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A COST-EFFICIENT, AUTOMATED, MACHINE STRENGH GRADING SYSTEM FOR SAWN TIMBER

Objective

WoodSonics responds to a need in the EU sawmill sector to improve competitiveness by implementing machine strength grading of structural timber at SME sawmills. In the context of a serious crisis in the construction sector, significant savings in production costs and the optimisation of yield through the use of machine strength grading systems can help SME sawmills survive. However, the current cost of machine strength grading systems (from €100.000 - €500.000) is prohibitive for SMEs. WoodSonics proposes a cost-efficient machine grading system (€60.000) using an innovative rolling ultrasonic transducer array which can be placed directly on the grading line to automatically grade the strength of the timber. Additionally, WoodSonics can detect and localise internal and external defects throughout the length of the board. The detection of localised defects allows sawmills to optimise their yield by removing defects and upgrading the quality of the timber, as well responding to specific client requests by separating defect-free wood within the same strength class. WoodSonics will be validated using spruce (the timber used in 90% of contruction) and chestnut, a high-value hardwood from the Mediterranean region.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Nieto (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 74 036,29

Participants (8)

ALBA ULTRASOUND LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 347 266,28
Address
West Of Scotland Science Park, Todd Campus Unit 1, Block 3
G20 0XA Glasgow

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Victor Murray (Mr.)
BSW SAWMILLS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 28 916,66
Address
East End
TD4 6JA Earlston

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Scott Shiells (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 16 020,48
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA DE LA FUSTA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 764,40
Address
Ctra Sant Lorenc Km2 Planta 2
25280 Solsona Lleida

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Anna Borràs (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Gregory (Mr.)
MiCROTEC S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 336 806,33
Address
Via Julius Durst 98
39042 Brixen - Bressanone

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Prenn (Mr.)
MANIPULACIONS DE FUSTA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 325 185,04
Address
Calle Dels Albers S/n
08513 Prats De Llucanes

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vicki Casas (Mrs.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Hungary
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patricia Mérei (Mrs.)