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Accommodating Log Dimensions and Geometry in Log Procurement Decisions for Spindleless Rotary Veneer Production

Venn, T. J., McGavin, R. L. and Ergashev, A. (2020) Accommodating Log Dimensions and Geometry in Log Procurement Decisions for Spindleless Rotary Veneer Production. BioResources, 15 (2). pp. 2385-2411. ISSN 1930-2126

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Abstract

Information to support efficient log procurement decisions based on log cost as well as volume and value of veneer produced from log volume is scarce. The objective of this study was to systematically investigate the effect of log dimensions and geometry (small-end diameter under bark (SEDUB), taper, sweep, and ovality) on the recovery of marketable veneer from log volume, and to produce a metric to support efficient log procurement decisions. The metric developed was the maximum that could be paid for mill-delivered logs of a specific log geometry (MDLCmax) while attaining a target gross margin. In decreasing order of impact on the net recovery of marketable veneer from log volume, the log characteristics were sweep, SEDUB, taper, and ovality. In an Australian case study, log dimensions and geometry were found to substantially affect MDLCmax. Relative to a 2.6-m cylindrical log, taper of 0.01 m/m of log length decreased MDLCmax $10/m3 and sweep of 0.01 m/m of log length decreased MDLCmax $20/m3. This metric is useful for supporting log procurement decisions of the timber industry.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:Engineered wood products; Taper; Sweep; Ovality; Small-end diameter under bark; Veneer recovery; Gross margin
Subjects:Forestry > Forestry machinery and engineering
Forestry > Tools and implements
Forestry > Exploitation and utilization
Deposited On:12 Aug 2020 21:55
Last Modified:17 Sep 2020 02:29

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