinery Inc.                                                      Venjakob automatic coating

                                                                                                 change system                                           7535, 7935, 8135,  8155

Stiles Machinery Inc.                                                      Weeke vertical machining center        7535, 7935, 8135,  8156

Techniks, Inc.                                                                     ATEMAG EXTRA Plus Aggregate                                               5239

TigerStop LLC                                                                     SawGear with Crown+MiterPro                                               5929

Timesavers, Inc.                                                               CNC Profile Sander                                                                        6426

Tisfoon Ulterior Systems                                              Tisfoon Scanner                                                                              6076

Voorwood Company                                                      A11 Table Shaper/Sander                                                           5763

Weinig / Holz-her             The Weinig CUBE             7555, 7955

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