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Altendorf HAND GUARD wins XIA-Xylexpo Innovation Award

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On Friday, October 14th, the XIA-Xylexpo Innovation Awards were assigned for the fourth edition. The awards have become a traditional event of the biennial international exhibition of wood and furniture industry technology, closing on Saturday 15. The award included five categories – solid wood, panels, finishing, digitalisation and sustainability – and required an intensive work for the jury who accurately evaluated all the entries to assign the Xylexpo “Oscar”, a “dwarf” designed in 2014 – when the award was originally introduced – by Elio Fiorucci for Riva 1920.

For the “Panel processing” category, the jury decided to reward two solutions “…which solve the same problem with different approaches but equivalent results”. The winners were “Hand Guard” by Altendorf in Minden (Germany) and “Blade Off” by SCM in Rimini. “The innovative features include a significant improvement of operator safety in squaring machines, potentially applicable also to other types of machines”, the jury commented.

Panel processing is a job that creates new challenges for carpenters and cabinet-makers day in and day out. Commercially available half-size panels are usually too large and, in the worst case, require two people to handle them. Added to this are scrap panels that could possibly be used for one thing or another at some point in the future. Before long, a pile of scrap wood has formed, and no one can find what he or she needs in it. The features offered by HAND GUARD will make the panel-processing work even easier.

HAND GUARD is not only safe, but also extremely versatile. HAND GUARD is a true all-rounder thanks to its wide range of configuration options. The safety system also works with gloves, can handle nearly every type of saw blade and is designed for virtually any material.

Max. cutting length 5,000 mm
Max. cutting height 204 mm
Max. cutting width 1,600 mm

HAND GUARD Performance

  • Sliding table 3000 mm
  • Motor rating VARIO 5,5 kW (7,5 PS)
  • 2-Achs-Vorritzaggregat mit RAPIDO Vorritzsystem
  • LED-Beleuchtung im Gefahrenbereich des Vorritzers
  • Crosscut-mitre fence , stops to 3500 mm
  • CNC rip fence, Cutting width 1000 mm
  • Clipboard
  • Automatisches Ausrücken CNC-Parallelanschlag
  • On/off switch on the sliding table

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