Panel World magazine’s September 2016 issue features Medford, Oregon’s Timber Products Company and their extensive investment to improve quality and production at their Southern Oregon plywood facility, and Two Rivers, Wisconsin’s Woodland Face Veneer and their attention to detail, quality and customer care. Several articles and a special section highlight the Timber Processing & Energy Expo, to be held in Portland, Oregon on September 28-30. Other articles cover the latest industry news, new projects and project updates, and the latest in Quality Control technology.
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Timber Products Company
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell has the opportunity to visit Timber Products Company in Medford, Oregon. During the past four years, projects to boost quality, production and efficiency at Timber Products Co.’s southern Oregon panel mills have featured big investments in veneer drying, grading and handling technology at the Grants Pass and Medford plywood plants, culminating in a major drying-grading-stacking upgrade at the Medford facility along with other improvements. In addition to boosting output and efficiency, the Medford project is cleaning up several older rooflines with a new building and has also resulted in a rearrangement of veneer handling, plugging and composing areas that has made for a more efficient mill flow as veneer is moved from dryer outfeed through layup.
Woodland Face Veneer
Panel World magazine Associate Editor Jessica Johnson travels to Two Rivers, Wisconsin to visit Woodland Face Veneer. Rick Philipps spent 30-plus years buying faces for a door manufacturer and says that after a while, not finding what he wanted got frustrating. “There were things I wanted to buy that the market would not supply to us effectively. We had a veneer room in our shop, so a lot of times, we would bring that stuff in-house, and had to make it happen in our own factory,” he explains. So when his previous employer changed ownership, and he saw the need for a high-quality face veneer manufacturer in the Midwest, he went for it. Philipps, alongside his wife Sharon, started Woodland Face Veneer in 2002 in a small city incubator building in Two Rivers. The company went to larger facilities a few years later and is running a little under 1MMSF per week.
More than 200 equipment and technology exhibitors will consume more than 60,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space at the upcoming Timber Processing & Energy Expo to be held September 28-30 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. TP&EE, held every two years, is hosted by Timber Processing and Panel World magazines, is produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions LLC, and caters to primary producers of lumber, plywood and engineered wood products. The 2014 event attracted 1,700 industry producer personnel representing 140 wood products companies and hundreds of lumber, veneer/plywood and engineered wood products mill operations. The event also attracted an international audience, with 22 countries represented in 2014. In addition, 1,000 exhibitor personnel were on hand. As a result of the success of the 2014 event, organizers have moved the 2016 expo into the larger Hall E on the exposition grounds. The layout flow remains basically the same, but in more spacious confines.
2016 TP&EE Plywood & EWP Workshop
A new engineered wood product called cross-laminated timber, new plywood mills and new technologies will be among the subjects addressed at the Plywood and Engineered Wood Products Manufacturing Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, during the Timber Processing & Energy Expo. TP&EE will be held September 28-30 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. TP&EE is produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, LLC, an affiliate of Panel World and Timber Processing magazines. This will be the third TP&EE. “The amount of experience that’s represented in these dozen speakers is phenomenal,” comments Rich Donnell, TP&EE Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Panel World magazine. “At the end of the day, a person walks out of this workshop truly informed about the latest products and technologies.”
2016 TP&EE Exhibitor Showcase
The following companies are exhibiting at the upcoming Timber Processing & Energy Expo to be held September 28-30 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon, and they are also advertising in the September 2016 issue of Panel World magazine: Acrowood, Actiw Oy, Altec Integrated Solutions, Delta Computer Systems, Evergreen Engineering, Grenzebach, KUPER, Meinan Machinery Works, Metal Detectors, Inc., Metriguard, Price LogPro, Raute, Samuel Packaging Systems, Sweed Machinery, USNR, Westmill, and Woodtech Measurement Solutions.
Enhancing Biomass Furnaces
Panel World magazine contributor Michael Reindorp discusses enhancing biomass-fueled furnaces at mills. Reindorp writes, “After many months of fine-tuning, the mill was finally starting to achieve its capacity and quality goals. Coincidentally, the OSB market was strengthening and it appeared that the industry was healthy, and we could see ourselves meeting our targets for volume, quality, cost and profit. This had been a long and difficult road involving operator training, identifying and eliminating equipment issues, improving reliability of the overall process and a close collaboration with industry specialists and equipment suppliers. Imagine our dismay when we received a grim diagnosis on the health of our furnaces. The furnaces can be considered the heart of the OSB manufacturing process. Their health/performance is critical to the efficient operation of the mill.”
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