Wedge, A New Designed Part Integrated to a Sawmill Carriage for Oil Palm Stems Using Polygon Sawing Pattern
Publication Date : 07/02/2018
The oil palm trunk (OPT) is increasingly becoming important as raw material resource for wood composite products in Malaysia to mitigate the depletion of solid wood supply. Currently the OPT represent a massive volume of agricultural waste with great potential to develop rapidly the wood composite industry in the country. An improvement in sawing technology has potential to improve the yield of the commericially important hard outer core of the OPT by about 27% whereby the present sub-optimal square sawing pattern can be changed into the more efficient and higer yielding polygon sawing pattern. To effect this a ‘wedge’ device was designed mounted on the sawing carriage. The integrated device can provide more accurate sawing of the OPT with improved handling of the sawing process. This paper describes the concept and design of the wedge device.
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