Wood & Lumber
Lumber is wood that has been processed into beams and plank. The biggest producers of lumber are concentrated in the Baltic Sea region and North America. The futures contract traded on Chicago Mercantile Exchange specifies that the lumber must be manufactured in certain U.S. states and Canadian provinces. This brings us to the inevitable conclusion that when it comes to manufacturing one must not select its new business partner lightly. In the lumber industry, productivity demands are staggering; output is often measured in lugs per minute, a unit that describes how quickly a machine can process logs and boards.
OEMs and timber-processing end users also need machines that can withstand harsh mill problems where temperatures fluctuate, dust damages equipment, and vibrations stress and grate machinery. Traditionally, heavy-duty steel pneumatic cylinders were the only long-lasting hardware used in lumber production. However, over the past few years, pneumatic solutions combined with lighter and less expensive aluminum have improved sawmill production. With AZ, a new combination of pneumatics, aluminum and ideal cushioning increases cylinder longevity and performance. AZ solutions include products that gently decelerate the pneumatic piston as it reaches end of stroke inside the cylinder to eliminate bounce and end-cap slamming, two main culprits of cylinder wear. It is particularly useful for eliminating excess piston movement and bounce on quickly cycling, highly kinetic sawmills, especially in trim saws where pneumatic cylinders constantly drive blades up and down. Piston velocity — at its maximum speed throughout the stroke sequence — is exactly zero when it reaches the end cap. Vibration and noise are reduced and cycle time is improved, boosting machine speed as much as 30%. Cylinders with ideal cushioning are also lighter to further improve acceleration and cycle times. To get acquainted with our dedicated lines of products in this industry, please consider viewing our vast selection of valves, including our mechanical valves, air piloted valves, solenoid valves as well as our fine cylinders, particularly our clamping cylinders, compact cylinders among many.