Optimization of Manufacturing Processes (peeling, slicing)
The line of veneer production and characterization is able to conduct research for the optimization of slicing and peeling processes. It is now possible to control the whole process of development of laminated engineered panel products, from peeling to panel manufacturing. The objective is to optimize the process in order to add value to the abundant deciduous forest resources of secondary quality, turning it into environmentally high quality materials while maintaining good mechanical performance.
The Materials and Wood Manufacturing team of LaBoMaP has skills recognized within the scientific community regarding the primary wood transformation processes, including mastering the peeling process, in other words optimizing and mastering manufacture parameters as well as online characterization of resulting veneer. The team also carries out research on laminated engineered materials derived from veneer (plywood, LVL).
The PFT Wood Materials & Machining located on the Arts & Crafts campus of Cluny not only has an instrumented peeling chain, but after the last investments made in 2013 under the EQUIPEX XYLOFOREST, it now also has all the necessary means to make wood engineered products derived from veneer, automatic device for cutting sheets (cutter), gluing machine, vacuum dryer, press, etc. Thanks to this unique equipment dedicated to study works and research, it is now possible to control the entire development process of laminated wood engineered products, from peeling to making panels.
The Materials and Wood Manufacturing team uses this equipment to carry out research on the influence of the process on the mechanical characteristics of LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber), which is a material made of glued veneers with parallel wire. The objective is to optimize the process in order to add value to the abundant deciduous forest resources of secondary quality, turning it into environmentally high quality materials while maintaining good mechanical performance. This engineered wood material has a very high development potential to meet the market needs of wood construction (large dimensions possible, adaptable geometry and resistance to breach greater than solid wood). This equipment also complements the experimental facilities of the XYLOMAT platform of the XYLOFOREST network, which aims to produce panels and composites from wood and natural binders.