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No Voodoo: Segmented Platen Machine Set Up Simplified

By Adam West Posted: 04/24/2015 7:52AM

There seems to be a huge amount of voodoo involved in setting up segmented platen sanding machines. Techs and the folks running them just don’t understand the concepts, so they just play with the settings until something looks okay.


Stop! Don’t Buy That Wide Belt Sander Until You Read This!

By Adam West Posted: 04/22/2015 7:32AM

His rebuilt wide belt sanding machine might have taken the belt usage down to $800 a month, but it could not produce the quality of scratch over time that the new machine could. This “X” factor isn't easily calculated but represents far more savings than mere sandpaper.


3 Tips for Improved Spraying of Wood Finishes

Posted: 04/03/2015 2:12PM

Here are three tips to improve your spraying operation when applying finish to wood products. Included are ways to eliminate distorted spray patterns and streaks.


What Color Can Help You Sell In 2015?

By Karen Koenig Posted: 04/02/2015 5:07PM

Research shows that approximately 85 percent of purchases are based on color. So how can manufacturers ensure they’re making the right choice for their products?




Powder Coating on MDF - a Technical Backgrounder

Posted: 02/16/2015 7:25PM

One of the biggest breakthroughs for powder coating is on medium density fiberboard, or MDF. The panel bonding particles of wood with a synthetic resin is very suitable for powder coating application because of its low porosity and homogeneous surface.


Does Your Sanding Make Sense? How to Set Your Wide Belt

By Adam West Posted: 08/09/2014 2:22PM

My job as a technician for Dixon Abrasives is to make sanding make sense. Every part of the sanding process must work together to accomplish a few simple tasks. Part 3 of 4


Spotlight on Sanding Machines for Wood Finishing

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 08/04/2014 3:01PM

Sanding is perhaps the most important step to obtaining a well-finished product. Poor sanding preparation can result in unacceptable finish quality and rework. What follows is some of the sanding equipment available in the marketplace.


High-Gloss Surface Trends for Finishing

Posted: 03/28/2014 1:23PM

Current design trends increase the need for high-gloss surface technology.


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