FAQs

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Radio Frequency Presses View all..

Can I use any type of glue?

No, Radio Frequency glues contain a special additive known as a catalyst. The catalyst promotes the polymerization or “setting” of the adhesive as well as provides an electrically conductive path for the radio frequency field. Most Radio Frequency glues have the ability to be cured when being used in the old style of cold clamps which are some times used in the industry, so you may already be using Radio Frequency compatible glue. There are many different types of Radio Frequency glues and manufacturers. Consult your glue representative for the correct glue type for your application.

Rotoplanes View all…

Why use Rotoplane?

To process short parts: On the Rotoplane, the distance between the pressure shoe and the hold-down platten, after the milling knife, is less than 1″. Parts as short as 4″ long can be run without any problems.  Limitations on Running Short Parts: The distance between the chip breaker and the pressure shoe on sanders and knife planers can be as much as 8″. This makes it virtually impossible, not to mention dangerous, to run parts shorter than 8″

Quality Glue-Joint Strength:

The shearing action generated by the disk’s milling action, creates a porous wood surface. This allows the glue to penetrate the wood surface, and results in a superior glue-joint.  Poor Glue-Joint Quality: Sanding/grinding the wood breaks the wood fibers. Gluing up on broken fibers creates a weak joint. Knife-planing can create a surface which is glass-like; this type of surface does not allow the glue to penetrate the wood. Both methods result in a poor quality of the glue-joint.

Planing Thin parts:

The Rotoplane system can be used to planning of thin parts. Parts as thin as 1/32″ can be planned without any snipe on the leading or trailing ends of the parts. :Limitation of running thin parts using the conventional method When thin parts are run through a conventional planning machine, there is always a tendency for the leading and trailing ends to have snipe. This is due to the distance between the chip breaker in front of the head and the hold down shoe after the planner head. No vacuum bed is required as the part which is being fed through the machine is captured between the feed belt and the platten/disk which is located in the centre of the rotor.

Unparalleled Safety:

The machining action which occurs during milling is from right to left, and minimal force is exerted on the part being machined. This makes the Rotoplane planer extremely safe to operate.  Safety Concern: The direction of the force, exerted by either a cutter head or a sanding belt, is directly back toward the operator who is feeding the parts. This is extremely dangerous for the machine operators.

Low Tooling Costs:

The Rotoplane system can run on one set of knife inserts for up to 3 months at a cost of less than $100/set.  High Belt/Tooling Costs: Belt costs can run as high as $100/belt, and a belt might only last one day.

Low Energy Costs:

Due to the momentum generated at the cutting disk (mass motion), less amps are drawn by the motors. This results in lower energy costs.  High Energy Costs: A conventional cutter head generates little mass motion and high energy costs are the results. A great deal of energy is also consumed by the inefficient grinding action of a sanding belt.

Radius Forming View all…

What does the PT Radial forming machine do?

The PT Veneer Former was developed as an economical alternative method to easily and accurately manufacture curved laminates such as arched headers and radius moldings for windows and doors, furniture parts, etc without the need to make large forms.

Saw Blade View all…

What lengths do your saw blades come in?

Our saw blades come in the following lengths:

Saw blade Length 15″ (380 mm) for a maximum cutting width of veneer slat 3″ (75 mm)

Saw blade Length 16 9/16″ (420 mm) for a maximum cutting width of veneer slat 4″ (100 mm)

Saw blade Length 17 11/16″ (450 mm) for a maximum cutting width of veneer slat 6″ (150 mm)

Saw blade Length 19 11/16″ (500 mm) for a maximum cutting width of veneer slat 8″ (200 mm)

Saw blade Length 21 5/8″ (550 mm) for a maximum cutting width of veneer slat 10″ (250 mm)

Hogging blades are used to size the two outside veneers and are available for all of the above thicknesses

Frame Saw View all…

Why would I use a thin-cutting frame saw as opposed to conventional method of making veneer slats?

The thin-cutting frame saw is able to cut accurate veneer slats with less waste (up to 30%). For example, instead of getting 4 veneers out of a given block you may get 6 veneer slats, the number of slats produced will always depend on the size of the block being cut and the thickness of the slat being produced. This is especially important when cutting more expensive woods such as oak, mahogany, maple, cherry and other exotic species. The frame saw will produce a finish which is both accurate and ready for further processes such as face gluing for flooring, stiles & rails and other products. The traditional method of making veneer slats is with the use of a conventional band or re saw. Due to the inaccuracy and poor finish produced with a conventional band saw the parts produced required additional machining steps, in this case it would be sanding on both sides. This is of course time consuming and expensive due to the additional labor and process costs. Because there are no further machining operations required when using our thin cutting frame saw, the customer will save on labor and material. These saving are significant enough to make the thin cutting frame saw a necessary piece of machinery even for the smaller manufacturing shops.

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