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Job Postings / Boiler Trainee - St. Maries, ID
« Last post by admin on December 10, 2014, 11:07:05 AM »
Boiler Trainee

Tracking Code    466

Job Description:

We are seeking a BoilerOperator Trainee with a commitment to safety and possess great problem solving skills. You will execute your role within a group that embrace innovation, continuous improvement and provides educational opportunities to continuously sharpen your professional skills.  Our Boiler operators play a key role in operating and maintaining our high pressure wood firedBoilers through excellent team work and focused execution.

Basic mechanical skills. Aware of Boiler operations and role Boiler plays in plant operation.

Training to become aBoiler or kiln operator by assisting primary operators in daily responsibilities, maintenance (greasing, washing) and operations of equipment.  Goal is to gain a strong understanding of Boilerand/or kiln operations and requirements at the plant.  May patrol for fire watch or complete routine maintenance duties.

Minimum of 3 months experience at the Plant. Experience operating rolling stock equipment (loaders).

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Dry Kiln Control / Re: Wet bulb control
« Last post by MichaelM on December 05, 2014, 07:40:04 AM »
I agree that is a good set up.  We do something almost like that on our 4'kiln at OSU.

Instead of a bottle that we fill manually, we have a small water tank with a float switch on the outside.  The level is maintained constantly.

I would caution the use of this type of wet-bulb in a high velocity kiln where the pressure difference across the load can be an inch three across the load.  The differential air pressure can affect the height of the water column (pushing it down on the entering-air side and pulling it up on the leaving-air side).  The sock can dry if it pushes down.  Don't ask how I know.
General Discussion / Re: Flexible Kiln Baffles
« Last post by MichaelM on December 05, 2014, 07:31:58 AM »
Hi Larry,
From what I have heard, the material did not hold up well at kiln temperatures and users ended up with black strings all over the place as they degraded.
Maybe an actual user can make a first-hand comment,
Mike M.
General Discussion / Flexible Kiln Baffles
« Last post by Larry Lindberg on December 04, 2014, 10:01:33 AM »
Several years ago at a West Coast Dry Kiln Meeting Jon Burnett from Idaho Forest Industries talked about flexible kiln baffles that they had installed in their dry kilns. They were made out of a high density polyethylene brush material. I was wondering if anyone else out there has ever experimented with this type of baffle ? And were the results positive? And what supplier did you find that had this type of material? In revisiting the article this type of baffling seems to show positive merit. If any of you are currently using this type of baffle or know of an operation that is please reply.
Dry Kiln Control / Re: Wet bulb control
« Last post by HencoV on November 28, 2014, 06:37:39 AM »
Inside Kiln WB
Dry Kiln Control / Re: Wet bulb control
« Last post by HencoV on November 28, 2014, 06:36:31 AM »
Outside kiln WB
Dry Kiln Control / Re: Wet bulb control
« Last post by HencoV on November 28, 2014, 06:35:28 AM »
When it comes to wet bulbs, I strongly believe in keeping it simple. The attached pics are of such a WB assembly, though not high tech, it has exactly the attributes needed by a WB:

1. No spilling
2.You can at a glance see if there is water in it
3.Evaporation is matched 100%
4.No issues of feed water temp influencing reading
5. Nothing can get stuck, like a valve or solenoid moving parts
6. Only replaceable part is the WB sock, and the plastic cold drink
Only down side, it must be manually filled, which may not be so bad, because it forces the operator out of his air conditioned office:)
Industry Articles / Investigation of Historic Equilibrium Moisture Content Data
« Last post by M Gallahar on November 24, 2014, 11:58:23 AM »
Abstract from the Forest Products Laboratory:

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) has provided equilibrium moisture content (EMC) values of wood for given temperature and relative humidity (RH) conditions in various forms over the course of its history, primarily for practical purposes related to drying lumber and controlling moisture content. The FPL EMC data have been widely cited and reprinted, not only in literature of a practical nature such as the Wood Handbook, but also in textbooks and journal articles as a basis for scientific discourse on the thermodynamics of water vapor sorption in wood and evaluation of physical models. Using the data for such scientific purposes presupposes that the methods by which the data were acquired are well documented and accepted. This report questions previous assumptions about the historic EMC data and attempts to uncover and evaluate the original data sources. It also addresses a number of related topics, including how the presentation of data has evolved in the literature and whether the data are practically applicable to all wood species. We find that the data are unreliable for scientific purposes, such as thermodynamic analysis and testing of physical models, for three reasons: lack of proper documentation of methodology; the unsolvable problem of knowing which values are determined from direct observations and which are interpolated; and the absence of definitive measurement error analysis. However, we affirm that the data are indeed useful for practical applications, such as lumber drying, conditioning of wood specimens prior to testing physical or mechanical properties, and modeling of moisture content of wood members in buildings. We show that a number of mathematical models provide adequate fits to the data for practical use.

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Job Postings / Dry Side Department Manager - Zwolle, LA
« Last post by admin on November 12, 2014, 12:02:36 PM »
Dry Side Department Manager-01008718


The Dry Side Department Manager is responsible for leadership excellence for safety, manufacturing and production activities from the dryers to the shipping areas.  This includes achieving manufacturing business plan targets for the entire department.   The Dry Side Department Manager must have a strong working relationship with all the departments (Green Side, Maintenance and Shipping) along with strong collaborative relationships with counterparts in sister plants related to sharing best practices.  In addition, this manager must have a good understanding of how his/her area performance impacts other departments and the site.

Key Functions:

The Dry Side Department Manager is expected to be a role model in our safety standards and on-the-job behavior by living our core principles of integrity; fairness, creating a positive, inclusive work environment, and ensuring open communication among leaders and associates.  Accountabilities include ensuring compliance with all applicable Weyerhaeuser, federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

The Dry Side Department Manager is responsible for:
  • Role model safety leadership and develop a strong safety culture with their department and the site
  • Leadership in developing, implementing, managing  &enforcing policies, procedures, practices, and projects
  • Provide leadership for the ongoing development of the organization, as well as the strategic development of individual talent for succession planning
  • Optimize functional area including production scheduling, value extraction of product mix and asset utilization
  • Control & improve production and inventory costs in their assigned area
  • Promote continuous improvement & innovation in assigned functional area
  • Performance management of direct reports by setting goals & ensuring accountability of site and business expectations
  • Display financial acumen by managing and related costs in their department
  • Facilitate change and lead/coach others to adapt and embrace change
  • Focus on the day to day opportunities for training  & developing skills to enhance team performance
  • Staff, recruit, retain  and develop talent within their team
  • Coordinate with other departments including maintenance, & proactively collaborate to address concerns
  • Leads the team by proactively resolving employee issues, builds team work, and ensures adherence to all applicable site policies and procedures in a fair and consistent manner
  • Participates and/or leads initiatives for capital projects and problem solving activities
  • Administrative and reporting activities as required
  • Strong understanding of asset integrity and the ability to wisely and effectively utilize capital dollars allocated to the department.
  • Ability to utilize downtime and production tracking system data to make effective business decisions

About Weyerhaeuser

For more than a century, Weyerhaeuser has grown and harvested trees to make innovative products that meet important human needs. We’re serious about safety, focused on performance and proud of what we do. In every corner of our company, you’ll find talented people who care about each other, the communities where we operate, and the planet we all share.

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Five (5) years experience in a leadership role in a manufacturing or industrial environment
  • Strong business & financial competency with the  ability to understand unit vision and strategy and how department performance impacts success of the unit
  • Ability to develop and nurture strong, positive relationships
  • Past experience in the utilization of production tracking systems data.
  • Ability to motivate, engage and develop a strong, safety focused, high performing team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of wood products manufacturing process
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Able to drive results  to meet department and unit manufacturing goals
  • Collaborative and inclusive leadership style
  • Intermediate computer skills and proficiency in MS Office
  • Excellent integrity with passion to perform and make the right decision
  • Willingness to support a 24/7 operating environment, which may include weekend and holiday support as conditions require
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of working in an industrial environment, such as climbing stairs and working in extreme heat and cold

The following qualifications are preferred:
  • Knowledge of SAP or other CMMS
  • Lean Certification
  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline or related field
  • Experience in plywood and veneer manufacturing processes

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Job Postings / Production (Dry Kiln) Supervisor - Henderson TX
« Last post by admin on November 12, 2014, 11:41:50 AM »
Production (Dry Kiln) Supervisor

Closing Date: Dec 12, 2014

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West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. is an integrated forest products company producing lumber, wood chips, fiberboard, plywood, pulp, and newsprint. Today, the company carries on its operations through subsidiary companies and joint ventures owned directly or indirectly by the company’s principal operating subsidiary West Fraser Mills.  West Fraser, Inc. is the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States.  The business has 16 lumber producing locations throughout the U.S. South.

Required skills:
• Good understanding of quality control practices in a sawmill operation
• Team building and motivational skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrate computer skills
• Math and reading comprehension skills

Other requirements:
• Wood products experience in a softwood lumber operation – dry kiln experience is a plus
• Leadership qualities
• Two or Four-year college degree preferred
• Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check

• West Fraser, Inc. offers competitive benefits including, medical, dental, life insurance, disability, and 401-k savings plans.
• Relocation is negotiable


All persons meeting that criteria above are encouraged to apply, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.  Applications will not be accepted at the location.  No phone inquiries, please.
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