Skip to main content

Achieving world success in ski racing with Format-4 CNC techology

Mikaela Shiffrin is an American two-time Olympic gold medalist and is the current two-time reigning Overall World Cup champion. This skiing supertar has been riding for years, along with her olympic team all achieved their victories and success on skis made by ATOMIC - the most dominant brand in the high-performance and the leisure skiing segment.


The way a ski acts on snow depends mostly on its wooden core. Smoothness, stability, absorption and agility are affected by the use of different types of wood and the quality of manufacture. That's why ATOMIC's production plant in the town of Altenmarkt, one of the largest ski manufacturer in the world, relies on the ultimate precision and efficiency of seven high-tech Format-4 CNC machining centers.


"In addition to meeting the highest standards on the quality of the highly sensitive wooden cores, optimizing our production processes was also important to us. Together with FORMAT-4 we have developed a highly efficient space utilization concept, thereby maximizing our production output. In less than 180 seconds we are now producing an absolutely perfect pair of ski cores ", says ATOMIC CEO Stefan Leberbauer, proud of the massive increase in efficiency.


"The secret is a sophisticated automation concept with innovative CNC machining centers, state-of-the-art sensor technology and intelligent robotics solutions," explains FORMAT-4 Key Account Manager Helmut Tipotsch. "Optical sensors support the system to measure the blanks. This way errors that occur can be recognized and adjusted. The sensors and the evaluating software detect form errors on the component blank and check the clamping on the machining device. Within a few seconds, the tightened components are milled. During this process the robot picks up new blanks, thus ensuring a time-saving production flow.


An Austrian partnership for the worldwide success of skis

"Due to the worldwide dealer and service network, FORMAT-4 also holds an excellent international position and we have already begun to convert our plant in Bulgaria to the same successful setup as we are using here in Altenmarkt," says Stefan Leberbauer. With the FORMAT-4 technology ATOMIC is equipped for the future and ready for many more incredible success stories of Mikaela Shiffrin and Co.

Related Articles

Fernweh_  primary   photo

CNC Perfection in a Portable Hand Tool

Justin Nelson is the founder of Fernweh Woodworking in Oregon. His custom shop makes small-batch modern furniture, with an emphasis on high-quality and beautiful craftmanship.

Cut Center Video

CNC Router vs a Cut Center

Learn how a Cut Center can save you time and money over a traditional CNC Router


Outsourcing Components Just Got Easier

Aside from superb workmanship and industry-leading customer support, Elias Woodworking has always been a favorite supplier of components for shops across the continent because of its vast product selection and central location that saves days on shipping.

cab writer photo

Affordable, Powerful Cabinet Design Software

When woodshop owners think about re-tooling, their minds naturally drift toward table-saws and the like.


Woodshops Find All the Answers in One Place

Wouldn’t it be nice to find every major machine you need in a single catalog?

Limtech photo 1

The Best Built CNCs Build the Best Cabinets

One of the most rewarding parts of building casework in the age of Industry 4.0 is opportunity.


Osborne Wood Products Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This year, Osborne Wood Products celebrates forty years of supplying the remodeling, cabinetry and furniture trades with high-quality, unfinished decorative wood, acrylic, and industrial components, as well as hardware.


Cefla Finishing and Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0's technology allows companies to connect the digital world and the real world – that is, the world of machines and the world of people.