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Graphic element Optimisation of wooden pallet drying and qualification of moisture content
     
 
Improved and more economical methods for pallet drying which can be integrated within pallet production or used at pallet delivery, and a new drying process insure conformity.
 

Wooden pallet drying is an important issue for both pallet producers and users. Many pallet user industries have very precise requirements concerning moisture content, including the paper and cardboard, chemicals, plaster, cement and food industries.

This project was concerned with developing improved and more economical methods for pallet drying. Partners conducted an in-depth survey to determine the basic needs of end users and developed methods for testing and measuring the moisture content of pallets. These methods can be included within pallet production processes or can be used for quality control at pallet delivery. Methods for estimating air-drying time and for calculating prime costs were also elaborated and can be integrated into the industrial manufacturing process, helping to optimise storage management. Finally, an artificial drying process was developed, as well as a new process for drying via the continuous kiln.

Many of the results have practical industrial applications and partners say the new method will also lead to reduced litigation and improved relations between manufacturers and users. The environmental benefits are also very significant.

Cordis RCN: 42056
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