The TimTek product is a unique, new, long-fiber product that has uniform, high-strength properties in excess of select-grade sawn timber. It can be produced in lengths and cross-section greater than can be achieved from the largest logs.
Supplies of high-quality dimension beams of construction size are becoming scarce and expensive throughout the world, reforestation cannot keep up with demand and fast-grown timber does not produce a quality product.
Our product overcomes this shortage by producing construction strength timber from plantations of either fast-grown soft woods or hardwoods in the three-inch to eight-inch diameter classes.
This product is economically and evironmentally sound, the two main criteria of the timber industry. Our beams and timbers will compete very favorably with the present day engineered products for use in residential and commercial construction as joists, rafters, headers and other uses where strength and quality are required.
Previous attempts to reconstitute wood into structural products have required that either the wood be broken down in varying degrees or turned into veneer, then realigned and glued to form the desired section. Veneer-based products need high quality expensive logs. At the other extreme, where wood is reduced to fibers, the final properties show a marked decline. Our process avoids these problems.
The TimTek product is produced from small diameter logs which are harvested, de-barked and crushed to form a mat of interconnected strands of fibers. This "scrim" mat is dried coated with adhesive, cut to length and then collated.
The collated "scrim" is then passed through a steam press to produce high-strength structural timber. It is then cured, re-sawn into standard section sizes and cut to required lengths. This product is subject to total quality management program throughout its manufacture. Each step in the process is controlled thus generating a product having consistent properties. The result is a building material that is totally reliable and economical.