Quantification of Process Parameters in a Wood Sanding Operation

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Sanding is one of the most common practices for smoothing surfaces in the woodworking industry. Among the wood machining processes utilized in contoured furniture making, sanding is one of the most skill-based, time-consuming, and expensive operations. Automation of the sanding process has been severely limited by the lack of information about the effect of key process parameters in the sanding operation and their interactions. The objective of this study was to provide information on the relationships between the key input variables and material removal rate and resultant surface roughness. In this experiment, a randomized full-factorial design with local control was implemented to evaluate the impact of factor-level combinations of the following input variables: wood species, interface pressure, type of abrasive mineral, and sanding orientation. Also, the impact of interactions with respect to the desired quality characteristics of the finished workpiece was assessed.


Copyright 1999 Forest Products Society

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Forest Products Journal

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Taylor, James B., Andres L. Carrano, and Richard L. Lemaster. "Quantification of process parameters in a wood sanding operation." Forest Products Journal 49, no. 5 (1999): 41-46.

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