by Karl D. Forth
firstname.lastname@example.org PLYWOOD PROCESSING
focuses on panel
North American Plywood Corp. started as a plywood importer and distributor, but it has become much more.
Their products today are defined by
the customer’s imagination.
The company has steadily expanded its
own capabilities to match and exceed that
of the customer’s imagination, and they
offer new options, including panel processing, UV coating and digital printing.
As an example, North American takes
two things that might be considered
separate and combines them, by print-
ing wood designs on wood veneer. They
can print multiple species on one type
of veneer and are doing the same on
particleboard and MDF.
“It’s real wood that we’re digitally staining,” said Don Kuser, general manager.
Russian birch, for example, can be a
blank canvas for printing, and a neutral base,
said Marshall Williams, creative technician.
Williams works with the customer and
is involved in the design process, demonstrating capabilities and possibilities.
Digital staining permeates the wood, and
Naply can control the cure and gloss levels.
“We’re only limited by (what) the end
user wants,” Williams said.
“You never know where it may lead,”
sales manager Matt Mullen said.
The limits in product design are continuing to expand, thanks to a direct-to-substrate digital printer and other
technology. Panels with special coatings,
finishes, cores and sizes are the company’s specialty. They can supply panels
up to 7 x 20 feet with a thickness up to 4
inches. Custom panel cutting and CNC
Company is a major plywood distributor that provides specialized coating and printing,
and panel processing.
Naply’s new Onset x2 direct-to-substrate printer can create large, accurate images. It can print on a panel as large as 63 x 123 inches. Two
ABB robots load and unload panels.