Oneida Air Systems, a leading American manufacturer of dust collection systems for the woodworking industry, announced today its win of the prestigious AWFS Fair Visionary New Product Award. This awards is presented every other year by the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. The award is presented to one winner in each of several categories, with subcategories that denote a key area of importance within the industry such as product innovation, productivity, green/environment, and ergonomics/safety. A panel of hand-selected judges, representing various areas of the woodworking industry and including professional end-users, woodworkers, and company owners, determines the winners. Judges evaluate the entries based on quality, production impact, practicality, innovation, and user-friendliness.
Company founder and owner, Robert Witter, comments on the win, "On behalf of our entire company, from the visionaries on our research & development team who knew there was a better way to use a router, all the way to our procurement and production teams who brought with our customers, and our shipping team who helped get it into their hands, I thank the Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers for this award. Our Pride in this achievement is second only to our excitement that we’ve once again created a product that has been so well embraced by the woodworking community."
Oneida Air Systems has long been known in its industry for offering quality and innovative dust collection systems, which are a necessity in both home and commercial woodshops for health and safety reasons. The company has previous received the AWFS Sequoia Award, a precursor to the Visionary Award, in 2011 for its introduction of the Smart Pro Dust Collector, which featured patented technology that automatically detected suction loss within the system and adjusted the motor to compensate - maximizing airflow even in smaller ports and long ducting runs and providing twice the airflow with the same horsepower motor.
This year's award winner, the Universal Dust Free Router Hood is molded from clear polycarbonate, the same material used in industrial safety glasses, to offer both excellent clarity and superior durability. Its upper dust dome and lower chip cover freely rotate as the router moves so that the tool operator can work unimpeded, while capturing dust from above and below the routed edge, simultaneously. The lower chip cover removes quickly and without use of tools for inner plunge work and can be replaced by the included shallow cover for tighter edge work. The router hood installs easily in minutes using the router's existing hardware and includes a quick-release hose connection port for simple storage.
Unlike other products on the market, the Universal Dust Free Router Hoodfeatures both a universal base plate to fit nearly any make and model of portable router as well as an upper dust dome and lower chip cover that combine to fully encapsulate the router bit. This enables superior dust capture at two different collection points, simultaneously, and ultimately helps to extend the useful life of the router bit.
The Universal Dust Free Router Hood is ideal for contractors with multiple tools and is designed to work with most fixed-base and plunge style routers from major brands including Cable®, Ridgid®, Rockwell®, Ryobi®.