Strong bond helps production

A 23-year relationship with a local mill continues with an AJE team being on site almost every day this year to work on various projects.

Project Manager Matt MacPherson said: “AJ Engineering has an ongoing relationship with West Fraser (formerly Norbord) and so far this year we have had labour there every day, mostly working on improvement projects but also on maintenance jobs as well. West Fraser are a company that are continually trying to improve the running of their plant”.

One of the latest projects at West Fraser, which manufactures Oriented Strand Board (OSB), has been to install galvanised ducting units connecting makeup air fans with built in heat exchangers blowing warm air into the forming line and blending hall buildings.”

Matt added: “Recently we have had a team of three, Nathan Shearer, Donald James and Joe Finlayson working on this project to install the galvanised ducting units, these units had been fabricated in our own workshop by Cliff Robertson and Nathan Shearer.

“Basically, these units connect the new heaters to the building. The units blow warm air into the building to help keep the building at a constant temperature and to make up the air removed by the dust extraction systems. If the temperature can be maintained this helps the efficiency of the OSB production line.”

The Inverness mill was the first in Europe to manufacture OSB and was also the first OSB plant in Europe to receive Forestry Stewardship Council® accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to the environment.



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