Panel World’s July issue spotlights Virginia’s West Point Veneer, where a unique management team is confident of the mill’s position and its market. An article discusses the controversy over Arizona Forest Restoration Products having to disband a project aimed to build the westernmost OSB plant in the U.S., since the contract was awarded to a lumber stock producer. Also featured is a preview of IWF 2012.
At first glance, the scene sounds like the beginning of a good ol’ Western movie: The black-hatted outsider moves in at the last minute and snakes out the local boys who had built up years of goodwill hoping to be awarded a long-awaited business opportunity.
The Oregon Community Foundation announced a $150 million gift from the estate of Fred W. Fields, which will establish the Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to support education and the arts. It is the largest single gift ever made to OCF and one of the largest single gifts made to any community foundation in the country, according to OCF.
Dieffenbacher has received an order for a complete OSB plant in China. This is the second continuous OSB plant that Dieffenbacher will build in China. The first OSB plant for Baoyuan began production in 2010. The new plant, which will be located in Eastern China, will have an annual capacity of 228,000 m³.
Federal forest restoration efforts in Arizona recently took a big step forward when a major contract to thin 300,000 acres over 10 years was awarded, but a long-term panel plant project aiming to build the westernmost OSB plant in the U.S. is now disbanded after the contract went to a lumber manufacturer that is also planning to use thinning residuals to produce biodiesel.
Baumer Inspection is a world leader for the automatic inspection of furniture and flooring boards. ColourBrain inspection systems control both the esthetical and the physical quality of high-volume products and production lines of batch size 1. These “multi-sensorial” ColourBrain inspection systems combine a plurality of camera/ illumination/software modules to mimic the specific perception of the human eye for multi-colored and complex patterned surfaces.
As forest product equipment owners across the country are finding out, one of the most economical ways to increase productivity is to retrofit old machines with new control systems. With the proper new control system in place, old machines can often deliver the productivity of brand new machines at a fraction of their cost. For machines such as veneer lathes that employ many moving parts, a new closed-loop multi-axis motion controller and programming will improve the quality of machinery output, overcome the effects of mechanical wear and extend the life of mechanical components.
In recent years one of the brighter spots in the forest economy has been the wood pellet sector. The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory first documented the exponential rise of pellet manufacturing in a report published in 2009. The report drew the attention of the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI), which invited this author, then with the FPL, to present the findings at the PFI annual meeting.
The 23rd Xylexpo, held at FieraMilano-Rho in Milan, Italy May 8-12, attracted 43,295 visitors, who viewed 515 exhibitors representing 177 foreign companies and 34 countries. The biennial event was held on 32,178 net square meters of space. International visitors represented 47% of total attendance. Leading international turnout came from France, Turkey, Switzerland, Russian Federation and neighboring countries, and Germany.
The 14th International Exhibition on Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Manufacturing Equipment (WMF 2012) and The 14th International Exhibition on Furniture Accessories, Materials and Wood Products (FAM 2012) concluded fruitfully on March 15 at New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC), Beijing, China. 2012 Beijing International Modern Forestry Equipment Expo (BIMF 2012) & 2012 Beijing International Landscaping Expo (BILE 2012) were concurrently held.
The ClassiSizer, which has been available from Dieffenbacher since January 2011, is an energy-efficient and virtually wear and maintenance-free size reduction machine. After operating the units for over a year, the size reduction technology originally conceived for the recycling sector has achieved an excellent track record. More than 30 ClassiSizers have been sold so far, primarily for use in the timber industry.
Roseburg Forest Products’ Winston, Ore. engineered wood products mill took the Innovation in Safety Award in the APA 2011 Safety and Health Awards Program for its “Glass Walls” program. Every shift in every department has a cell lead that is responsible for monitoring safety, quality, delivery and cost information daily and briefing the rest of the crew through a “Report Out.”