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RCI December 2017

CLADDING & SHEETING Alu Bend your ACM, Honeycomb and HPL A new machine, the Alu Bender, processes the edges of ACM, HPL and Alu Honeycomb panels for the architectural and interior design industry. The manufacturers of Alu Bender, Casadei Industria, have a rich history in through-feed edging machinery. With this history, the company has applied its expertise to conceive the Alu Bender. The Alu Bender uses at least one milling unit (or more available as options) to mill one of the two skins and the core till it reaches the main skin to be bent. Then during automatic feeding, ten bending rollers bend the main skin against the core by closing and hiding it also from atmospheric agents. The chain-fed track is perfect for feeding ACM (mineral-ready), Honeycomb and HPL materials through a sequence of rollers bending the edges at 90°, 180°, or 90° with a 6mm weather seal. Although the Alu Benders are common in Australia, the USA and Continental Europe, they had been slow to make an introduction to the UK. Early adopters who’ve recently invested in the UK's first Alu Bender – Central Fabrications and Façades in Walsall, find the machine most beneficial for 4mm ACM. Purchasing manager Gary Bowers said the machine is a “simple solution to a tricky problem, ideal for aluminum composite façades”. At least two more UK fabricators have committed to new Alu Benders and are due to take receipt shortly, with more companies expressing interest. www.casadei-industria.com/en/


RCI December 2017
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