At a Drupa 2012, FFEI met with a company, who for more than 60 years has been supplying furniture manufacturers with customer orientated thermoplastic extrusion edgeband solutions. Indeed they are now, worldwide, one of the leading companies in its field.
They have continuously been setting new industry standards within design and décor cross reference lists, pioneering joining technologies (laser, plasma, hot air, NIR) and creating tangible experiences as well as surface finishing from super matt to high gloss to 3-D depth effects. They were now looking toward digital inkjet technology, specifically the development of a digital inkjet edge band solution.
WHO - EDGEBAND SOLUTION PROVIDER
Leading supplier of customer orientated thermoplastic extrusion edge band solutions
REACH - TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYED GLOBALLY
Client solutions used by a wide range of furniture manufacturers
NEED - PRODUCE BESPOKE SHORT RUN EDGEBANDS
Solution must produce high quality images and enable a wider range of effects to be produced in terms of textured finish
They recognized an opportunity to add value to products sold in the bespoke kitchen sector by allowing customers to choose the finish they wanted. They felt a digital inkjet edgeband solution would provide the image quality and sharpness required and enable a wider range of effects to be produced in terms of textured finish
PROVEN INKJET EXPERTISE
COLOUR MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES
MANUFACTURER OF INDUSTRIAL GRADE SOLUTIONS
The client approached FFEI because of our proven competency in colour management and inkjet experience, having developed the first hybrid digital inkjet system a few years before.
Building on existing proven digital inkjet technology FFEI created a bespoke digital inkjet edgeband solution that delivered all of our client’s needs. It was reliable, provided prints with an exceptional image quality aided by clever colour management software.
Phase 1 – feasibility
Rigs built to demonstrate and text functionality required
FFEI’s R&D team developed and built a number of rigs to demonstrate and test functionality, which the client would approve before they were integrated into the final product.
Phase 2 – product development
Solution packaged to ease incorporation into the client’s production house
Once feasibility testing of all the essential elements was completed, the R&D team were able to package the solution to allow it to be easily incorporated into the client’s production house
Phase 3 – Installation & training
Product manufactured, with training and support provided
FFEI manufactured and installed the inkjet edge band solution on the client’s site. In addition FFEI staff were able to fully train staff so that they could become self sufficient.