Thermo smoothing makes it possible to manufacture compressed MDF profile surfaces cheaply and to reduce post-milling roughness noticeably. The number of sanding and filling stages can be reduced or even superseded. As a result, there is growing interest in applying this technology, especially as the powder coating of wood materials is gradually gaining popularity. On the one hand, this affects both new equipment and the upgrading of existing wood-processing machinery, such as edging machines and CNC processing centres. On the other hand, it also raises the issue of using robots, with their greater efficiency, as well as of the configuration of flexible automated manufacturing cells for smoothing. Various solutions could be suitable for any given
company, depending on its available technology and investment strategy. On the basis of experience to date, consideration thus needs to be given to finding various solutions that conform to differing requirements and to the corresponding characteristics of those solutions.