October 17-19, 2018
Portland, Oregon

Plywood Workshop Presentations 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9:30 a.m.—Modern Veneer Dryers and Profit

Alan Knokey, Vice President, USNR

This discussion focuses on drying system features—feeder, dryer, unloader, moisture detector, scanning and stacking systems, and highlights the importance of each function and its individual contribution to the drying system, with emphasis on productivity, versatility and the absolute requirement for uniform veneer drying.

10:00 a.m. —Making the Most of Your Dry Veneer Upgrade Improvements to Increase Profits

Martin Murphy, Senior Vice President, Raute North America

Veneer handling is a series of linked processes. Each one can make or break the profitability factor further on in the manufacturing of LVL and plywood. Once the veneer is peeled, the drying process can be set up to optimize the veneer quality in both visual and strength grades. Raute has upgrades that can be installed to improve your dry veneer quality to improve your bottom line.

10:30 a.m.—New Technology for Veneer Lathe Systems

Tim Fisher, Veneer/Panel Business Development Manager, USNR

This discussion focuses on new veneer lathe system technology featuring electric lathe carriages, scanning and control systems, and highlights the opportunity provided by each new technology application and its contribution to overall lathe system performance, with emphasis on productivity, fiber recovery and the requirement to produce uniform high quality veneer

11:00 a.m.—New Developments in Veneer Peeling Lines—Automated Green End

Anna McCann, President, Merritt Machinery

One of the most technologically advanced peeling line in the world is now running at Swanson Group’s new plywood plant in Springfield Ore. Learn how Japanese manufacturer Meinan Machinery Works’ automated state-of-the-art lathe line positively impacts raw material, product quality, manpower, glue and energy costs. Meinan’s equipment and production methods can be found in panel and engineered lumber plants throughout the world, producing veneer, plywood and LVL from various raw materials with significant process and efficiency improvements. The new Swanson plywood plant is the first in the world with in-line green veneer composing to provide a completely automated green end solution.

11:30 a.m.—Outlook for North American Plywood and New Plywood Mill Dr. Richard Baldwin, President, Winston Plywood & Veneer

The presentation offers recommendations to revitalize the industry and mills in particular, including lathe upgrades, improving dryer performance, creatively marketing plywood’s unique characteristics, and customizing best leadership practices. And the presentation literally brings these points home to he mill floor during a discussion on Winston Plywood & Veneer’s new mill in Winston, Miss.

Noon-1:25 p.m. TP&EE Exhibits, Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m.—If the Sky Is the Limit for CLT’s, What Will It Take to Get Us There?

Valerie Johnson, President, D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations

At the nearly breath-taking pace that the interest in CLT’s is moving, it appears there will tremendous upside growth. Or will there? What has it taken to get to this point? And what opportunities as well as challenges face us to build “to the sky”?

2:00 p.m.—The State of the Global CLT Industry—A Survey in Progress

Dr. Lech Muszynski, Associate Professor, Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University (co-authors, Eric Hansen, Jasmin Rainer, Julian Geisel, B.M.S.R. Fernando, Gabriel Schwarzmann)

Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is a massive structural composite panel product usually consisting of 3 to 9 layers of dimensional timber (lamellas) arranged perpendicular to each other, much like layers of veneer in plywood, and can be used as prefabricated wall, floor and roofing elements in residential, public and commercial structures. This is not merely a new engineered composite panel product, but an entirely new building technology revolutionizing the use of timber in construction. The CLT manufacturing process and the technology of erecting prefabricated houses based on this product has been developed in Europe over the last 20 years despite lack of the product standard. The output capacity of the industry worldwide has been growing exponentially. The organic development of the industry resulted in a surprising diversity in the manufacturing processes, products and market strategies. This presentation will include preliminary results from an industry survey being currently conducted by Oregon State University and a brief overview of the profiles of 24 CLT manufacturing plants toured between 2012-16. 

2:30 p.m.—Mass Timber Construction in the Forest Industry Infrastructure Thomas Robinson, Principal and Founder, LEVER Architecture

Mass timber construction can be a catalyst for connecting urban expansion to the economic well being of Northwestern rural communities. Completed mass timber projects in Europe, Canada and Australia demonstrate the feasibility of the technology and the environmental benefits have been well documented. The challenge faced by the design and construction community in the United States is translating this system of building into realizable projects locally. In addition to the regulatory hurdles and required performance testing, we need to rethink the way we design mass timber buildings that connects forest management, sourcing and local manufacturing. This presentation shares lessons learned in the design and realization of two new cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects in Portland, Ore.—Albina Yard, the first domestically produced CLT office building in the United States currently under construction in North Portland; and Framework, a 12-story CLT high-rise project which was awarded a $1.5 m grant in the U.S. Tall Wood Building Competition sponsored by the USDA.

3:00 p.m.—Unique New Press Design for Manufacturing CLT Panels

Sam Pope, Capital Sales Manager, Western North America, USNR

USNR’s new modular press for the manufacture of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels features key design elements that make it a great choice for those entering the emerging North American CLT market. According to its proponents, CLT is not merely a new engineered composite panel product, it’s an entirely new building technology that is revolutionizing the use of timber in construction and dramatically cutting the overall time for construction projects. Learn more about the innovations that make USNR’s new window-frame style CLT press extremely robust, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective.

3:30 p.m.—Inspired by Smart Technology—Second Wave of CLT Investment on the Way in Europe

Dominik Wolfschuetz, German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association (VDMA); Gerhard Binder, Projecting and Sales, Minda

After three years of relatively low level of investments in CLT capacities, new plants are being built in Europe again. Newly adopted building regulations and building contractors and project developers with a solid knowledge base of how to use CLT push the business. A recently announced buildup of a production site by a property investor shows that the market for CLT is in motion. Innovative process equipment, like the largest ever built CLT press, is the answer to the expanding market.    

The cost of the Plywood and EWP Manufacturing Workshop is only $75 and includes an exhibit floor pass for the entire length of the expo, as well as a beer and a brat ticket for the Beer Garden.