branded as the Homag air Tec system.
Stiles emphasizes that hot air banding for zero-joint edges can be much
more economical than laser edgebanding. They say the air Tec system uses
compressed super-heated, high-velocity
air to activate the adhesive layer, fusing the material to the panel edge. In
addition, the system can be used on
all laser-suitable edging types with no
special material required, according to
a company statement.
SCM’s AirFusion system, which debuted at IWF two years ago, works in a
similar fashion with hot air under pressure blown directly onto the functional
layer of the edge using a nozzle located
immediately before the first pressure
roller in the edgebander. SCM touts
the compact design of their system,
making it compatible with more conventional edgebanding technology.
Efforts by manufacturers and designers to simulate the look of real wood
on engineered products has reached a
new pinnacle with the increasing use
of textured thermally fused laminates.
Combined with the zero-edge technology of laser and hot-air edgebanding,
these new products can give the look
of wood in settings where wood might
not be the most durable or practical
What makes these new laminates so
realistic is how the embossed texture
is exactly matched to the grain lines
printed on the underlying décor pa-
per’s pattern. It’s a level of realism pre-
viously unmatched. Combine that with
the new zero-edge technologies, and
you have a product that offers benefits
beyond just good looks. The finished
panel is much more hygienic with no
gaps that can collect contaminants.
The zero-edge bond makes for a highly
liquid-resistant edge even in high-
moisture applications such as kitchen
and bathroom countertops, doors, and
drawer fronts. And because there is
no perceptible edge, there is nothing
to catch on and lead to delamination
of the edge. That and wider supply of
materials explains why textured lami-
nates and zero-joint edgebanding are
exploding as a rising trend in today’s
Biesse notes that their AirForce hot air system can be installed on an edgebander in addition
to conventional applied glue systems, allowing both capabilities.
Seamless edgebanding can become an economical reality with modern hot-air banding
systems from major manufacturers.