Automated door assembly and methods, press used therewith, and adhesive therefor

  • US 10,232,599 B2
  • Filed: 02/28/2017
  • Issued: 03/19/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of making doors, comprising the steps of:

  • providing a first pressing station comprisinga first press including a first set of platens, anda second press including a second set of platens, each set of platens having at least one platen movable relative to the other platen between an open state and a closed state;

    providing a second pressing station comprisinga third press including a third set of platens, anda fourth press including a fourth set of platens, each set of platens respectively having at least one platen movable relative to the other platen of the set of platens between an open state and a closed state;

    successively delivering assembled doors in a layup state to the first and second pressing stations;

    discharging a pressed first assembled door from the first press of the first pressing station and loading a second assembled door in the layup state into the first press of the first pressing station while the first press is in operative alignment with first loading and discharging devices, and simultaneously pressing a third assembled door in the second press of the first pressing station;

    moving the second press vertically into operative alignment with the first loading and discharging devices; and

    discharging the pressed third assembled door from the second press and loading a fourth assembled door in the layup state into the second press while the second press is in operative alignment with the first loading and discharging devices, and simultaneously pressing the second assembled door in the first press;

    discharging a pressed fifth assembled door from the third press of the second pressing station and loading a sixth assembled door in the layup state into the third press of the second pressing station while the third press is in operative alignment with second loading and discharging devices, and simultaneously pressing a seventh assembled door in the fourth press of the second pressing station;

    moving the fourth press vertically into operative alignment with the second loading and discharging devices;

    discharging the pressed seventh assembled door from the fourth press and loading an eighth assembled door in the layup state into the fourth press while the fourth press is in operative alignment with the second loading and discharging devices, and simultaneously pressing the sixth assembled door in the third press; and

    transporting the assembled doors away from the first and the second discharging devices on a single conveyor.

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