Supplier Awards Program



Voting Now Open (APA Members Only)!


Our 2019 EWTA Supplier Awards Program is underway. Innovation Awards Entries Now Online



Ballots are being sent to APA members on 10/15/2019 via email. Voting will also be available at the annual meeting in Tucson November 2-4.

EWTA's Supplier Awards Program is one way EWTA members can gain recognition by APA member firms. Included in the program are the Supplier of the Year Awards, which honored three EWTA members this year, and the Innovation of the Year award, which recognized one winner. All award winners are selected by votes of APA member representatives.

The Supplier of the Year Awards are based on the quality, service and delivery of EWTA member products and services to APA member companies. Awards are presented for each of EWTA’s membership categories: Equipment and Tooling, Materials and Supplies, and Consulting and Services.

The Innovation of the Year Award recognizes new products or services offered by EWTA members that have demonstrated a positive impact in the field.



EWTA 2018 Supplier Award Winners

Winners of the Supplier of the Year awards were honored during an awards ceremony at the APA Annual Meeting and will also be featured prominently in the spring 2019 issue of the Engineered Wood Journal.


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Innovation of the Year:



Enhanced Bond Technology

Submitted By: Arclin

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2019 Innovation Award Entries

(Four Entries In Company Alphabetical Order, Entries A-D)


Note: The following information is as claimed by the entrant. 

EWTA and APA make no claims as to the veracity of the information nor endorse any particular entry.


All Entries With Links to Each:
A. EBT (Enhanced Bond Technology) - Submitted By: Arclin

B. Innovative OSB Release Agent - Submitted By: Chem-Trend

C. Innovative Fluorine Grease Improvement for High Temp Bearing Applications - Submitted By: 2. Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp

D. Full Control System (FCS)- Submitted By: IMEAS



Arclin's EBT - (Enhanced Bond Technology)

Submitted By: Arclin


Arclin's Enhanced Bond Technology significantly improves adhesive bond quality in areas that are notoriously difficult. Higher and more consistent wood failure is realized when gluing significantly overdried, case hardened softwood veneers, on and around knots and on and around hardwood burls.


Arclin's Enhanced Bond Technology is specifically designed to improve adhesive flow, penetration, and ultimately the bond quality on wood surfaces that are notoriously difficult to bond.  One example is overdried, or case hardened, veneer.  When veneer is dried too fast at too high temperature, the chemistry of the wood surface is modified, which in turn restricts the ability of water - and the PF adhesives common to plywood manufacture - to adequately absorb and penetrate beyond the veneer surface.  The end result is frequently observed as shallow and spotty wood failure, reduced strength, and increased panel downfall due to delaminations.  Resins incorporating Enhanced Bond Technology better cut through the chemically modified veneer surface to improve adhesive flow and penetration and to increase the depth and consistency of wood failure when gluing overdried veneer.  A second benefit observed with Enhanced Bond Technology when gluing softwood veneers in general is improved wood failure on knots and the associated cross grain that often surrounds them.


Enhanced Bond Technology also produces superior results when hardwood species are incorporated into a panel, for example in certain overlaid plywood constructions. Areas of hardwood veneers that were peeled near a burl are notoriously difficult to bond due to the high density and wild grain patterns. Extensive lab evaluations and commercial results demonstrate that Enhanced Bond Technology increases the adhesive penetration depth in these areas, resulting in higher and more uniform wood failure patterns.


The transition to an Enhanced Bond Technology resin is seamless for the user. There are no additional raw materials to purchase and handle, the SDS is consistent with a typical PF resin, and it requires no changes to storage, mixing, or panel layup process.


Contact: Reed Singleton


Phone: 678-781-5370

Benefit #1: Significantly improves adhesive bond quality on overdried, case hardened softwood veneers.

Benefit #2: Significantly improves adhesive bond quality on and around knots and hardwood burls.

Results: Higher, more consistent wood failure averages and reduced panel downfall.



Innovative OSB Release Agent

Submitted By: Chem-Trend


OSB release agent that delivers a very light/blond colored board when compared to traditional release agents. Used on both continuous and daylight presses. Will provide "memory" - still offers release if not applied for a given amount of time. No interference with post-process adhesion.


When using a resin such as pMDI that requires a release agent, traditional release agents darken the OSB panels to varying degrees. Certain markets demand a light colored board and more end users prefer it when they see it. This product enables this to happen while maintaining other key performance attributes such as memory and lack of interference with post process adhesion.


Contact: Gerard Przekop


Phone: 517-545-7844

Benefit #1: Very Light (blond) colored panels.

Benefit #2: Provides "memory" and no interference with post-process adhesion.

Results: Drastic color difference when compared to traditional release agents in field use.




Innovative Fluorine Grease Improvement for high temperature Bearing Applications

Submitted By: Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp.


Idemitsu has taken an innovative approach to develop new grease technology to help address bearing failures in Continuous Pressing Machines. Bearings in high load or high temperature equipment require superior resistance to degradation by heat, pressure or contaminants.


Prior Condition:

- Using Poly-Urea grease for high temp/high load bearings

- Weekly consumption for each bearing is 25-50 shots - Annual consumption of 100kg

- Bearing failure occurred at 8 week intervals - 6 failures / year

- Customer tried leading supplier's high temperature Fluorine grease, but bearing failures still occur and grease consumption still remains higher than service manual recommends


Current Condition:

- Customer initially switched one group of high temp/high load bearings to Daphne Flusolex TMEP #2

- Weekly re-greasing amount of 1 shot / bearing

- Initial trial showed that over 8month period, ZERO bearing failures occurred while re-greasing amount was reduced significantly below the service manual recommendation

- Trial bearings were removed from the Continuous Press, disassembled and inspected

- No significant visual wear was present - Bearing races still showed original cross hatch pattern from the manufacturing process


Cost Savings:

- Reduction of unscheduled press stoppages - production interruption

- Reduced labor hours for re-greasing maintenance

- Reduced labor hours for repair damaged bearing

- Reduced inventory/consumption of new bearings

- Reduced inventory/consumption of High Temperature Grease


Contact: Ryan Stanton


Phone: 248-455-1458

Benefit #1: Eliminated unscheduled downtime due to bearing failures in Continuous Pressing Machines.

Benefit #2: Reduced grease consumption from 100kg/year to 10kg/year for high temperature bearings.

Results: Cost savings of over $500K due to reduced labor cost, bearing replacement and unscheduled downtime.




Full Control System (FCS)

Submitted By: IMEAS


1) Recipe-driven automatic sander set-up (in seconds) for precise & repeatable surface quality. 2) Motorized machine adjustments eliminate operator variability. 3) Closed-loop thickness control now possible with downstream thickness gauge.


a) Recipe-driven sander set-up

b) All sander adjustments are motorized

c) Closed-loop thickness control

d) Adaptive abrasive belt control

e) Enhanced graphical interface

f) Selectable operating strategies

g) High level of integration

h) Flexibility of use

i) Robust and reliable


A) Precise, repeatable set-up in seconds for every different product type

B) 20% additional thru-put from reduced idle time (operator intervention)

C) Operator manual adjustments eliminated

D) Automatic thickness control is achievable with downstream gauge

E) 10% increased belt life and improved quality with selectable belt position

F) Ease-of-use and intuitive operation

G) Built-in maintenance and diagnostic tools and alerts

H) Rules/policies for energy and consumables can reduce cost up to 15%

I) Networking allows connectivity to mis and remote programming capability

J) Adapts to all customer needs – resulting from 15 years of joint development with several customers

K) 100’s of units operating with fcs


Contact: Nathan Rutherford


Phone: 678-364-1900

Benefit #1: Increased throughput from reduced sander idle time.

Benefit #2: Quality variability due to operator input is eliminated.

Results: Approx. 20% increased throughput.