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Forestry meets Industry 4.0

04 November 2019

A pile of cut logs

Wood Engineering Technology (WET) has developed a glue-laminated timber (glulam) that consists of pieces of wood stuck together with a moisture-resistant adhesive. The process turns low-value logs into engineered wood products. WET’s innovation fits with industry 4.0 (the fourth industrial revolution) that uses interconnected sensors, artificial intelligence, and robotics to digitise manufacturing for greater productivity and better products. “We consider ourselves a technology business, not a wood processor," says Shaun Bosson, WET chief executive.

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Image courtesy of James DeMers from Pixabay.

Keywords: wood, processing, materials, construction and mechanical, processing technologies, digital technologies, characteristics of technology, technological products

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