by Karen Koenig
firstname.lastname@example.org TECH TOUR
Firsthand look at finishing: Italian style
Tour showcases the finishing techniques at five Italian cabinetry
and furniture components makers.
Finishing innovations and European woodworking best practices were the center of attention as a dozen North
American woodworking professionals
joined Cefla North America on a recent
technology tour of Italy.
The week-long event kicked off with
a visit to the Cefla Live event at the
company’s headquarters in Imola, Italy.
An annual event, the international Cefla
Live included demonstrations of digital
printing, robotic and edge technology
for the finishing and decoration of wood
and other materials. (See sidebar, page 60).
The North American contingent,
which included representatives from Hoff-
man Cabinets Inc., Innovative Custom
Trimworks & Woodmatrix, Widner Prod-
uct Finishing Inc., Universal Woods Inc.,
Maze Machinery and Woodworking Net-
work, also visited cabinet, furniture and
closet component manufacturers Ilcam,
LAPM Italdecor, Arbi and Novamobili.
Included was a tour of Friulmac’s
facility in Pavia di Udine, where the pro-
duction of machinery for flooring, doors
and other applications takes place.
Italians show their finishing finesse
High-speed production is the hallmark of
Ilcam, the first stop on the tech tour. The
Cormons-based cabinet door maker produces 70,000 parts per day at its roughly
646,000-square-foot facility, with styles
ranging from traditional to contemporary.
The tech-savvy Ilcam uses robotics
extensively throughout the manufacturing and assembly processes. The finishing area is no less high tech, where the
company boasts 10 lines for high-gloss,
semi-gloss and matte finishing.
The high-gloss line features Sorbini/
Cefla Smart Clean double brush stations
which feed into an IBotic spray robot, be-
fore moving into two sets of Cefla ovens.
Nearby, a matte line for finishing MDF
doors includes Cefla Roctre reciprocating
sprayers in line with Biesse Viet sanders.
The line also features two sets of Cefla
Omnidry vertical ovens with the Flexpro
function for variable load thicknesses.
Noteworthy is the company’s 656-foot-
long U-shaped paint and stain line. Parts
are conveyed from the Viet sander to
the Cefla rotary stain machine for the
first coat. The line utilizes Cefla’s Smart
Conveyor system with sensors to optimize
panel positioning for charging into the
UV ovens, after which a CMB turner flips
the panels for finishing on the front.
After sanding on a Quickwood, the