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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 08-13-2010 05:10 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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08-13-2010 05:10 PM

This was just posted today on Popular Science and thought it was a very interesting topic for discussion. What do you think about this.
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-08/fraunhofer-wants-tag-trees-wood-based-rfid-chips

I’m sure it will help improve the lumber industry, but does this mean we’ll have to check every piece of wood for rfid’s before planing and working with the wood lol? The article says the RFID’s are mainly made of wood so they shouldn’t affect the production process, but I see that as just the lumber production process. For people who need to stain and shave wood, it could be a whole other story. Interesting though.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN


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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 08:41 PM

RFID tags are basically a layer of soft foil inside two sheets of plastic carrier (with a little teeny tiny plastic and silicone chip). I can’t tell, but it seems like they’re talking about using a tree cellulose derived plastic. Of those things, the only thing that’d cause saw blade issues would be the silicone chip, and that’s probably less damaging than cutting some of the more silica containing hardwoods.

It also seems like they’re talking about one per tree or one per log.

I’ve been talking with a guitar making company local to me about ways to track individual boards (or, more importantly, bookmatched pairs of boards), both as something to implement in their process, but also something that I’d put in my shop to try to keep track of my lumber. I’m just a one person hobbiest, but I’ve got probably 300 board feet of stash, and digging through it to try to find the right piece of grain for what I’m trying to build next is something I’m considering computerizing.

We’ve been thinking that bar codes are the right way to go, but if I could get RFID tags in the right form factor, I’d use ‘em.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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rwyoung

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 10:23 PM

@Dan -

I think you mean Silicon not Silicone.

The implanting of silicone is a whole different issue.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 10:39 PM

Doh! You are indeed correct.

When my wood starts getting silicone implan… no wait, there is just no way to end a sentence like that. Nevermind.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Eric_S

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 10:56 PM

Well if its just one on a log its ok, that should be easy to cut off. But for tracking it could be very useful.

Dan I’m glad you stopped when you did lol.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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