Making a Case for Laser Edgebanding

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 03/05/2013 4:08PM

 

The laser edgebander’s ability to produce a seamless edge can be a compelling factor for woodworkers interested in the new technology.

With the machine, a laser is used to activate the polymer layer on the edgebanding material, producing a strong bond with increased heat and moisture resistance. No glue pot is required, which proponents of the machine say results in greater energy efficiency, particularly when banding small batches.

Gaining a competitive edge in the store fixture market, along with an opportunity for business in new markets, was one of the driving forces behind Denver-based Premier EuroCase Owner Andy Wilzoch’s installation of the Homag laserTec in September 2012.

According to Wilzoch, Premier EuroCase is one of the first wood products firms in North America to offer a fully process laser edgebanded flat panel component. In December, Wilzoch told Wood & Wood Products that in addition to using the bander on existing lines, the laserTec will be the focus of a new offering, “Elements by Premier.”

Also touting the use of laser edgebanding for a new product is Schenk Architectural Imports Ltd. Last August the cabinet component manufacturer announced it would install an IMA laser edgebander at its Calgary, AB, facility.

According to Karl Schenk, president, the laser edgebander will be used to produce its line of Stijle contemporary-style cabinet doors. He added the IMA laser edgebanding system will provide a seamless edge not only on Schenk’s standard high-gloss laminate product line, but also can be used on its new line of 3mm polycarbonate over MDF, which “gives the look of a glass door,” as well as with its UV lacquer MDF doors.

 

Source: WoodworkingNetwork.com/RedBook

For edgebanding suppliers, visit RedBookOnline.com

 

About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Wood Products (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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