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Qualification code for manufacturers of structural glued-laminated timber
This is the fifth edition of CSA O177, Qualification code for manufacturers of structural glued-laminated timber. It supersedes the previous editions published in 1989, 1981, 1977, and 1965.
Glued-laminated timber (Glulam) is an engineered wood product requiring precise manufacturing at all stages of fabrication. The finished product can only be tested under laboratory conditions; therefore, quality control of manufacturing is necessary to ensure that the properties of Glulam are commensurate with the specified strengths assigned to Glulam in accordance with CAN/CSA-O86. This Standard outlines requirements for the qualification of shop manufacturers of laminated structural timber that is pressure-glued using clamps or mechanical means other than nailing.
This Standard outlines requirements for determining the initial and continuing suitability of a plant's personnel, equipment, and procedures to manufacture structural glued-laminated timber in accordance with CSA O122. This Standard qualifies individual plants. If more than one plant is operated by one fabricator, each plant requires separate qualification. The process of glue laminating using mobile or temporary facilities is not covered by this Standard.
Certification of Glulam is not covered by this Standard. The manufacture of Glulam is covered by CSA O122.
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