The furniture industry today has high standards when it comes to the quality of edge processing. This is because furniture edges are not only important for reasons of aesthetics, they also fulfil a functional purpose: they finish open panel edges and protect against impacts and other forms of mechanical stress as well as chemical influences.
In the edge banding process, edge materials of all varieties, such as veneer, melamine or plastic edges, are covered with waterproof glue and then bonded with the workpiece using pressure rollers in an edge bonding machine.
Narrow surface coating or edge banding is particularly challenging, because it not only depends on the strength and quality of the workpiece, it also depends on the right choice of adhesive, and that applies for both mechanical and manual application.
All-rounders such as EVA hot-melt adhesives, polyolefin hot-melt adhesives (which are particularly resistant to heat) as well as polyurethane hot-melt adhesives (PUR adhesives) have proven to be ideal for these purposes.
Modern techniques such as using plasma or laser technology for edge banding enable an invisible transition between the surface of the panel and the narrow edge coating – the famous invisible joint. For this, the edge band is melted using a laser or plasma jet and immediately pressed onto the workpiece. This technology requires special edge materials with a functional layer as well as modern systems.
At IMAWELL, you will find conventional solutions as well as cutting-edge products. We will work with you to establish the right edge materials and ideal adhesives for precisely bonding even the most elaborate edges.