ATLANTA, GA, USA — The 2010 Challengers Award® Winners were announced at a special award presentation held August 25th, 2010 on the opening day of IWF.

Sixty-five exhibitors entered eighty products to compete for the coveted Challengers Award®. The award is known throughout the world as the woodworking industry’s highest honor, recognizing advancements in technology or significant contributions to environmental improvement: and focuses on companies that have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, services, or manufacturing techniques. The award challenges IWF exhibiting companies to develop revolutionary, creative, ingenious, forward-thinking technology, materials, services or safety devices that advance the industry.

“We had a record 22 finalists for this year’s competition, which validates the commitment too creating new products for the industry by IWF exhibitors,” said Riccardo Azzoni, IWF 2010 Chairman and President of Atlantic Machinery Corporation, based in New Millford, Connecticut. “The seven IWF exhibitors who won the Challengers Award® and all of the exhibiting companies that entered the competition will receive worldwide media coverage and be recognized throughout the industry as leaders of innovation, “added Azzoni.

“The IWF Challengers Award® undoubtedly lifts innovative products into a spotlight for the entire industry to see. There can be no better endorsement than for a product to be Challengers Award® worthy,” commented Dan Murphy Vice President of Sales for Leitz Tooling Systems Inc.

“Winning the award will strengthen our image as an innovative company with premium products dedicated to long term investments and partnerships with our customers,” added Thomas Nyman Marketing Manager of ETP Transmission, Inc.

“The media exposure that the Challengers Award® brings to any company is priceless. Cabinotch® will be recognized internationally as one of the most innovative businesses in the world,” commented Phillip Crabtree II President of Cabinotch®.

“Precision Drive Systems intention was to raise the level of competitiveness for our machine builders and end-users. The IWF Challengers Award® was a great venue to promote our new patent pending innovation,” added Bob Jewell VP Sales & Marketing of Precision Drive Systems.

IWF 2010 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® Winners
(Listed alphabetically and not according to rank or score)

Benz Incorporated
Reciprocating Knife Cutter-RCK1

Binks, DeVilbiss
Binks MX Pump-MX412

Cabinotch
Cabinotch-1

ETP Transmission, Inc.
ETP CUBIT

King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
1A88-Push-Open-Silent-Soft-Close Undermount

Leitz Tooling Systems, Inc.
RipTec Cutting System

Precision Drive Systems
Dyna-Loc ATC Spindle

IWF 2010 Challengers Award Winners
listed alphabetically and not according to rank or score, with a brief explanation about the innovativeness of the winning entries

BENZ Incorporated
Reciprocating Knife Cutter - RCK1
Add a new level of versatility to your "C" axis equipped CNC machine - with the new Reciprocating Knife Cutter from Benz Inc. Utilizing a standard spoil board to hold your material, this unit is designed to cut fabrics, leather, veneers, rubber, carpet, cork, vinyl and other similar products effortlessly. Available to fit any models equipped with "C" axis.

Binks, DeVilbiss
Binks MX Pump - MX412
The Binks MX Series of pumps support 1-2 gun spray finishing in air assist airless applications. With the industry's most responsive air moter and fluid section combination, your operation can experience reduced rejected parts, reduced coating costs, and reduced energy consumption.

Cabinotch
Cabinotch - 1
Wouldn't you like to gain market share by selling more product, without the need to hire additional labor? With the Cabinotch patented system, you will have the ability to produce more cabinets in less time providing you with additional manufacturing capacity! Cabinotch offers a broad range of sizes and species, allowing you to order what you need, when you need it.

ETP Transmission, Inc.
ETP CUBIT
ETP CUBIT - The ultimate way to profile precision. The new patented adjustable system is easy to operate with axially access and three steps to profile success. The extreme precise adjustment is done by 0.01 mm.

King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
1A88 -Push-Open-Silent Soft-close Undermount Slide
King Slide has perfectly combined the touch-open and soft-closing technologies in the 1A88. King Slide uses all-mechanical design that will not only save electricity but promote green technology. One Touch to Open, No Handle Needed. Our 1A88 is a stylish, sleek, and beautifully crafted revolutionary drawer slide. It will create your personal style and green life!

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.

Precision Drive Systems
Dyna-Loc ATC Spindle
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 teh pneumatic actuator is moved to the front of the spindle. The advantages of this system include: Fail-safe design eliminates accidental tool ejection in the unlikely event of a failure; eliminates troublesome Hollow Shaft, Drawbar, and Spring Packs; eliminates expensive HSK clampling sets; and more.

About IWF- International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-U.S.A. ®

IWF is recognized around the world as the tradeshow for introducing and selling new manufacturing equipment, supplies and innovative new technology. IWF attracts visitors from every level of the industry and over eighty countries.

IWF 2010 took place Wednesday – Saturday, August 25-28, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and is owned and sponsored by American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA).

SOURCE: IWF International Woodworkign Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair

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