August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


MOISTURE: Effects and Measurement


Wednesday, August 24th from 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM 

Session Code: MFG4

Location: B305 (located in Building B - Level 3)

Presented by: The Wood Doctor's Rx, LLC

Speakers: Eugene Wengert, President: The Wood Doctor's Rx, LLC and Tom Laurenzi, President: Delmhorst Instrument Company

At least 3/4 of all manufacturing defects that show up in the plant and in the customer’s location are related to moisture content. This class will describe, with many practical examples, the effects of moisture on wood, how moisture change with humidity and other environmental changes, and how to measure moisture in manufacturing operation. Control of wood moisture in storage, manufacturing and shipping is also discussed. Very practical in today’s environment. Several new moisture meters will be available for inspection.

About the Speakers: 



Gene Wengert, known as “The Wood Doctor,” began writing his column “Ask the Wood Doctor” in 1978 for FDM & Cabinetmaker. He is president of THE WOOD DOCTOR’S RX, LLC. Wengert provides practical training and manufacturing analyses on-site for the wood products industry. He is the author of eight practical books and has published over 400 articles relating to the wood products industry.



Tom is president and CEO of Delmhorst Instrument, a family-owned and operated manufacturer of hand held Moisture Meters. Delmhorst meters are widely used in lumber and wood products, as well as the building trades and inspection, and agriculture industries. Delmhorst has been in business for 70 years, and has been owned and operated by the Laurenzi family since 1962. The company designs and produces its product line from its facility in Towaco, NJ.

Tom joined the company in 1979 and has served in a variety of operational and strategic roles. In recent years Tom has focused on engineering and product development while continuing to support the overall sales and business development efforts. The management team (includes brothers and co-owners John and Paul) is committed to expanding the company’s reputation for product excellence and superior tech support and service.

Tom is an active member of several ASTM committees, NWFA, IICRC, and kiln drying associations around the county.