LEESBURG, Va. — REHAU LaserEdge is an innovative adhesive-free, non-PVC laser edging technology that facilitates more efficient and environmentally responsible furniture manufacturing processes.
This two-layer edgeband is offered in proprietary polypropylene (PP), ABS or PMMA polymer formulations and replaces commonly used PVC edging solutions for all machine technologies currently on the market. LaserEdge is applied using a highly efficient laser that melts a color-matched functional layer on the reverse side of the edgeband and welds it to the carrier board. The resulting seam-free board offers increased aesthetic appeal with no joints to stain or discolor, as well as superior heat and moisture resistance and an overall more efficient manufacturing process when compared to EVA glue.
By eliminating adhesives, LaserEdge significantly streamlines the edging application process, reducing both material and labor costs. The technology eliminates several steps in the manufacturing process, including adhesive color matching selection, processing set-up and additional cleaning and maintenance requirements. It additionally reduces idle machine periods and associated energy costs.
“Environmental friendly, sustainable materials and renewable energy use are driving forces in today’s manufacturing improvements,” said Dr. Thomas Troeger, North American business team manager for REHAU’s furniture business unit. “Lead by innovative companies like Herman Miller and IKEA, which place a strong emphasis on holistically sustainable manufacturing practices, the furniture industry is literally changing standard processes and materials for the environmental good. As a pioneer in the polymer industry, REHAU has been able to innovate alongside this change to provide several sustainable products and technologies, including the most recent development of LaserEdge.”
LaserEdge is part of REHAU’s comprehensive line of non-PVC edging, tambour door and profile solutions for furniture design. The use of alternative PP, ABS and PMMA polymers, each offering unique application and processing capabilities, addresses an elevated environmental consciousness across the industry. The safety of the edgeband application is also enhanced through the adhesive-free LaserEdge application process that eliminates the potential for adhesive fume inhalation, as well as burn injuries typically resulting from the high temperatures required for EVA and polyurethane (PUR) adhesive application.
“The introduction of LaserEdge in Europe generated a tremendous amount of interest among furniture manufacturers who recognize that its adhesive-free process not only provides a higher quality finish but also significantly reduces production steps,” said Troeger. “Now that it has been introduced in the North American market, this innovative technology is being embraced here as well.
For additional information on REHAU’s LaserEdge for office, kitchen and store fixture applications, visit IWF® 2012 booth No. 2655 or contact: REHAU, 1501 Edwards Ferry Rd., N.E., Leesburg, Va., 20176. Phone: 1.800.247.9445. Fax: 1.800.627.3428. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.na.rehau.com/furniture
REHAU delivers “Unlimited Polymer Solutions,” and is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. Approximately 15,000 employees at more than 170 locations around the world ensure success of the independent, privately held company.
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