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Abstract

A method and apparatus for molding articles such as pallets from flake-like wood particles mixed with binder, the pallets housing a deck and integral molding legs. A loosly fitted mat of wood flakes is formed by depositing a first plurality of layers of wood flakes onto a supporting surface with a flake aligners provided for causing alignment of those flakes which will form legs of the pallet. A second plurality of layers are formed with a flake aligner provided for causing alignment of flakes which will form the legs of the pallet and in a direction transverse to the direction of alignment of the flakes of the first layers.

Patent Number

5,142,994

Assignee

Board of Control of Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.

Application Number

799,018

Date Filed

11-25-1991

Certificate of Correction

No

Issue Date

9-1-1992

Disciplines

Engineering | Mechanical Engineering

Pallet and apparatus for forming a pallet with deep drawn legs

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