A study on noise levels of machinery used in lumber industry enterprises

The aim of this study is to help to create a healthier environment by measuring the noise levels in the furniture and lumber sectors of forest products industry. In this study, noise measurement for approximately 3 min has been conducted in 4 measurement spots in the side of the machinery, in the factory entrance and in full and empty state for each machinery; from 3 different chosen spots in enterprises producing lumber. Measurements have been recorded as 720, from each machine as 36 measurements, with the condition to be recorded every 5 sec for 3 min. For this purpose, noise measurements have been carried out in 17 workplaces producing lumber and results have been compared statistically. As a result of the obtained findings, it is understood that the noise levels of thickness machinery don’t exceed the value for the upper limit stated in the regulations. However, vertical wood band sawmill and band saw machines have been observed to go over this limit. Besides, some factors of planning and multi slitting machine don’t exceed this limit, some of them exceed. As a result, it has been conducted that when noise levels of machinery used in the lumber industry enterprises exceed the upper limit stated in the regulations, they can pose a serious threat to human health.

Blue stain in lumber industry and losses caused by cutting methods

In this study, it is aimed to determine the waste and productivity losses of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) logs that were exposed to blue stain degradation. In this context, a total of 39 timber production processes were analyzed in 7 different lumber managements using prism cutting and sharp cutting method. The main product yield and additional processing requirements were determined for flawed and flawless logs in blue stain damage. As a result of the study, it was determined that the blue stain degradation decreased the main product efficiency by 17% in the prism cutting method and by 33% in the sharp cutting method. Statistically significant differences were discovered between the efficiency values obtained as a consequence of cutting flawed and flawless logs with prism and sharp cutting methods. In addition, additional processing requirements were determined in the sharp mowing method.