Laminate Works has introduced a new Surface Solutions program that gives their customers the ability to add the latest in material finishes, textures and patterns to their component parts.
The new surfaces are made possible because customers now have access to the advanced technology, like PUR lamination and laser edgebanding, required to manufacture with them.
Laminate Works Surface Solutions offers face and edgeband materials that match in color and finish with a seamless, no glue-line edge. At launch, there are two surfaces, Velour Super Matte and Crystal High Gloss.
Laminate Works Surface Solutions were developed in response to the growing trends in materials requested by their customers, including hard-to-bond surfaces and materials with finishes such as high-gloss that benefit from PUR lamination to achieve their desired look.
The effort was led by David Stetler, vice president of new markets at Laminate Works who explained the program, "First we identify an opportunity in the category from our market research and customer feedback, then our team reaches out to our network of suppliers to identify the best solution in the category,” he said. “Aesthetics, quality, supply chain logistics and overall value for our customer drive our decision-making process."
After completing an 18 month, five million dollar overhaul of their manufacturing floor, Laminate Works now has the required technology and supplier partnerships to offer these new products to their customers.
Every component part made with an LW Surface Solutions starts with a React PRL Panel that’s PUR bonded. The lamination process is completely automated inside a dust-free clean room using polyurethane reactive adhesive with a thin and even layer of hot melt glue. This lamination process creates a face with no telegraphing and a nearly unbreakable bond.
After each part is cut from the React PRL panel, color and finish matched edgeband is then applied with a laser edgebander that effectively melts the edgebanding to the substrate without the use of glue. Parts are then run through the panel processing machine centers required to finish the product and are carefully packaged and shipped out to their customers to use in their final products.
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