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Biesse adds PUR option to Akron 1440 edgebander


Biesse now offers its Akron 1440 edgebander with the company’s new polyurethane (PUR) application system.

This gives the end-user three application options: with ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), Biesse’s AirForce hot air system, or the new TM10 pre-melting system for PUR.

“With the 1440, you can to use all three. AirForce and PUR as your two primaries, and you have the ability to run EVA as well,” says Jason Varelli, brand sales manager for Biesse North American.

“This is our most popular machine for PUR because the new TM10 system uses a .26kg slug. It gives the [end-user] more flexibility versus a larger system that uses a 2kg slug. The smaller slug allows for quicker glue changes, reducing the time needed to purge out the system.

“The application of PUR makes the woodworker’s job easier because it allows him to have a final product with a better bond, both from a strength and appearance standpoint, and performance standpoint. PUR is more moisture, steam, heat, and cold resistant than EVA. So, once the bond with PUR is cured, it’s done. It cannot be reversed like EVA can.”

A different tape is used with the AirForce system, which produces no glue line.

“The tape has a functional layer on the back and we’re utilizing compressed hot air around 400-500 degrees Celsius to melt it to create a chemical bond with the substrate. It’s the most aesthetic finish you can get, but because of the heat needed for AirForce there are some limitations.,” says Varelli.

The Akron 1440 is available with any combination of applications. Standard features include a quick-change glue applicator, user-friendly controls, HSD motors and corner rounding. A setup with AirForce and PUR starts at $185,000.

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This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue.

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