The 2016 International Woodworking Fair is now one for the history books, and from a numbers game, the show was a tremendous success, recording double-digit growth. Attendee figures rose to 16,000 this year, up from 14,400 in 2014. (This figure does not include exhibitor personnel and other attendees, such as educators and media, which bring the total thousands higher.)
“We had double-digit growth in attendance, exhibit space, and the number of exhibitors,” said Tom Onsrud, IWF 2016 chairman, and president of machinery manufacturer C.R. Onsrud Inc. “The show floor was very active and exhibitors were seeing high demand for their products.”
During the show, IWF also announced the winners of the 2016 Challengers’ Distinguished Achievement Award, which promotes the development of innovative new technology in woodworking machinery, supplies, and services for the furniture, kitchen cabinets, architectural woodwork, store fixture, upholstery, or specialty and general wood product industries. Seven winners were selected from a field of 21 finalists, and of those winners, five companies were WMIA members:
- Bacci America won for its CNC Shaping & Sanding machine for cabinet door outside profiles. A fully-automatic machine, it is capable of producing 500 doors per day by featuring a sanding wheel at the end of the cycle. The machine is installed at Decore-ative Specialties, which won a WMIA Wooden Globe Award for Innovator of the Year earlier this year.
- Biesse America won for the Viet robotic sander for cross grain scratching on MDF, wood, and painted doors. The machine allows for the sanding of panels in any direction and on different planes, as well as on the inside of profiles and shaped edges.
- Giben America won for its Giben by Anderson nested CNC router, which offers linear motor technology on both X and Y axis for fast positioning and machining. On a typical nest, the movements are done in a fraction of the time required on a conventional machine, the company says.
- Holz-Her won for its Ltronic edgebanding technology. The newly developed NIR module (NIR = Near Infrared Radiation) in the LTRONIC unit is electronically controlled for activating the laser edging functional layer. LTRONIC is ready for operation at the touch of a button and operates without any air blast noise or compressed air.
- Salice America Inc. won for the Salice Air hinge, which is fully adjustable in three directions and features a soft-close mechanism. The hinge is nearly invisible, with a thickness of only 10mm, while its small size makes it suitable for applications such as cabinetry, furniture and display cabinets.