System smoothes lumber production

Off-the-shelf cameras and software team to inspect milling, gluing, and compression of laminates.

Off-the-shelf cameras and software team to inspect milling, gluing, and compression of laminates.

The recent housing boom has put pressure on the lumber/timber industry to be more efficient. A few decades ago, long wooden beams were constructed from a single tree, cut, and shaped to the particular need of the support panel. Recently, however, timber companies have had to develop new methods to take wood from smaller, softer trees and make it into large, strong beams of almost any length. These "gluelams" (glue-bonded wood beam, or laminates) are a product of Northern Italy's Ligna KG.

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