there are three
types of plywood
mdf and veneer, which
consists of strands of veneer.
This is actually called a calibrated
platform. It isn’t called plywood until
a face or back is put on it. PB and MDF
are composite cores.
A large residential project completed by Select Veneer. The company can handle
a face and back are applied on the
panel. The panel goes through an
Orma glue press and then through a
tenoner, first cutting width and then
length. These machines have the ability to provide full 1-in. oversize panels.
The next step is the panel flipper,
which flips the panel so each side
can be sanded. Then the piece goes
through the Butfering widebelt sander.
An inspector has an inspection light
and looks at each piece closely as it
comes out of the sander. Pieces can
go back and be resanded, filled or repaired, if needed. After the last quality
check, panels are stacked for shipment
with robotic stackers.
Kilibarda says the line has been
up and running for about six months.
The initial goal was to have no work in
process, and to shorten lead times to
hours. (Generally lead time is in the
“The new line allows us to take a
lead time of two to five weeks, standard
in this industry, and shorten that down
to a matter or hours,” he says.
“Our goal is to have our customer
call us at 2 a.m. and ask us for 200
panels and we tell them we can get that
done before 11 a.m.,” Kilibarda says.
In Select Veneer’s custom division,
there is a Heesemann MFA6 widebelt sander, Homag Espana Profil-
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