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.
A panel of 10 distinguished judges, all industry professionals representing a broad cross-section of the industry, review and analyze each of the 72 entries that were submitted for the 2018 competition. The finalist judging takes place the day before IWF opens. On that Tuesday, the finalists perform live demonstrations for the panel of judges, who then make their final decisions on the most innovative product developments.
The Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® culminates with a presentation held on the show floor on opening day during which the winners are announced and presented with the now familiar distinctive bronze sculpture. Following are the 23 Finalists from the 2018 competition.
Entries are listed alphabetically by company name.
|Company||Entry Name||Booth #|
|3B S.p.A||Respet ®️||
|Aircle Tech, Inc.||QaX Series of LM Systems||8213|
Axiom Tool Group
|Axiom STRATUS Air Cleaner||8435|
|Biesse bPad||7535, 7335 & 7553|
Cefla North America
|J-PRINT TD with my Texture Technology||7353|
Doucet Machineries, Inc.
|ALYX - Clamp Carrier Automatic Loading||5335|
|Eagle Machinery & Supply, Inc.||EagleEye Talon Vision Saw||4466|
|Lignoloc Collated Wood Nails||2674|
|FELDER Group USA||Format-4 creator 950||6973|
|FIAMA/Automation Continuum Inc.||Multi-Function Measurement Display||8241|
Hafele America Co.
|Häfele ixconnect Spreading Connector SC 8/25||1840|
|Machine Tool Camp||HARP CNC Machining Center||8188|
|Padsmore Inc.||Padsmore VM Block||635|
|Peak Tool Works||Endurance Diamond Tooling||4728|
|RAMPA Tec Inc.||RAMPA SKD330 Insert||953|
|SCM||SCM Router with HE-POD Technology||6753, 6953 & 7153|
Stafast Products, Inc.
|"BRAIN" Automation Cell||946|
|VENTLESS LLC||VENTLESS SPRAY BOOTH||7375|
|Weinig/HOLZ-HER||WEINIG SERVOLock Tool Wrench||6034, 6035 & 6452|