Sawmill Productivity & Efficiency

Co-located with the Timber Processing & Energy Expo in Portland, Oregon, Productivity & Efficiency: A Conference By Timber Processing, will be Thursday, September 29, 2022.

About the Productivity & Efficiency Conference

Co-located with the Timber Processing & Energy Expo in Portland, Oregon, Productivity & Efficiency: A Conference By Timber Processing, will be Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Presentation topics will include:

  • Sawmill Of The Future: The Future Is Now
  • Project Planning & Implementation: Bring It On

Full agenda will be available August 1.


Sawmill Of The Future: The Future Is Now

Chris Brown, Vice President, Mid-South Engineering Co.

Simplicity Is the Ultimate Sophistication

Has lumber processing become too complicated? We discuss what the future may hold regarding the balance between manufacturing and maintainability.

Simon Potvin, President, Wood Processing Division, BID Group

Digital, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: The Future of Wood Processing Technology

The BID Group is a global leader in operational lifecycle excellence, transformational wood processing technologies, and integrated solutions. They are at the forefront of artificial intelligence and digital solutions in the industry, empowering their customers to achieve and sustain their best overall performance. Wondering what would be the impact of those technologies on your results? In this presentation, Simon Potvin, President of Wood Processing at BID, will present how BID’s latest innovations are becoming a catalyst to the sawmill’s future. 

Justin Price, Co-CEO, Evergreen Engineering

Future Proofing Your Plant With Digital-Twin Interoperability and Advance Technology Adoption

In an unrelenting drive to operate more efficiently and sustainably, demand for projects to provide innovative solutions to economic and environmental challenges is growing. With increase pressure from shrinking margins, global competition and scrutiny for sustainability more than just incremental change in how projects are delivered is required. The industry needs an end-to-end transformation that improves performance at every stage of the value chain.

Digital twin technology provides a means for meeting these pressures by connecting people, data, processes and technology, while making the most of cloud collaboration. During this presentation, we will explore how Digital-twin interoperability and advance technology adoption can help future-proof your operations, delivering efficient, sustainable plants of the future. We will demonstrate the new research in the three steps to engineering the plant of the future and how industries are adopting advanced technology for increased revenue.

Project Planning & Implementation: Bring It On

Vaughn Emmerson, Mechanical Design Engineer, Sierra-Pacific Industries

Minimizing Downtime During Shutdowns


Phil Johnson, Sawmill Industry Consultant

The Use of Used Equipment in Sawmill Construction & Upgrades

As in all sawmill construction, it is vital to have a firm understanding of the volume and characteristics of the raw material. This information, along with a clear plan for the product mix that maximizes both value and volume, will determine the sawmill layout and machinery selection. Then comes the interesting part—finding the proper machinery to fit your needs.

Sam Pope, Western Sales Manager North America, USNR

The Well-Planned Project: Techniques to Deliver ROI

A well planned project includes project management, thought-out manufacturing, industrial project planning and development, electrical engineering, and production process development to provide end-to-end solutions and a scope that matches up with expectations and return on investment.

Mike Zojonc, Plant Manager, Gilchrist Forest Products

35 Years of Projects and Counting

Mike is a 40-year veteran of the sawmill industry, working for various companies and leading numerous projects including two greenfield sawmills. He’ll discuss past and present projects; what makes a successful project; and why there are less successful projects.