IMA/Schelling to host open house

The Southeastern U.S. will be the prime gathering point for the wood processing industry’s manufacturing sector in early November.

Two leading panel processing systems – and more – will be showcased by IMA America Corp./Schelling America Inc. at an open house Nov. 10-11, at the company’s Raleigh, N.C., area headquarters.

Unveiled will be the Schelling Duplus2 panel saw concept and IMA’s new plasma edgebanding technology. The public is invited to the two-day event, which will also feature educational seminars showcasing the latest technology of both companies.

“We’re extremely proud to offer this important event to the industry,” says Peter Tuenker, managing director of IMA/Schelling America. “We’ll also be demonstrating some of the leading edge equipment, besides the Duplus2 saw and plasma edgebanding technology.”

According the Tuenker, the new plasma edgebanding technology breaks ground in the woodworking and panel processing sector. “Plasma is based on a simple physical principal,” Tuenker says.

“Plasma edgebanding technology is the intelligent alternative to laser edgebanding systems,” he says. “This is because it delivers very similar results – zero glue line, superior adhesion to traditional hot-melt edgebanding – at a lower price point; plus, the plasma nozzle system is retrofit-able to existing machines in the field. Plasma technology is more affordable than laser and can be retrofitted to virtually any edgebander available today.”

“Advantages include no cleaning of glue systems, no failure of glue due to aging, no time required for color change, no organization for glue procurement and storage, shorter setup times, and no sticking of chips to tools and extraction devices.”

The new plasma technology will “truly revolutionize our industry,” Tuenker says. “Our company is known for cutting-edge woodworking manufacturing technology and we’ll be demonstrating that during the open house with the new IMA plasma edgebanding technology and the Schelling Duplus2 saw concept, among other pieces of equipment and systems.”

Tuenker say IMA was the first company to offer laser-equipped edgebanders, but added plasma technology as an alternative to laser. The company still offers diode laser edgebanders and is promoting both technologies equally.

The Schelling Duplus2 concept was developed for single axis beam saws. It uses two independent feeders to position material into the saw, allowing for simultaneous cutting of the head and main piece or cutting of staggered patterns with one cut, according to Tuenker.

Solid support

Schelling America was founded 25 years ago. IMA America Corporation was founded in 1998. “Both companies give North American customers direct access to the engineering expertise of Schelling Anlagenbau in Schwarzach, Austria and IMA Klessmann GmbH in Luebbecke, Germany,” Tuenker says. “Here, and in our corporate offices in Europe, we’re constantly involved with R&D to bring the latest in manufacturing technology to this side of the Atlantic.”

In 2007, IMA America Corporation and Schelling America formed a strategic sales and marketing alliance.

“In an effort to show the North American customers our commitment to our alliance, we moved our offices from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Raleigh, [North Carolina],” Tuenker explains. “In Raleigh, Schelling America and IMA America share one office, which was recently upgraded in terms of office and warehouse space, including a new showroom for both companies to house their state-of-the-art equipment.”

IMA/Schelling serves a number of industry sectors in the industrial wood, plastics and metal industry, including: automated cut, band and bore solutions for high-end panel processing companies; stationary and throughfeed systems for cutting, sizing, edgebanding, drilling, routing etc.; CNC machining centers; high-volume processing lines; logistic systems; large-batch production equipment; stationary systems; and handling and transport technology.

The IMA America/Schelling America headquarters is located at 301 Kitty Hawk Dr., Morrisville, NC, 27560. Phone number: 919-245-0350. Or, visit the IMA/Schelling website for more information.

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