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Tagged With: planarmill

Solution Spotlight: PVC Strip Door – Keep The Cold Out!

With the fall comes a bitter chill in many sawmilling regions and it’s consequently the time to invest in PVC strip door supplied by Redwood Plastics and Rubber. PVC strip door covers open entrances helping to keep inside work spaces warm and clear of drafts. The product also serves to protect machinery from dust and … Continue reading »

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Design Your Deadplate

Redco Deadplate by Redwood Plastics is a shock absorbing polyurethane design for use in lumber mills. Deadplate’s elastomeric properties cushion the blow of lumber reducing rebound and protecting machinery. Getting a quote on a custom Deadplate application isn’t as complicated as you might think. You need to be able to provide four pieces of information: … Continue reading »

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Wasting Dollars In The Sawmill

We recently found an interesting article by Terence Brown, at one point a member of Oregon State University faculty and a member of the Department of Forest Products. Surprisingly, the document is about 35 years old, yet the messages are are timeless. There are countless inefficiencies and issues that can lead to losses of productivity … Continue reading »

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Sawmill Audits

The benefits of industrial plastic in sawmills have proven themselves for decades. But how do you as a mill manager or maintenance manager know if you’re utilizing all the benefits plastics can offer your mill? Redwood Plastics representatives are well-regarded for their knowledge of sawmill applications and we do get invited to perform audits of … Continue reading »

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Shock, Vibration and Noise

A few weeks ago the Vicksburg Post in Vicksburg, MS ran a story following Anderson-Tulley Lumber Co. Maintenance Manager Mike Williams through a typical work day and asked him about the challenges he faced in the mill. The article describes the noise and vibration of the modern mill – something we know our readers would … Continue reading »

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Idler Sprockets – 3 Reasons Plastic Is Better

Sprockets keep things moving in the mill and while plastics offer advantages over metals in countless applications the humble sprocket is where plastics can help the most. And there are three big ways plastics save your mill money over their life-cycle and reduce maintenance downtime. 1.) Reduced Weight Redco™ 750 sprockets are up to 50% lighter … Continue reading »

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New Sawmill Catalogue

Redwood Plastics, the managing company of, is close to releasing our new Sawmill Products Catalog. This is a large undertaking by our Marketing Department. However, sawmills and planermill applications are Redwood’s core business and with so many parts developed over four decades the catalog provides a concise, single piece of literature that highlights many … Continue reading »

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Don’t Get “Pigeonholed”

One of any actor’s biggest fears is to be typecast in a particular role. The same could be said for industrial plastics in sawmill applications because for decades plastics have enjoyed success in a few specific applications: hooks, lugs, wear guides and bushings/bearings. Maintenance Managers and purchasers tend to only think of plastics in sawmill/planar … Continue reading »

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Staying Safe With Polycarbonate

The benefits of using of urethanes, UHMW and nylon in mills is well-known; however, the benefits of polycarbonate may be overlooked. Most people are familiar with polycarbonate but perhaps do not make the connection on how this remarkable material can benefit your saw or planar mill – specifically, in regards to safety. Polycarbonate is a clear, glazing … Continue reading »

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The Simple SharkFin

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” -Steve Jobs   Well, we can’t move mountains with our simplicity - but we sure can move boards! The Shark … Continue reading »

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