Art Raymond of A.G. Raymond & Co. was the Challengers Award chairman and announced the winners.
A special ceremony on opening day of the Internatiojnal Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, saw the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Challengers Awards.
The seven winners were selected from the 23 finalists.
The award recognizes outstanding companies that have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, services, or manufacturing techniques that will advance the industry.
And the winners are:
Doucet Machineries’ ALYX is an automated clamp carrier loader system for high volume gluing application, panel preparation, and loading and unloading of the machine.
Eagle Machinery & Supply's EagleEye Talon Vision Saw combines two-sided, vision-based defect scanning with high-speed crosscutting in a single machine.
Fasco America for Lignoloc collated wood nails.
Felder Group USA for its Format-4 Creator, a compact automated vertical CNC machine centre that fits into just 54 square feet. Creator machines panels horizontally for easier infeed offers more flexibility in handling larger panel sizes.
RSA Solutions for Production Coach, a software designed to offer a 360-degree view of the factory from CAD/CAM through production and shipping.
SCM's CNC router with HE-POD technology can machine any type of edge in any situation according to the company. It features five independent and interpolating axes with continuous 360 degree rotation and a numerical control Z axis that allows for adjustment of the lower projection of the edge.
Booth 6753, 6953, 7121, 7153
Shaper Tools' new Shaper Origin is hand-held CNC router that can be steered by a smart-phone sized guidance system.