15.09.2008  Universal partners East and West for added solutions

Besides exhibiting three lines of equipment used internationally for vacuum coating, sanding and drying, Universal Finishing Systems will use Stand R22 in Hall 20 at this year’s W8 as a platform for automatic cleaning machinery from its new sister company Cleentek Ltd.

RT900 Toploader Cleaner

The North Wales based manufacturer has recently consolidated its position as UK leader in industrial finishing equipment by forming a partnership with Cleentek A/S of Denmark, whose wide range of cleaning machinery is already widely used in various industries across Europe and the Middle East.

“Cleentek technology is ideal for woodworking companies looking to automate their cleaning and maintenance programmes for the likes of sawblades and cutter blocks,” says Kevin Whittle, who heads both Universal and Cleentek Ltd. “We supply a range of aqueous spray wash cleaners and ultrasonic cleaning baths, and will have examples of both types of solution on the stand.”

Also featured will be the latest versions of two of Universal Finishing Systems’ best selling lines, including the MINI-VAC vacuum coater, known in the industry as the most efficient coating system for applying paints, lacquers and stains. The vacuum coating system has proved equally effective in applying protective coatings for timber such as wood preservatives.

Alongside on show is the latest UNI-SAND, now manufactured using heavy duty steel box sections as an even more robust alternative to the aluminium version first launched four years ago – but still the same competitively priced, compact solution to any sanding and denibbing process for solid wood or MDF mouldings.

Completing the line-up on Stand R22 is another new addition to Universal’s growing international stable - halogen drying equipment from US manufacturer Prime Heat Systems. Universal has recently been appointed sole UK distributor for this highly innovative heating and drying range.

Prime Heat equipment uses halogen infrared heating elements to heat up substrates four and a half times faster than conventional quartz infrared. Through much faster heating times, it delivers considerable savings in energy consumption, now one of the key issues facing the woodworking industry.