Quality gluing is critical to the manufacture of quality value-added products. Poor gluing practices can cause your company to lose money, customers, morale and reputation—all of which are difficult to recover.
To ensure satisfactory performance of edge-glued, laminated or finger-jointed wood products, manufacturers need to pay close attention to a number of processes and variables that affect the quality of glue joints. Some of the variables include the product and its end-use, the type of adhesive, the moisture content and storage of wood to be glued, as well as wood properties. Processing variables range from preparation of the surfaces to be glued, and mixing of the adhesive, to glue application variables and quality control procedures. The purpose of this Profile is to provide a summary of the key factors that affect the production of good glue joints.