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#050 / 2004-2015

second of a four-part series

Top ten pdfs on production

Though nothing in life is free, reports, newsletters, dissertations and guides in PDF on the Web, available at no charge, come close. And as most "free" things are made available for a reason, you should be cautious. Having said that, for the cost of toner and paper the following 10 PDFs are an information bargain.

This second part of the series includes PDFs about furniture manufacturing, materials, safety and management. The first part focuses on the design process, the third part on sustainability and the last part on marketing.

To download any item click the cover image. As links on this page become obsolete, furniturelink will add new content.

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Additive Manufacturing: Is It a New Era for Furniture Production?

Author: Murat Aydin (Turkey)

Format: 10 pages, (799KB)

This 2015 article published by Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey, aims to investigate which methods of 3D printing technology and which materials can be applied to the manufacture of furniture.

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Shrinking and Swelling of Wood and . . .

Author: Carl A. Eckelman (USA)

Format: 26, pages (33KB)

". . . more than 90 per cent of all problems with wood involve moisture. For those who ignore basic wood-moisture relationships, that is probably a conservative estimate," Bruce Hoadley Understanding Wood. If you can't afford the book, this PDF is the next best thing.

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Adhesives with Wood Materials: Chapter 10

Author: Metropolis (USA)

Format: 11 pages, (1137KB)

Although aimed at the construction/engineering sector, this chapter of the Wood Handbook includes good information for wooden furniture manufacturers. In fact, lack of knowledge of adhesion science may rival Bruce Hoadley's comment above regarding the most common wood manufacturing problem.

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Wood Furniture Components: Lean Manufacturing Concepts

Author: Motsenbocker et. al. (USA)

Format: 20 pages, (574KB)

This case study by MSU investigates the application of lean manufacturing to the furniture industry. The authors describe how to prepare a product-grouping matrix for volume parts and the use of conveyors and machinery placement to create efficient flow-lines.

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Technofactory versus Mini-plants

Author: Dagmar Steffen, Jochen Gros (Germany)

Format: 13 pages, (306KB)

This German research paper examines the custom-tailored mass production project C-furniture and how it will implement strategies for mass customization through a network of CAD/CAM supported joinery workshops.

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Hardwoods of North America

Author: Harry A. Alden (USA)

Format: 140 pages, (554KB)

This report lists the properties of 53 North American hardwoods. Organized alphabetically by genus and then common names, the listings for each species include distribution, general features, density, mechanical properties, drying/shrinkage values, kiln drying schedule, workability and common uses.

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Work Safely in the Furniture-Making Industry

Author: Government of Western Australia

Format: 72 pages, (5310KB)

This Australian training package explores the activities essential to working safely within the furniture-making industry, including regulations, risk-management, manual-handling, firefighting appliances and reporting procedures.

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Guide for Protecting Workers from Woodworking Hazards

Author: Kathryn W. Wulfing (USA)

Format: 95 pages, (2775KB)

Although furniturelink covers safety in depth elsewhere, and many countries issue woodworking safety leaflets, this OSHA PDF covers the topic in one comprehensive publication.

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Layout Design of a Furniture Production Line Using Formal Methods

Author: Pinto and Shayan (Australia)

Format: 12 pages, (238KB)

This 2007 scientific paper uses different heuristic models for developing the optimum production layout in an upholstery manufacturing plant. The authors conclude that BLOCPLAN (Green and Al-Hakim, 1985) using Automated Search produced the most practical results.

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Woodcote: Solution For MDF

Author: Akzo Nobel (Netherlands)

Format: 13 pages, (1600KB)

Akzo Nobel a multinational coatings and chemical company based in the Netherlands provides this basic guide to powder coating for MDF furniture.

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