The GreCon 3D PARTICLEVIEW measuring solution, which assesses the wood particle quality, received the „Innovation of the Year“ award from the US Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA), the trade association for suppliers to the North American wood-based products industry.
With the help of the 3D PARTICLEVIEW measuring device developed at the corporate technology office in Alfeld, Germany, the chip geometry can be determined automatically and without contact. This parameter, which is essential for both product quality and process control, had to be measured manually in the laboratory at the great expense of time. Based on the measured values, the customer can optimise the production of chips and the resulting chipboards.
„We are very pleased about winning this award. It confirms the valuable work that our development team does here every day,“ says Dr.-Ing. Torben Marhenke, Team Leader Research & Development in the Measurement Technology Business Unit at Fagus-GreCon.
3D PARTICLEVIEW is now in use in numerous wood-based panel plants and also in research facilities. „The customer feedback is very positive,“ Marhenke adds.
Users of the 3D PARTICLEVIEW particularly appreciate that the proportion of particles that are too thick can be determined because these endanger the panel quality. With this information, the customer can initiate countermeasures to ensure product quality. Also, the ratio of surface area to volume allows the amount of glue used to be optimised.