Redco Deadplate is an elastomer designed to work as a shock absorber – it takes the energy of impact and transfers it into heat. In the sawmill applications it was designed for, Deadplate takes the impact of the logs or lumber, stopping their momentum and allowing them to continue through the mill. This usually results in a 90 degree change in direction the wood was heading. Of course, the larger benefit of deadening the wood’s impact is to reduce stress on expensive sawmill equipment as repeated impacts can weaken or break welds.
However, Deadplate is not a “one size fits all” application where one size and thickness of Deadplate works for everything. On the contrary, Deadplates come in all different sizes, shapes, and thicknesses. Redwood Plastics and Rubber can help in quickly designing your Deadplate; however, we do need to get some basic information from you to do so.
In preparation for your Deadplate request for quote get together the following information:
- Largest sized logs or lumber that will impact the Deadplate
- Estimated weight of the largest log or lumber
- Estimate FPM (feet per minute) the logs or lumber will impact the plate – if not known, provide the distance the logs or lumber will fall into the plate and at what angle
- Estimate the current size of the impact zone (the length x width of the area the logs or lumber currently hit)
You also need to advise whether or not it’s logs or sawn lumber that will be hitting the Deadplate as that affects the type of cap that would be put on it. Once you gather that information together then you’re ready to contact Redwood Plastics and Rubber and ask for your quote!