Collins Aerospace Systems has developed an alternative to lumber finishes in business jets, with a finish that can be colour-matched to business jet wood veneers. According to the company the product, named PrecisionPlank, is manufactured in an environmentally sustainable way and enables custom-sized boards to be constructed from existing veneers.
An exact match for a board can be achieved using a proprietary method of spacing the board’s wood grain to replicate the grain of the chosen veneer. While having a realistic timber look, the board is free from the knots, defects and colour variance commonly found in raw lumber. This means Collins Aerospace can provide cabinet shops with the precise board at the right size to match their veneer.
“Typically, cabinet shops spend an incredible amount of time milling down raw lumber in the hopes of finding an exact board match,” said Ian Webb, vice president of business development at Collins Aerospace. “The amount of wasted lumber and man hours is enormous. We’re thrilled to eliminate that guesswork and give our customers a more environmentally sustainable alternative.”
PrecisionPlank is available to business jet operators in as little as one week – much shorter than the 9-12-week lead time that Collins Aerospace says is typical of composite lumber procurement.