Automated door assembly, press, and adhesive therefor

  • US 9,346,185 B2
  • Filed: 07/28/2011
  • Issued: 05/24/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A door-making system, comprising:

  • at least one spray coating station for spraying adhesive to a door frame having stiles and rails forming a perimeter of the door frame, a first door skin, or a second door skin;

    at least one assembly station for joining the first and second door skins to opposite first and second surfaces of the door frame, respectively, to form assembled doors;

    a pressing station for alternatingly pressing at least two of the assembled doors, the pressing station comprising at least a first press and a second press vertically stacked one on top of another for receiving at least two of said assembled doors, wherein said pressing station is adapted to perform a pressing operation on at least a first of said assembled doors in the first press while loading or discharging at least a second of said assembled doors into or out of the second press, and wherein the first and second presses include a pressing surface shaped to compress central portions of the first and second door skins to a greater extent than peripheral portions disposed about the perimeter of the first and second door skins, so that surfaces of the central portions and the peripheral portions of the first and second 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; and

    at least one material handling device for transporting the assembled doors between the stations.

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