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RE: Regarding Wood waste
1.) If the business cuts the logs to size prior to treating the
wood, could some of the 5 foot logs be useful for landscaping at commercial
buildings, such as offices? Or cut into "rustic" decorative fence for home
landscaping? Or shred into mulch? Another business in the same community
as the wood treatment firm might be interested in the untreated wood. I
wonder if CCA treated logs would be as desirable as untreated wood for
2.) Check with the steel industry or a university in steel
manufacturing country. Places like Bethlehem Steel, J & L Steel, and
others may have developed more efficient doors for blast furnaces. Your
facility may be able to adapt the technology from another industry such as
3.) About 20-22 years ago, Mellon Institute of Pittsburgh, I
think, had done some electron microscopy for a forest products company. I
think, the work involved wood cell structure, including the small pores in
the wood and chemical preservative salts. Perhaps this may be helpful. I
have no contact names or numbers.
Might one of the universities with forest related studies be able to help?
Might there be screening techniques to evaluate wood & cell density prior to
the wood treatment process? Then the preserving process may be adjusted to
suit the wood being treated. Even position or spacing of the logs in the
treatment cylinder may be contributing to preservative penetration problems.
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From: List Manager [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent:
Thursday, January 28, 1999 4:14 AM
Subject: Fwd: Regarding Wood waste
Can anyone help with the following questions?
>From: "Ashwin Arumugham" <email@example.com> >Organization:
Industrial Assessment Center
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org >Date: Tue, 26 Jan
1999 14:59:10 +0000
>Subject: Regarding Wood waste
>Dear Ms. Lisa
>How are you? I would like to introduce myself as Ashwin Arumugham >from the
Industrial Assessment Center, University of Florida,
>Gainesville. We are funded by the USDOE and are working under Rutgers
>University, Piscataway. We perform energy audits for medium sized
>manufacturing companies and come up with cost savings. We also look >in to
productivity and waste.
>This is regarding a particular company that we had visited last week. >They
manufacture utility poles and marine pilings. Basically it is a
>lumber company. After drying the lumber, they treat it with a >chemical
known as CCA ie Chromated Copper Arsenate which is a
>highly hazardeous chemical. After treating it, they cut it to the >required
dimension and sometimes they are left off with 5 foot logs.
>I would like to know as to what can done with these logs as far as
>recycling it or selling it as scrap keeping in mind that the treated
>wood has the hazardeous chemical in it. Sometimes even before >treating the
wood, they have these 5 foot logs.
>Another point that we are considering to look into is the chemical
>treatment cylinder. It is about 6-8 feet in diameter and about 40 >feet
long. It has a single door like the door for a bank vault. >It has about
130-135 bolts that have to be manually removed and put >on everytime they
open it and close it. This is a time consuming >process and hence we would
like to recommend them to have a better >door mechanism, so i would like to
know what sort of a recommendation >can be given in this case.
>For quality control, they take a small sample from each and every log >and
see if the chemical has penetrated to the required depth
>(3 inches) and if the quantity of chemical is to the required level. >If
they find out that it requires some more treatment, then it is put
>back into the cylinder again. This rework takes a lot of time and >creates
a bottleneck. Is there any way where the quantity of chemical
>that penetrates the wood can be determined constantly without having >to
remove the logs and take samples and check it out. If there was
>any equipment or device that can do this, it will save a lot of >process
>I would like to know as to what sort of a recommendation can be >given and
what necessary steps can be taken in this regard. I would
>appreciate it if you could help me out in this regard as soon as >possible.
>Thank you very much >Yours truly >Ashwin Arumugham
>Team Leader>INDUSTRIAL ASSESSMENT CENTER
>405 WEIL HALL >UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA >GAINESVILLE FL-32611
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