FORESTRY

FORESTRY

X-ray based inspection plays a significant role in forestry as it is used for quality assurance, process control and sorting.

Applications:
  • Sorting and classification of logs
  • Measurement of moisture in biofuel
  • Identification of unwanted objects in biofuel
  • Density measurements of particle boards during production

Sorting
To analyze the inner part of logs, the logs pass through an X-ray scanner. After scanning, the system processes the X-ray images and creates a file containing complex information, which is then used in the sorting process.

This type of X-ray log scanner is particularly suitable for the sorting of pinewood and spruce. It is an invaluable tool for a logging company since it ensures correct sorting and classification in a fully automated environment with minimal manual work.
 
Biofuel
When using biofuel, the focus is on monitoring moisture levels in the biomass in order to adjust the settings for optimal combustion. To ensure the right properties and to prevent damage, the flow of biofuel must be analyzed in real-time and unwanted particles like metal and stones must be identified and sorted.
 
X-ray technology is suitable for all types of solid biofuels, real-time monitoring of moisture, concentration levels of foreign substances, and energy content. These X-ray based systems can replace sample-based methods and ensure an increase in energy conversion efficiency.
 
Wood-based panels
Density measurement of wood-based panels is also conducted with X-ray technology. This type of system is continuously measuring the density of panels at high resolution. The panel scanner is used directly after the pressing stage and hence the panels’ characteristics can be monitored and controlled.
 
Based on the scanning feedback, the system optimizes the production process, as well as the product characteristics, thus allowing for swift changes in the production line.

The SMART EVO series meets the IP65 environmental protection standard, which means that it can operate seamlessly in wet and dusty conditions. The robust SMART EVO combined with water cooling makes it an ideal solution for the harsh forest industry environment.

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