Winners of the 2016 Challengers’ Distinguished Achievement Award announced during the International Woodworking Fair were selected from a field of 21 finalists. The seven winners include two hardware items, one cutting tool, and four machine technologies:
• Bacci America of Charlotte, N.C., won for its fully-automatic CNC shaping and sanding machine for cabinet door outside profiles. The Bacci Master/Pro dual spindle, twin or triple table 6-axes CNC Machining centre can produce 600 doors per shift or more with triple table, offering batch one processing of custom five piece doors.
• Biesse America, also of Charlotte, won for its Viet robotic sander for cross grain scratching on MDF, wood and painted doors. The machine is said to allow for the sanding of panels in any direction and on different planes, as well as removal of cross grain scratching of solid wood doors.
• Fastenlink of Owensboro, Ky., won for its patent-pending hidden connector system that replaces wooden dowels needed for adjoining pieces in place. The Fastenlink system is said to replace cams, screws, or nails for fastening panels.
• Norcross, Ga.-based Giben says its winning Giben by Anderson nested CNC router offers linear motor technology on both X and Y axis for rapid positioning and machining. A proprietary motion algorithm shortens the distance that spindles have to travel, thus gaining operational productivity, the company says.
• Salice America of Charlotte, N.C., won for its Salice Air hinge, which is adjustable in three directions and has a soft-close mechanism. The hinge has a thickness of 10 mm and is inserted into the cabinet panel and door.
• Holz-Her of Nurtingen, Germany, won for its Ltronic edgebanding technology notable for not requiring heatup time.
• LMT Onsrud LP of Waukengan, Ill., won for the Polaris Compression spiral cutting tool that features a wear-resistant coating that reduces heat build-up and wear.
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 8 judges, all industry professionals representing a broad cross-section of the industry, review and analyze each entry.