Sept 28-30, 2022
Portland, Oregon

Lumber Workshop
Presentations 2016

Thursday, September 29

Room I

9:30 a.m.—Automation in the Filing Room

Justin Williams, CEO, Williams and White

This presentation will briefly explore the reasons automation is becoming more and more critical in saw filing, as well as some recent automated technologies in the industry. It will also include an overview of the new RoboSharp AX10L2 Sharpening Center and the benefits it brings to the industry. 

10:00 a.m.—Automated Leveling and Tensioning for Saw Plate

Matt Tulleners, Territory Manager/Intermountain Region, Simonds International

This discussion will cover the technology and improvements in automatic plate leveling and tensioning of saw blades. This automation of the tedious task of leveling steel plate thru cold forming versus hammering or impact load to plate is now a proven and accepted improvement to this process and now the same success is being shown on tensioning technology. This discussion will introduce some of the current technology utilized in sawmilling today.

10:30 a.m.—Computerized Vibration Analysis of Circular Saw Tension

Jason Allen, V.P. of Sales, Burton Saw and Supply

When measuring the vibration frequency of a circle saw, we are providing another tool for the saw filer to create the proper amount of tension for their production and saw needs. In addition to a circle saw being level and flat, the vibration analysis of circle saw tension can prove to be a useful tool by providing data that will help you improve saw filing deviation, training for your new saw filers, and help eliminate variability from shift to shift.

11:00 a.m.—Saw Guide Maintenance for Dummies

Mike West, Head Filer, Cascade Hardwood

This presentation is geared towards saw filers but has some very good information for managers and maintenance personnel to take back to their mills. It emphasizes taking care of the guides at every level whether it is in the filing room or on the mill floor. It explains why a quick saw change isn’t always a good saw change and addresses the importance of taking care when handling guides.

11:30 a.m.—New RFID Chip Technology Implemented in Saws

Sylvain St.-Hilaire, President, BGR Saws

New RFID chip technology implemented in the saws provides an extremely efficient saw management system, allowing the tracking of run time, the full history of every saw blade including each repair work (leveling tensioning, retipping, sharpening, etc.). RFID chips also have the capability of storing all the geometrical information about the saw they are implemented in. The chip is 0.300 in. in diameter and 0.078 in. thick. It’s embedded in the saw near the eye, can be hammered and can deal with a temperature of 200°. An excellent upside of this system is that it allows the head filer and his team to determine the optimal moment to discard a saw since they are now able through this technology to track the history of all their saws (for example, how many times blade damage on tension can be fixed before it will no longer be a productive saw). The technology can also combine with a powerful QC system call S.A.M. (Saw Automatic Measurement). The next step of this total system is the capability to transfer the geometrical information to the filing room equipment for automatic setup by reading the chip information. These machines will be available early in 2017.

Noon-1:25 p.m. TP&EE Exhibits, Lunch on Your Own

Room II

9:30 a.m.—Use Scanning to Turn Your Edger into a Lean, Mean, Money-Making Machine

Joey Nelson, President, JoeScan

Lineal-scanned edgers are a proven tool for mills that want to slash their miscuts, resulting in increased recovery and profits. Join Joey Nelson, president of JoeScan, for a discussion about lineal edgers: how they work, benefits, and modern trends in lineal edging. Even if you already have a lineal-scanned edger, it’s worth taking another look to ensure it’s operating optimally. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the industry’s leading scanning experts.

10:00 a.m.—The Latest Profiling Technologies

Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development, Bid Group

Recent year technological developments in the sawing industry have enhanced mill profitability and productivity. This can sometimes shift operational challenges elsewhere in the line. For instance, increased throughput generates a lot more pieces for the edger to process, which can potentially create a bottleneck at that very location. Profiling systems turn out to be really interesting and very popular solutions with mill owners who wish to relieve their edgers. This is something Ron McGehee understood a long time ago when he developed his first profiling system which could improve existing sawing operations. See how the technology has evolved and learn more about McGehee’s latest development.

10:30 a.m.—Latest Technologies at the Sawmill & Planer Mill

Yvan Rainville, Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Autolog

This presentation examines how Autolog uses 3D data to identify vision type defects such as splits and shakes and obvious unsound wood at the transverse trimmer optimizer, and tracheid data to detect knots (including low contrast knots) and unsound wood at the planer mill. 

11:00 a.m.—GradeScan-Built for the Future

Ellen Nelson, CFO, Ryan Shear, Software Engineer, Lucidyne Technologies

A discussion of the latest improvements in image processing and optimization in addition to discussing how system expandability and sensor technology is designed for the future.

11:30 a.m.—New Scanning and End Dogging Technology

Dr. Michel Loyet, CEO, Finega Group (MEM)

Introduction of new 360 degree rotary log scanning technology and 3D end-dogging technology, called MASTERTWIN, for greater recovery, productivity and flexibility. Prior to the sawing line, each individual log is scanned by a 360° rotary full shape scanner, and a powerful real time optimizer calculates in a few seconds the best sawing axis in the 3D space and the cutting pattern taking into account the dollar value. A new 3D infeed table orients automatically each individual log to the optimal rotary angle and to the best horizontal and vertical skewing before dogging and sawing. The “All in One” MASTERTWIN combines a twin band saw or a circular saw, a chipper canter and a sides boards profiler. It includes an automatic log quarter turner system on the fly and a bed resawing function. No operator is needed for controlling the machine; extra automatic rip saw or multirip machines can be combined for building a full automatic and optimized softwood or hardwood sawmill.

TP&EE Exhibits, Lunch on Your Own

Room I

1:30 p.m.—Automatic Log Scaling and Processing

Norvin Laudon, Chief Technology Officer, Springer Microtec

This presentation focuses on the use of certified scanners to reduce manual scaling of logs while receiving more accurate log measurements, with additional focus on high speed log processing equipment.

2:00 p.m.Big Data and The Connected Mill

Rory Armes, CEO, Bill Harrison, Director of Production, Cumul8 Technologies

The evolution of mill production has drastically changed. Today the new sawmill is collecting vast amounts of big data from every sensor, machine, PLC board along with all the optimization variables. Being able to use all that data, in real time, to make better decisions and solve issues quickly, is key. This presentation discusses how pulling all that raw data into a central location, like the cloud, with expert visualizations designed for real users from frontline to managers, creates a competitive advantage for any mill. 

2:30 p.m.—Innovative Ripsawing Technology, Scanning & Optimizing

Dr. Stefan Möhringer, Managing Director, Simon Möhringer Engineering GmbH

Whatever your optimization strategy is, in order to maximize your profits there are numerous technology choices to select an idearipsawing/edging solution for unique requirements. This session will offer an overview of various flexible sawing solutions with different kinds of board scanning and optimizing techniques, suitable for wet and dry mills with the intent to increase efficiency and product yield. The goal is to provide innovative ideas and practical aspects to decision makers and end users in the timber industry.

3:00 p.m.—Pellets: How to Get More from Your Wood Chips and Sawdust Forcus Martinez, Sales Manager, Prodesa

Under the current circumstances of the industry, it’s not uncommon for a sawmill to see that the number of customers wanting its wood chips or sawdust has been reduced or that the market price for its residuals has dropped. Wood pellets are an excellent option to increase your profitability from these byproducts, and at the same time participate in an industry that has had a lot of growth in past years with a great future projected. This presentation provides the current situation and forecast of the wood pellet industry and presents a feasibility analysis for pellet plants of different capacities.

Room II

1:30 p.m.—Technological Advances in Hydraulics and Controls

Richard Vetter, Vice-President, AMS Solutions, Rodney Trail, Industry Sector Manager Wood & Paper, Bosch Rexroth Canada

Technological advances in hydraulics have resulted in an increasing demand for control systems integration. This session discusses these breakthroughs in hydraulic design and the benefits, which include drastic energy savings as well as increased hydraulic power unit and machine performance. It will go into detail about how integration with a PLC can simplify hydraulic circuits with the complexity being handled in the control system and by creating “smart” HPUs. Example applications in the wood processing industry will be touched on before a brief Q & A.   

2:00 p.m.—Closed Loop Control with Second Derivative Gain Saves the Day

Peter Nachtwey, President, Delta Computer Systems

Controlling heavy masses smoothly and precisely is a must for quality sawmill production. The proper use of closed loop second derivative gain is often the difference between failure and success. In sawmill applications, controlling heavy masses with small diameter cylinders is like controlling a mass on the end of a weak spring. The second derivative gain adds additional electronic damping that significantly reduces or eliminates oscillations where normal PID gain control fails. PID with second derivative gain, PID2, also allows the overall motion controller system gains to be increased for control and still maintain a damped response.

2:30 p.m.—Equipment Safety Certification for Class II (Wood Dust) Environments

Vivek Prasad, Hazardous Locations Team Lead, Casey Trimble, Account Manager, Intertek

This presentation focuses on certification of machinery and devices used in the lumber industry. All sawmills and lumber yards are considered a “Hazardous Location” as it pertains to wood dust. This educative discussion will center on what Intertek provides for services and testing, specifically some of the requirements to make machinery safe from fire hazards.

The cost of the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop is only $75 and includes an exhibit floor pass for the entire length of the expo, as well as a beer and a brat ticket for the Beer Garden.

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