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Freres Has Taihei Horizontal Press Going

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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