Slab, Shaker, integrated handle and curved doors are
the specialty of L.A.P.M., based in Pasiano di Pordenone.
Founded in 1987, L.A.P.M. specializes in polyester coating,
lacquering, and polishing of cabinet components at three
facilities encompassing 22,000-square-meters (approximately
237,000 square feet) of production space, a company representative said. The company processes approximately 12,000
parts per day at the one facility, he added.
The focus of the tour at the first L.A.P.M. facility visited
was on the pre-finishing of the edge and face. The company
uses Cefla Smartedge technology on MDF parts to coat and
sand the straight and shaped panel edges. In this instance,
MDF panel edges were sanded and prepped for finishing.
In an adjacent area within the plant, the panels were run
through a Biesse Viet sander and Sorbini panel cleaner, then
into the Cefla Roctre reciprocating sprayer for application
of the primer and base coats onto the face and edges before
drying in a Cefla six-chamber vertical oven.
Final coating application is performed at a nearby location. In an estimated 50-meter (164-foot) line, L.A.P.M. uses
a Roctre reciprocating system to apply the topcoat; a variety
of gloss levels can be achieved, ranging from super matte to
high gloss. The Smart Conveyor charges the parts for feeding
first into a Cefla four-chamber vertical oven, then into a six-chamber oven, followed by another six-chamber oven, for a
total drying time of approximately 11 hours.
Along with sales in Italy, cabinet components are exported to
other European countries. Germany is one of the primary markets for the high-gloss doors. According to L. A.P.M.’s website,
the company is looking to expand into non-European markets.
The technology tours concluded with a visit on Oct. 17 to
Italdecor, a manufacturer of painted MDF doors and cabinetry components using a polyester base coat and polyurethane
topcoat. Originally founded in 1988 and based in Pramaggiore,
the company processes approximately 4,000 parts per day at the
30,000-square-meter (approximately 327,000-square-foot) plant.
Doors are available in a variety of styles, in both matte
and high gloss finishes. Italdecor uses Cefla Smartedge inert
coating technology, in a two-sided model, to sand and seal
the exposed MDF edges with an acrylic basecoat applied by
vacuum and UV dried.
Another line at Italdecor has parts moving from the Sorbini
panel cleaner into a Roctre reciprocating sprayer and, with the
Smart conveyor, into three sets of vertical dryers. Nearby, a UV
line has parts moving down a series of Sorbini//Cefla Smart-
Coater EVO roll coaters, and UV dryers, including a Superfo-
cus, with Viet sanders strategically located along the line.
Also in use is a Sorbini SmartCoater with a Smart Conveyor
feeds into the curtain coater and linear oven for the building of
the high-gloss finish. In addition, the company is in the process
of installing another Roctre spray line with a four-chamber and
six-chamber vertical ovens. Along with its finishing capabilities,
Italdecor also offers laminated backs to match the front finish. ✚
Door frame finishing at L.A.P.M.
One of the Cefla finishing lines at Mobilclan.