Using New Technologies to Improve Log Defect Detection
By improving internal log defect prediction, the hardwood lumber industry would be able to better maximize log value recovery. Forest Service scientists recently developed a high-resolution laser scanning system. This system shows promise for improving internal defect prediction and greatly improving lumber value; however, the system has some limitations on predicting unsound areas within a log based solely on solid-appearing surface defects. The scientists plan to combine acoustic wave data with high resolution laser scanning data to improve this system for defect detection and maximizing lumber recovery value.