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General Discussion / Re: Moisture Meters - Trouble with Delmhorst RDM-3
« Last post by toml on June 21, 2017, 06:19:03 AM »
Jake

Sorry to hear of your problems with the usually reliable RDM-3. The issue sounds like electrical leakage in the meter or electrode which often can be remedied by cleaning the input connector and contact pins assembly as well as the insulation assembly of the electrode with denatured alcohol or a mild bio-degradable cleaner. If the issue persists, please use the Return Form on our website and return the equipment to us for evaluation and repair. www.delmhorst.com

Feel free to call to discuss further - 877 335 6467 x226
Thank you.
Tom L. 
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General Discussion / Moisture Meters - Trouble with Delmhorst RDM-3
« Last post by JakePower on June 15, 2017, 10:33:14 AM »
Has anyone had trouble with the Delmhorst RDM-3?

We have 2 of them. Both are less than a year old and we have already had to get them both fixed. They aren't working properly again and our guys are reverting back to using the old Delmhorst meters that we have from 15+ years ago.

We use them to check the material in and out of the kiln. We find that they end up giving the same reading over and over (example: the screen will be at MC 12.4% when pins are not touching anything and remain at 12.4% through 5-10 different samples). We find that the problem is intermittent.

Has anyone had a similar experience with these meters? Can it be fixed? Is there a better option out there?
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Training / Events / Kiln Drying Seminar
« Last post by admin on June 15, 2017, 09:11:17 AM »
Kiln Drying Seminar

When:
October 16 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm   

Where:
UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 Canada

Essentials of Wood Drying A comprehensive, hands-on introduction to drying technology taught from a practical, real-life perspective and backed with solid explanations into the scientific background of drying. This highly-regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood. Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations. Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants...[url Kiln Drying Seminar
October 16 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm   
UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4 Canada + Google Map   

Essentials of Wood Drying A comprehensive, hands-on introduction to drying technology taught from a practical, real-life perspective and backed with solid explanations into the scientific background of drying. This highly-regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood. Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations. Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants.  Find out more>>



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Job Postings / Boiler Operator I -- Gaston, OR
« Last post by admin on June 15, 2017, 08:55:57 AM »
Boiler Operator I

In this critical role, we are seeking a Boiler Operator with a “hands-on” approach. This person needs to be team-oriented, results driven and must possess great problem solving skills. Operates in an efficient and safe manner, responsibilities may include reading instruments and gauges to identify problems.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS DEMONSTRATED: Possesses an understanding of boiler operation and maintenance and can communicate across departments about boiler operations and associated impacts of boiler and/or kiln operations. Basic understanding of environmental regulations associated with kilns (if applicable), boilers, steam and air/fuel mixtures for boilers. Basic understanding of production flow and role boiler/kilns plays in overall plant/complex operations.

JOB COMPLEXITY: Performs daily responsibilities, including maintenance and operations of boilers but follows directions of boiler lead or boiler supervisor. Rotate shifts with other operators. May be training to operate the Powerhouse .

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Minimum of 1 year operating boilers and or Kilns. Experience operating rolling stock equipment (Forklifts/Front end loaders).

For more information go to Stimson Lumber

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Wood Kiln Drying and Wood Grading for Protection of Profits

When:
August 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM EDT
to
August 23, 2017 @ 2:00 PM EDT

Where:
Brooks Facility, Virginia Tech University

Learn the secrets behind Kiln Drying Secrets and how to grade your wood flooring to prevent issues that cost you your profits. Increase your profits by Education. Where? Brooks Center, Virginia Tech Campus Location: Blacksburg, Va When? August 21, 22 & 23 Due to the nature of this class, the number of students restricted.

For more information or to register click here
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Job Postings / Dry End Production Superintendent -- Sterling, GA
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2017, 03:21:12 PM »
Dry End Production Superintendent – Sterling, GA

Georgia-Pacific is seeking a Dry End Production Superintendent in our lumber mill in Sterling, GA. The Production Superintendent will be responsible for leading a wood products production section to work injury-free/incident free in a continuous manufacturing environment consistent with management philosophy and framework.

A Day In The Life Typically Includes:
  • Ensure all departments operate effectively and efficiently.
  • Fully utilize Work Process to develop job plans, track work completion and promote preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Facilitate team development and growth, and reviewing and managing performance.
  • Build employee commitment and ownership, and hold employees accountable.
  • Identify contributions and missed opportunities.
  • Drive safety excellence through promoting employee involvement, ownership, and accountability to proactively identify hazards and implement the appropriate mitigating strategies based on the risk involved.
  • Monitor the quality of work and provide direction to team members to maximize efficiency.
  • Assist with troubleshooting and solving production issues.
  • Provide safety training to team members.
  • Complete data entry and generate reports.

Basic Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Four (4) or more years of experience in an industrial, manufacturing or military environment
  • Three (3) or more years of supervisory experience in a manufacturing, industrial, or military environment
  • Experience in leading a department or organization in EH&S, Reliability, Production, Cost and Quality Excellence
  • Experience in analyzing production data to eliminate waste and foster continuous improvement
  • Must have working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) and other PC-based production reporting systems applications
  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible work schedule
  • Must be able and willing to work in a manufacturing plant environment, including extended periods of time in noisy, non-air conditioned or unheated areas
  • Must be able and willing to work safely, and promote safe work practices
  • Must have experience in employee performance management and change management

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical engineering or a similar discipline
  • Experience working with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS)- SAP, MP2, ActivePlant
  • Wood Products experience with any of the following: Planing, Drying, or Shipping


Want to learn more about Georgia-Pacific?

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Job Postings / Dryside Manager -- 01011255 Drayton Valley, AB
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2017, 02:34:01 PM »
Dryside Manager-01011255

Description
At Weyerhaeuser, our focus is as much on building our people as on building the business. We are committed to creating an environment where individuals can flourish, where diversity is encouraged and where community is supported. Weyerhaeuser is one of the premier integrated forest products organizations in the world. We're looking for people who can contribute, grow, think and create! We thrive in a culture that embraces diversity and innovation. Our associates are the real reason we've been in business for over 100 years. Their skill and ingenuity have made Weyerhaeuser one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of wood products in the world.

Key Functions:
As an integral member of the site leadership team, you will lead change and improvements in safety, reliability, value extraction and production in Drayton Valley’s Planermill. Aside from proven experience in coordinating the delivery of benchmark manufacturing results in grade, trim loss, reliability and production, you will possess strong leadership skills, a passion for safety and an empowering management style that engages your organization to achieve its potential of excellence. You will participate as an active member of the unit’s lead team and will be involved in setting strategic and capital direction, and jointly develop unit business plans that map out the tactics to deliver world class results in safety and profitability.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in a related field
  • Previous senior leadership experience in an industrial setting
  • A passion for safety and demonstrated caring, safety leadership in design, execution and work practices
  • Ability to be a strong contributor to the site management team.
  • Demonstrated ability to continuously improve systems and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to raise performance by building / maintaining positive relationships with associates and peers through coaching, development, and involvement in a progressive work system
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal and electronic communication skills
  • Demonstrated basic computer skills and internet skills
  • Willing and able to travel as needed (low frequency)
  • Must be willing to be in contact and respond to plant needs 24/7.

Asset:
  • Experience in lumber manufacturing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other windows based programs

For more information or to apply Click Here and search for Requisition #01011255

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Job Postings / Finishing End Superintendent - Gilchrist, OR
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2017, 02:22:03 PM »
Finishing End Superintendent -- Gilchrist, OR

Tracking Code      2153-057


Who We Are
Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. We have an annual production capacity of 3 billion board feet and offer one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world.

What We Offer
Interfor is where excellence meets opportunity. We invest in your success by positioning you alongside the best people in top quartile mill facilities located in great communities across North America. In the past decade, we’ve infused close to $1 billion into modern facilities and systems that employ the latest technologies.

Interfor is one of the largest lumber companies in the world and we’re growing in exciting directions. Come be a part of our success.

Job Description
We are currently recruiting for a Finishing End Superintendent for our Gilchrist sawmill in Gilchrist, OR. The Finishing End Superintendent will be responsible for the safe and effective management of the planer mill, the dry kiln, yard and the shipping department.

What You’ll Do
  • Maintain the highest standards for safety performance and lead with an impeccable personal example and a well communicated vision.
  • Manage the planer mill, dry kiln, yard and shipping (safety, productivity, quality, costs and employee engagement).
  • Manage environmental activities including storm water outfalls, dust system, and process water.
  • Liaise with the sales department to ensure product alignment.
  • Lead the continuous improvement process by engaging and developing employees.
  • Partner with process control leadership to drive superior results in value creation.
  • Assist in maintenance prioritization and planning activities.
  • Manage departmental forecasts, budgets and spending.
  • Provide leadership and support for capital projects.

What You Offer
  • Thorough knowledge of lumber manufacturing including equipment and processes.
  • Strong understanding of lumber products.
  • Post-secondary education is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in sawmill or planer mill operations at the supervisor and/or superintendent level.
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical abilities and working knowledge of sawmill processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively in a highly interactive team environment.
  • Detail and results oriented.
  • Ability to function under pressure.
  • Strong business focus and the ability to think tactically and strategically.

Interested in being a part of our team? Apply online at www.interfor.com/careers


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First, let's assume they are both accurate or at least give the same RH value and the difference is in the rate of response.

If the sensor changes, then the valve response needs to change.  This involves changing the PID settings in the controller.  I would recommend asking the manufacturer about this and do not change the values yourself.  There are three numbers for each control loop.  One regulates how much the actuator opens for a certain error. The second integrates the error over time and opens or closes the actuator in response to that value certain.  The last uses how fast the temperature is changing to effect a change in the actuator position.  The kiln control will be a mess if these settings are not correct (overshoot or slow to come back to set point).  "Error is how far the kiln is away from set point.
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General Discussion / Re: ISPM15 Audit critera / guidelines
« Last post by MichaelM on May 30, 2017, 10:19:18 AM »
APHIS (Agricultural Pant Health Inspection Service) is the US agency that oversees the ISPM program.  I know, we al thought an aphis was an insect a few years ago.

APHIS, in turn, delegates the implementation to the ALSC (American Lumber Standards Committee).

Grading agencies, such as WCLIB or WCLIB, get their authority to issue grade stamps from the ALSC.
Therefore, your grading agency is the go to organization. They will issue the authority for you to use the HT stamp.
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