Thinking About Zero Glue Joint?
Zero Glue Joint has become a very popular phrase over the past few years, everyone is talking about it and everyone wants it. But there are still a lot of myths surrounding this technology and the best way to achieve it.
Most marketing revolves around ‘Laser or Fusion‘ systems, but fact is; very few machines actually run a true Laser unit. This technology is still very costly and is simply out of the reach of the majority of companies.
Another option is the NIR Lamp, this system works no doubt but requires setup of different programs for each manufacturers of edge tape and colours which control the feeding speed and power requirements, not very user friendly in our opinion.
Enter the Air Driven system. This technology utilises a heating lamp with compressed air to activate the reactive layer on the edgetape. There are various names and versions for this system on the market and they are the most common found due to the cost of the system and the relative ease of use. Just about every manufacturer offers their own version of this system now.
Edge tape is another consideration. To achieve the best results you need to use a true Co-Extruded tape where the reactive layer is actually formed in to the tape during manufacture. This tape is of course more expensive than traditional tapes and not available in all colours yet, although the range is growing. It has a minimum order quantity and a shelf life, but this is the only way to achieve the results that are shown in the marketing videos.
Another solution is to have the layer bonded to a standard tape, which unfortunately doesn’t result in the same high level finish provided by co-extruded tapes. This is generally more cost effective and solves the issue of availability, but it is not without compromise.
Many of our clients are asking about this technology, particularly for white gloss materials. A Co-Extruded System will achieve excellent results, but another option is to run two glue pots. One glue pot running white glue for white panels and tapes and a transparent glue for your darker materials. This is a very cost effective solution that we offer on our Bi-Matic edgebanders, change over is done is less than 5 mins and the results are excellent.
We are always striving to bring the best solutions to the market and through Bi-Matic we have all the bases covered. The L-Tec system includes an Air Driven system plus a traditional glue pot with a quick release system.
This gives our clients complete flexibility when it comes to their edgebanding needs. The L-Tec system can be employed for working doors etc and a glue pot with white glue can be used to process your carcass material, additional glue pots can also be supplied for different colours if needed. The Bi-Matic system keeps it simple, to ensure anyone can achieve high end results with minimal setups.
The Bi-Matic L-Tec range covers the Prima, Challenge & Dynamic series. This allows greater access to this technology to give even smaller shops a competitive edge.
For more information on the Bi-Matic range, please click here
So the next time you hear the term Laser, make sure you ask what you are actually being offered because it can be very confusing!
CDH Cabinet’s have just added a second Casolin Panel Saw to their workshop in South Australia.
Chris contacted us for pricing on the Casolin Astra 400 Panel Saw and a short time later we had the machine delivered and installed in his new factory.
After the install Chris dropped Nick a quick email!
“Hi Nick, saw all up and going and all smooth sailing!”
The Casolin Astra 400 5 CNC is our most popular seller and they are performing great, if you are considering a new saw you owe it to yourself to check them out.
Dave at Cut to Size was looking at a way to speed up his cutting operations and knew that he needed to update their manual saw.
Having already owned a Casolin, Dave had complete faith in the brand and decided to upgrade to the Casolin Astra 400 5 CNC Panel Saw in full spec.
Nearly two years on and Dave says “It’s honestly the best machine we have owned! It is great to use, accurate, reliable and saves us a heap of time – plus the service from Tuckwell’s when we have any questions is always prompt – they are always available when we need them!”
Cut to Size Ashmore is a family owned business based on the Sunny Gold Coast, they have been in business for a number of years and supply a wide range of services to the cabinetmaking industry and the general public. If you would like to know more about their business please visit their website by clicking the link below:
Tide Design produces some absolutely stunning furniture in their factory at Huntingdale Victoria
Owner George Harper wanted the best equipment for the job and recently purchased a Casolin Top Star 630 Thicknesser & the ever popular Casolin Astra 400 5 CNC Panel Saw from Tuckwell Machinery. George was kind enough to explain why he chose Casolin below.
“Some years back we contacted Tuckwell Machinery for advice about a second hand Casolin Saw that we had purchased through another dealer. We were impressed by the Casolin saw, and the guys at Tuckwell were so helpful and knowledgeable (in contrast to the other dealer), that when it came time to upgrade to a new thicknesser I had no hesitation in purchasing Casolin through Tuckwell Machinery – even though they were interstate.
“We’re really happy with the quality of the Casolin product and so when it came to upgrade the panel saw, it was Casolin for us again.”
“A top product backed up by a truly customer focused team at Tuckwell.”
Tide Design is a premier furniture manufacturer based in Victoria, they produce the highest quality furniture around!
If you are looking for a timeless and stylish piece of quality handmade furniture look no further,
check Tide’s website: www.tidedesign.com.au for more information.
Form Cabinet’s has gone from strength to strength since their formation and Lewis could see a need to venture in to CNC Machining.
Lewis chose a Masterwood 1225K supplied by Tuckwell Machinery, here is what he had to say about the whole process.
“As a small company growing we decided to take the next step and purchase our first CNC, We had done our research and looked at various machines as there are many options out there.
Ultimately we were looking for not only a good machine for a fair price but most importantly the service and ongoing support that is required when making the step to cnc machining.
We chose Tuckwell Machinery as they promptly presented us with straight forward pricing and machinery options to suit what we needed. The installation of the machine went well and had minimal impact on our production during the procedure.
Three days after the installation the machine was working and we were confidently programming jobs from the training included in the purchase of the machine.
All in all we are extremely happy with our purchase and would recommend Tuckwell Machinery as a reliable, committed, knowledgeable and trustworthy company for your next purchase.”
Form Cabinet’s are based in Bethania QLD and provide extremely high quality workmanship.
Check out their website: www.formcabinets.com.au for more information.
Retail One have just taken delivery of a brand new Casolin Astra 400 5 CNC Panel Saw.
Retail One are a large shop fitting company based on the sunny Gold Coast that boast a long list of impressive fit-outs. Tuckwell Machinery already had an established relationship with Retail One so when it come time to upgrade they got in touch.
Paul from Retail One was charged with finding a suitable saw and said: “The guys at Tuckwell didn’t take me to the showroom to see a machine, they took me to an existing installation, I thought that showed great confidence in the product. I was impressed with the quality of the machine and the features that the Astra 400 offered – in particular the tilting cross cut assembly.”
With many patented features that cannot be found on other saws, it is easy to see why the Astra 400 is our most popular saw – they are simply great value for money plus they are still manufactured in Italy!