Truck Flooring Quality Overview
Quality is the cornerstone of everything we do at Erie Flooring. Procedures have
been built into every process in order to ensure that our customers only receive a
top quality product — each and every time.
Quality testing begins as soon as the lumber is received into our yard. We use
grading checks to ensure that the lumber we receive is up to the quality that we expect.
Great care is taken in the drying of our lumber. Lumber quality is preserved
throughout the drying process by carefully monitoring and adjusting the drying schedules
as needed. Wood for truck flooring laminated panels is dried to between 6% and 10%. This
ensures that our product will have a robust glue bond, and will stand up to the rigorous
environment that trailer floors are subjected to.
For our production processes, Fruehauf Standard #32/70 is used as our established minimum
for product quality requirements.
When the wood is delivered to the plant, the moisture content of each and every pile
is checked at the top, middle and bottom, to ensure that the wood is the correct MC for
processing. If the wood doesn't meet our criteria, we pull it out.
The wood is then abrasive planed to a tight tolerance. This helps to ensure that a
strong glue bond can be established, and reduces the risk of light leaks.
Once the boards are ripped into sticks and the defects are trimmed out, end notches
are checked to ensure proper fit.
Glue consistency is a critical component of panel quality. That is why we use an
automated computerized glue mixing system for our glue and catalyst mixing process.
Incoming glue viscosity, pH and solids content are also reviewed to ensure your panels
will stand up over time.
Sticks are then glued and pressed into rough panels. During each hour of production
panel samples are broken to ensure the glue bonds meet the requirements to stand up to
the rigors of life in the trailer.
Each four hours of production, sample panels are cut for destructive testing, to ensure
that our panels are as tough as we say they are.
Panel wet testing is done on a quarterly basis to ensure that our glue bond strength
remains as high as we expect under the most grueling circumstances imaginable.
For complete traceability, when your panels are cut to the ordered length, we give
each panel a serial number that tells us where and when we made each panel.
Then, we treat the panel ends with a colour coded end coating product which not
only prevents panels from developing end cracks, but makes panel species and thickness
more easily identifiable from a distance in your warehouse.
Each panel is then planed to tight tolerances to ensure that the panels fit the way
you want them to. Every foot of panel we produce is visually inspected for surface and
structural defects before kitting for shipment.
If the customer is unable to receive the shipment right away, atmospheric controls in
the warehouse keep your panels within tolerances.