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THURSDAY
APRIL 7

 

EXHIBITORS/ATTENDEES
BREAKFAST
7:15-8:15 a.m.

 

MORNING KEYNOTERS SESSION
(ROOMS B-C)

 

8:30-8:35 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Keynoters Introduction
—Rich Donnell, Conference Co-Chairman; Editor-in-Chief, Panel World magazine

 

8:40-9:00 a.m.
In Pursuit of Perfection: Building a New OSB Plant
Jonathan Martin, Chairman and CEO, Hairbro Companies, LLC

 

9:05-9:25 a.m.
Why Build a Plywood Mill in 2016?
—Steve Swanson, President and CEO, Swanson Group

 

9:30-9:50 a.m.
Building From Disaster: Winston Veneer & Plywood
—Kurt Liebich, CEO, RedBuilt and New Wood Resources

 

TIME OUT WITH EXHIBITORS
10:00-10:30 a.m.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(Rooms A-B-C)

 

PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES
(Room A)

 

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Capitalizing on New Veneer Lathe and Dryer Technologies
Alan Knokey, Vice President, USNR

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Log Lathe Systems: New Developments in Automatic Veneer Peeling Lines
Anna McCann, President, Merritt Machinery, LLC, Meinan Representative

 

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Advances in Veneer Dryer Control
—John Robinson, Principal; Roger Douglas, Director of Engineering, Drying Technology, Inc.

 

ADHESIVES ISSUES
& PERFORMANCE
PART I
(Room B)

 

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Traversing the Maze of Adhesive Standards and Regulations
Jim Griswold, New Business Development Manager, Hexion

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Optimizing Resin, Wax and Release Agent Effectiveness with PanelSpray Technology
—Brian Valley, Director of Industrial Solutions, Spraying Systems Co.

 

OPERATIONS PLANNING
(Room B)

 

11:30-11:50 p.m.
Value Creation Through Engineering
—Scott Stamey, Senior Project Manager, Mid-South Engineering

 

11:55-12:15 p.m.
Emerging Trends in Technology Solutions for Improving Operational Performance
—Bijan Shams, President, Cogent Industrial Technologies

 

HEAT ENERGY & EMISSIONS
ISSUES & TECHNOLOGIES
(Room C)

 

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Air Quality Hot Topics Affecting Panel & Engineered Lumber Facilities
—Wes Younger, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Impact of Wood Species, Moisture Variation and Drying Technology on Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Rotary Dryers.
Tyler Player, Principal, Player Design, Inc.

 

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Latest Energy Systems and Dryer Systems Concepts
—Dirk Koltze, Executive Vice President, Büttner/Siempelkamp

 

INTERNATIONAL
DEVELOPMENTS
PART I
(Birch Room)

 

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Engineered Wood Trends in Europe
Heikki Vidgren, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.
North American Plywood and Veneer Based Industry, The Reinvention Continues
—Dr. Richard Baldwin, Managing Partner, Oak Creek Investments

 

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Engineered Strand Lumber – Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. W. Ernest Hsu, Principal, Hsu Consulting

 

EXHIBITORS/ATTENDEES
LUNCH
12:10-1:30 p.m.

 

AFTERNOON KEYNOTERS SESSION
(ROOMS B-C)

 

1:35-1:40 p.m.
Remarks and Introductions
—Fred Kurpiel, Conference Co-Chairman

 

1:45-2:05 p.m.
Innovation as a Winning Strategy
—Brian Carlson, President, Huber Engineered Woods LLC

 

2:10-2:30 p.m.
Air Emission Control Technology Trends In the Wood Panelboard and Engineered Lumber Industry: A Supplier’s Perspective
—Rodney Schwartz, Vice President of Sales, B&W MEGTEC

 

TIME OUT WITH EXHIBITORS
2:40-3:00 p.m.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(Rooms A-B-C)

 

CHINA TRANSITIONS
TO A NEW PARADIGM
(Room A)

 

(Moderated by Dr. Fred Kurpiel)

 

3:05-3:25 p.m.
China Is a Global Opportunity
Dr. Fred Kurpiel, President, Georgia Research Institute

 

3:30-3:50 p.m.
Long Road to Quality
Dr. Hui Wan, Associate Professor, Forest Composite Products, Mississippi State University

 

3:55-4:15 p.m.
Market Demands – Engineered Strand Products and Applications
Dr. W. Ernest Hsu, Hsu Consulting

 

4:20-4:40 p.m.
Case Examples of Changing Equipment Requirements for China Wood Panel Industry
Presenter TBA

 

ADHESIVES ISSUES
& PERFORMANCE
PART II
(Room B)

 

Keeping It Together: Technological Advances in Wood Adhesives and Adhesion
—Moderator Linda Caudill, Managing Director, Wood-Based Composites Center

 

3:05-3:25 p.m.
Engineered Fillers/Extenders for Wood Composites: Technologies to Extend and Enhance Phenolic and pMDI Adhesives
Sudip Chowdhury, Group Leader, Fillers & Extenders; Randy Zenke, Sales Manager, Fillers & Extenders, Willamette Valley Company

 

3:25-3:45 p.m.
Engineered Wood Adhesives Improve Production Efficiency
Xiaobo Gong, Group Leader, Ashland Specialty Ingredients

 

3:45-4:05 p.m.
Adhesive Technology Drives Mass Wood Innovation
Chris Whelan, Business Development Manager, Henkel Corporation

 

4:05-4:25 p.m.
Lignin: Moving Toward Renewable Bio-Based Adhesives
Mojgan Nejad, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

 

4:25-4:45 p.m.
Wood-Generated Formaldehyde
Charles Frazier, Professor and Director, Wood-Based Composites I/UCRC, Virginia Tech

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
& TECHNOLOGIES
PART I
(Room C)

 

3:05-3:25 p.m.
Dual-Biophase Bio-Oxidation—A Green, Energy-Efficient Approach to VOC and HAP Emission Destruction
—Robert Miller, Product Manager, Bio-Oxidation Division, Process Combustion Corp.

 

3:30-3:50 p.m.
Meeting EPA Emission Standards with Cyclones
—Mike Clark, PE, Regional Sales Manager, Fisher-Klosterman Emtrol

 

3:55-4:15 p.m.
Wet Scrubbers: Upgrading and Results
Magnus Rundqwist, V.P. Business Development, Wechsler Engineering & Consulting, Inc.

 

4:20-4:40 p.m.
Water Recycle and Reuse in the Wood Products Industries
—Dr. Rakesh Govind, President, PRD Tech, Inc.

 

INTERNATIONAL
DEVELOPMENTS
PART II
(Birch Room)

 

3:05-3:25 p.m.
New Trends in the Development of Wood and Natural Fiber Based Products
Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, Director, Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI

 

3:30-3:50 p.m.
Status and Problems of the Lumber and Panel Products Industries of the Philippines
Romulo Aggangan, Director Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), Department of Science and Technology, Philippines

 

EXHIBITORS/ATTENDEES
SOCIAL
5-7 p.m.


FRIDAY
APRIL 8


BREAKFAST WITH EXHIBITORS
7:15-8:15 A.M.

 

MORNING KEYNOTERS SESSION
(ROOMS B-C)

 

8:30-8:35 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Keynoters Introduction
—Dan Shell, Managing Editor, Panel World magazine

 

8:40-9:00 a.m.
Reason for Optimism in North American Composite Wood Industry
Jackson Morrill, President, Composite Panel Association

 

9:05-9:25 a.m.
Global Wood-Based Panels Markets—Trends and Outlook
—Dr. George Goroyias, Senior Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting

 

9:30-9:50 a.m.
Why Proteak? How an Entrepreneur Became Involved in Mexico’s Newest MDF Operation
Luis Tejado, President, Blue Drop

 

TIME OUT WITH EXHIBITORS
10:00-10:30 a.m.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(Rooms A-B-C)

 

Safety Issues & Technologies
(Room A)

 

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Thermal Oil Hazards: Risk Identification and Prevention
Tom Wechsler, President, Wechsler Engineering and Consulting

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Proven Fire Protection Systems for the Engineered Panel and Lumber Industries
Jeff Nichols, Managing Partner, Industrial Fire Prevention, LLC

 

11:25-11:45 p.m.
Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions within the Panel Industry
Mikael Jidenius, Area Sales Manager, North America, Firefly AB

 

11:50-12:10 p.m.
How to Reduce Risks of Combustible Dust: New Standards, New Technologies
—Jordan Newton, Vice President of Engineering, SonicAire/IES

 

QC & OPTIMIZATION
(Room B)


10:35-10:55 a.m.
Optimization of Production in Short Cycle Press Lines: First Startup in North America
Thomas Franz, Managing Director, Baumer Inspection GmbH

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Moving Towards Smart Factory Using Automatic Scanner and Panel Repair Technology
—Tor Gustavsen, Managing Director, Argos Solutions

 

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Developments in Online Quality Control for the Manufacture of Composite and Engineered Wood Panels
—Andrew Jowett, President, IMAL, Inc.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
& TECHNOLOGIES
PART II
(Room C)

 

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Air Compliance Auditing Tips for Panel & Engineered Lumber Facilities
Brad James, Manager of Consulting Services, Trinity Consultants

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Reducing RTO Annual Fuel Costs with Fine-Tuning Features
—Rodney Pennington, VP of Key Accounts, NESTEC, Inc.

 

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Optimizing Your Wet Electrostatic Precipitator
—Jim Cash, Senior Product Engineer, B&W MEGTEC

 

LUNCH WITH EXHIBITORS
12:10-1:30 p.m.

 

CASH PRIZE DRAWINGS
1:15 p.m.

 

EXHIBITOR BREAKDOWN
1:30 p.m.