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    Wood products manufacturers require an efficient recovery of product from lumber to remain profitable. A company's ability to obtain the best yield in lumber cut-up operations (i.e., the rough mill) varies according to the raw material, product, processing equipment, processing environment, and knowledge and skill of the rough mill's employees. This book discusses several key principles that can help manufacturers understand and solve yield and production problems. This publication is inspired by the 1981 publication "Rough Mill Operator's Guide" written by Edward K. Pepke and Michael J. Kroon. Computer-based technologies and new rough mill layouts and equipment are prevalent in today's rough mills, therefore, they are given considerable emphasis in this contemporary version of the Pepke-Kroon guide.

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    Mitchell, Philip H.; Wiedenbeck, Jan; Ammerman, Bobby. 2005. Rough Mill Improvement Guide for Managers and Supervisors. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-329. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 60 p.

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    rough mill, yield, efficiency, training, hardwood, rip, crosscut

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