Stiles offers variety
The variety of edge banding machines offered by Stiles range from simple gluing machines to machines that sand, shape, cut, and apply an assortment of edge treatments using a variety of application methods.
Edgebanders range from stand-alone units for small-to-medium size shops, to mid-grade machines with a variety of options, to high-performance machines for optimum quality at very high production speeds.
There are machines for hard profiles, soft-form continuous strips on a contoured edge, and to post-form a banded profile. We offer machines specifically designed for contour forming, such as an all-in-one bander for multiple shapes and sizes.
Application technology in edge processing has evolved to include a variety of adhesives types and the latest in application methods—compressed hot air and laser systems that melt the surface of the edgebanding with optimum adhesion for a “zero edge,” seamless look.
While machines and functions may vary, there are basic considerations when choosing an edge processing machine:
- Edge type. PVC, ABS, PP, PMMA, wood veneer and melamine.
- Feed speed
- Edge capacity
- Production speed.
Selecting the right machine
Edge processing has, with a few exceptions, become a task for automated, software-driven machines that are often capable of several processing functions while offering high productivity numbers. Edgebanding has become so sophisticated that some leading woodworking machine manufacturers specialize in only edgebanders, making machines unrivalled in capability.
No matter what else you require of your edgebander, these are the criteria that will allow you to compare apples to apples and select the machine that will best help you meet the needs of your customers.
The variety of edge banding machines represented by Stiles range from simple gluing and edge banding to machines that sand, shape, cut, and apply an assortment of edge treatments using a variety of different adhesives and application methods. There are machines that edge band on hard profiles, machines that soft-form a continuous strip on a contoured edge, and machines that post-form a banded profile. There’s even a machine specifically for contour forming, an all-in-one bander for multiple shapes and sizes.
Edgebanders range from value-focused, stand-alone units that are ideal for small-to-medium size shops, to robust, midgrade machines with a wide variety of options, to ultrafast, high performance machines that deliver optimum quality at very high production speeds.
Glue application is a quickly evolving technology in edge processing, with a variety of adhesives in use and new applications developing. One recent development is an edgebander that uses a laser to melt the glue surface of the edge band for optimum, speedy adhesion with all standard edge types, including PVC, ABS, PP, PMMA, wood veneer and melamine.
While machines and functions may vary across manufacturers, there are three common considerations when choosing an edge processing machine:
- feed speed
- edge capacity
- number of hours per day required to meet production targets