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General Discussion / Re: Kiln Baffling
« Last post by MichaelM on September 22, 2017, 08:52:40 PM »
I agree with Ingro that it is best to baffle each of the four rows.  If this is not possible, try to put a full row in the front and back with the short units in rows two and three.  Offset the gaps in those rows.  I am assuming that these are package kilns and that the row spacing is small (a few inches). 
Do checks at the planner to see in there is unit-to-unit mc variability.
Mike M
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General Discussion / Re: Kiln Baffling
« Last post by HencoV on September 22, 2017, 07:08:27 AM »
Hi Ryan,

Ingo is correct.  We have found that bad / insufficient baffling can extend drying times substantially. The net effect of big gaps where the air can short circuit past /over the stack not only effect the true wet bulb reading because of more turbulance, but also contribute to patchy drying
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General Discussion / Re: Kiln Baffling
« Last post by ingo wallocha on September 18, 2017, 04:13:54 PM »
Hello Ryan,

All rows should be baffled. That applies to the side and to the top baffles.

Regards,

Ingo
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General Discussion / Kiln Baffling
« Last post by RyanMCL on September 14, 2017, 07:35:33 AM »
We have two kilns, 23 feet wide, that we load 4 units of lumber high, 4 deep, and usually 2 units wide.  I say usually, because the lumber is most often 8 ft long, but sometimes we get 7 and 6 foot units as well.  In order to direct airflow through the units when the width of the units is well under the kiln width, would I want to put a baffle on the side of each of the 4 rows? or just front and back? Having 5-7 feet between units and the wall can't be helping airflow go through the wood.

The same question applies to the top of the units as well.
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Job Postings / Kiln Coordinator - Gurdon Arkansas
« Last post by admin on September 13, 2017, 02:57:06 PM »
Kiln Coordinator – Gurdon, AR – Lumber

Georgia-Pacific is seeking candidates for a Kiln Coordinator role at our Lumber mill in Gurdon, AR. This is a non-climate controlled mill, with very high temperatures in the summer and cold ones in the winter. As a Kiln Coordinator, you will learn and be responsible for the operation of the Dry Kiln. Additionally, you’ll lead the Kiln team members in safe and productive operations of the Kilns.   

If you thrive on working in a safety-oriented, team environment with ongoing learning opportunities, this may be the job for you!

A Day In The Life Typically Includes:
  • Ensuring all policies and procedures related to our mill’s critical hazards are followed at all times by the kiln team members
  • Loading the kiln computer with proper drying schedule and starting the kiln
  • Effectively operating the green and dry transfer cars to facilitate lumber movement
  • Using knowledge of Wellons Kiln Drying Programs to modify drying schedule for corrective action
  • Performing port tests on steam traps to ensure proper operations
  • Changing and rebuilding steam traps in the absence of a millwright
  • Conducting visual inspections of steam coils and steam traps for damage between each dry kiln charge
  • Conducting zero span calibrations on I/P transducers
  • Checking lift-off pressure on the Fisher steam control valves to ensure proper settings
  • Replacing tips on Thermocouples as needed
  • Tagging all packs of lumber properly to ensure 100% traceability
  • Communicating with forklift drivers regarding what product needs to be loaded into the kilns to be dried
  • Checking the Waste Water daily to ensure levels are within GP standards

What You Will Need:

Basic Qualifications:
  • At least six (6) months of previous work experience as kiln coordinator
  • At least six (6) months of leadership experience of kiln team members 
  • Willing and able to work any shift, holidays, weekends and overtime as needed
  • Willing and able to work in a hot, humid, cold and noisy industrial environment
  • Willing and able to perform tasks such as lifting, walking, climbing, stooping, standing, pushing, and/or pulling for up to twelve (12) hours a day
  • Willing and able to maintain strict adherence to safety rules and regulations, to include wearing safety equipment
  • Experience using a computer for record-keeping and documentation functions

What Will Put You Ahead?

Preferred Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • At least one (1) year working experience as a Kiln Coordinator in a Lumber mill OR military experience in similar work environment
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in a manufacturing or production environment
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience working in the lumber or timber industry
  • Experience operating mobile equipment, e.g.; forklifts, bobcats, and cranes
  • A minimum of one (1) year of leadership experience of kiln team members

Want to learn more about Georgia-Pacific?

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Job Postings / Dry Kiln Operator / Forklift Operator-01011445
« Last post by admin on September 13, 2017, 02:12:13 PM »
Dry Kiln Operator / Forklift Operator-01011445

Description

Grande Prairie lumber manufacturing facility is looking for a skilled Dry Kiln Operator/Forklift Operator with a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of large forklift operation and the ability to ensure quality lumber drying.  We are seeking individuals who are committed to safety, motivated to work, and works as a team member.

The expectations of this role include:
  • Clean up duties.
  • Machine center preventative maintenance.
  • Lockouts as required.
  • Work schedule consisting of a 12 hour CWW shift.
  • Flexibility to meet the changing needs within the business.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience operating a large forklift.
  • Able to work safely and follow all company policies and procedures.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership and team skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have good computer skills. (Strong Excel skills)
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Good decision making skills.
  • Able to conduct visual equipment inspections, perform basic preventive maintenance and assist maintenance in troubleshooting/improving equipment.
  • Must be able to do basic math, read dials, and insert data into spreadsheet.
  • Must be willing to work a 12-hour, rotating shift. (CWW - Compressed Work Week)
  • Must be able and willing to work with little or no notice on any shift, including   weekends, overtime, and holidays.
  • Able to work in extreme temperatures, in dusty and noisy conditions, while wearing safety equipment.
  • Must be able to meet the essential job function of this position, including but not limited to: lift 2-20 pounds regularly, lift up to 50 pounds occasionally, climb steps and ladders, work from height, and work in tight spaces.
  • Successful completion of assessment process, background check and post-offer pre-employment drug screen and physical
  • Résumé detailing your education and work history required.
  • Ability to meet all Team Norms and Standards with a clear focus on active participation in the Safety Program.
  • Behavior consistent with the Safety Vision and Policy and the Site Principles.
  • Strong interpersonal, listening and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability.
  • Aptitude for and experience in equipment operations.
  • Ability to prioritize and learn quickly.

For more information or to apply click here and enter job number 01011445

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Dry Kiln Control / Re: Dry bulb, Wet bulb & RH calculations
« Last post by HencoV on September 11, 2017, 03:31:15 AM »
..The Higher the temperature and RH, the smaller the error...
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Dry Kiln Control / Dry bulb, Wet bulb & RH calculations
« Last post by HencoV on September 08, 2017, 05:59:14 AM »
@ the forum experts...
I am trying to get a meaningful calculated Wet bulb value from an RH & temperature probe. Problem is..when calculating WB from DB & RH, I get one value. (formula using iteration from https://www.weather.gov/epz/wxcalc_rh) Testing the RH value using DB & calculated WB gives a different RH (http://www.1728.org/relhum.htm)..also, I have an excel spread sheet that I've been using all along to calculate RH& EMC. The answers I get from excel corresponds with 1728.org.

eg. weather.gov...DB 60 deg C, RH 30.1% = WB 36.31 Deg C
1728.org & my spread sheet: DB 60 Deg C, WB 36.31 deg c = RH 22%

btw..The reason i'm trying to calculate a WB value from an RH probe is to control vent on WB ...not on RH or EMC, as it fluctuates to much with DB temp fluctuations
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Stacking/Sorting Wood / Re: Tools for fixing stickers in loads
« Last post by RBeeson on August 16, 2017, 02:17:03 PM »
Good question
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Job Postings / Kiln Tender Relief Operator -- Darrington, WA
« Last post by admin on August 11, 2017, 09:28:42 AM »
Kiln Tender Relief Operator

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.

JOB FUNCTIONS:
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

Hours:                      Relief - Swing
Compensation:      $21.82

For more information or to apply click here

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