Structural Plywood & Veneer-Based Composites Workshop



Structural Plywood and Veneer-Based Composites

A Wood-Based Composites I/UCRC Short Course

In collaboration with the Oregon Wood Innovation Center (OWIC)

March 22nd-24th, 2021



Oregon State University
Department of Wood Science & Engineering
107 Richardson Hall
Corvallis, Oregon

What you will learn:

What is the state-of-the art in today’s structural plywood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) plant? How can today’s technology help me produce a quality product that meets my customer’s needs? Can basic wood science knowledge help me better understand my manufacturing process and product performance? Why is it so important to pay attention to water in wood throughout the manufacturing process? The North American structural plywood industry was started by a group of hard-working, fearless entrepreneurs in 1905, and has evolved to include LVL and related engineered products; staples of today’s residential construction industry. This course will mix basic wood material and adhesive science with a practical look at how veneer-based wood products are manufactured. Included are hands-on activities, and an introduction to lean manufacturing and its use in the industry. Rounding out the agenda will be daily panel discussions, allowing participants to have their questions answered by industry pioneers, suppliers and academic instructors.

During the course, you will learn about the:

  • History and current state of the industry and its products,
  • Basic structure and properties of wood, including anatomy and mechanical properties,
  • Production of veneer from roundwood,
  • Interaction of wood and water throughout the manufacturing process, including veneer drying,
  • Adhesives used to produce today’s veneer-based wood composites,
  • Lay-up and pressing, quality control, and testing of plywood and LVL products,
  • Implementation of lean manufacturing processes in your plant,
  • Alignment of product standards to regulations and performance-in-use, and
  • Quality considerations throughout the manufacturing process.

This event will provide a comprehensive look at the basics of producing high-quality structural plywood and LVL. Industry professionals will introduce processes, equipment and technology used in manufacturing. University instructors will build upon this information with relatable knowledge about wood material science, adhesives, the basics of mechanical testing, and lean manufacturing. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of key manufacturing processes and be better prepared to analyze problems through improved knowledge and troubleshooting skills. Hands-on activities and an evening reception will give participants an opportunity to connect with other industry professionals and instructors.

Who Should Attend:

  • Persons who wish to learn about the manufacture of structural plywood and veneer-based products.
  • Manufacturing team members who would benefit from basic knowledge of wood material science, adhesive science and product testing in their professional roles.
  • Suppliers who wish to broaden their knowledge of the overall industry, including manufacturing processes and associated quality implications.
  • Individuals who wish to sharpen their knowledge of the state-of-the art in processing equipment and continuous improvement practices.

There are no prerequisites. Target audience includes producers and suppliers that are new to the industry. Experienced professionals will also benefit through networking and exposure to state-of-the-art in equipment and practices.

Event Date: 
22 Mar 2021 - 12:00pm to 24 Mar 2021 - 5:00pm