Freres Lumber Co., Inc. has installed and is operating a Taihei horizontal hot press at Lyons, Oregon. Freres says they are already reaping numerous benefits the horizontal press offers over conventional vertical press technology.
The horizontal press differs from conventional vertical presses in that the heat plates are installed vertically and apply pressure to the plywood horizontally. Freres says it is increasing production efficiency, maximizing the uniformity of contact pressure, and is more energy efficient than a vertical press.
Additionally, the new system has a small footprint in relation to the number of platens, allowing Freres to install this 60-opening press, where previously there had been a 24-opening press.
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U.S. housing starts (combined single-family and multi-family) showed a slight decline in November, coming in at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.427 million, 0.5% below October, and 16.4% below starts in November 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing…
To better address its operational and strategic development plans, Raute is changing its organizational structure, which will strengthen Raute’s ability to service customers and streamlines internal operations. The change will also be reflected in the…
Roseburg Forest Products has ordered a veneer dryer for its plant in Coquille, Ore. from Westmill. At 204 ft. length, the dryer will be the longest veneer dryer in North America, according to the participants. The 6-deck, steam-heated jet dryer is designed to dry the heaviest moisture Douglas fir, hemlock and spruce…
Article by Rich Donnell, Editor-In-Chief, Panel World January 2023 – Some forecasts coming out of APA—The Engineered Wood Association annual meeting in October painted a rather bleak economics picture for 2023. It was no surprise, given the already downward trending in housing…
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