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Pre-pressing compresses the raw mattress of a panel before it enters the main hot press. Dr Mark Irle explains the benefits
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Energy saving and wear reduction
An overlooked property of lubricating oils is the residue that they leave under evaporation. A new family of high-temperature oils for the wood panels industry tackles the problem. Anton Kulikov, sales development manager at Klüber Lubrication, explains
A New, Lightweight OSB-type Board
A new lightweight wood based panel has been developed by a major European co-operative effort. It is called I-PAN. IMAL, the Italian headquartered specialists in wood based panel machinery, were the project co-ordinators. Here they explain the concept, the development, and the results
Jörg Kaufmann: Belting it out
Jörg Kaufmann is global product manager at Sandvik Surface Solutions, in charge of belts for continuous presses. WBPI asked him about issues and prospects for Sandvik and other German-based players in the industry.
Germany: A tradition of excellence
In the engineering world, Germany has an unrivalled reputation. In making machinery for the wood based panel industry, the same is true. German and German-speaking countries are strong contributors. Julian Champkin visited Germany, Austria and Switzerland to discover how they do it
After little change, capacities on the up
In Part Two of our survey of particleboard capacity worldwide we report on mills and capacities in the world outside Europe and North America; and on plans for expansion and development.
The market demands low density panels – but density affects mechanical strength. Manufacturers must therefore keep tight control over their process lines. Dr Mark Irle gives guidance.