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Plywood Testing: A way to ensure conformance to quality standard
March 20, 2012

Plywood — a structural material consisting of layers of veneers glued tightly together — is one of the most widely used wood products in the world. Introduced in the Philippines in the 1950s, it is a construction material most of us grew up with. But did you know that before it can be distributed in the market, plywood products must first be tested and stamped with the Philippine Standard (PS) mark.

The DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) hosts the only plywood testing laboratory (PTL) in the country accredited by the Department of Trade and Industry’s  Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO) and Bureau of Product Standards (BPS). Required by the BPS under Philippine National Standards 196:2000, the tests determine the thickness, moisture content, and bond quality of the plywood.

FPRDI joins LB community in celebrating Women’s Month
March 19, 2012

Recognizing the crucial role of women in shaping society, the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), led by Deputy Director Felix B. Tamolang, joined three of its neighbors in the Los Baños Science Community last 06 March in celebrating Women’s Month.

In his message during the main program, Tamolang stressed that women today are highly valued in the workplace; some are even occupying critical positions in their respective offices. “In FPRDI for example, we have had a female Director, Dr. Florence P. Soriano. We also have two female Career Scientists and a Division Chief,” Tamolang said. He mentioned that the unique needs and situations of women are likewise considered in community-based projects that the Institute implements.

Heat Treatment: A greener option for pallet protection
February 28, 2012

In response to the call for a greener environment, the DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) offers an eco-friendly technology for the wooden pallet industry. The Institute’s Furnace Type Heat Treatment Facility (FHTF) can provide the heat needed to kill insects and other pests infesting wood packaging materials (WPMs) such as wooden pallets.

WPMs are commonly used in transporting commodities around the globe as they are relatively cheaper than plastic and metal containers. However, WPMs made of unprocessed wood are vulnerable to pest attacks and can introduce and spread pests from one country to another.