High Pressure Laminate or HPL, is the direct descendent of the original plastic laminate. It is considered to be one of the most durable decorative surface materials and is available with special performance properties including chemical, fire and wear resistance. Special grades of HPL can be postformed around curved edges by application of heat and restraint.
HPL is produced by saturating multiple layers of kraft paper with phenolic resin. A layer of printed décor paper is placed on top of the kraft paper before pressing. The resulting sandwich is fused together under heat and pressure (more than 1,000 PSI). Because phenolic and melamine resins are thermoset plastics, the curing process transforms the resin into plastic by a cross linking process that converts the paper sheets into a single, rigid laminated sheet. Thermosetting creates strong, irreversible bonds that contribute to its durability.
High pressure laminate is laminated to a composite panel utilizing a variety of adhesives. Particleboard or MDF are the preferred substrate because they provide a stable, durable, consistent and economical foundation. Due to its durability, high pressure laminates are a common choice for horizontal surfaces including flooring, countertops and desktops.
Go Seamless: Zero-adhesive | Zero-joint
The IMA Laser edging Process used by Perfect Fit Canada offers so-far unreached aesthetics in furniture design through a jointless transition between edging and panel.
No doubt about it – the laser technology is making a entrance into the edgebanding process. The quality jump is also visible to the untrained eye. Or better: »invisible«, because there is no visible joint between the surface finish of the panel and the edge* applied in the IMA Laser Edgebanding process. The market will demand this gain in aesthetics, and it will get it. Around half a million of linear meters of edgebanding tape were already successfully processed in practice using the Laser Edgebanding process developed by IMA. But the Laser Edgebanding method not only convinces through quantitative results. Also the improvement of the production quality and the increase in process safety are strong arguments for furniture producers.
- The resistance and fitness for service of the furniture components are increased significantly because no dirt can penetrate through the joint into the panel material. Visible signs of aging and wear on the furniture components definitely belong to the past.
- The visually attractive, homogeneous outer appearance of the furniture element is the result of the joint-free, bond between edging and panel.
- The new tactile design clearly increases the value of the produced furniture element.
- The IMA Laser Edging Process does neither require any glue nor release/cleaning agents. Hence only homogeneous waste offcuts, which allow eco-friendly disposal, are generated.
- Furthermore, the machine is not fouled by any glue or cleaning agents.