The Future of Connectors

Dundalk, Ireland, has been a settlement for more than five and a half thousand years. In the 1840s, the Gothic church of Saint Patrick (at right) was completed, and its granite pillars, soaring vaults and magnificent stained glass have drawn admirers of fine architecture for almost two centuries. So, it is no surprise that this learned, ancient place would give birth to one of the cleverest, simplest and most permanent of woodworking solutions. OVVO® is a family of plastic connectors that 'Push<Click>Connect' cabinet components in a way that saves time, labor, training and materials.

 


Image courtesy of the Union of Students In Ireland

 

Interzum, held in Cologne, Germany every other May, is the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design. In terms of attendance, it is four times the size of IWF with some 69,000 visitors from 152 countries. OVVO's latest product, the V-0930, won the Best of the Best award at Interzum this year. The prize "emphasises the significance of design as a value-added factor".

WoodEzine staff met with Sean Phillips, the inventor and co-founder of OVVO, and some of his team at the AWFS show in July, and were given a demonstration of the company's products. That's Sean at left, receiving the Interzum award. A cabinetmaker himself, he is acutely aware of the challenges facing woodshops in an ever more competitive and automated industry.

 

And he is intensely excited about the second generation of OVVO products, which are smaller than the originals so they can work with thinner stock (12mm or 1/2"). The new connectors also have an innovative dovetail design that enhances the joint strength, a new solid rib that increases joint rigidity, and a new one-piece housing that makes automatic insertion possible.


Here's How It Works...
The special router bit plunges into a workpiece (A, below), moves the length of an insert, and then raises out of the work. This leaves a groove that has a round hole on each end that is the full diameter of the bit's profile, and a groove between those two holes that is slightly narrower (the width of the shaft). Along the sidewalls of the groove, the bit has created some angled steps (B). A spring-loaded female connector (C) is simply pushed into the pocket and seated (D). There are micro-grips on the insert that make sure it seats perfectly every time. A male connector (E) is popped in next, and seated (F). Then a second workpiece with a female connector already installed is simply pushed against the first until it clicks, and the connection is now complete. Push<Click>Connect.

The system takes almost no training, can be used for permanent or knock-down (KD) fittings, and can be used in RTA cabinetry that is flat-packed to the jobsite and assembled without tools.

 

Different ways to install OVVO connectors
OVVO connectors can be used in many ways to complete joinery. A few are shown at right, including end-to-end, face-to-face, right-angle butt, right-angle mitered, obtuse or reflex angles, and acute angles. The system is compatible with 3, 4 and 5 axis CNCs in flat-bed, pod and rail, or vertical configurations. The milling process is simple; plunge, travel and out. The special bit creates a short groove (shown above) to accept the spring-loaded inserts.

For hybrid CNC operations, there's a free-standing floor machine that OVVO calls its Bench Machine (top, left), which works perfectly alongside a flat bed CNC. And for woodshops with no CNC, a hand-held tool (bottom, left) is available that looks a bit like a biscuit joiner. It is easily adjusted to suit the entire range of OVVO connectors.

U.S. Distributor
E.B. Bradley Co.
5602 Bickett Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058 USA Tel:
Ph: 800-533-3030
Fax: 323-908-7283
info - at - ebbradley.com
https://ovvotech.com

 

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