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WEIGHT-BASED TECHNOLOGY FOR MONITORING THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF LUMBER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10965
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10965
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Drying Solution Inc.
12 N W Edgewood Drive Corvallis, OR 97330
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: WEIGHT-BASED TECHNOLOGY FOR MONITORING THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF LUMBER
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $240,000.00
 

Abstract:

MORE THAN ONE-HALF OF ALL LUMBER MUST BE KILN DRIED BEFORE IT CAN BE USED, IN 1987, THE TOTAL COST TO U.S. INDUSTRIES OF LUMBER DRYING ACTIVITIES WAS APPROXIMATELY $1 BILLION. EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH INDICATE THAT LUMBER DRIERS COULD AVOID A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THOSE COSTS IF THEY HAD THE MEANS TO DIRECTLY MONITOR THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF LUMBER FROM THE START TO THE FINISH OF DRYING. DRIERS WOULD WILL BE ABLE TO DRY LUMBER FASTER, AND THUS REDUCE DRYING-ENERGY COSTS AND BE ABLE TO TURN OVER THEIR INVENTORY FASTER. LESSLUMBER WOULD BE DEGRADED DUE TO DEFECTS THAT OCCUR DURING DRYING, AND THUS IT WOULD MAINTAIN A HIGHER VALUE. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF DIRECTLY MONITORING THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF LUMBER, FROM THE START TO THE FINISH OF DRYING, BY SENSING THE WEIGHT OF THE LUMBER AND CONTROLLING DRYING BASED ON THAT INFORMATION. THE FEASIBILITY WILL BE DETERMINED BY BUILDINGAND TESTING DEVICES TO SENSE LUMBER WEIGHT OVER THE RANGE OFTEMPERATURES LIKELY TO BE ENCOUNTERED, AND OVER THE RANGE OF WEIGHT CAPACITY OF THE SENSORS.

Principal Investigator:

Stewart Holmes
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Drying Solution Inc.
12 N W Edgewood Drive Corvallis, OR 97330

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No