Panel World’s May issue recaps the recent 2014 Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE), held in Atlanta March 20-21. Also featured is Oregon’s Freres Lumber and it’s new X-Y charging system. Other articles highlight the upcoming Xylexpo to be held in Milan, Italy and remembering the late Gary Raemhild.
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Freres Lumber: All Electric X-Y Charger
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell visits Freres Lumber located in Lyons, Oregon. Continually seeking ways to become more competitive, Freres Lumber recently started up North America’s first all-electric x-y veneer lathe charger, part of an ongoing process to improve mill operations, says Tyler Feres, vice president of sales. “We’re always looking to do the next thing to make us more competitive,” he adds. The new charger system comes from Altec Integrated Solutions, which has been offering electric roller screw actuators for lathe carriage and bar gap systems for several years—and in 2012 had installed electric actuators for the lathe carriage and knife pitch at Freres Lumber’s small log peeling line (along with new lathe controls plus new tray controls, drives and motors on the large log line). Freres’ 2013 project with Altec features the new electric x-y charging system, new 3D scanning system with Hermary line bar scan heads feeding new generation peeling optimization and control software running on a 64-bit processor.
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PELICE 2014 Post-Show Coverage
A record attendance participated in the fourth Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held March 20-21 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. An all-star lineup of conference speakers and technology sessions attracted 404 industry professionals, a whopping 33% increase over the previous PELICE in 2012. And with improving markets in structural and non-structural wood products, supported by stronger housing construction, attendees participated with enthusiasm and hopefulness that positive forecasts will bear fruit. Thirty wood products producer companies sent multiple representatives to PELICE to hear 45 speakers address industry developments, new projects, technologies, operational enhancements and predictions for plywood, oriented strandboard, engineered wood products and composite board segments. They also combed the aisles of the Grand Ballroom North, where a sold-out exhibitor floor featured 75 machinery, supplies and service companies.
The following companies are exhibiting at Xylexpo 2014, to be held May 13-17 at the Milan, Italy Fairgrounds located in Rho, and are advertising in this issue of Panel World magazine: The Biele Group, Globus, GreCon, IMAL-PAL Group, LIMAB, PAL, Pessa Impianti, and Siempelkamp.
Technologies: The Past 50 Years
(The following material is an edited excerpt from the publication Panel Age 50: A Celebration of the Past Fifty Years of Structural & Non-Structural Wood Product Developments, published by The Donnell Group in 2013 and written by Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell.) “Some 50 years ago, the basic processes for the primary panel product on the market—plywood—were relatively well established in terms of peeling, drying, gluing and pressing, with technology that at the time was much more efficient than the first generation of equipment in the 1920s and ’30s. Yet the past 50 years of panel industry history have seen mind-boggling advances in the technology applied to those basic processes, followed by advances in related processes through the growth of the composite panel industry as well.”
In Memory: Gary Raemhild
This article, written by Steve Jaasund, Manager of Geoenergy Products/Lundberg, remembers the late Gary Raemhild. Jaasund writes, “We often hear that a single person can make a difference. In the context of everyday life this can seem idealistic or even trite. However, when someone close passes away we can see just how meaningful this expression can be. Gary Raemhild died on March 21, 2014, suddenly and unexpectedly. His impact on the wood products industry was meaningful and the legacy that he leaves in the wood products industry is with us every day and will continue to be for years to come. I first met Gary when we were graduate students at the University of Washington in 1970. We were both working on Master’s degrees at the Water and Air Resources Division of the Department of Civil Engineering.”
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