Fletcher Machine FM-45 Single-Side Edgebander
Fletchers unique heavy duty feed chains with wide urethane pads are used in combination with double wide tenon machine type caterpillar hold-downs (using heavy duty bearings to reduce friction) to ensure maximum holding power to reduce slipping or marking of parts. The feed chain is powered by a variable speed Eurodrive mounted directly to the drive shaft. The feed chain is equipped with automatic lubrication and cleaning for a long operating life.
The control panel, located at the infeed of the macine, features an operator interface with individual start-stop controls. Master stop controls on the control panel and at the outfeed end will completely stop machine. A master lockout system, using a removable key, ensures the operator that the machine cannot be started during setups. Other specialized controls are available including PLC controls and CNC control systems.
The Feeding Magazine will handle coil, strip, or solid wood bands. The edge thickness can be from 1/64" to 1/2", and the edge width from 1⁄2" to 2-1/8". The minimum edge length is 3-1/2", and the minimum part width 3". We are willing to consider other requirements, please come to us with your special projects. As an option the magazine table can tilt up to 19 degrees for applying veneer only to beveled edges. Automatic switching to a second coil is also offered as an option. A 3mm PVC guillotine option is available. We are also the first to offer edge banding of extremely thick bands, up to 1-1/8" thick and 1-1/2" tall. We can also handle corner rounding, scraping and miter-clipping.
Fletcher's Hot Melt Overhead Glue Reservoir has a one gallon standard capacity. The overhead design provides easy access for cleaning and service, and the reservoir has two separate temperature zones with individual controls for increased pot life of glue. An interlock prevents machine from starting until the glue has reached application temperature. A cool down switch will automatically turn off the feed chain when glue reservoir cools. A quick change glue pot feature is available on the hot melt applicator.
The Bandfeeder, Knife, and Pressure Rollers are supplied for feeding, cutting and applying bands. A three position selector switch is supplied for coil, strip or solid wood feeding. The feeder and guillotine are PLC controlled. One 4-1/2" diameter pressure roller with bottom guide and adjustable top guide align the banding with the substrate. This roller has adjustable pneumatic pressure. Three 3-1/4" diameter pressure rollers with adjustable pneumatic pressure are also included in this assembly. The first small roller has a straight face, with the second roller having 1⁄2 degree taper on the face from the top, and the third having 1⁄2 degree taper on the face from the bottom, this produces even pressure across the face onto the band. All of these rollers are chrome plated for easy clean up.
We also offer glue application systems for PVA and Urea Based glues (using radio frequency curing) and polyurethane reactive (PUR) hot melt glues. The Fletcher Electronic Rimmer (using water based glue and Radio Frequency curing) applies lumber bands from 1" to 4-1/2". It operates at feed speeds up to 60 fpm. An option allows glue to be applied to the band instead of the core.
Fletcher's edgebanders are available as combination machines. These systems can size panels as well as shape and sand lumber bands after application. This arrangement offers additional uses as a standard woodworking machine.
F.A.S.T. (Fletcher Automated Set-Up Technology) is available on our edge banders. This system offers automatic machine set up, reporting functions, the ability to save set ups by part numbers, tool libraries, diagnostics, and user friendly machine controls. From 1 to 72 axes may be controlled. Increased machine and product accuracy and productivity are the end result of this system.
Our machines are equipped with safety hoods. Dust hoods meet industry standards for safety and dust pickup. Standard single side machines are manufactured with machining stations on the right side looking from the infeed through the machine.