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Seven companies capture Challengers’ Awards at IWF

Salice America was one of seven IWF exhibitors to win a Challengers’ Award for the Salice Air, a door hinge available with soft close or push open actions.

Salice Air

Product manager Shawn Pressley describes the hinge as a perfect synthesis of aesthetics and functionality.

“Combining refinement in design and compactness of size with the highest performance qualities, Air is also available with Salice’s Push system for the opening of all types of handle-less doors,” Pressley says. “Air is suitable for a host of applications and offers furniture designers new dimensions of elegance and modernity of design.”

With a thickness of only 10mm, air is inserted into the top and bottom of the cabinet and the door. It is adjustable in three directions and can be used with wooden and aluminum-framed doors.

The hinge sells for about $40/pair in both nickel and titanium finishes.

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The Challengers’ Awards recognize companies for developing innovative technology in products, services or manufacturing techniques that will advance the industry.

The other six winners were:

Giben by Andersen

Nested CNC router

The new Giben by Anderson model GS CNC router is designed to out-produce conventional routers by as much as a 100 percent, according to the manufacturer.

Giben by Anderson CNC

“With speed and precision, the new GS CNC router bridges the gap between nesting on a conventional router and cutting books of panels on a beam saw,” the company said in a statement. “It offers the best of both worlds. With an average nest time of around half that of a standard router, it can produce nearly double the output of a conventional machine.”

“The new model GS offers linear motor technology on both X and Y axis for incredible speeds for both positioning and machining. This innovative approach drastically reduces cycle times for both drilling and routing alike.”

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Viet Opera R at the Biesse booth.

Viet Opera R robotic sanding machine

The Opera R, at its essence, is a CNC router with a sanding attachment, but with the capability to sand with the grain in any orientation and the profiles of five-part doors and window frames.

“The Opera R presents the only automated solution for sanding of MDF doors with flat center panel, as well as removal of cross grain scratching of solid wood doors,” the company said in a statement.

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Bacci America

CNC router for shaping, sanding cabinet doors

The Bacci CNC sander shaper is a fully automatic machine, complete with an all-new user interface screen and controls.

“The operator scans a bar code on the door, which then triggers the pods to automatically position,” the company said in a statement. “The door is then loaded onto the vacuum cup tables and automatically positioned under the shaping head where it’s profiled.

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Holz-Her’s Ltronic

Ltronic laser edging unit

Offered with the company’s Lumina series of edgebanders, Ltronic features a Near Infrared Radiation (NIR) module to activate the laser edging function layer. The result is perfect, invisible joints, according to the company.

“With Holz-Her’s Ltronic, users obtain a cost-effective alternative to laser and hot-air processes, ensuring perfect quality laser edging,” the company said in a statement. “The advantages with the Holz-Her NIR module in the Ltronic laser-edging unit start with its immediate availability. Ltronic does not require any unproductive heat-up times and is ready for operation at the touch of a button.”

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LMT Onsrud LP

Polaris compression tooling

The Polaris line features an advanced coating to protect each cutting edge of the tool.

“This coating reduces wear and reduces heat buildup. All of this results in less downtime, fewer tool changes, fewer reruns, fewer defects and decreased tooling costs,” the company said in a statement.

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Fastenlink connector

Fastenlink is a hidden connector system that replaces wooden dowels, cams, screws and other fasteners.

The patent-pending design uses a groove cut into the tip of the plastic dowel, creating a shoulder that slides into a tapered ramp cut into the wood that guides the Fastenlink dowel until it clicks into the locked position.

“We believe this can radically change our industry for the better, which then will change it for the consumer too,” vice president of operations Jamie Mindrup say. “If companies can cut their own assembly time drastically, it lowers the cost of the product for the consumer.”

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This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue.

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