ATLANTA -- The IWF Finishing Symposium will be held August 21, 2018 in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, the day before IWF exhibits open on the show floor.
The full-day event will look at new technologies and best methods that finishers could use in their business. Newer finishes such as polyester, polyurethane and UV finishes will be discussed, along with water-borne and low-emission products.
For the first time, there will be a presentation describing digital printing and staining, an emerging technology more wood products manufacturers are considering, by Don Kuser of North American Plywood.
Earlier, North American Plywood launched DesignPly, a new panel offering based on a first of its kind digital staining technology.
The highly-automated production incorporates a high-speed wide-array inkjet press engine paired with robotic materials handling for on-load and off-load of materials in process.
Printing direct to substrate, North American Plywood has adapted an Inca Onset high-definition inkjet press into its panel processing system, employing a carefully calibrated digital staining and finishing process.
Employing instantaneous UV curing, the DesignPly system can replicate a variety of wood grain and other patterns to achieve the effect of top-grain veneer species in bookmatch or other patterns, on particleboard, MDF, metal and melamine panel.
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