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Energy Savings Through Lean Thinking online training now available at eXtension Wood Products Community of Practice

May 27, 2015 – Industries interested in learn on how to apply Lean Thinking principles for energy savings can now accessed these series of videos recorded during a workshop last year. The educational videos can be accessed by following this link:

http://www.extension.org/pages/72587/energy-savings-through- lean-thinking:-videos-and-presentations#.VTkIy0uiv7N

The goal of this online training is to introduce the concept of lean thinking and how lean management impacts energy consumption. Tools to identify energy waste in the process will be introduced and procedures to calculate potential energy savings will be demonstrated. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how energy management practices have been implemented in manufacturing industries.

This online training is part of the extension project Agricultural Energy Efficiency Grant funded by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission.

New extension article on Statistical Process Control (SPC) for Forest Products Industries now available

Creating value requires managers to master quantitative and qualitative techniques to document and analyze information used in the decision making process. Statistical Process Control (SPC) is a tool that allows administrators both in service and manufacturing industries to monitor process capability to ensure customer requirements are met efficiently and effectively.

Extension specialist Henry Quesada and post-doctoral researcher Edgar Arias have developed this educational material to provide forest products industries with basic information and applications of SPC tools. The article includes examples of the most common quality control charts as well as methods for diagnosing problems. The article can be accessed by following this link: 

https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ANR/ANR-140/ANR-140.html

Forest Products Marketing Workshop

Marketing is one of the most important support processes of any business organization. Without good marketing strategies a company will not be able to properly design, price, promote and distribute their products. Participants in this short course will learn about marketing principles and how they can be applied to gain a competitive advantage in forest products industries. Topics that will be covered:

  • Review of Forest Products
  • Manufacturing Practices in Forest Products industries
  • Current issues affecting the Forest Products industry
  • Marketing history
  • Economic trends impacting marketing activities
  • Products and Pricing
  • Promotion and Place
  • Salesmanship and Sales Techniques
  • Basic Marketing Research
  • Competitive position
  • Understanding competitors
  • Value chain in Forest Products
  • Market Intelligence
  • Writing and presenting a Marketing Plan

The workshop will be held during September 3-4, 2015 at the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) headquarters in Memphis, TN.

More details can be found at this link: http://www.cfpb. vt.edu/?p=716

Introduction to Structural design of Wood Buildings

Announcing a short course presented by the American Wood Council and Virginia Tech on Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS, September 30-October 2, 2015, Blacksburg Virginia.

This course will focus on practical code-conforming design of wood structures based on provisions of the 2015 NDS and other AWC standards. At the beginning of the course, we will review the structural design properties of lumber, the derivation of allowable design stresses, and safety factors that are involved in the design process. We will design simple framing elements showing what factors apply to the allowable design properties of lumber and timbers and explain why the various factors apply to a design situation. The methodology of lateral load design to resist wind and seismic loads will be presented. The design methodology for diaphragms and shear walls will also be demonstrated by examples using several AWC design standards and Guides.

The objectives of this course are a mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2015 National Design Specification for Wood Construction (ANSI/AWC NDS-2015). All design calculations will be based on our strict interpretation of the ANSI/AWC NDS-2015. In addition to presenting designs that are consistent with model code provisions, the instructors will discuss “good practice” when it may apply to worked examples. Three hours will be devoted to structural testing demonstrations and related discussion at the Brooks Forest Products Research Center.

The course notebook will contain the structural analyses and designs presented at the course, thereby relieving the participants of extensive note taking. The registration fee includes lunches, refreshment breaks, and the new 2015 Wood Design Package containing the following publications:

  • ANSI/AWC NDS-2015 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction – with Commentary,
  • ANSI/AWC SDPWS-2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) with Commentary, and
  • ASD/LRFD Manual for Engineered Wood Construction, 2015 Edition.

    Continuing Education Credit

    Issued by Virginia Tech, participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.

    Also, this course is approved for continuing education credit required of certificate holders by the Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

    Course Instructors

    The course instructors are 1) J. “Buddy” Showalter, P.E., Vice President of Technology Transfer at the American Wood Council (AWC), 2) Dr. Frank Woeste, is a wood construction and engineering consultant, Retired professor of Bio-systems Engineering Virginia Tech (VT), Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech (VT), and Adjunct Professor, Composite Materials & Engineering Center, at Washington State University (WSU), and 3) Dr. Joseph Loferski, Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech. Joe has international reputation and experience in the areas of performance of wood and wood composites in buildings and preservation of historic wood buildings.

    For more information and to register for the course go to: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/sdwnds

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Spring 2015

 

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Forest Products Marketing Workshop

The workshop will be held during September 3-4, 2015 at the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) headquarters in Memphis, TN.
More details can be found at this link: http://www.cfpb. vt.edu/?p=716

 

Introduction to Structural design of Wood Buildings

Announcing a short course presented by the American Wood Council and Virginia Tech on Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS, September 30-October 2, 2015, Blacksburg Virginia.

For more information and to register for the course go to: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/sdwnds

 

   

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