GeD Arredamenti furniture is the outcome of an integrated industrial process. Below, the fundamental steps are illustrated, starting with use of the trunk and the parts in natural wood, up to the end product built to design. The integrated industrial process is implemented for all models with doors and accessories such as Legno Vivo and the entire Velvet program with 3S doors.
Wood from monitored reforestation
GeD cucine mainly uses Oak, Larch and Ash from woods whose reforestation is controlled and verified by local forestry authorities. The planting, growth and felling cycle has over the years enabled an established equilibrium for which the quantity of plants in the procurement territories is constant. The trunks, obtained from plants selected based on their diameter and quality, are then transported to the sawmill.
Transported to the sawmill, the first operation to which the trunk is subjected is "leaching": steam cleans the wood of any organic substances, such as sugars and starch, which could stimulate attachment of fungi or insects. Furthermore, this process makes wood softer and more elastic, thereby facilitating the next processes, such as debarking.
Sawmill: first processing
The trunks, duly cleaned through leaching, undergo their first process: debarking and sawing. Then, the semi-processed trunks are cut into wooden boards of equal size. The processing waste, making up almost 40% of the total, is used to produce electrical energy, thermal energy (pellets) or wooden panels (OSB, MDF panels etc.).
The boards, stacked metres high and distanced from one another with slats, are sent to the drying phase in a controlled environment (seasoning). When the process concludes, no board will have a humidity rate over 9%; this parameter can vary based on whether the boards are assigned for production of panels in countries with particular climatic conditions to avoid compromising the stability of the end product.
Sawmill: second process
The boards, which are now dry, are cut to size, moulded (finished on 4 sides) and glued to one another to obtain panels in sizes suitable for door building. At this point, we proceed to surface preparation, sanding and subsequent cutting to size, according to the designs to follow. The doors produced are then transported in the factory to the painting department.
Before the painting process, the doors and accessories are finished and checked. Based on the surface you want to obtain, they can be brushed (to emphasise the pores and grain of the wood) or sanded (to obtain a perfectly smooth surface). This is followed by a series of coats of paint and sanding followed by a last coat of clear, matt varnish with a soft-touch effect. You can thereby obtain surfaces in smooth wood or brushed wood and in a natural, painted or lacquered finish.
Following a last quality control, the doors and accessory parts (shelves, open storage units, sides, countertops, etc.) are assembled on the structural furniture (products always in stock in the factory) and completed with functional accessories and mechanisms. Lastly, the elements are packaged for transport to the client. To avoid any damage during transport, packaging is in cardboard boxes with high-strength double waves and an external kraft cover and includes use of protective polystyrene corners with PS reinforcements.