Lamco Process / Quality Control / Sustainability

THE PROCESS for both Structural & Architectural products uses patented Tongue & Grove Edge and Finger-Joint Technology.

 

   LAMCO JOINT : double tongue & grove

 FINAL PRODUCT

   

   LAMCO FINGER JOINT

 

It allows LAMCO to make very strong, high quality & green engineered wood products:


VIDEO OF THE PROCESS OF MAKING LAMCO ENGINEERED WOOD PRODUCTS

 

 

PROCESS:

  • Raw Materials: 2x4 & 2x6 are cut into short lengths, tested for moisture & pieces with major defects are removed to ensure consistency & stability.
  • Profiling: The LAMCO Joint (double tongue & groove) is profiled, removing minor edge defects.
  • Pannelizing: The small profiled boards are glued and assembled into panels
  • Ripping: Panels are ripped to the final desired depth or its multiple (up to 16")
  • Finger Jointing: Short boards are finger jointed into long boards of the desired length (up to 32'1")
  • In-Line Testing: Each board is tension tested to ensure structural integrity.
  • Planing & Labeling: The product is planed, stamped & labeled in accordance with 3rd party inspection guidelines.
  • Final Inspection & Packaging: Each piece in inspected again then carefully packaged before shipping.

 

QUALITY CONTROL:

For every production according to quality control manual, a sample piece is removed from the production line to be tested for BENDING, TENSION, DELAMINATION & SHEAR in our Lab. Our quality control procedures are certified and randomly inspected by a 3rd party auditor (CIFQ/PFS Corporation)


BENDING


TENSION


DELAMINATION - PART 1


DELAMINATION - PART 2

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY:

SUSTAINABILITY FOREST MANAGEMENT: All raw materials are from managed forests with sustainable yield & at least one of these certifications: SFI, CAN\CSA-Z809, PEFC.
Proximity to the source: LAMCO plant is within a 75 mile radius of the highest concentration of these sawmills in Canada.
LEED® projects can use LAMCO products.
FSC® credits are available upon request.

RAW MATERIAL OPTIMIZATION:

  • Since we only needs short 2X4, 2X5 & 2X6 to start with, the LAMCO process can turn small Black Spruce & Jack Pine boards into long & wide products, optimizing the natural strength of slow growth trees of Northern Quebec.

LESS GLUE:

  • Once dry, glue is less than 1% of the volume of our products, meeting California Air Resource Board (CARB) standards. Our glue is accepted in LEED projects.             

NO WOOD WASTE, NO WATER USED:

  • Cut-offs are reintroduced into production or together with wood shavings, converted to wood pellets.
  • Our low temperature kilns uses less energy and no water using heat pump technology.

REDUCED WASTE at your factory or job site:

  • Exact lengths ordered mean no waste for you & less assembly time.
  • Custom depths not limited to conventional sizes can optimize your designs & reduce the volumes needed.
  • LAMCO warrants 100% of our products are usable for their intended application.

SUSTAINABILITY OF WOOD in general:

  • Reduced energy consumption for heating and cooling: Wood is a better insulator than concrete or steel.
  • The energy used to produce wood building alternatives to steel or concrete reduces fossil fuels consumed, resulting in 16% to 26% less impact on Global Warming.
  • Using wood as a building product creates carbon sequestration (captures carbon).
  • Wood outperforms competitors in Life Cycle Assessment  
  • To read more on wood design & sustainability                                       

Our passion is to produce the Greenest Engineered Wood building solutions

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Our passion is to produce the Greenest Engineered Wood building solutions.