The Composite Panel Association has expanded its Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) certification program to include manufacturers of finished products, components and laminated panels. The ECC program was launched this year for North American manufacturers of composite panels. Forty-seven plants representing almost two-thirds of industry production are certified in the program.
CPA expects many fabricators and laminators to seek ECC certification this year. The ECC standard applies to manufacturers of MDF, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim, and permits use of wood or agricultural fiber and highlights the responsible use of fiber by composite panel manufacturers. For more information and to find composite panel products made by ECC-certified producers, see www.eccproduct.org.
Q: I have read every Wood Doctor column you have written and have gained a lot of practical information. But here is a question I have not seen addressed before. As background, our fairly large company has really gone into JIT, just-in-time, manufacturing, which means in-process materials cannot sit around very long at all. Well, this has recently translated into machining our glued up panels (edge-glued on a clamp carrier) within 24 hours after they are glued, or sometimes less. Of course, you know what the problem is: sunken glue joints that are obvious after finishing. My suggestion of waiting three days after gluing, as we have always done, has not been well-received. I am hoping that you have some help for us.
Avian has reported that its lightweight board meets and exceeds the CARB 2 standards making it one of only a few suppliers of CARB 2 standard boards.
Q: We are having a problem with raised glue joints in
our solid wood (mahogany) panels and we would like to know what
your recommendation is for the amount of moisture content that we
could get by with, without causing this problem? This applies
also to high-frequency gluing.
New MDF line will have production capacity of 226 million square feet on 3/4-inch basis.
Q: For a variety of reasons, we are considering using MDF for some of our products with a veneer overlay. My question is "What is MDF and what should we be aware of?"
Q: We are having some problems with veneer adhesion to
our MDF substrate. After we have completed the panel and finished
it, we notice delamination (a raised bump) in a few areas in the
center. What should we be looking for?
AHFA environmental conference draws capacity crowd.
Wood-Mizer Products Inc. in February announced the release of Bio-Mizer, a biomass furnace that converts wood waste into renewable energy for businesses.
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