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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Savings above expectations with X-ray scanning

An impeccable outcome! A small Finnish sawmill invests in X-ray scanning technology to improve log sorting and ensure end-product quality The system has worked impeccably and raw material savings...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Drying out the timber not the profits

In a sawmill process, wood drying is a critical stage that can determine the end-product quality. When wood dries, it can suffer from bending, cracking, hardening or discoloration, and if not...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Technology

Timber drying: top loading

Top loading is an effective method to reduce the twisting of timber during drying. Top loading can be applied using weighted blocks, such as concrete, laid on top of the timber stacks loaded in the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1-3% 0.5 - 1.5 Year(s)
Technology

Laser and X-ray scanning of logs

Log scanning and sorting brings significant savings for sawmills Combined laser and X-ray scanning technology for log measuring helps improve sawmilling material efficiency in multiple ways. Under...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Measure

Maximising recovery rate in woodworking industry

Raw material costs in woodworking industry are significant: they form approximately 70-80 % of the total production costs of sawn wood and more than 50 % of the production costs of more downstream...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Material choices in eco-design

A better 'grada' of plywood for eco-design An ecological thermos-formable plywood material is made for ecological designs Benefits of the material include a faster manufacturing process and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Good practice

Kivikko seat: sustainable, efficient design

Eco-elegance, by design... At Isku, responsible design means taking into account the environment in a product's whole life cycle The award-winning Kivikko seat is a prime eco-design example Isku is a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Good practice

Quality wood only from sustainable Finnish forests

Feel the positive energy! Hoisko uses only wood from sustainable and responsible forestry Responsibly harvested wood is a very sustainable raw material Hoisko is a cross-laminated timber (CLT) brand...
Good practice

Quality and material efficiency go hand in hand

Efficiency at Finnish funerary specialist Carpentry company specialised in coffins and funerary urns maximised raw material use Significant material savings by optimisation sawing process Shorter...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Good practice

Finnish furniture-maker cuts material losses

Big picture reveals widespread savings options Material losses due rapid production cycles and variety of products addressed Materials audit identifes 50 areas for improvement Whole production chain ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0 - 0.1 Year(s)
Good practice

Only PEFC certified wood in play and fitness products, Finland...

Sustainable fitness check Finnish play and fitness set producer makes the case for sustainable wood Wood is CO2 neutral since it absorbs the same amount while growing as emisions generated end of...
Good practice

Finnish sawmill does everything it can to minimise waste

Treating raw materials with respect Family sawmill takes every measure possible to conserve, reuse and recycle materials  Responsibility for the environment is important to the company  Siparila Oy...