Different types of dryers are available however; it is known that rotary dryers have low cost of maintenance and consume 15 percent and 30 percent less in terms of specific energy. The study analyzed the drying process of woody residues using a new prototype of mobile rotary dryer cocurrent flow. By Angelo Del Giudice, Andrea Acampora, Enrico Santangelo, Luigi Pari, Simone Bergonzoli and Francesco Gallucci, Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA), Ettore Guerriero, Francesco Petracchini, Marco Torre, Valerio Paolini

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Sustainable development, as an integral part of building an economically rational market, is a challenge which is faced by many branches of the economy. Industry 4.0 can help the furniture industry achieves sustainable development. By Anna Wiśniewska-Sałek, Czestochowa University of Technology

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The advent of technology with its continuous improvisations seems to be a never ending quest for many a company which stands to endure the tests in competition by their counterparts from their relative industry. By Shiv Kumar Shet, consultant for Mishma Engineers and to Ferwood India

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As technology continues to facilitate the move towards fully autonomous and customised production, many companies around the world have unveiled new solutions that will redefine manufacturing practices. From self-driving logging trucks to machining centres to hand tools, FDM Asia looks at the latest product innovations.

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Air permeability can affect the structural integrity and performance of oriented strand board (OSB) and changes in moisture content during production processes can affect the air permeability of the end product. By Matěj Hodoušek, Martin Böhm and Štěpán Hýsek, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, and Anna Součková, Timber Research and Development Institute

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Lean manufacturing tools do not consider environmental and social benefits, which are important elements in furniture making. By integrating these into an analysis tool, practitioners will have greater overview of the different aspects of production. By Sri Hartini, Sriyanto and Darminto Pudjotomo, Diponegoro University, and Udisubakti Ciptomulyono and Maria Anityasari, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

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The consuming of wood resource is much higher than yield during the manufacturing of furniture. Cleaner production represents a program based on continuous strategies applied to a more sustainable use of materials and energy could minimise waste and pollution. By Carlos Mario Gutiérrez Aguilar, Ronald Panameño, Alexei Perez Velazquez, Asher Kiperstok, and Sandro Fábio César, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), and Beatriz Elena Angel Álvarez, Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB)

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From machining centres to tool scanner to optimisation software, we take a look at the latest innovations in the industry. By Jackie Wong

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Sustainable manufacturing is connected with the effectiveness of production processes. Use mathematical model of the key processes to maximise productivity and cost reduction by identifying key processes and parameters influencing manufacturing effectiveness. By Andrea Sujova and Katarina Marcinekova, Technical University in Zvolen, Stefan Hittmar, University of Žilina

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Exhibitors at Ligna 2017 were eager to show off their latest products and solutions with a great focus on digitalisation and Industry 4.0. We take a look at some of these technological highlights which have the potential of reshaping the woodworking industry going forward. By Jackie Wong

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