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Designing buildings to stand up to the elements requires detailed site analysis to determine weather patterns, climate, soil types, wind speed and directions, heat, path of the sun, and more. Solutions involving insulation, vapor barriers, and air barriers will vary radically depending on whether the site is in the cold and snowy north, the hot and humid south, or the arid desert.
In 1973, Automation Industries Corporation (AIC, now Miloptic) developed blow detectors that used air-coupled ultrasonic nondestructive testing technology. Now, several of the systems – installed more than 30 years ago at panel and flooring facilities – are still up and running.
Recently, Freres worked with Crow Engineering to design an open-sided structure using its MPP product. The aim of the project was to infill a space between two manufacturing buildings at the Freres Plant 3 mill in Mill City, OR.
Miloptic to Offer Ultrasonic Technology Through Acquisition of Automation Industries Corporation (AIC)
Miloptic, LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of Automation Industries Corporation (AIC). This acquisition will allow Miloptic to offer a variety of nondestructive testing technology systems that ensure and improve the quality of building products through its parent company Crow Engineering, Inc. Clyde Steffens, former President of AIC, is serving as President of Ultrasonic Development for Miloptic.
Two players. One chess board. One move yields a countermove – attack and defend, strike and counterstrike. Warring adversaries fight it out by the rules of an ancient game. There’s a quiet but palpable tension in the room. Then a single word breaks the silence: “checkmate.”
Learn how Crow Engineering brought chess into the office.
At Crow Engineering, relationships with customers last for years. One company – a long-term customer – recently engaged us to review ways to increase the productivity of its lumber manufacturing process. To assess and identify improvement opportunities, we conducted an efficiency study of the company’s log infeed and breakdown systems.
Recently, Crow Engineering completed an engineering design to replace a raw material infeed conveyor at a building products mill. The mill was connected to a mining operation with a single conveyor to deliver feedstock. The conveyor was built in 1962 and worn out. Any interruption or problems with this conveyor caused both mining and mill production to stop. The owner hired Crow to evaluate the situation and investigate possible solutions to replace, upgrade, or rebuild the raw material feed line.
Recently, Crow was hired by a client in the Northwest that wanted to replace an outdated planer mill. The client had identified a planer line located in the Southeast and hired Crow as the principal consulting engineer and the contractor responsible for disassembling, relocating, adapting, and installing this system in their facility. To accomplish the task, Crow divided the project in several phases.
This office has allowed us to significantly expand our Southeast presence and deepen our engineering and project management expertise. This commitment to the Southeast region has already greatly increased our ability to service both new and existing clients within the forestry and building products industries.
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