Laboratory Density Profile Analyzer DENSE-LAB X

for MDF, Particle Boards and OSB

Brochure:  PDF

An ideal density profile is essential in the production of quality wood based panels.
Beside quality assurance, expensive overdimensioning can be avoided.

Through the use of the DENSE-LAB X, the vertical density characteristics of a board sample can be measured – i.e., from one surface to the other surface. The samples measure of 50 x 50mm [2 x 2”]. The samples will be scanned thus forms the desired density profile.
The importance of the density profile can be appreciated by the end-user of the finished panel for achieving the needed strength values and to minimize the use of wood and glue and to reduce energy input. The desired density profile is especially important in MDF production, since the profile is developed (and influenced) by the press diagram. Normally, the highest density which is needed in the surface layer is realized by the very-high initial pressure in the hot press. Then, when the pressure is released, the heat penetrates the core layer over a longer time period, thus lowering the density of this region under pressure. The size of the surface layer and the definition of the sanding level are vital process parameters. These values allow the calculation of a forecast of the average density of a finished sanding board. If the density in the core is too high, the panel would become too heavy. Abrupt density drops in the core must be avoided. Average values can be evaluated. Various sample profiles can be compared by overlay functions. Details can be analyzed by zoom functions. History files allow analysis at a later date. Last but not least the laboratory density profile system is the only tool for calibrating an online density profile gauge (Stenograph).

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A key point to understand about the technology of Density Profile Systems for laboratories: They are alike and not alike.

Nearly all of today's Laboratory Analyzers use the same technology, which is x-ray technology. Also the measuring principle employed is the same. What are the special features which make the DENSE-LAB X different from other equipment on the market? Answer: Low x-ray energy, long life time of the x-ray tube and ease of use. A point to consider is that the DENSE-LAB X is the unit of choice for numerous institutes, universities and R&D labs, and usage by many students and scientists from these institutions over many years has proven to be very positive.

Technical Data

Technology: x-ray
Anode current: 0.2 mA
High voltage: 50 kV
X-ray power: 10 W
(no active cooling required)
Measuring range: up to 1.500 kg/m³
up to [94 lbs/ft³]
(> on request)
Resolution: 10 - 100 µm
[0,00039 - 0,0039"]
Step time: 0.03 to 1.0 mm/s
Sample holder: max. 12
(up to 220 mm [8.7"] total thickness)
Dimensions: 804 x 705 x 240mm
(W x D X H)

Special Features Benefits
“Run-in Mode”
(Slow increase of high voltage at system start.)
Extended life time of X-ray tube

Measurement with different resolutions for top and core layer Much faster measurement, because of the possibility to increase the measuring speed of the core layer.
Deposit of Reference Profile Comparison of all measurements with reference profile
Calculation of mean density by entering
the panel thickness after sanding.
Quality assurance

  • Average density
  • Maximum, minimum values
  • Average values
  • Detail analysis by zoom function
  • Comparison of profiles by overlay function
  • Long-term history files

Sample Holder

  1. Sample No.
  2. Reference No.
  3. Reference profile
  4. Measured density profile
  5. Data interpretion table

Remote Control
Technical assistance is availableby “EWS Online Support”.

  • Weight scale with interface for direct data transfer to DENSE-LAB X
  • Digital caliper with interface for direct data transfer to DENSE-LAB X