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Practical Uses For Moisture Meters For Quality Improvement in Wood Manufacturing RX # 7

Rx #7:  DIAGNOSING CUSTOMER ISSUES Every so often, but hopefully not too often, a customer has a complaint.  Often, moisture content (MC) is the potential issue.  So, let’s discuss how to use a moisture meter on many types of finished products to obtain the necessary ... Read More

Practical Uses For Moisture Meters For Quality Improvement in Wood Manufacturing RX # 6

Rx #6:  MOISTURE METER CHOICES There are two types of moisture meters used with lumber.  One uses pins or needles that are inserted into the piece of wood being tested; the other does not have pins but has a plate that must be in good contact the wood.  Which meter is ... Read More

Practical Uses For Moisture Meters For Quality Improvement in Wood Manufacturing RX # 5

Rx #5:   MONITORING MC IN PRODUCTION   There should be no doubt that the moisture content (MC) of the wood used in manufacturing of furniture, cabinets, flooring, and so on is super critical for producing products that perform well in service.  As stated in Rx #1, the ... Read More

Practical Uses For Moisture Meters For Quality Improvement in Wood Manufacturing RX # 4

Rx #4:  SAMPLING INCOMING LUMBER   Always check the MC of incoming lumber.  It is critically important for a wood products manufacturing operation to have lumber that is at the correct moisture content (MC).  Failure to achieve this goal means losses in quality and ... Read More

Practical Uses For Moisture Meters For Quality Improvement in Wood Manufacturing RX # 3

Rx #3:  MEASURING MC WHEN UNLOADING A KILN Over the recent past decades, the processors and users of kiln dried (KD) lumber have become more and more conscious of the importance of achieving the correct final moisture content (MC).  The users appreciate that incorrect ... Read More

Practical Uses For Moisture Meters For Quality Improvement in Wood Manufacturing RX # 2

Rx #2: SELECTING KILN SAMPLES KILN DRYING BASICS For kiln drying all hardwood, and some softwood, the basic kiln operation process is  Read More

Practical Uses for Moisture Meters for Quality Improvement in Wood Manufacturing

Rx #1:  MOISTURE & WOOD INTERACTION WHY MC? Why do wood people worry so much about MC?  In my 50 years in this wood manufacturing industry, I estimate that 75% of the manufacturing problems with wood are related to incorrect pr changing moisture content (MC).  If ... Read More

USING FLOORING MOISTURE METERS TO PROTECT YOUR DIY HARDWOOD FLOOR INSTALLATION

When you’re installing hardwood floors as part of a DIY home renovation project, odds are you want to make sure that the hardwood you’re using is protected. After all, hardwood is a beautiful flooring material, and the highest-quality wood floors can be very expensive. Read More

WHY FLOORING INSTALLERS AND INSPECTORS USE MOISTURE METERS FOR WOOD

When installing wood flooring, moisture is a constant concern. This is because wood is a hygroscopic material—it will gain or lose moisture until it reaches equilibrium with the surrounding air’s humidity and temperature. Read More

Your Guide to Choosing the Best Moisture Meter to Assist With Your Hay Needs

In the third part of our series, we dive deeper into how Delmhorst's specialized moisture meters can fulfill the requirements of the hay industry. Building on insights from the previous article about the fundamental benefits of implementing quality moisture meters, we ... Read More