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News / August 2014 - Market Demand Drivers
« Last post by admin on August 28, 2014, 12:28:05 PM »
Aug. 26, 2014 - The world’s biggest wood-product producers and consumers are North America, Europe, Japan and China, and these markets constantly face fluctuations in both demand and supply. These markets (and others) as well as their key demand issues were discussed at length at WOOD MARKETS’ 2014 Global Softwood Log and Lumber Conference held on May 7th in Vancouver. The following is an extract from selected conference presentations as they provide some excellent perspectives about the key trends and drivers for the rest of 2014 and beyond.

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Market demand drivers
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Dry Kiln Control / Improved Multi-Kiln Control
« Last post by drying on August 27, 2014, 11:50:25 AM »
Previously, a question was asked if there were any improvements in TDAL kiln control.  An improved multi-zone kiln control system has been developed and validated by several applications on Southern Pine.  This method was made possible by derivation of the Delta T mathematical model for batch drying that relates the lumber moisture to the temperature drop (delta t or TDAL) and to the drying time.  In order to remove the error from the (delta t/TDAL) process variable, the model must be differentiated with respect to time for each zone to convert to drying rate.  This process eliminates the error in the (delta t/TDAL) term, and supplies a comparison parameter (drying rate) that is comparable from zone-to-zone and charge-to-charge.  Thus true zone control is achieved for multi-zoned kilns.  In addition,  by continuously calculating  and displaying  zone drying rates, the Fiber Saturation Point (FSP) of each zone is detected,  which enables the correct amount of heat  applied to each zone and at the proper time.  This reduces over drying of the driest zones and under-drying of the wettest zones.  As a result, production rate is increased by reducing total kiln drying time, lumber quality is improved by significantly reducing over-drying, and energy is saved as a result of these improvements. 
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Job Postings / Dry kiln technician
« Last post by D Avery on August 27, 2014, 10:52:30 AM »
Title: Dry Kiln Technician
ID: 1014
Department: Operations
Contact: Jose Ortiz JLOrtiz@gutchess.com

Description
Dry Kiln Technician required in Cortland, NY to work in a very fast-paced industrial manufacturing environment with emphasis on safety, quality, environmental concerns and production goals. Controls drying while maximizing production, quality, and grade and value recovery. Good knowledge of the working principles of steam distribution, heat transfer, air circulation, and condensate return systems.


Responsibilities
 
Strong understanding of how kilns work – mechanically and electronically – as well as how lumber dries and the effect of changing schedules on drying;
Inspection of chart recorders to insure the recorder is functioning correctly;
Oversees UDC controls and insures the controller is working accurately;
Inspection of Lumber noting changes of condition on the kiln record for mold, end split, etc.;
Verify and maintain the hygrometers, read humidity and temperature gauges and adjust speed, dampers and blowers;
Check the wet-bulb box for wick condition and water levels, make necessary repairs for accuracy; record all reading in logbook;
Required to work in a very fast-paced industrial manufacturing environment with emphasis on safety, quality, environmental concerns and production goals;
Assure that lumber quality and recovery are maximized by monitoring quality control program and following established kiln production schedules;
Troubleshoot Green Package Prep - inspection of sticker packs for proper stacking and support; insure prep instructions are followed;
Daily inspection of lift truck activity to insure packs are placed in the proper position in the yard;
Safety
 
Requires personal protective equipment be worn at all times;
safety glasses;
hearing protection;
head protection;
steel toed work boots;
Qualifications
 
GED/HS Diploma... or BOCES training in technically related field or equivalent experience 
3-5 years’ experience
Experience with tools of the industry
Effective written and verbal communication
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Training / Events / Dry Kiln Operator Course - Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB)
« Last post by admin on August 25, 2014, 12:07:20 PM »
Dry Kiln Operator Courses

This course will be directed at the dry kiln operator, and dry end supervisory personnel. The course will cover the basics of kiln drying, setting up schedules for the desired end product, troubleshooting kiln problems, preventative maintenance, and quality control issues related to drying. There will be a discussion on DIRECT FIRE kilns as well as STEAM.



Schedule of Dry Kiln Operator Courses
Hampton Inn, Pensacola Beach, Fl

    Sep 17, 2014 - Sep 18, 2014
    We are back at the beach with a Kiln Course. Registration is attached to announcement.

       Click Here for More Information
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Job Postings / Boiler Operator - St. Maries, ID
« Last post by admin on August 25, 2014, 11:20:17 AM »
Boiler Operator

Tracking Code
385

Job Description

    We are seeking a Boiler Operator 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 fired boilers through excellent team work and focused execution.

Your accountabilities…
  • Utilize your knowledge of steam, instrumentation and controls to efficiently and safely operator our high pressure wood fired boilers
  • Change kiln charges and operate them with our controls
  • Understand environmental compliance related to operating and repair boilers
  • Perform repairs and maintenance to boilers and related equipment as needed
  • Proactively communicate with all departments to build and maintain working relationships to achieve department and plant goals.
  • Identify and suggest new approaches or best known methods to foster our continuous improvement mentality

Required Skills:
  • A minimum of 1 year experience operating a high-pressure wood fired boiler
  • Proven experience or expertise in the following technical areas:
        Boiler instrumentation and controls
        Kiln operations
        Welding and mechanical skills
        Steam and opacity reading (preferred)
  • An understanding of environmental compliance related to boiler and kiln operation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Team player and highly self-motivated individual
  • Ability to operate rolling stock, including forklift certification

Job Location
St. Maries, Idaho, United States

Position Type
Full-Time/Regular

To Apply Click Here

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Job Postings / Kiln Tender Forklift - Darrington
« Last post by admin on August 25, 2014, 10:58:20 AM »
Kiln Tender Forklift
Darrington
     

Job Description:
To work safely and maintain a safe work environment for yourself and others. Use PIT to build charges and remove kiln charges at proper times. Check lumber in kilns for moisture content and pull charges at appropriate times to maximize production and quality. Monitor computer driven controls of dry kilns and make appropriate changes as needed. Trouble shoots kiln/drying problems; perform light maintenance work and preventative maintenance work as needed. The person in this position must be able to plan ahead and schedule projects for efficient use of their time. This position requires someone who is flexible in their hours due to varying kiln schedules.
     
Experience/Skills Required:
Experienced PIT operator or be trained by an experienced operator and hold current Hampton PIT authorization. Experience with computer controls strongly recommended. Experience with kilns and drying wood strongly recommended.
     
Preferred Skills:
1. Good manual dexterity
2. Good hand/eye coordination
3. Good communication skills through written, speech, & hearing
4. Capable of walking around catwalks, conveyors, and uneven surfaces
5. Capable of using power saw, peaveys, pickaroon, pike pole, and other hand tools in a safe manner
6. Operate PIT and properly load and unload kilns and stack empty kiln carts
7. Ensure that kiln carts are lubed before loading
8. Use down time efficiently – (yard must be cleaned, sticks, dunnage, broken boards etc.)
9. Follow Company lockout, safety, fall protection and work standards
10. Must be willing to attend any training necessary to upgrade performance
11. Operate equipment in a safe manner so injury does not occur to operator or any employee in the area
12. Notify supervisor of any problem that arise during the shift
13. Assist maintenance personnel during breakdowns
14. Train any employees as assigned by supervisor
15. Work overtime as necessary
16. Able to assist on other jobs during break rotation or as needed
17. Have limited mechanical Practice safe work habits and comply with all company work and safety standards
18. knowledge and experience

Hours:
TBD Relief

Compensation:
$20.26

To apply: Click Here

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Dry Kiln Control / Re: Sizing vents
« Last post by drykilned on August 01, 2014, 12:11:45 PM »
MY RULE OF THUMB, BEFORE I RETIRED, WAS ONE 21"X21" VENT PER FAN ON EACH SIDE OF THE DOUBLE
TRACK KILN, SPACED BETWEEN THE FAN SHAFTS.  THIS WOULD IDEALLY MEAN 11 VENTS FOR 10 FANS SO
THERE WOULD BE VENTS BETWEEN THE FANS AND THE ENDS OF THE KILN WHERE THE AIR FLOW WOULD
NORMALLY PRESSURIZE.

THIS WORKED FOR DIRECT FIRED, STEAM AND SLOPE GRATE GREEN-FUEL KILNS WITH AIR VELOCITIES OF 750 (OLD KILNS) TO 1700 CFM THROUGH THE LUMBER.  YOU WILL ALSO FIND THAT AT SOME POINT THE TEMPS IN THE KILN APPEAR TO STALL IN THE EARLY TO MID CHARGE TIME.  THIS IS CAUSED BY PRESSURE IN THE KILN RISING DUE TO INSUFFICIENT VENTING.  PRESSURE VENTS WILL SOLVE THIS
PROBLEM ALLOWING YOU TO GET TO CONTROL SET POINT EARLIER.
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Job Postings / Production Superintendent (Dry Kiln)
« Last post by IMPACT on July 28, 2014, 01:00:56 PM »
Production Superintendent  (Dry Kiln)
Upper Midwest
65-75K

•         Minimum of 5 years of production supervision in a high speed solid hardwood environment, meaning; at or greater than 3,000 BF or SF output per hour.
•         Mechanical aptitude greater than a basic understanding around a minimum of two of the following machine centers; gang rip saws, moulders and optimizing chop lines. 
•         A firm understanding of standards and processes used to maintain quality standards and the ability to teach corrective action to line level employees.
•         Experience in adhering to and enforcing safety policies. 
•         Exceptional mathematical skills including the understanding of fractions, calipers, measurements and production level yield and financial analytics.
•         Cause and effect analytical capabilities when studying input cost, yield, machine yield loss and grade recovery.
•         Excellent written and verbal communication skills, up and downstream of their position.
•         Modern computer skills.
•         A candidate who is not easily intimidated in a loud, fast paced environment while leading and being led. 
•         The ideal candidate will have experience in a Northern dimension plant, moulding plant or flooring plant where tolerances, yield and speed are critical. 

For immediate response please email your resume to Larry@impact-tqr.com
 
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Job Postings / Dry Kiln Manager
« Last post by IMPACT on July 28, 2014, 12:59:53 PM »
Dry Kiln Manager
Midwest
Salary: 70-90K

General Description:
Supervise and manage the transportation and storage of rough green lumber, and the operation of the Dry Kilns. Assure a safe work environment while maximizing production, quality, and grade and value recovery. Consistently work to enhance and improve operating performance. Manage lumber through the yard and Dry Kilns to meet immediate planning and ultimate shipping requirements.

Qualifications – Required:
Education
• AA degree in technically related field or equivalent experience.
• Basic PC skills.
Experience:
• Five years of dry kiln and planer experience.
• Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience. Interpersonal/Management
• Proven leadership abilities.
• Strong organization and analytical skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively.

Qualifications – Preferred:
Education
• Certified Grader
• Specific training in personal computers, supervisory/management development, wood technology, and maintenance.

Experience:
• Strong knowledge of the working principles of steam distribution, heat transfer, air circulation, and condensate return systems.
• Computer and electronic maintenance knowledge.

For immediate response please email your resume to: Larry@impact-tqr.com

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Job Postings / Plant Manager (Dry Kiln)
« Last post by IMPACT on July 28, 2014, 12:59:12 PM »
Plant Manager  (Dry Kiln)
Midwest
Salary will be commensurate with experience

Will report to the Director and manage hourly employees for this excellent company!

Core Competencies/skills:
1.   5 years managing a circular and/or band sawmill producing hardwood dimension lumber or similar products
2.   Strong maintenance/mechanical abilities to direct equipment repairs, refurbishment and proposals for continuous improvement
3.   Certified in log grading/scaling – NHLA certification preferred, but 5+ years practical experience will be considered in lieu
4.   Experience as a sawyer – taper and live sawing experience preferred
5.   Computer skills must include Word and Excel
6.   Kiln operation experience preferred
7.   Administrative skills in performance management, budgeting, and office practices
8.   Working knowledge of OSHA rules/regulations regarding sawmills and associated equipment – focus on safety is extremely important
9.   B.S. in Science or engineering preferred , but not a knock out

Key Accountabilities:
1.   Manage the day to day operation of a sawmill providing vertically integrated lumber products to sister divisions
2.   Provide leadership in attaining company goals related to productivity, quality, profitability, safety and housekeeping while maintaining an energized and motivated work environment
3.   Provide vision in proposing and evaluating new processes/methods/equipment to grow the unit and continuously improve the product and profitability

Key Personal Attributes:
1.   Team player, but a strong leader
2.   Hands on style – this is not a desk job
3.   Analytical and good solving problems
4.   Strong desire to make things better and improve continuously
5.   Good communicator
6.   Honest and ethical in dealing with people at all levels

NOTES:
Log sourcing and grading is the major strategic advantage as well as specialty sawing and drying methods, the search should focus on logs, grading, drying and sawmill operational experience.

For immediate response please email your resume to: Larry@impact-tqr.com or call Larry at (269)353-5575.

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