As the market turns its attention more and more toward sensory aspects such as soft-touch finishes or toward long-term scratch and abrasion resistance, manufacturers of cabinet doors and objects with a 3D surface geometry and raised panels in general, are in need of a solution which reaches all sides and edges of their product. An excimer oven capable of handling more than just a flat panel.
Conventional excimer ovens handle flat panels which undergo a short-wave UV polymerisation process in an oxygen-free atmosphere. Excimer matting technology delivers high-performance surfaces with a soft-touch effect. The lacquer is cured in such a way as to produce an extremely matt finish as low as 5 gloss. Plus, it achieves that sought-after, lasting anti-fingerprint effect.
Exydry-Z does all this and more. It does it on 3D objects, so the edges of the cabinet door are as matt and as resistant as the surface. Developed in-house, this innovative excimer oven goes a step further. The matt finish, achieved by treating the surface prior to complete cross-linking, comfortably goes below 5 gloss on a scale going from 0 to 100. The surface resistance of the panels treated and dried in Exydry-Z is extremely high, despite reaching such low gloss levels.
And we’ve made it sustainable. The nitrogen used to wash away all the oxygen from the X, Y and Z axes of a raised panel, enabling matting on all surfaces, is substantially lower than conventional excimer ovens.
Boasting three patent pending technologies, this innovative system handles, for example, cabinet doors up to 25 mm thick sprayed using oscillating machines. The design enables a continuous flow of raised panels through the oven, taking care of full oxygen removal without stopping production. Whereas the key benefits are those connected to the increased quality of the finish and the ability to achieve it on 3D objects, production costs are reduced by a rationalisation of nitrogen consumption.