The construction industry demands high-quality materials to ensure the durability and longevity of buildings. Quality control is essential for wood wall panels to guarantee structural integrity, aesthetic appeal, and customer satisfaction. In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of quality control in wood wall panels and explore the measures that component manufacturers take to ensure excellence in every panel.

Raw Material Selection and Inspection

The foundation of quality control lies in carefully selecting and inspecting the raw materials used in the manufacturing process. Manufacturers source wood from reputable suppliers who provide proper species, dimensions, grades, and strengths. Many specifications call for Machine stress-rated (MSR) Lumber, engineered wood products like laminated strand lumber (LSL), or even specialty sheathing like Huber Engineered Wood’s ZIP System. Quality control protocols also involve conducting visual inspections to identify defects such as knots, warping, or decay. By scrutinizing the raw materials, manufacturers can minimize potential issues that could compromise the integrity of the wood wall panels.

Quality Manufacturing Processes

Quality control extends to the manufacturing process itself. State-of-the-art machinery and equipment are utilized to ensure precision cutting, shaping, and nailing of the wood components. Trained technicians oversee the operations, monitoring critical factors such as dimensional accuracy, proper nailing patterns, obstructed sheathed openings, and allowances for fit at the site. Regular maintenance and calibration of machinery contribute to reducing errors and maintaining high standards throughout production.

Final Visual Inspection

Visual inspection plays a crucial role in quality control, as it allows for the identification of imperfections that may affect the final fit and finish of the panels – causing unnecessary labor for our partners on-site. Manufacturers conduct visual inspections to spot and address any nailing issues, sheathing overhangs, and proper labeling.  This step ensures that the wood wall panels not only meet structural requirements but also customer expectations regarding visual appeal, overall quality, and rapid installation according to sequence.

Bundling and Organization

Before manufacturing, the framing contractor determines the sequence of the panel installation on-site. Panels are manufactured according to this sequence, individually labeled, and then secured with corresponding wall panels in bundles.  Each bundle is also labeled for easy identification. The bundling process is important, with all panels secured by vertically nailed lumber at the bottoms and tops of the bundled panels and then further secured with strapping. This makes for secure loading, safe transportation, secure offloading, and safe lifting to the work area(s) on-site. The labeled bundles match site plans supplied by the wall panel designer, making for easy identification and correct placement by the framers to corresponding work areas.

A panelized structure is all hands on deck regarding a quality build. Where design intersects engineering is where wholesalers become critical from the supply side, ensuring the material meets or exceeds architectural specifications, code requirements, and strength ratings. As materials make their way through the manufacturing process, each piece is visually inspected for integrity. That same integrity goes into each wall panel: squared, fastened, labeled, final inspected, and secured for ultimate efficiency in installation at the site.

At Edgebuilder Inc, quality control follows safety throughout our wood wall panel manufacturing processes. Our dedication to excellence ensures that every panel we produce meets our site partners’ expectations. Contact us today to discover how our high-quality wood wall panels can benefit you by getting a quality build on-site!