August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA

IWF 2016 Challengers Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 IWF Challengers Award Winners! 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, supplies, and services for the furniture, kitchen cabinets, architectural woodwork, store fixture, upholstery, or specialty and general wood product industries. For IWF 2016 the competition had 77 entries. Following are the 7 winning entries from the 2016 competition.

You can also see a full list of Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® throughout the history of the competition
* Winners are listed alphabetically


  CNC Router for Shaping & Sanding Cabinets Doors Outside Profile                                      
  The Bacci Master/Pro dual spindle, twin or triple table 6-Axes CNC Machining center for shaping and  
  sanding the outside profile of custom kitchen cabinet doors; the first, best and only CNC pod and rail
  machine for true, high volume (600 doors per shift! or more with triple table!) Batch One processing
  of custom five piece doors.



  Viet Robotic sanding of cross grain scratching and Mdf, wood or painted doors

  Biesse and Viet deliver the Opera R: The only automated solution for sanding MDF doors with flat
  center panel, as well as removal of cross grain scratching of solid wood doors. The “Patented” Viet
  Opera R delivers high quality sanding results normally only obtained from manual hand sanding but in
  an automated way.






  Fastenlink™ is a hidden connector system that joins materials in a fast, economical and innovative way.
  Using standard woodworking equipment, Fastenlink™ simplifies your manufacturing, reduces a large
  percentage of assembly labor and delivers a finished product free of exposed fasteners. With
  Fastenlink™, you will never manually insert fasteners again.
  Giben by Anderson

  The new model GS CNC router offers linear motor technology on both X and Y axis for incredible
  speeds for both positioning and machining. On a typical nest, the movements are done in a fraction
  of the time required on a conventional machine due to the instantaneous reactions, aggressive
  accelerations and higher top speeds.





  Ltronic is HOLZ-HER's completely integrated solution for processing laser edging. With Ltronic,  
  users obtain a cost-effective alternative to laser and hot-air processes. Switch it on and it's
  immediately ready for use - the new Ltronic unit does not require any heat-up time. In addition, \
  the complete system operates absolutely silent and requires no compressed air.


  Polaris Compression

  The Polaris Compression is the latest generation of compression spiral cutting tools from LMT Onsrud LP for
  the routing of panel materials.

  Specifically designed for significantly longer tool life in high pressure laminates and fire rated panels, the
  Polaris Compression uses optimized cutting geometry and wear resistant coating to minimize tool wear in all
  panel materials.

  The innovations used to accomplish this longer tool life include a new PVD coating designed to reduce edge
  wear in abrasive materials and a pre-coating conditioning process designed to guarantee maximum coating
  adhesion allowing the coating to provide longer protection of the cutting edges.





  Salice Air
  Air is an innovative and revolutionary hinge, which, despite its compactness and small size, delivers
  full functionality to cabinet manufacturers. Like traditional hinges, Air is fully adjustable with three
  dimensional adjustments and also incorporates an integrated soft close mechanism for  
  decelerated closing. Air is inserted into the cabinet panel and door.