Panel World’s September issue mentions how veneer and plywood, engineered wood products and wood energy will be among the many themes of the new Timber Processing & Energy Expo scheduled October 17-19th at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon. Panel demand builds slowly in 2012 as producers see 2Q boost in housing and other prices. Also, this issue features the Quality Control section so you cannot go wrong when making purchases.
In addition to the exhibitor portion of the event, the new Timber Processing & Energy Expo will feature Workshop Day on Thursday, October 18. Workshop Day includes 14 presentations on a range of technologies and issues. Here they are: Lathe Line Technologies, Implementation and Integration—Timothy Woodward, President, Daqota Systems, Inc. This presentation addresses veneer lathe line technologies and quality/production improvements, 3D XY scanning, green veneer grade scanning, complete lathe line integration and remote connectivity.
Taking the Pulse
An uptick in construction activity in June 2012 that saw annual projected starts at 760,000—the highest since October 2008—helped boost structural panel prices for a relatively strong run ongoing since late 2011. But the improving numbers belie overall economic conditions that aren’t terribly bullish for the panel industry as shadow inventories of unsold and foreclosed homes drag down new home sales, and high unemployment adds to consumer uncertainty.
The Altec Thickness Quality Monitoring System Version 2.0 is the very latest in high-performance on-line non-contact measurement systems that provides real-time thickness and length/width measurements in industrial manufacturing processes. Typical applications include veneer, planer board, plywood, engineered wood and OSB manufacturing. The system uses high-precision lasers to provide real-time thickness, average thickness and standard deviation trending as well as thickness and width distribution histograms.
Numerous factors make South America a land of opportunity for the wood-based materials industry: The timber resources are nearly inexhaustible, the domestic demand is big and thanks to the demand for raw materials from China and other countries, most of the Latin American countries have experienced strong economic growth since 2010. In Brazil the relevance of this industry can be traced back to the country’s name, which comes from the native “Pau-brazil” tree, the national tree of Brazil.
Raute Corp. received an order worth EUR 14 million from the German company Pollmeier Furnierwerkstoffe GmbH & Co.KG. The equipment will be delivered to Pollmeier’s future LVL mill at Creuzburg, Central Germany. The order comprises a peeling line, drying line and an LVL layup line. Being a leading supplier of LVL lines globally and the successful tests with the customer’s raw material were the convincing factors resulting in Raute to gain the deal.
WEG Electric offers a complete line of power correction products that will improve a plant’s power factor and support users in their efforts of reducing energy consumption and avoid costs or penalties from the utilities. This new line incorporates contactors, individual single and three phase capacitors, as well as a totally new three phase enclosed capacitor with a NEMA 4 enclosure as standard.
Columbia Forest Products won an award from the International Wood Products Assn. (IWPA) at the 56th Annual Convention held in Indian Wells, Calif. Columbia Forest Products won in the 2012 Innovative Design category for its PureBond formaldehyde-free technology. This technology uses soy protein for decorative hardwood plywood assembly instead of traditional urea formaldehyde-based resins.