TP Joins the Railway Tie Association

April 07, 2015

Timber Products has joined the Railway Tie Association (RTA) to assist in the research and development of railway ties. The RTA was organized in 1919 with the mission to provide continual improvements in the life cycles of wood crosstie systems. Timber Products Analytical Laboratory is a member of the Research and Development Committee and will provide support in field and analytical research. For more information regarding the Railway Tie Association, please visit www.rta.org.

If Timber Products can assist in the inspection and evaluation of any wood crosstie systems, please contact Greg Pittman at 770-922-8000.

    TP Physical Lab Continues Expansion

    February 16, 2015

    Timber Products Physical Lab continues to expand its operations.  The equipment pictured below is used for testing wood packaging material to industry standards and specifications.  We have also join the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and perform tests to a variety of these standards as well.  The information generated from our lab can be extremely beneficial to a company's sales and marketing efforts.  If your customer has technical requirements for the wood packaging material they purchase, we have the ability to test your product to generate the required information you need.  Whether it's testing to established or proprietary standards, Timber Products has the flexibility to meet your needs and we welcome the opportunity to be of service to you.  For more information contact Darin Thompson, Physical Lab Manager at 678-262-7271 or email to dthompson@tpinspection.com.  


      New Section in Regulations for Dunnage

      December 31, 2014

      The American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) has created a new section in their regulations related to dunnage.  This section will state as follows:

      1.5.1 Dunnage, as defined by ISPM 15 is wood packaging material used to secure or support a commodity but which does not remain associated with the commodity.  As dunnage is a wood packaging product available as an individual piece of lumber it is a product with special considerations.  Those considerations are:

      1. Dunnage is not intended for use in the construction of wood packaging material pallets, crates, boxes, etc.
      2. The seller shall inform its customers of the requirements of its use.
      3. When improper use of dunnage is encountered, the agency shall take corrective action with the producer and, if necessary, the customer or owner.  If for any reason the improper use is not corrected, the agency under whose supervision the dunnage was produced shall, at a minimum, notify the producer and the customer or owner of their responsibilities should any damages and liability arise from the improper use of dunnage.

      What is important to take away from this is that it is the facility’s responsibility to advise their customers of the proper use of dunnage material.  It cannot be used to build multi-component WPM.  It is meant to be used only as an individual piece of wood for blocking, bracing or support.  There could be liability issues related to the improper use of IPPC dunnage marked material internationally and a facility’s customers should be made aware of this when they purchase this material from you.  Please let your inspector know if you have any questions related to the proper use of IPPC dunnage marked WPM.

      For more information, please contact:

      Matt McGowan

      WPM Program Manager

      Timber Products Inspection, Conyers GA