As many people know, traditional industry grading rules define “ranges” of lumber acceptability. So within each hardwood lumber grade range there can be loads that fit well for your manufacturing process, and loads that don’t fit too well. This is especially true in random width and length loads.
However, it really doesn’t have to be this way. If one of the first processes used in your manufacturing process is converting random width lumber into specific exact widths maybe purchasing hardwood rips instead of random lumber could reduce your risk.
When you purchase rips, you are paying your hardwood lumber supplier to take on your production challenges! You are paying them to get it right, and when it’s not right, you can look for a suitable resolution. In essence, you shift the risk from your manufacturing process and people to your supplier.
This can add a great deal of value to your process. Buying hardwood rips allows you to manage your inventory turns better, reduce stockpiling unusable parts and reduce your overall lumber waste. It can also help you potentially reduce your lumber handling costs and redeploy employees to more valuable activities within your plant.
American Lumber helps customers shift some of their manufacturing risk to us every day. We help customer develop SLR2E hardwood product solutions all the time. Whether it be for cabinets parts, hardwood flooring applications or even unique moulding products we supply customers with hardwood rips all the time. Perhaps we can help you!
If you are interested in discussing ways in which you might be able to do this, let us know. Contact us today!