Location

Brunswick, ME

Start Date

1-1-1997 12:00 AM

Description

A substantial portion of the hardwood lumber industry is devoted to the processing of lumber into secondary wood products (like furniture parts). Hardwood boards are typically remanufactured into smaller parts by a series of rip and cross cuts with no consideration of parts placement or the location of defective areas. These cuts yield pieces, in accordance with the manufacturers cutting bill, that are free of defective area. The entire process is labor intensive and results in a substantial loss of valuable lumber. With traditional gang/rip methods yields of 50% are considered to be very good. These losses increase with operator fatigue and inexperience.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

16B

Chapter

Chapter 8: NDE Systems

Section

Diagnostic

Pages

2191-2198

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4615-5947-4_286

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Development of an Automated Lumber Processing System

Brunswick, ME

A substantial portion of the hardwood lumber industry is devoted to the processing of lumber into secondary wood products (like furniture parts). Hardwood boards are typically remanufactured into smaller parts by a series of rip and cross cuts with no consideration of parts placement or the location of defective areas. These cuts yield pieces, in accordance with the manufacturers cutting bill, that are free of defective area. The entire process is labor intensive and results in a substantial loss of valuable lumber. With traditional gang/rip methods yields of 50% are considered to be very good. These losses increase with operator fatigue and inexperience.