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  • Accelerating Lumber Production with Machine Vision
    Finding the right imaging component was a key step for one New England-based company. Now, its automated sawing operations have completely transformed the way it does business.
  • Foaming Soy Adhesives Could Help Soybeans Bond With Lumber Industry
    Research associate Mila Hojilla-Evangelista prepares a sample of soy-based plywood adhesive to test its foaming ability. The glue is designed to be applied by foam extrusion. "Concerns about animal blood's limited supply and about health issues prompted our search for alternative protein extenders,
  • Industrial Automation Platform for Sawmills
    DTI is currently working with the North American leader in the design and manufacturing of sawmill technology and equipment for the lumber industry by providing a custom wallmount system powered by an Intel® Pentium® III processor based single board computer. The system was designed to operate
  • New Grading and Coding Device Speeds PALCO's Recent Upgrade
    Since its founding in 1869, The Pacific Lumber Company (PALCO) has been a leader in innovating saw mill process and equipment technology. Typical is the recent acquisition of an advanced electronic ink-jet marking device from Matthews International that was the key to a successful automated process
  • Steam Trap Assessment using Ultrasound
    A steam radiator system is used to control the temperature to cure the lumber. Steam is pumped through a series of radiators to heat up the kiln to about 360 to 370 degrees. If steam turns into condensate, the system is less effective and more steam has to be pumped through the system.
  • Cutting curves, not corners
    Modern curve saws cut more lumber from crooked logs, thanks to special software and advanced electrohydraulic drives. Head of Global Branch Strategies Curve saws can follow the outer contour of bowed logs, which yields more usable lumber than straight cuts. Feed speeds can exceed 500 fpm
  • Opportunity for Optimization
    moisture content, which causes shrinkage resulting in large splits or cracks. Mills that process large quantities of beetle killed lumber encounter two problems. Recovery is lowered because a board will break up and either be thrown away entirely or have to be remanufactured down to a lower size
  • Barcode Labels and Inkjet Code on Plywood
    A large producer of plywood and lumber products needed to comply with their retail customer's demand to place UPC-A barcodes on individual pieces of plywood. In addition, they wanted to print product type and grade on the side of each board to ensure the product identification was correctly stacked
  • Impact Loads and Drives
    must maintain commanded speed. 4. Either the drive decelerates to rest or steps 2 and 3 repeat. Example applications where this applies are industrial saws cutting either lumber or metal bars, drilling, grinding, stamping, and press feeding. What they all have in common is that they experience
  • Cryogenic Tool Conditioning Extends Useful Life
    -- treating parts at -300 F or colder -- benefits not only tool-and-die sets. It has quadrupled the life of lumber mills' log-chipper knives, let automakers' resistance-welding electrodes run six times longer, and improved metal guitar-string harmonics. Audiophiles who have returned to vintage

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