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Laminating

 

  • Best equipment in the industry.
  • Highest quality materials.
  • Lay up all common sizes, up to 5' x 12'.
  • Fast, efficient, and superior bond.
  • Use PVA glue, which reduces the potential for warping or delamination, and is more environmentally friendly than traditional contact adhesives. 

 

Press typeCold press

Press sizes5x12 and 4x8

Panel sizesavailable 4x8, 4x10, 4x12, 5x6, 5x8, 5x10, and 5x12 (custom sizes also available)

Stocking substratesIPB ½”, 5/8”, 11/16”, ¾”, 7/8”, 15/16”, 1”, 1-1/8” MDF ¼”, 3/8”, ½”, 11/16”, ¾”, 1-1/8” Combicore and Dragon Ply Plywood ½” and ¾”

Laminates Abet, Arborite, Arpa, Chemetal, Formica, Laminart, Nevamar, Pionite, Wilsonart

Stocking backers and liners Resin backer, .030 phenolic backer, .020 white, black, almond and gray liner

Capacity 1500 panels per shift

 

 

The panels are mechanically pushed into our glue line automatically. The panels pass through a machine with brushes that clean any surface debris on the top and bottom of the panels to ensure a smooth bump free panel.  The panels then pass through rollers that apply a metered amount of pva adhesive to both the top and the bottom of the core at the same time.  

As the panels come out of the glue rollers, the panel is suspended above a sheet of laminate or backer face down.  The panel is positioned and then dropped on to the laminate sheet. The laminate rack is on a track system with laminate pre-staged for several units of panels. There are two shelves on the laminate rack.  We stack the laminate face up for the top sheet on one shelf and face down for the bottom sheet on the other shelf.  

After the panel drops on to the bottom sheet of laminate, the rack moves out so the operator can grab the face sheet of laminate and place it on the glued panel. This process is repeated and the stack of panels automatically lowers until a full unit (approximately 32 panels w ¾” substrate).  

When the stack has been laminated the entire stack of laminated panels rolls into the press where it is pressed for 30 minutes. Our press lines have multiple presses, which allows us to build units every 15 minutes allowing us to produce 500 or more panels per shift.  

After the panels have cured for a few hours, the panels are inspected, cleaned and trimmed. Trimming removes the overhanging laminate and a puts a slight bevel on the top and bottom edges to make it easier to handle.  Finally labels are put on each panel with the customers PO, job number and panel configuration.