Being the latest leading material, OSB or Oriented strand board has taken over 66% of the market panel and is, in cases, even more preferable than plywood. The compaction of wooden flakes with strong adhesives results in the formation of this reliable substance with commending traits. First introduced in 1963, this idiosyncratic material is made from the systemized and specified orientations of the wooden flakes rather than just random positions helping it have greater overall strength.
Being aware of things as much as possible is the only way to make the right decisions. Plywood Logistics has always felt obliged to keep its clients conscious of market trends and material characteristics, which is why we have ever had satisfied customers all over the world with positive feedback. So here is a salient explanation as to why our OSB is better than the others and the dominant attributes it has over other-oriented strand boards!
Our OSB Manufacturing Process
Before we get to why our oriented strand board has superiority over the other-oriented strand boards, let’s have a look at how we manufacture our OSB from the start, the complete steps involved that conclude to this highly reliable material.
1. Selecting the Wood
One of the most important factors that result in the generation of our leading oriented strand board is the selection of prime wood. We choose from rapidly growing forests for consistent production, and it also aids in minimizing the impact on the environment.
We select species like black poplar, southern yellow pine, poplar, and aspen. Compact logs are preferred that are not so far from the processing line to lessen the shipment cost as much as possible.
2. Debarking the Wood
Removing the bark of the wooden logs helps improve the quality and consistency of our oriented strand board. The resulting raw wood is suitable for further treatment that is stranding.
3. Stranding – Slicing and Dicing
After being debarked, the logs are fed into cutters that have specifically organized fan blades, fabricating wooden flakes that are usually 3”- 6” long, 1” wide, and 0.03” thick. The dimensions can be altered if required. The unsought wooden strands are taken out and used as fuel.
4. Drying the Wood
The wooden flakes have moisture in them after stranding; hence it is necessary to dry them out entirely. This is done by placing them in a dryer that has a temperature range from 1,500 Fahrenheit at the cove to 200 Fahrenheit at the exit vent.
5. Stirring with Resins and Waxes
We use binders that prove to be non-toxic for the safety of our customers and the environment. Specific resins are used that can vary, too, according to the need and time.
6. Layering the End Product
Layers of the mixture are made that can be corrected according to need and are fed on the conveyor belt that is approximately 8 – 12 feet wide. The longitudinal and lateral positioning gives consistency, uniformity, and strength to the end product.
The layers are compressed at high temperatures. We make sure that the texture is uniform as much as possible to give leading traits to the oriented strand board. The high temperature makes sure that the wooden flakes and resins are conjoined thoroughly.
8. Cooling and Trimming
The boards are then cooled off and cut into specific shapes and sizes according to requirements and then are delivered internationally.
The Commending Traits That Make Our OSB Better than the Others
Choosing the right material is the most important decision when it comes to construction. Now, let’s get to why our oriented strand boards are preferred over other-oriented strand boards!
1. Physical resistance and strength
Our OSB is designed to bear significant loads and can be used in massive construction buildings. The resistance to stratification and warping makes it a complimentary construction material. It is also repellent of shape contortion during tremors and blows, providing weather resistance in general. Undoubtedly, strength is desired the most when it comes to construction. We strive to always manufacture oriented strand boards that have the highest load-bearing capacity and robustness.
2. Our OSB is Water Resistant
The lack of internal slits and cavities makes our oriented strand board water-resistant too. The inclusion of inner layers in our oriented strand board can result in complete impermeability to water as required for specific construction purposes.
Every cut on the oriented strand board can result in a space where water can get in, hence making it less water-resistant. Fortunately, there are special water sealants that can offer complete moisture resistance to your oriented strand board if you plan on using it at a place where it’s going to be in constant contact with moisture or water.
3. Safe and Harmless Towards the Environment and People
The latest varieties of our oriented strand board are crafted to be non-toxic as the use of is ocyanate resins is now common instead of vaporous organic chemicals, which may prove to be hazardous for the people around the material.
Based on Phenol-Formaldehyde, products that are usually considered eco-friendly, hence giving our oriented strand board greater significance and preference.
The complete compaction during our oriented strand board’s production promises a uniform texture, making it more reliable. We make sure that the wooden layers are compressed entirely so that the finished product has as much strength as possible and can resist moisture too.
5. We are Cost Efficient
The finished product is economical as the load-bearing sufficiency is even greater than wooden mills and is relatively cheaper. When used in construction projects like sub-flooring and roof sheathing, our oriented strand board can help the builders reap the advantages of remarkable cost savings when set side by side with alternate plywood.
With the latest technological advancements, our oriented strand board is exceedingly consistent, helping the clients in immediate usage and construction due to the lack of any undesired shape or size of the oriented strand board.
Our manufacturing process makes sure that the end product is exceptionally reliable for our customers’ complete satisfaction.
The laterally and longitudinally laying down of wooden layers in our oriented strand boards makes them suitable for various uses, making them exceedingly versatile. Sometimes our OSBs can include up to 50 wooden layers and can be used in a handsome amount of contrasting uses such as:
- Construction of walls
- Subfloor construction
- Interior furniture
As mentioned in the manufacturing process, we create our oriented strand boards from wooden logs that originate from sustainably managed forests, minimizing the impact on the environment as much as possible. One noteworthy element of our OSB manufacture is that there is no waste production as we use up the undesired wooden strands as fuel and our recent binders are significantly safer.
9. Shear Strength
Shear strength is the measure of the resistance to the shear load applied to a material per unit area. We use the layering and baking process for the manufacture of our oriented strand board, making it have remarkable shear strength, making it two times stronger than plywood.
10. Triple production of our OSB by 2020
The increasing need for domestic OSB has left a vacancy for increased production of this specific material. We now have six new Oriented Strand Board factories functioning by 2020, which, at their full capacity, have tripled the net output from 1.34 million cubic meters to 3.935 million cubic meters.
11. Legal certification
No matter how useful or reliable a new material is, homeowners and construction companies are always reluctant to use it unless it is legally approved. The good news is, our oriented strand board is completely approved and certified, making it legally safe for usage too.
Our OSB Types
Regardless of our oriented strand board’s extraordinary versatility, it is always better to use the specifically designed varieties for respective purposes. Our oriented strand board is generally divided into five categories according to the respective mechanical properties and damp resistance:
- OSB 0 – Denotes the lack of formaldehyde in the material
- OSB 1 – Denotes the oriented strand boards that preferred in dry places like interiors such as furniture work and standard motive boards
- OSB 2 – Denotes the boards that have relatively more significant load-bearing sufficiency but in dry situations
- OSB 3 – Denotes the boards that have somewhat greater load-bearing sufficiency but in damp conditions
- OSB 4 – Denotes the boards that have the most significant load-bearing sufficiency in most situations
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- Consultation session
- Contract signing
- On-time delivery
- Order review
- Quality control
We offer a wide variety of wooden materials, including our Russian OSB that stands out. Our 104 000 sq. ft. warehouse and diligent crew will fulfill all your requirements related to woodwork.