This report details the findings of a visit to a number of research institutions in North
America and Europe in May 2003, as well as to the 8th Tappi Advance Coating
Fundamentals Symposium held in Chicago.
Report Year Archives: 2003
Improved High Value-Added Furniture Manufacturing in Australia using Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Equipment
CNC processing machinery is widely used in Europe to improve production of a range of
wooden items in the furniture and related industries. CNC manufacturing provides
opportunities to improve flexibility, quality, short delivery times, operator safety and
control over the end product. The industry is similar to Australia in that a high percentage
of machines are of the three -axis type and are used in industries employing less than
twenty persons. Similar also to Australia is the impact of imports from countries with low
labour costs, able to supply low-cost product to a consumer market where cost, the latest
design and shorter furniture “lifespan” are current issues.
Quarantine touches every member of the Australian community either directly or
indirectly. The forest industry, as a member of that community, is also affected in a
number of ways. Quarantine is a vital element in the protection of the forest estate in
its broadest sense. This report looks at the use of pheromone traps for forest
protection through improved methods of detection, monitoring and control of exotic
insect pest incursions.