(Dr. Dale Greene et al., University of Georgia) Determine what log sorting at the stump entails and establish standard cost baselines for typical longwood and cut-to-length systems. Describe and estimate costs associated with additional sorting to provide guidelines for use during price negotiations. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 10-R-8 Product Sorting Impacts on Harvesting Production and…
(Don Taylor, Sustainable Resource Systems LLC, with data from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and Lupold Consulting) Continuation of previous Capacity Survey, extending data collected forward through 2007 with improved sampling and enhanced data collection methodology. The Report evaluates the logging capacity available to supply U.S. forest-based industries in selected states, accounting…
(Dr. Tom Gallagher, Auburn University; and Dana Mitchell, USFS Southern Research Station) Research ways that U.S. loggers have successfully implemented more than one shift per day and make recommendations for expanding the use of these multi-shift operations to improve harvesting efficiency on other logging operations. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 10-R-20 Extended Working Hours: Impacts on…
(Dr. Dale Greene et al., University of Georgia) Compare the cost of doing business in the U. S. wood supply chain with costs of selected foreign industries and determine how the U. S. wood supply system might be modified or redesigned to improve its competitiveness in world markets. KEY FINDINGS: See FRA Technical Release 06-R-18 Potential Impacts…
Final Report-Planning and Communication-State of the Forest Industry and Opportunities for Improvement in the Wood Supply Chain(Dr. Rien Visser, Virginia Tech University) Current planning is primarily reactive rather than proactive due to extremely short planning horizons for many segments of the wood supply chain. Frequent short-term changes in mill wood requirements drive many of the…
The estimated, region-wide (Texas to Maine) annual cost associated with “excess” truck idle-time at mills is between $39 and $109 million. Main factors affecting turn-time are wood/load form, truck/trailer type, unloading equipment, month of delivery, and human resources utilization at mills. KEY FINDINGS: see FRA Technical Release 03-R-1, Benchmark Log Truck Turn-Times…
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