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Title: Potential reductions in plywood manufacturing costs resulting from improved technology

Source: Forest Prod. J. Volume 39, Number 1, 1989; pp. 8-15.

Author(s)Spelter, Henry; Sleet, George

Publication Year: 1989  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: Recent technology improvements in plywood manufacturing processes are described. The potential impact of these improvements on manufacturing costs and output capacity of a plywood mill was examined by a series of computer simulations. Results indicated that, compared to a mill equipped with technologies characteristic of the mid-1970s, a modernized mill could process similar wood input into the same product output with about 14 percent lower variable costs. By replacing medium-diameter (14-in.) bolts with small-diameter (9-in.) bolts, additional cost savings of 20 to 24 percent could be realized, depending on the technology applied. Also, annual output could increase by 13 to 28 percent without adding more lathes, dryers, or presses.

Keywords: plywood; cost analysis; wood technology; production economics. production; computer simulation

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 425 kb(s)

Date posted: 09/04/2014
RITS Product ID: 68634
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Spelter, Henry N.
Economist (Volunteer)

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