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Fire and Explosion Prevention for the Plywood Industry

Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems offer safety for your plywood production

Plywood consists of several thin layers of wood which are glued with grains crosswise to each other. Plywood has a clear advantage over other wood based panels especially where thin cross sections are required and the loads are high. However, drying of veneer, processing of solid wood core layers and the pressing of these combustible materials into plywood panels hold various risks of fire. The byproduct of these processes, combustible dust, is especially explosive.

The main hazardous areas in plywood production are dryers, press, saws, and sanders. Defective machine parts and overheating can generate ignition sources in the form of sparks or embers. Through extraction and conveying systems, these hazards can reach filter, silos, bins or down stream processes where they can meet explosive wood dust concentrations and quickly cause fire and dust explosions.



Zones at risk in plywood production

Fire or explosions in plywood production can damage or even destroy the facility. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system monitors and protects the following areas at risk:

  • Dryer
  • Press
  • Sander
  • Cutoff saw
  • Conveying system
  • Dust collector
  • Silo








Plywood plant
Plywood plant.

Fire and explosion prevention for the plywood industry

GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system significantly increases the safety of plywood plants. It detects sparks from dryers, saws, sanders, press and other production processes and automatically extinguishes them before they reach the dust collector, silos or bins — and these systems have done so successfully for more than 35 years in over 200,000 installations worldwide.

We continually strive to make industry a safer place to work. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing systems play an important part in making your workplace safer, maintain production up-time, minimize equipment damage, reduce insurance premiums and help meet NFPA standards and OSHA regulations.

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OSB process diagram showing possible protection areas
Plywood production process diagram showing possible protection areas.