The Spanish company Garnica, a founding member of ProPopulus, has led a research project co-financed by the CDTI (Center for Industrial Technological Development) and the European Union (ERDF Funds), which will benefit the entire industry.
This project aimed to find a solution that would allow wood to be humidified or dried after the unwinding process to optimize the production of plywood.
Now, after almost three years of research, the work group made up of Garnica Valencia de Don Juan, together with the company ATI Sistemas and with the collaboration of the University of Vigo, has completed the HUMAP Project. The Galician company Foresa, the Garnica R&D department in Logroño and the laboratory that this company has in Fuenmayor, have also taken part in the project.
Thanks to this collaboration, in which the different parties have contributed with their knowledge and experience, it has been possible to obtain an advanced solution with parameters that will be available to any factory that wants to use this technology to increase the effectiveness of the raw material.
The general objective of the HUMAP project in the INNTERCONECTA 2018 call was to obtain a higher quality poplar plywood board and achieve maximum efficiency in the consumption of the raw material.
To do this, it was necessary to achieve the following specific objectives:
- Characterize the raw material received, especially humidity, which is a critical factor in wood when obtaining a final product of superior quality.
- Develop a solution that would allow the wood to be humidified or dried on demand after the first wood has been unwind, as a previous step to the production process for the manufacture of boards, especially plywood.
- Develop adhesives that improves adhesion between the different layers of wood, especially in conditions of variable humidity.
- Generate a high-quality board production technology maximizing the use of the raw material.
The project execution period was 31 months, from June 2018 to December 2020, and had a global budget of € 1,156,141