The Limitless Life Cycle Possibilities of Wood
Timber extends limitless possible designs and construction methods for both engineers and creatives. The many sets of building materials known as ‘engineered timber’ offer huge benefits such as: increased dimensional stability, standardised mechanical properties and greater durability. Of course, other important aspects that must be considered are wood sustainability and dependable supply chains of timber. Certainly, efforts are underway to compile comprehensive LCA data (Life Cycle Assessments) for wood and wood products aiming to collate and analyse the environmental impact from raw timber, manufacturing processing to disposal or recycling.
As the British Woodworking Federation reports, that potentially an, “LCA can measure the relative environmental impacts of using different materials to manufacture a product and also be used to analyse the benefits of high-performance specifications over generic industry products.” https://bit.ly/2kCntvp
RFID Can Improve Traceability and Identification from Manufacturing throughout the Chain
RFIDdirect clearly sees the potential of RFID technology – as part of a data management system – which can be embedded throughout the wood-based life cycle: from growing trees and harvesting timber to manufacturing, supply chain and recycle/disposal. The number of timber-based products such as, fire doors, pallets, panels etc. is already enormous and demand is growing. Wood for Good – the industry’s campaign body for the promotion of wood in construction, states emphatically a rosy future.
“Wood delivers on innovative design, speed, cost and resource efficiency, health & well being, and offers a path to a low carbon economy”.https://bit.ly/2nq83eP
Additionally, establishing RFID technology into wood market will help this sector benefit from wider technological (digital) advantages like other earlier adopters – such as the automotive industry.
Connection, Recognition and Compliance
RFIDdirect’s insider knowledge and experience is focused on delivering an RFID solution that can and will improve track & trace identification at all levels in the chain – despite wood’s challenging, changing lifespan properties. Through consistent R&D into the pioneering project – RFIDdirect’s ‘SMART IN WOOD’ ambition remains steadfast to create a ‘Smarter’ solution to benefit asset tracking within the sector – leading to greater data connection, international recognition and compliance.
They say, ‘If walls could talk’ – we could learn so much more about a place and a time. What if wood could talk? Imagine how comprehensive and invaluable the life cycle, digital data collected, managed and analysed for the timber and wood sector could be?
‘Smart in Wood’
RFIDdirect will be giving a keynote speech about Smart in Wood – RFID identification technology – at the International Panel Products Symposium (IPPS), 7th&8th October, Llandudno, hosted by the Bio Composites Centre, @BCBangor. IPPS is the leading technical conference on wood-based panels, panel production technology, feedstocks, resins and additives, market analysis and the use of panels in furniture and construction applications.