Manufacturing and storing wood products crosses many industries. From tables to toys, there are many products that we use on a daily basis are constructed of wood. Annual revenue from the Wood Product Manufacturing Industry is approximately $7 billion, making it a significant contributor to the overall economy. The industry is expected to increase at an annual rate of 1.4% over the next 10 years. Over the past five years, consumer spending on wood products has increased, according to IBISWorld. This means that the manufacturing and consequent storage of wood products is becoming more prevalent in the global economy.
Wood can be challenging to manufacture and store due to its cellulose nature. Wood is a hygroscopic material, meaning it absorbs or releases moisture depending on the relative humidity of its environment. When the air is humid, wood absorbs moisture, and when it is dry, wood loses moisture. Therefore, maintaining the proper moisture content (MC) of the wood depends on predictable humidity levels in the environment. But this can be difficult to achieve in typical storerooms or storage areas, which are often cold and dry in the winter and too hot in the summer. In fact, during two-thirds of the year, weather and humidity conditions are not conducive to wood maintenance. A Koolfog humidification system can turn those factors around and make manufacturing and storing wood products possible.
If you play a guitar you are aware of the Taylor brand. Established in 1974, Taylor Guitars has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic, acoustic/electric and electric guitars. Headquartered in El Cajon, California, Taylor Guitars employs nearly 700 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon and in Tecate, Mexico. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. As such a profitable and popular brand, Taylor has to make sure that every guitar that leaves the facility is perfect. Koolfog is integrated to building management systems that control the output of the humidification system to maintain a precisely controlled environment for raw and finished wood components. Our system allows Taylor manufacturing plants to make sure that every guitar is produced in a precise and perfected way so that there is no variance in the products. Each Taylor guitar is made in a properly humidified atmosphere that ensures no warping, shrinking, or breaking of the wood.