Lamination adds dimension and value to your business while adding functionality, strength, and appeal to your products
In woodworking, laminating refers to the process of gluing multiple thin layers of wood, also known as veneers, together to construct a larger and thicker piece. The lamination of wood can build a uniform thickness, improve the durability of a piece, and create a unique pattern or design. Laminated products are often stronger than solid wood products and are less likely to warp under stress.
During the lamination process, the veneers are glued and then pressed together with a roller or press, to apply pressure and create a strong bond. The press used in lamination will often have heated plates, as heat helps strengthen the attachment of the veneers.
Laminating and pressing are techniques used in the manufacturing of a variety of wood products, such as furniture, cabinetry, and flooring. Often with the production of furniture, a manufacturer may use the technique to laminate and press a veneer onto the surface of a wood composite substrate such as MDF, or other more affordable material. The addition of a high-quality veneer can improve a product’s overall appearance.
Manufacturers looking to save weight without sacrificing aesthetics are using laminated composites and components of paper or plastic honeycomb cores. The ability to laminate a fragile material without damaging it is key to choosing a machine when you’re in this business.
Choosing the Right Machinery for Your Lamination Needs
New developments in lamination have opened the doors to wider design possibilities, and Stiles can help you match the correct machinery and technologies to your production needs.
Techniques such as crafting tight bends and deep profiles are made possible by laminating machines and profile wrapping techniques developed by manufacturers Friz, Gottschild, and Wemhöner has an umlaut. Profile wrapping is key when crafting trim mouldings or vinyl windows.
The adhesive used in lamination is also a large consideration, and there are adhesives available to suit all types of joint design and performance requirements. The necessary adhesive type is determined by the materials being joined, production speed, and the application of the final product.