First Presentation of the Dascanova Real Fiberboard Samples
The Dascanova Company has presented for the first time its Dascanova Technology (patents pending) in the form of the real fibreboard samples at the world´s most prestigious forestry and wood industry trade fair Ligna 2011 in Hanover, Germany. The Dascanova Company (with a strong support of different high-tech research funding agencies of the Austrian government) has developed a number of various methods to change the density inside the particleboard or fibreboard into the wave-like structure in last two years. The raw material costs up to 30% in the production of fibreboards or particleboards may be reduced by using this innovative technology, while the same (or even better) mechanical properties are guaranteed.
This Dascanova fiberboard samples produced in two press process method have been presented for the first time at the Ligna 2011 fair in Hanover, Germany
The producer would gain advantage from lower production and transport costs as well as reduced environmental impact. The woodworking industry could use Dascanova products in the same way as standard wood based panel with the same fittings and connection elements. Moreover, the end user gets furniture with reduced weight and possible at lower price.
The idea of the Dascanova Technology could be basically compared with the corrugated cardboard, where the waved structure of the middle paper layer make the cardboard much more stronger than the paper sheets itself. Moreover, the final products of the Dascanova Technology do not have any air or hollow spaces, which improve the stability of the board regarding the physical influences (e.g. water condensation) and allow using standard woodworking machines.
On the one hand, such a full core material could be produced in a two-step method similar to the sandwich construction. On the other hand, it is also possible to produce Dascanova boards in one press process. The Dascanova Technology modifies the compressibility of selected particles in the material before pressing the final board. Subsequently, the modified areas of the final board will have different density.
One of the first drafts of the future lightweight panel with special density distribution
Many research partners from Europe and Nord America (e.g. ETH Zurich, Louisiana State University, BOKU Vienna or Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia) have been participating in the research sub-projects at the moment. In the previous year, the Dascanova Company was awarded with two international research prizes in Switzerland (Collano Nolax Research Prize 2010) and in Austria (Josef-Umdasch Research Prize 2010). Nowadays, the research and business development of the Dascanova Technology has been supported by the Austrian government high-tech funding agencies AWS Vienna, FFG Vienna and Tech2b Linz from Upper Austria.
On the way to find an industrial strategic partner and the first customer, the Dascanova Company had an opportunity to meet with all relevant potential business partners at the Ligna 2011 fair in Hanover. Moreover, the Dascanova Technology gained favourable response among the science community at the international “Think Light” conference.
The technology, which has successfully been applied in the laboratory, should be subsequently tested in a real production line in 2012.
In the future, the production of particleboard or fibreboard will be possible with the new Dascanova Technology without the necessity of building the new factories – a density of chosen areas of the prepared material will be changed by means of the Dascanova machine installed in front of the continuous press.