Global polymer processing company Rehau has launched an enhanced version of the Adamik hand-held portable Edgebander, which is used to apply edgeband to chipboard in Europe.
The Adamik portable edgebanding machine XL 62 model was also introduced into South Africa in September last year.
To manufacture furniture from board, such as MelaWood or Novolam, the board is cut into sections. Edgeband, which matches the board’s wood grain or colour, is used to cover and seal the exposed sides of the board section to prevent moisture ingress.
Once edgeband has been applied to the board, a hand-held trimmer provides a smooth cut and flush finish.
Adamik’s standard edgebander model has been enhanced through the extension of the base plate up to 62 mm to accommodate larger boards.
“The machine now provides users with more flexibility and efficiency,” says Rehau sales manager for furniture products Graham Nichols. “There has been a lot of interest in this product, as there is a need for a thicker capacity machine in the market.”
The edgebander weighs 8.9 kg, requires single-phase power and is ready to use within eight minutes from switching on.
The portable machine can be used to apply acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, and veneer or melamine edgeband to boards ranging from 10 mm to 62 mm thick using edgeband between 0.4 mm and 3 mm thick.
The edgebander also features an uncomplica- ted glue application process. The amount and temperature of the adhesive can be selected according to the edgeband requirements.
The previous version of the hand-held tool was not suitable for thicker boards, but the upgraded product now enables companies that use lightweight boards to opt for thicker boards.
As a result of the variable-speed option, the new machine is also better able to handle concave curve edging, which the standard model could not.
Nichols states that the edgebander is fully serviceable and uses hot-melt glue to provide a complete seal to the chipboard at an adjustable speed during operation.
It is also compact and easily transferable.
“Users can take this machine to site, which improves efficiency and productivity,” he points out.
The biggest advantage of the machine is that it offers cost and time savings, he adds.
“To date, contractors did not have access to finance to invest in big edgebanders. This machine gives entry-level users the opportunity to make furniture that complies with industry standards and allows the same quality end result.”
“This improves the entire cycle, as more high-quality products are entering the market and reaching end-users,” says Nichols.
Kitchen installation companies are now able to re-edge and recut boards to size on site, instead of having to drive all the way back to the factory.
The edgeband also offers easier use, as the bulk of the weight rests on the board being cut.
“This is the first hand-held machine of its kind in South Africa,” he says.
Czech Republic-based company Adamik developed the enhanced tool in early 2011.
Rehau is an agent for this product in the Southern African region and has been marketing the edgebander range for the past five years.
The company is expanding its Edgeband furniture business into the Southern African region to areas such the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, where users are already aware of its products.