The Niagara remanufacturing plant uses FSC certified radiata pine sourced from its sawmill, to produce finger jointed blanks. These are further processed into engineered timber products of superior quality and appearance for local and overseas customers.
In 2018 Niagara completed the installation of a new state of the art remanufacturing plant at the Kennington Site. Designed with high multi-functionality and flexibility in mind, the finger jointing line encompasses many production processes within one single system. From start to finish, the line takes in raw material and produces two types of finished, flawless, finger jointed products (horizontal and vertical).
Rough sawn kiln dried timber coming into the remanufacturing plant is machined through a Ledinek planer to give a smooth uniform finish ready for defecting and finger jointing. The timber is then scanned through a Goldeneye 500 at up to 220 metres per minute. The Goldeneye 500 Multi-Sensor Scanner precisely recognises and localises wood defects selecting only the best material for finger jointing. This information is then communicated to three System TM Opti-Kap saws that remove all defects and knots producing a clear timber shook ready for finger jointing.
Niagara produces both vertical and horizontal finger joints, giving the flexibility to offer either a face-to-face or edge-to-edge joint in lengths ranging from 1.8 to 7.2 metres. The range of products produced is large and varied and includes door jambs, window reveals (liners), mouldings, laminated posts and beams, fascia, trim boards and edge glued wide boards.
Throughout the manufacturing process there are documented quality assurance systems to guarantee customers only receive product that meets their specification. Niagara’s finger jointing operation is certified and independently audited to AS/NZS 1491 and AS 5068, which is yet another way Niagara guarantees customers’ expectations will always be met.