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Dent in Joos hot press platen10/14
We use a 48"x96" joos hot press to press all of our veneer. There has been a 2"x2" dent in the top platen ever since I have been working with this company. This dent requires us to step press every panel in order to press the dented area flat. Is there any method of repairing something like this? If not what kind of price are we looking at for a replacement platen? Thank you
Just guessin': I would consider welding or brazing a build up to over-fill the void and then carefully grind it flush and flat.
Please give me a call to discuss. Its possible to fix this, or worst case, replace
Joos USA Inc
I have a customer who used "Liquid aluminum:" to fill a dent and he says it worked fined. His void was quite a bit bigger than yours.
Yes Charles is correct. It is possible to repair it with liquid aluminum. We have it here. The only difficulty is to ensure that once the liquid hardens, that you are able to plane down the spot even with the heating platen surface. If it is not, then you have a risk of damage in that area to your material. Either a void or a bump. We have done it successfully several times in the past
We had a similar problem years ago on a Hofer press with aluminum platens. Had to step press everything. Tried all the feel good measures to rectify the problem, shims behind the platen, cotton canvass, etc. Although I agree it can be repaired, why not just replace the platen? I understand platens are not cheap, but like any part on a machine, sometimes it's more practical to replace rather than repair. I know Don and his tech Dan, both pretty good guys won't steer you wrong.
i have worked with 400 ton press and a few layers of duct tape applied in the dent will fill it to level or slightly over. duct tape will stay in place and endure a production run. duct tape is cheap attempt and it is something everyone has on hand..