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Emerging Technology For Wood Processing
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By Chuck Ray
Date Posted: 1/3/2005

Phil Araman of the U.S. Forest Service and Virginia Tech has identified ‘next generation’ wood processing technologies that will enable companies to remain competitive. These technologies include:

• hardwood tree-length log bucking scanning systems

• internal log scanning

• sawmill edging and trimming optimization systems

• automated rough lumber grading

• curve sawing for hardwood logs

• automated pallet cant evaluation

• automated pallet part scanning and grading

• automated lumber to parts processing

            Phil cited a study that estimated at least 20% of the potential value of all Southern Appalachian hardwood was lost through improper and inefficient processing. His presentation of these technologies demonstrated how this loss can be greatly reduced through proper technological development and investment.

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