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Quality control, inspection, and identification of product as applied to the manufacture of structural glued-laminated lumber and to the fabrication and assembly of both sawn and glued-laminated lumber in the engineered timber construction field are outlined. The problem of developing and installing a practical, effective system is discussed from the over-all industry viewpoint. This includes analyzing the need, determining the approach best adapted to these custom-built products and highly specialized operations, ascertaining what is permissible from the legal standpoint, discussion of some of the technical problems involved, and refinement of standards. Each firm will maintain continuous specified quality control operations. The American Institute of Timber Construction will provide inspection to assure that adequate quality control is maintained, and also will provide a means for identifying products produced under quality control procedures which will assure conformance to the applicable standards and specifications.
Executive Vice-President, American Institute of Timber Construction, Washington, D. C.