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Fwd: Regarding Wood waste
Can anyone help with the following questions?
>From: "Ashwin Arumugham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Organization: Industrial Assessment Center
>Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 14:59:10 +0000
>Subject: Regarding Wood waste
>Dear Ms. Lisa
>How are you? I would like to introduce myself as Ashwin Arumugham
>from the Industrial Assessment Center, University of Florida,
>Gainesville. We are funded by the USDOE and are working under Rutgers
>University, Piscataway. We perform energy audits for medium sized
>manufacturing companies and come up with cost savings. We also look
>in to productivity and waste.
>This is regarding a particular company that we had visited last week.
>They manufacture utility poles and marine pilings. Basically it is a
>lumber company. After drying the lumber, they treat it with a
>chemical known as CCA ie Chromated Copper Arsenate which is a
>highly hazardeous chemical. After treating it, they cut it to the
>required dimension and sometimes they are left off with 5 foot logs.
>I would like to know as to what can done with these logs as far as
>recycling it or selling it as scrap keeping in mind that the treated
>wood has the hazardeous chemical in it. Sometimes even before
>treating the wood, they have these 5 foot logs.
>Another point that we are considering to look into is the chemical
>treatment cylinder. It is about 6-8 feet in diameter and about 40
>feet long. It has a single door like the door for a bank vault.
>It has about 130-135 bolts that have to be manually removed and put
>on everytime they open it and close it. This is a time consuming
>process and hence we would like to recommend them to have a better
>door mechanism, so i would like to know what sort of a recommendation
>can be given in this case.
>For quality control, they take a small sample from each and every log
>and see if the chemical has penetrated to the required depth
>(3 inches) and if the quantity of chemical is to the required level.
>If they find out that it requires some more treatment, then it is put
>back into the cylinder again. This rework takes a lot of time and
>creates a bottleneck. Is there any way where the quantity of chemical
>that penetrates the wood can be determined constantly without having
>to remove the logs and take samples and check it out. If there was
>any equipment or device that can do this, it will save a lot of
>I would like to know as to what sort of a recommendation can be
>given and what necessary steps can be taken in this regard. I would
>appreciate it if you could help me out in this regard as soon as
>Thank you very much
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