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Skiving is an effective but often neglected method of cutting and reshaping foam. It is a necessary technique when working with thicker foam materials or when creating complex shapes.

What is skiving?

Skiving is a process in which foam, such as polyurethane foam, is cut into two or more thinner layers. This technique has been used for decades in the production of furniture and bedding to create the desired shapes, sizes, and thicknesses. The ability to skive foam gives manufacturers a cost-effective way to customize their product offering, while keeping the production costs low.

To successfully skive the foam, manufacturers must use specialized machines that are specifically designed for that purpose. Those machines use heat to soften the material before mechanically separating it into thin layers. For softer foams like polyurethane and memory foam, the heat generated by these machines can range from 50˚C to 150˚C.

Skiving in SSA Pana

Our skiving machines are the perfect choice if accuracy and efficiency are your top priorities. Our machines use advanced technology to cut the raw material in sheets to any required thickness. This is made possible by a unique peeling machine containing a blade that cuts along the length of the material at an incredibly precise depth for a perfectly even finish.

The skiving machine is also extremely versatile, allowing you to cut materials of different sizes with ease. That makes it ideal for production lines that require large quantities of foam sheets of the correct thickness. In addition, our machines are very durable and robust, making them ideal for long-term use in industrial environments.

At our company, we understand that quality control is necessary to create top-quality products that meet our customers’ expectations.

Horizontally skiving foam slabs into panels

The process of skiving foam into thinner panels is known as horizontal skiving. That method of foam production is one of the most effective ways to produce high quality, consistent foam panels. It provides an excellent way to produce precise shapes and sizes that can have a wide array of application, including upholstery and packaging.

Horizontal cutting entails the use of special machines that exert a strong pressure on the material, creating two thinner pieces from a large one. The process significantly reduces waste as it provides a complete utilization of all available material. Precise sizes and shapes can be achieved with each cut made with minimal effort because of the automated nature of the process. Moreover, the use of specialized knives guarantees that there is no damage or waste during work.

Continuous skiving of blocks that are bonded together for the production of sheet rolls

Skiving blocks of foam in order to produce sheet rolls can be a straining and arduous process. A continuous skiving of bonded blocks in the production of sheet rolls is a long-lasting task that requires precision and skill. Manufacturers of foam sheet rolls continue to look for ways to speed up the process and make their production lines more efficient.

A number of tools are available that can skive foam blocks quickly, accurately, and with minimal waste. Those include specialized saws, knives, blades, and even laser-guided machines designed specifically for the task. Each tool has its advantages in terms of speed, accuracy, savings, and safety. Manufacturers should consider all of those factors when choosing the right method for their particular application.

Available thicknesses from as little as 1 mm, depending on the material

Foams are available in different densities and thicknesses depending on the intended application. For example, higher density foams tend to be thicker and provide more cushioning than lower density foams. Soft foams can be as little as 1 mm thick, while harder varieties can have a thickness of 10 to 20 mm for more robust applications such as padding or insulation.