chine that AIS required. There are some 850 Eclipse
machines installed around the world.
“Vitap was the only company who said they can do
it,” Braun said. Vitap modified the trimming head for
them, so the cutters could be as close together as AIS
The top cutter is a custom cutter head. Vitap also
modified the top and bottom wheels that move the
part into position. Because of the knife edge the
wheels had to be moved. The part is moved by these
rollers in relation to the cutter head, and that also
had to be modified. They were made for straight
In addition, Braun said that AIS worked closely
with the edgebanding supplier and glue provider to
ensure the right edgebanding performance and glue
consistency. They are applying a smaller edgeband
that is narrow and flexible.
The edgeband used is so thin they had to make
sure it didn’t get too hot. If the temperature is too
high, the edgeband is heated and it stretches. If the
edgebanding starts stretching, the amount needed
for the workpiece will be off.
Braun said they haven’t had a problem with the
edgeband adhering to the smaller work area.
Another potential problem was that if the table
parts get bigger they may bow a little, throwing off
the smaller edgeband. The table itself has to be level,
and can’t be warped even if it is a larger size, or the
edgeband won’t work and the table will have to be
The edgeband on a finished table or desktop, for example, is a 2-1/2 mm thick edge, and it is 3/8 inches
wide. It could be any contour the customer specifies, including a variety of inside and outside curves.
On this machine, it goes through the same process
whether custom or catalog item.
AIS has a catalog, but everything is custom as far
as sizes and colors. “We are very flexible with custom
sizes,” Braun said.
“This was a new detail for us, so we needed a ma-
chine that was very reliable, with consistent quality,
and a reasonable price.”
Even though the Vitap is a new technology, the op-
erator has to be skilled at operating this process. On
the Vitap they are heating and applying glue in the
standard edgebanding way. It’s not a matter of flip-
ping a switch. “It’s still an edgebander,” Braun said.
Braun created training documents and defined a
standard work routine, taking pictures of the process
so everyone does it the same way.
Another company could offer this edgebanding
process, but it would be much more expensive. It
could be done on a million dollar machine, but to
Vitap modified the top and bottom wheels that move the
part into position. The part is moved by these rollers in
relation to the cutter head.