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Leitz obtains the treasured IWF Challengers Award

01 October 2010

Leitz obtains the treasured IWF Challengers Award

Every two years in August the inter-national Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair (IWF) takes place in Atlanta with a big international attendance.
After the Ligna in Hannover, this trade fair is worldwide the second-large fair of the wood-machining- and wood-processing industry and its suppliers of the machine- and accessory branches. Showtime has been from 25 th to 28th of August in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The Leitz-Group of companies informed about the efficient cutting technology for the economic processing of solid wood, wood-derived materials and compound materials. The focus of the presentation has been the recent developments of high-performance tools and –systems referring topics such as „energy efficiency“, quality increase“ and „high productivity“, amongst others also the RipTec-technology, designed by Leitz and by which the enterprise competed for the IWF Challengers Award 2010.

Record announcement for IWF Challengers Award
From the record participation of 65 international enterprises with 80 products in the competition for the treasured IWF Challengers Award of the trade fair IWF in Atlanta/USA, the Leitz-Group with its cutting innovation of RipTec cutting system came off as a winner out of seven. Every second year during the trade fair those companies are presented with the Challengers Award who bring the technical pro-gress forward by their inventive talent and have essential shares in the improvement of environmental protection.

No tear-outs during cutting
Analogous to the corrugation technology in the longitudinal process-ing, Leitz provides the RipTec system to improve the processing of cross grain. By this technology end grain tear-outs during cutting are effectively avoided. From this results the chance, that the feed speed of the tools considerably can be increased, whereby the productivity of the equipment essentially improves. Through the partially inserted ripple profile, additionally small „glue bags“ are formed, whereby a high joint density results and a more stable corner joint than for con-ventional plain profiling develops. As „side-effect“ the performance time of the tools increases by 20 to 30 percent in comparison to the conventional design. Moreover the dimensional stability of the cross grain area for a jamb-/locking bolt- or corner joint increases. Finally the corrugated surface provides space for the glue and acts like a kind of sealing lip as it is positioned cross to the weathering direction. By this the groove density of the joint is increased which results in an improved quality of the wood window.
The Leitz-Group of companies is well-positioned in the NAFTA- area Due to a production plant in Jasper (Indiana/USA) and three North-American sales offices in Canada (Kitchener), in the USA (Grand Rapids) and in Mexico (El Marquez) as well as nine sales offices and service stations, the Leitz-Group of companies with headquarter in Oberkochen/Germany is well-positioned in North America. The close-ness to the North-American market is important for Leitz as a world-wide operating full-range- and producing service provider. As a re-sponsible partner for industry and trade, the sales offices with affili-ated service stations also conduct the competent maintenance of tools in producer quality and provides, besides the advisory service of qualified cutting specialists, a comprehensive project- and process engineering up to the Tool Management. A pickup- and delivery ser-vice completes this professional service and cares that the customer again can use his tools as soon as possible.