ATLANTA, GA -- The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards selection committee has named 22 woodworking technologies and supplies as 2010 finalists. An increase in the number of finalists â usually just 20 finalists are named â will bring added interest to the outcome.
Today's announcement is the second step in the biennial awards selection process that began with the April 30 entries deadline, and culminates in the selection of seven key wood industry technologies. The seven winners will be announced August 25 in Atlanta, opening day of the four-day IWF wood industry trade show â the largest North American tradeshow for the woodworking, wood manufacturing and related industries.
2010 IWF Challengers Awards Finalists
Following are the 22 finalists, listed alphabetically not according to their score.
Accurate Technology: ProCAB QC
ProCAB QC is a software application designed to be used with a ProTable-CAB two-axis measuring system. The program provides an easy method for importing production or purchase order part data via CSV files. Operators measure the dimensional quality of the fabricated parts in random sequence and ProCAB QC tracks and documents the results. More >>
Accu-Systems, Inc.: Dovetail Drawer Machine - DBJ
The DBJ is a multi-axis/station drawer box machining center designed to produce an entire box from dimensional material. The machine can be configured to make English and French dovetails drawers. It can also drill holes for mounting drawer fronts, rout for the under mount drawer glides and rout the drawer bottom grooves. More >>
Accuwrap Profiles & Components: Steel Cabinet Door and Light Valence
Accuwrap bills its Challengers Awards entrant as "the first truly authentic 'Stainless Steel' moulding and 5-piece cabinet door." It employs materials that are easily cut and assembled using conventional woodworking tools and hardware and is designed to complement any contemporary look.
BENZ Inc.: Reciprocating Knife Cutter - RCK
The Reciprocating Knife Cutter is designed to add a new level of versatility to a "C"-axis equipped CNC machine.
It utilizes a standard spoil board to hold material. The RCK is designed to cut fabrics, leather, veneers, rubber, carpet, cork, vinyl and other similar products. More >>
Binks, DeVilbiss: DeVilbiss Compact Automatic X Spray Gun CMAX-G85PM
The Compact Automatic X Spray Gun is a durable, long-lasting automatic spray gun. The automatic gun can be detached from its mounting block in few seconds via the thumb release mechanism, providing fast and easy maintenance and serviceability. The gun is designed with the latest advances in atomization technology and will help save paint while increasing application rates. More >>
Binks, DeVilbiss: Binks MX Pump - MX412
The Binks MX Series of pumps support one- or two-gun spray finishing in air assist airless applications. It has a specially designed air motor and fluid section combination that helps reduce rejected parts, coating costs and energy consumption. More >>
Black Bros. Co.: World Class Roll Coater - L300RC
Black Bros. Co. introduces a new World Class Roll Coater, the L300RC. This coater was designed and built to remove waste in both process and material in roll coating operations. More >>
Cabinotch: Cabinotch - 1
The Cabinotch patented system provides cabinetmakers with the ability to produce more cabinets in less time providing additional manufacturing. Cabinotch offers a broad range of sizes and species, allowing customers to order what they need, when they need it. More >>
Colonial Saw Co. Inc.: Lamello Clamex P
Clamex P connectors are unique for RTA case goods and modular components. Clamex P is fast and simple to use by the consumer or assembler of the final product. No screws or tools needed. Simply slide connectors in pre-cut slot, match up joining panels easily with built in alignment tabs, and lock cam lever in place by a turn of a hex key pulling parts together tightly for a strong durable connection. Parts with Clamex P can be preinstalled, stacked and packaged without risk of damage during transport. More >>
ETP Transmission Inc.: ETP CUBIT
ETP CUBIT is a new patented adjustable system to operate with axial access and three steps quickly and accurately adjust profile tools. The extreme precise adjustment is done by 0.01mm increments. More >>
King Slide Works Co. Ltd.: 1A88 -Push-Open-Silent Soft-close Undermount Slide
King Slide has combined the touch-open and soft-closing technologies in the 1A88 undermount slide. King Slide uses all-mechanical design that will not only save electricity but promote green technology. It opens with one touch; no handle is needed. More >>
Leitz Tooling Systems, Inc.: RipTec Cutting System
Leitz Tooling Systems introduces RipTec technology. Patented for window production, the RipTec system drastically decreases blow-out on end-grain machining and creates a stronger joint, sealed against water and air penetration. Also used in conjunction with finish planers, such as Leitz CentroStar or VariPlan, on four-sided moulders, the RipTec pre-cutter virtually eliminates plucked grain in difficult-to-machine woods. More >>
Leuco Tool Corp. P-System
The Leuco P-System features a new cutting edge geometry for polycrystalline diamond (PCD)-tipped cutting tools. It is designed to improve cut quality and prolong edge life. More >>
Merritt Machinery LLC: Meinan Widebelt Wet Sander
Merritt Machinery LLC offers the Meinan BFS-40W Widebelt Wet Sander. It allows for 100% dust-free sanding of finished panels and provides a smooth glass-like surface. The company says no ductwork is necessary. The sander uses environmetnally-friendly, chemical-free water circulation for sanding, with Perlite filtering system to trap sanding particles and dust. More >>
Oneida Air Systems, Inc. Oneida Smart Dust Collector
The Oneida Smart Dust Collector automatically adjusts to the required air volume and pressure needed at each woodworking tool for maximum dust collection at the source, resulting in less fugitive dust escaping to the shop air. Oneida says 99% of waste is pre-separated with a high efficiency cyclone and air is returned to the shop through certified HEPA filter media. It features a patent pending Flame Guard Arrestor. Passive and active fire safety features help the collector meet code. More >>
PMK Machinery LLC: Chipless Coping & End-Matching - C-1203
The PMK Coping and End-Matching System allows the user to machine square or profiled parts without the need of a backup piece. Due to the design of the system, PMK says the user can machine chip-free parts with no blow-out. More >>
Precision Drive Systems: Dyna-Loc ATC Spindle
The 6138 Dyna Loc is a compact automatic tool change spindle system that incorporates standard HSK-style tool holders. In this design, the conventional drawbar and spring packs are removed and the pneumatic actuator is moved to the front of the spindle. Precision Drive Systems says advantages of this system include: Fail-safe design eliminates accidental tool ejection in the unlikely event of a failure; elimination of hollow shaft, drawbar, and spring packs; and elimination of expensive HSK clamping sets. More >>
Prevost Corp.: PREVO S1- ISI 061201
The Prevo S1 coupling is a new generation air hose coupling. It provides ease of connection while also providing safety to the user by venting the pressure with a single push of the button. More >>
Timesavers Inc.: Oscillating Chevron Polishing Platen
Timesavers' new Oscillating Chevron Polishing Platen helps eliminates the streaking of the graphite-covered platen, and minimizes the appearance of abrasive belt scratches. This design allows air and dust to flow through the abrasive belt and the improved air flow generates less heat, resulting in a clear, uniform, and more polished sanded products. More >>
Tornado Manufacturing Ltd.: Filter Cleaner - F4
The F4 is designed to save time and money. In less than 30 seconds, the user can clean and reuse his current wet/dry vacuum filter over and over again. This increases productivity, is good for the environment and is cost effective. More >>
Unique Machine & Tool Co.: "Go Green" Inserter - GI-0250
Unique Machine says its new machine allows "greener and cleaner" insertion of door spacers. More >>
USNR: AddVantage Chop & Rip Optimizer
USNR's AddVantage Chop & Rip saw optimizer scans boards once and decides whether ripping or chopping first creates more value. AddVantage is designed to delivershigher production, greater performance, and more profit to help combat rising wood costs with better rip/cut decisions, reducing safety issues and labor dependence. More >>
From 80 Entrants to 22 Finalists
The selection committee chose the 22 finalists from among 80 wood industry technologies and products entered by 65 companies to compete for the Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award.
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