Sweed’s recently patented “Smart Pause” technology allows dryer infeed operators additional time to address misfeeds or other veneer feeding issues, while permitting the continued operation of the veneer dryer, thus maximizing dryer fill rates. Several plants with current and pending projects will be realizing the benefits of Smart Pause.
Georgia-Pacific in Taylorsville, Mississippi recently commissioned a new 4-deck dryer equipped with Sweed’s Smart Pause infeed. Soon to come for G-P are two new installations in early 2020: a 4-deck and a 6-deck dryer, both equipped with Smart Pause infeed. Also joining the Smart Pause trend is Weyerhaeuser in Emerson, Arkansas, which has a pending dryer installation slated for spring 2020.
Sweed’s Smart Pause dryer infeed functions independently of the veneer dryer. Utilizing additional hardware and innovative software and controls designed by Sweed, each deck of the infeed roll case is operated individually with timing and variable speed controls, providing a platform for the program to manage veneer under normal and abnormal conditions, without affecting the performance of the dryer itself. The Smart Pause program is initiated upon the detection of missing sheets, and/or by the operator who has identified an issue. In either case, the operator has a period of up to 20 seconds (depending on feed speeds) to fix the misfeed and speed the infeed, allowing veneer to “catch-up” and be lapped prior to dryer entry.
Chinese wood-based panel producer, A Beautiful Family Plate Making Co. Ltd. (BFP), has contracted with Dieffenbacher for a complete Fine OSB plant in Guangxi, China. Installation of BFP’s new plant is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. The first board is expected to be produced in fall 2023…
Opened in fall 2022, the first mass timber commercial building in the U.S. capital city features more than 108,000 sq. ft. of mass timber. The building is an innovative retrofit at 80 M Street SE in Washington, DC: Termed an overbuild—extra stories atop an existing building—the expansion features three floors, where columns of mass timber are visible from the interior…
PART FOUR: This is the fourth of a four-part series summarizing the presentations delivered during the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) held this spring and hosted by Panel World in Atlanta March 31 to April 1. The first three parts appeared in the May, July and September issues. PELICE 2024 will be held March 14-15, 2024 again at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta…
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