RAMPF launches high-performance polyurethane panel material for wood replacement

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The fully-extension drawer slides made of WB-1000 polyurethane board material have extremely high precision and long-lasting dimensional stability, which is impressive in the qualification evaluation of the master carpenter.

How well a drawer works is largely determined by its slides, because it is these slides that determine whether the drawer opens and closes smoothly. Until now, drawer runners were usually made of solid wood – but that may change now, thanks to RAMPF
RAKU® TOOL WB-1000 Polyurethane Board Material from Tooling Solutions.

Furniture is usually placed in rooms with different environmental levels. Therefore, solid wood may deform due to changes in temperature or humidity. When this happens, the full extension drawer slides are severely affected and stop working properly.

As Matthias, Technical Services Specialist at RAMPF Tooling Solutions
As Traxel explains: “The biggest advantage of polyurethane is that it is not a ‘active’ material like wood, so it does not expand, shrink, warp or crack. Therefore, this plastic material is ideal for manufacturing Products that perform technical functions, such as drawer slides, because long-term functionality is guaranteed”.

Of course, in order for full-extension drawer slides to work perfectly, they need to be manufactured with the highest precision. Due to its outstanding technical performance and first-class quality, RAKU® TOOL
WB-1000 is also the material of choice for this.

Its advantages are:

– Excellent machinability with woodworking tools.

– Easy to saw, easy to mill, easy to drill, easy to grind, can also be treated with lacquer.

– Very good sliding properties due to smooth, dense and fine surface.

– Compared to full-length slides made of solid wood, the board material does not need to be treated with additional lubricants, making the operation easier.

– Very good dimensional stability, no deformation, no shrinkage, good edge strength.

– Moisture proof

Master carpenter Jonas Gessner used this high-performance material in his qualification assessment, where he showed the RAKU® TOOL
It’s impressive how suitable the WB-1000 is for full extension drawer slides. “I am in RAMPF Tooling
Solutions seminar to see this board material. That’s when I decided to use RAKU® TOOL
The WB-1000 makes my full extension drawer slides instead of solid wood as carpenters usually do. Full extension drawer slides need to be made with the utmost precision to ensure that they work properly, have all the necessary technical properties, and meet the expected quality standards. Polyurethane sheet material is the best way to achieve this precision. “