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Email Purpose: Highlights of Wagner Article: “Focus On Moisture Measurement In Softwood Lumber Mills”
Target Audience: Primary Softwood Mills Who Are Either Wagner Customers Or Prospects Who Never Bought Any Systems or Other Products From Wagner
Email Subject: Wagner Article: Focus On Moisture Measurement in Softwood Lumber Mills

Hello (insert name),

Ron Smith, Sales Manager here at Wagner Meters, has written a number of articles about the importance of measurement and management of moisture content in the lumber industry.
In this article (insert URL), that we wish to share with you now, he stresses that softwood mills must integrate strict and continuous assessment of lumber moisture at key phases of the manufacturing process in order to optimize the quality of the lumber. Inadequate management of lumber moisture can cost a sawmill operation like yours many hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

Ron breaks down his discussion into three operational phases in a softwood mill: incoming, the drying process and the planer mill.

Incoming: Sorting of “Green” Lumber in the Sawmill
● The advantages of presorting “green” lumber in the sawmill
● Pre-kiln sorting of lumber by MC/total density can optimize kiln drying schedules
● The three advantages of green sorting are:

FIRST, green lumber sorting allows for accurate categorizing of lumber for kiln drying, which enables your kiln operators to more accurately determine drying times.
SECOND, overall drying times can be reduced when green sorting allows all of the fast-drying lumber pieces to be dried together, rather than being mixed with packs of slow-drying lumber.
THIRD, green sorting also decreases the occurrence of drying-related lumber degrade due to over-drying or under-drying.

When lumber mills like yours apply green sorting technology at the start of the process, the positive financial benefits begin to accrue almost immediately.

The drying process: in-kiln moisture measurement
• Lumber QC is especially crucial in kiln drying systems

Your kiln operators can place moisture measurement probes inside lumber packages within the kiln. These moisture-sensing probes send real-time moisture data directly to kiln drying control software
● Real time monitoring of a kiln charge allows operators to better assess when the set point has been reached
● More efficient kiln drying schedules can be developed
● Reduces the need for manual “hot checks”.

Planer Mill: In-Line Moisture Measurement of the Dried Lumber
Capturing moisture data from each piece of lumber helps define how to improve the kiln drying process.

If moisture tracking is a science, internal lumber processing moisture systems provide the crucial data from which the art of optimum drying can operate.
We encourage you to read this full article at:

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Ron’s article is very informative and we are so pleased to share it with you now.

To your business success.