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Embossed vinyl adds texture to Armstrong furniture drawers.

By eliminating a printing operation and moving to a woodgrain vinyl film laminate, Armstrong Furniture of Appomattox, Va., saved a production step and enhanced the appearance of its bedroom line without adding to the retail cost.

An additional saving was achieved by down-sizing the gauge of the film, a specially textured vinyl sheet from Klockner-Pentaplast of America Inc., from 7 mils to 6.5 mils. Called Pentawood, the new customized vinyl is calendered to stimulate wood textures and is also offered in embossed surfaces and colors.

At Armstrong, a division of Thomasville Furniture Industries, Pentawood has replaced a non-textured film that required a secondary printing operation to simulate a woodgrain finish. Pentawood is applied as permanent laminated drawer cladding to all bedroom units, including dressers, chests and nightstands. The changeover has encompassed the company's three lines of contract, retail and ready-to-assemble furniture.

Dave Zimmerman, Armstrong's purchasing manager, said, "The new film also laminates better on our equipment and provides more uniform adhesion to the substrate material. We tested the film extensively in various laminating, fabricating, cutting, wrapping and assembly modes. The conversion not only reproduces the look and feel of real wood that we were after, but enabled us to cut delivery and pre-production time and thus reduce our inventory requirements."
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Title Annotation:Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc.'s Armstrong Furniture division
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Date:Mar 1, 1992
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