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Participation Sought to Develop Test Method for In-Line Dry Lumber Moisture Meters

An in-line dry moisture meter automatically measures lumber on dry chains and planers to remove wood that exceeds moisture tolerance. The meter produces data on kiln performance to enable improvements to kiln schedules and methods.

ASTM Committee D07 on Wood invites experienced operators of in-line moisture meters to participate as they draft a Test Method for Standardization and Calibration of In-Line Dry Lumber Moisture Meters.

Uniform settings for moisture tolerance and data computation are important considerations when manufacturing and using this device. “There are basically not standards available in the industry for in-line moisture detectors except for methods published by manufacturers,” said committee member Ed Wagner, an engineer who is president of Wagner Electronic Products Inc., Rogue River, Ore.

To provide input or join the task group, contact Ed Wagner, Wagner Electronic Products Inc., Rogue River, Ore. (phone: 541/582-0541). Committee D07 meets April 22-25 in Madison, Wis. For meeting or membership details, contact Maxine Topping, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations (phone: 610/832-9737). //

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