Automated door assembly, press, and adhesive therefor

  • US 9,314,983 B2
  • Filed: 08/01/2013
  • Issued: 04/19/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A door pressing station, comprising:

  • at least one press comprising an upper die having an upper surface and a lower die having a lower surface, the upper and lower surfaces facing one another to define a mold cavity in which a door assembly is to be received for a pressing process, wherein the door assembly comprises a door frame having stiles and rails forming a perimeter of the door frame, a first door skin and a second door skin, and the door skin being adhesively secured on opposite sides of the door frame;

    a first wear resistant membrane disposed along said upper surface; and

    a second wear resistant membrane disposed along said lower surface,wherein said first and second wear resistant membranes prevent hardened steel forming the upper and lower dies from marring doors that are acted upon by the upper and lower dies during said pressing process, andwherein the upper and lower surfaces are shaped to compress central portions of the door skins to a greater extent than peripheral portions disposed about a perimeter of the door skins, so that surfaces of the central portions and the peripheral portions of the door skins are coplanar with each other, and the peripheral portions are in contact with the stiles and rails of the door frame upon completion of the pressing operation.

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