Newly introduced to the market is the DES-1 Automated Edge Finishing System from Drytac®, an easy-to-use, continuous feed system that performs both shaping and foil application in a single pass. The DES-1 is the professional choice for mid to high-volume plaquing operations and allows operators of different skill levels to produce high quality plaques in virtually no time. The machine can be set up in 30 seconds for substrates of varying thicknesses, such as medium density fiber board (MDF) and hardboard (Masonite®).
With the DES-1, plaquing is truly effortless – it trims and bevels mounted substrates and applies a thermal set decorative edge foil to complete the finished piece. Any spent foil rewinds for easy disposal. Noteworthy features of the machine include a combination cutting assembly, heated foil applicator wheel, an adjustable support rail, in-feed and out-feed support for oversized pieces, infrared thermocouple to monitor for consistent heat, and fine-tune adjustment to compensate for saw chatter marks on substrates. An optional dust collection system is also available.
According to product manager, Nate Goodman, “The DES-1 is a true work horse. The operator has to do very little work – simply position the mounted and laminated images in one end of the machine and the DES-1 does the rest.”