Seventy-nine companies entered to win this year's IWF Atlanta's Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award, given to makers of innovative new products that advance the woodworking industry. The seven winners of the accolade were announced this morning, on the first day of the biennial trade show, where we're exhibiting along with 850 others through the week's end.
And the winners are ...
Giben-America Inc. — IWF awarded Giben for its new Giben Prisma 6000 panel sizing saw, which uses ECOtech to improve machine productivity while cutting power usage. That means more speed, more power with less energy and fewer components. Booth #6712.
Hafele America Co. — This purveyor of furniture, cabinet, closet and architectural hardware won an award for what it calls Frontino hardware, a technology that aligns sliding doors flush on tracks instead of on separate tracks, according to the Woodworking Network. That smoother alignment means doors close quietly and save space by not opening outwards, the company explained.
Miltec UV — This entrant won for a newly invented HPI Gloss Control UV Curing System, which nixes downtime by using only a single UV topcoat for any gloss range, the company website reads. The time saved translates to less energy used, which saves money and maximizes profits. A wood finishing company could see a cost payback within a couple years, Miltec says. Booth #6534.
Techniks Inc. — This CNC tooling company came away with a prize for its recently introduced Extra Plus Aggregate Head. The product's oscillating cutting action makes it quicker and more simple to cut a mortise pocked, the company says.
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