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Mills Turn Out In Force For TP&EE Portland

More than 2,900 wood products industry personnel registered for the fourth Timber Processing & Energy Expo that was held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

That number included personnel from 110 wood products producer companies representing hundreds of individual mill site operations. The event caters to producers of lumber, plywood, veneer, and engineered wood products including mass timber

Attendees came from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and 17 countries.

They came to observe 200 exhibitor companies on 62,000 square feet of booth space in Hall E as well as several exhibitor setups outside.

“We had a slight increase in attendance from the mill companies compared to 2016,” comments Show Director Rich Donnell. “We were very enthused about that, because going into the show we were getting a lot of feedback that they were extremely busy and hadn’t really had time to think about the show yet.”

But Donnell adds that some companies obviously impressed upon their personnel to take a break from their work days to attend the show. Weyerhaeuser, for example, sent 135 people, Sierra Pacific Industries sent 80, Hampton Affiliates sent 60, Seneca had 35, Idaho Forest Group had 30 and Stimson had 20. Numerous other companies sent pockets of 10 or so representatives.

Donnell also notes that the veneer/plywood/EWP sectors had an impressive presence with attendance from two dozen companies in those fields.

The next TP&EE will be held September 30-October 2, 2020 at the Portland Exposition Center.

“We had an exhibitor waiting list for this one, so we’ll have to consider whether to expand into an adjacent hall for the next one,” Donnell says.

Read more about the show in upcoming issues of Timber Processing and Panel World magazines.

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Mass Timber, Plywood, Lumber Workshops Presenters, Schedules Announced

Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) announced the lineup of speakers for two workshops—Mass Timber, EWP and Plywood Workshop to be held on Wednesday, October 17, and the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, October 18.

TP&EE will be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. It will feature nearly 200 exhibitors and 60,000 SF of booth displays.

“We always like to have an educational segment as part of the expo,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Hatton-Brown Publishers.

The Mass Timber movement is well under way in North America. Russ Vaagen, from the well known Vaagen Bros. Lumber family in Colville, Wash., will speak about Vaagen Timbers, his new venture that is currently constructing a CLT and glulam plant adjacent the family sawmill.

Tyler Freres, VP of Sales for Freres Lumber, will speak about the company’s new MPP (Mass Plywood Panel) plant in operation at Lyons, Ore. and he’ll address new technical and market developments and also the recent certification achieved for MPP through APA—The Engineered Wood Assn.

In the plywood session, Steve Swanson, president of Swanson Group, will provide an update on his company’s new plywood plant in Springfield, Ore., now in its second year of operation.

One of the hottest topics in the sawmill industry is the large number of turnkey southern pine sawmills recently constructed, currently in construction, or about to be in construction.

During the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, two of the speakers will be from BC-based BID Group, which is the company building and installing much of the equipment in many of those SYP mills.

BID Group Chairman and Managing Director Brian Fehr along with Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development for BID Group, will speak on “Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy.”

Combined, the two workshops will feature more than 20 speakers. Each workshop costs $75, which also includes admittance to the expo floor for three days and a beer and brat ticket.

To read more about the presentations, go to the Attendee Info tab.

Click here to register for the workshops and/or the expo.

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Lumber Workshop Speakers Announced

Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) announced the speakers for the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, October 18, the second day of the event.

TP&EE will be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. It will feature nearly 200 exhibitors and 60,000 SF of booth displays for attendees from primary producer companies in the lumber, panel and engineered wood products segments.

“We always like to add a small conference element to the expo,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director and Editor-in-Chief of Hatton-Brown Publishers.

Donnell notes that one of the hottest topics in the sawmill industry is the large number of turnkey southern pine sawmills recently constructed and started up, currently in construction, or about to be in construction.

“Northwest sawmill industry take note,” Donnell says, adding two of the speakers will be from BC-based BID Group, which is the company building and installing most of the equipment in those SYP mills, and which was the main supplier of the massive double-line sawmill started up by Sierra Pacific Industries in Shelton, Wash.

“Will the SYP turnkey trend extend to the Northwest?” Donnell asks.

BID Group Chairman and Managing Director Brian Fehr along with Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development for BID Group, who is a legend in sawmill machinery development, will speak on “Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy.”

The Lumber Manufacturing Workshop includes eight presentations on a range of topics and technologies. Cost to attend is $75. Click here to register today.

Here’s the schedule for the October 18 lumber workshop:

10:00 a.m.—Increase Your Bottom Line (OR: Don’t Leave Dollars on the Table)—Seth Vance, Vice President and General Manager, Timber Automation

10:30 a.m.—Unlocking the Turnkey Strategy—
Ron McGehee, R&D New Product Development, BID Group; Brian Fehr, Chairman and Managing Director, BID Group

11:00 a.m.—Maintaining a Modern Sawmill: Embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution by Leveraging the IoT and Generate ROI—Laurie McCabe, Sales and Marketing Manager, TradeTec Computer Systems

11:30 a.m.—Advances in Hydraulic Power Unit Design—Richard Vetter, Vice-President, AMS Solutions

Lunch on your own.

1:00 p.m.—Control Your Product Output with the Latest in Artificial Intelligence—Patrick Freeman, Chief Technology Officer, Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.

1:30 p.m.—Bringing Multi-View X-Ray Technology to the Planer Mill—Norvin Laudon, Chief Technology Officer, Springer Microtec

2:00 p.m.— Log Optimization New Development—Mario Godbout, Chief Technology Officer, Autolog

2:30 p.m.—Practical Solutions to Difficult Hydraulic System Design Problems—Peter Nachtwey, President, Delta Computer Systems

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TP&EE Portland Is Gearing Up

“Contrary to popular belief, there is still a lumber industry in the Northwest,” comments Rich Donnell, Show Director of the upcoming Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) to be held October 17-19 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

“Given all the announcements about new sawmills to be built in the Southern U.S., you’d think the Northwest lumber industry has become extinct,” Donnell says somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

“But if you’ve looked at Northwest lumber prices in the past year, soaring to all-time record highs, and the extremely high pace of lumber production in the region, well, the only thing that’s going extinct might be the northern spotted owl, which we know isn’t true either.”

TP&EE, held every other year, will be the fourth one produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, an affiliate of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., which produces Timber Processing, Panel World and other magazines in the wood-based industries.

“Just like the economy, the TP&EE events have gotten better every time,” Donnell says. “2012, 2014, 2016 and I believe 2018 will have the most buzz yet.”

Donnell, who is also the editor-in-chief of Timber Processing, believes that those record lumber prices, and the continuing, steady advancement of new housing starts, now pushing 1.3 million annually in the U.S., means sawmills not only in the Northwest but throughout the U.S and Canada, have been running wide open to take advantage.

“I think what we’ll see, as TP&EE hits in October, is a new wave of machinery and technology inquiries and orders as these mills upgrade their sprinted-out production systems so they can continue to be part of the building products boom.

“Nobody wants to fall off, even for a moment,” Donnell adds. “But they also can’t allow their production lines to run out of gas, especially when the building economy is showing plenty of gas left in its tank.”

What that means, Donnell says, is that the approximately 175 exhibitors—that have already sold out 60,000 square feet of booth space in Hall E at the Portland Expo Center—better come “loaded for bear.”

Donnell says the trend for TP&EE this time is that many companies have purchased more square footage than they did previously, which means more “real” machinery on site.

“I love the layout of this year’s expo,” Donnell says. “And if you look at the exhibitors’ list, these are the established players in lumber, plywood and engineered wood products production machinery and technology. No Johnnies-come-lately in this bunch.”

The 2016 TP&EE attracted 1,600 industry (non-exhibitor) personnel, representing 110 forest products producer companies and hundreds of individual mill site operations.

Attendees came from 39 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 20 countries.

The event will again include a lineup of workshop presentations related to lumber, plywood and engineered wood products manufacturing. Those schedules and presenters will be announced this summer.

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Really Big Show

I did spend a bit of time there for the first time in several years and was impressed with the quality/quantity of vendors and new ideas. We are always interested in grade scanning, process control and general optimization developments. I look forward to the next show.
—Northwest lumberman

I found the show very worthwhile and was surprised with how well attended it was. The opportunity for face-to-face contact with the network of people I interact with in the industry is invaluable.—Southeast lumberman


About 1,600 industry (non-exhibitor) personnel, representing 110 forest products producer companies and hundreds of individual mill site operations, attended the third Timber Processing & Energy Expo held September 28-30 at the Portland Exposition Center.

The event, produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions, LLC—an affiliate of Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., Timber Processing and Panel World magazines—caters to primary producers of lumber, veneer-plywood and engineered wood products.

“Attendance from the mills was up about 10% from 2014, which we thought was solid considering the number of mill closures and consolidations in the Northwest during the past two years,” comments Show Director Rich Donnell.

About 1,100 exhibitor personnel were also in attendance. (Total registration was 3,000—1,800 non-exhibitors and 1,200 exhibitors, but as is typical about 10% of free pre-registration were no-shows.)

Attendees from 39 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 20 countries besides the U.S. and Canada came to view 225 exhibiting companies on 60,000 sq. ft. of booth space.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy having more room to work with,” says Donnell, referring to the event’s move into Hall E on the expo grounds from its previous location next door in Hall D. “Hall E is a third larger than Hall D was, and this allowed us to put in a large Beer Garden for people to sit down and relax in, and overall just more space to move around in between the exhibits.”

The technology was everywhere and more big machinery was showcased than in previous events. It also included for the first time German and Italian pavilions featuring exhibitors from those countries.

“We are currently working on Capex for next year,” comments Chuck Morgan, general manager at SYP producer Suwannee Lumber in Florida. “I was looking for equipment in the sawmill and planer mill—graders, gang, profiler, infeed etc., really for informational and budgetary purposes. The show was nice and informational. It is good to see many of the industry suppliers in one location and offers much more opportunity for exposure to other products or ‘brands’ than we currently use.”

Former Timber Processing Man of the Year, Jim Quinn, now Chairman of the Board and acting CEO of White Mountain Apache Timber Co. in Arizona, was making the rounds.

“The White Mountain Apache Timber Company is pretty far behind on technology and basically we need to replace our small log mill and include mechanical sorting on the next one. We also need a sorter for the Stetson Ross planer and we may want to do some mechanization in the log yard,” Quinn says.

Quinn notes that the Tribe has more than 700,000 acres of very nice ponderosa pine. They currently operate a double cut headrig and a single cut headrig in the large log mill, and an aging double length infeed system in the small log mill. The mill operates two planer lines.

Many forest products companies and mills encouraged mill management and operators to attend TP&EE. Weyerhaeuser had 98 in attendance; Sierra-Pacific Industries, 66; Hampton, 46. Stimson Lumber, Alta Forest Products, Seneca, Idaho Forest Group, Roseburg and several other companies also sent large contingents.

Mike Pederson, president and CEO of Alta Forest Products, which operates several sawmills in the Northwest, said they attended for two reasons. One was to meet with an exhibitor to review the latest upgrades in automated planer grading. “But the main reason, and the reason for so many of our people there, is that I like to get our people away from the plant to see what is new and innovative within our industry. The show in Portland is a great venue for that,” Pederson says.

“Attendance from the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada was strong as we expected,” Donnell comments. “But I was pleased by so many representatives from mills in the Southeast and up into Maine.”

Most exhibitors found that most attendees were upbeat and had investments in mind. Several machines had “sold” signs on them, such as a Gilbert planer going to Seneca Sawmill, a Samuel packaging system to Sierra-Pacific and a Corley carriage to Canfor-Beadles.

“The level of optimism was striking,” comments Joey Nelson, president of JoeScan. “It has taken a long time for the industry to recover. Now that mills are on stronger footing, there are a lot of opportunities to make solid investments in improving the productivity and efficiency of their operations.”

JoeScan introduced a six-laser, high-density carriage scanner, the JS-25 X6B.

“The show was great. We were very happy with the quality and quantity of attendees and exhibitors,” comments Jesse Vigil, president and CEO of Metal Detectors Inc. “The Portland Expo Center is a perfect venue, and the show floor was very spacious. We really liked the wide aisles and spacing of the booths.”

MDI emphasized its TWA-2000-HD system that is used for scanning whole logs and received a lot of interest in this system from customers and distributors, as well as positive feedback from customers who are already running it in their sawmills.

“We had solid leads from decision makers in attendance,” Vigil adds. “We drew customers from many parts of the U.S. as well as Canada. Everyone seemed very upbeat and optimistic with the amount of building that is currently going on. Lumber suppliers need quality equipment in order to meet market demand. There seems to be a positive outlook throughout the industry.”

Spriinger Microtec CTO Norvin Laudon says the event confirmed what he had thought going into it. “Two years ago we were relative newcomers and unknown, and this year pretty much everyone who came knew who we are and what we do.”

Microtec set up its Goldeneye 900 multisensor board scanner and Springer screw feeder as well as a miniature of the E-Cut board trimmer.

“Despite the looming softwood lumber agreement uncertainty, I got the impression the market is strong and the customers were making investments,” Laudon adds. “There were many customers who came to the booth, and some will develop into solid projects.”

USNR attracted considerable attention with its large booth that featured four vertically standing pieces of cross-laminated timber, each with one of the U-S-N-R letters sawn out. The company also emphasized its all-electric lumber handling equipment, displaying the ElectraTong Lug Loader and the Multi-Track Fence, of which more than 100 have sold since its inception several years ago.

A CamShift 600 Cambio debarker, new to the North American market, was also on display. The system combines debarking and flare reducing in a single, modular machine.


“A major benefit of the CamShift is a significant reduction in the consumption of oil and air,” comments Sonia Perrine, senior marketing associate. “Setup and tool changes are a breeze with its modular, pull-out design. Variations accommodate minimum log length and top or butt-end feeding.”

Perrine felt they definitely had some good potential customers, as well as existing ones, visit the booth. “The election has people on a merry-go-round that has put a few buying decisions on hold. It is clear that the industry is interested in doing things if the politics are favorable.”

USNR also hosted a popular tent eatery in front of the expo hall.

Andritz showed its new powerheads (solid canter heads for primary and secondary canters) and its new Drum Style Chip-N-Saw heads for four-sided canters and profiler machines, as well as its new Turnknife System 4 for sawmill chippers.

“This is the same knife system we have been installing in whole log chippers the past several years and we are now applying this technology and knowledge to sawmill chippers,” comments Bill Beck, North American sawmill manager. “We are seeing outstanding performance of this knife system on sawmill chippers all over North America.”

Beck says they had several very good conversations with potential new customers. “Everyone is doing good right now. The Canadians are worried about the SLA expiring and what is going to happen to tariffs, duties, quotas, etc., but they operated for years under an agreement and prospered. Mills in the U.S. are marching forward with upgrades.”

BID Group and its range of companies presented three new products, including the Miller planer, McGehee profiling machine and the new generation of GradExpert.

“For us it is very important to show new products as it reflects our continuous work to improve actual products and offer new products to the market,” comments Anne-Marie Levesque, marketing manager. “Our executive team stays focused on innovation and research & development.”

Levesque says there was very high-quality people in attendance and many of those people were looking for short- and mid-term investments, upgrading their mill and operations to keep up the pace with the market.

“The feeling of this show was great,” Levesque adds. “We feel the industry is alive and is looking forward for the good years of business to come.”

During the show BID Group organized tours of the SDS Lumber planer mill at Bingen, Wash. This is a new turnkey installation that started up two months ago. “We brought about 50 customers there, so that confirms that people are looking for serious investment and wanted to check on this first-hand.”

One of BID Group’s newer members, Ron McGehee, also spoke during the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop held on the second day of the show.

McGehee’s talk on The Latest Profiling Technologies was one of 17 presentations during the Lumber Manufacturing Workshop, which had simultaneous sessions going on in adjacent rooms. Two-hundred people attended the workshops, bouncing from one room to the other, though most of them gathered for McGehee’s presentation.

McGehee noted early in his talk that the objective of his profiling system is to improve productivity and recovery and reduce manufacturing costs. He pointed to a reduction of costs of $25/MBF in recent projects, an increase in production up to 25% and an increase in recovery of up to 3% in some mills.

He said the installation of the profiler means production is not limited by the edger anymore (up to 60% less boards going to the edger); most of the products from the gang are finished, and there’s less downtime.

Profiling on a solid piece of wood like a cant at slower speed (600 FPM max) showed with time that edging accuracy is better than an edger going at 1200 FPM, McGehee stated. A typical payback on the profiler in a 150MMBF mill is just under eight months, he added.

McGehee said there are two typical arrangements: as a standard profiler, for gangs fed by belt conveyor by centering chain systems; and as an infeed profiler, for gangs fed by a centering chain system and where space is limited, with the unit replacing the existing curve-saw infeed module.

The profiler includes disc chipping heads for the surface finish, independent profiling heads with infinite positioning, and skew and slew movement.

Yvan Rainville, vice-president sales and marketing for Autolog, addressed the company’s new modular scanner frame and also split & shake detection at the trimmer optimizer, using 3D identification.

He cited a case study at Tolko Lakeview on a 20 ft. trimmer optimizer with a “conservative payback of salvaged volume of approximately $168,000/year,” and additional savings of $6,000 in drying costs, as well as increased performance at the planer, reduced blockage in downstream sorter and stacker, and improved sorting of high grade products at the sawmill.

He also addressed Autolog’s unsound wood detection system, pointing to positive results at Forex on a 16 ft. trimmer optimizer with annual savings of $108,000 for a production of about 100MMBF. Benefits included reduced handling inside and outside the sawmill and increased chip quality, with savings of approximately $6,000 per year due to staying within chip value norm, $36,000 a year due to increased kiln capacity and decreased handling, and $66,000 annually due to increased planer capacity and decreased handling.

Michel Loyet, CEO of Finega Group of France, presented the company’s new MasterTwin 3D end dogging log breakdown system. Prior to the cutting line, each log is scanned by a 360° rotary scanner which scans the full shape of the log during the cutting sequence of the previous log. An optimizer calculates the best sawing axis and cutting pattern in the 3D space based on mill production and value parameters.

Ellen Nelson, chief financial officer of Lucidyne, and Ryan Shear, lead optimization engineer, spoke on their GradeScan planer mill grader and said customers start seeing ROI in less than eight months while improving the consistency and overall quality of lumber.

They noted that its compact lineal design means that most mills make very few changes to their existing line, and installs in just two weekends with little or no downtime. They also addressed the GradeScan True-Q lumber tracking system, and warp detection.

They emphasized the GradeScan’s tracheid sensor and T3 sensor. “If you can’t see knots behind blue stain, you don’t have a Lucidyne GradeScan,” Nelson said.

With regard to the system optimization, Nelson said, “Here’s a great story: The sales manager at one of our customers’ locations came into the mill and said that he had customer demand for a niche product. He asked how long it would take for the mill to start making it. Without a moment’s hesitation, the mill manager said, ‘Come back after lunch.’ That’s flexibility.”


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Not Too Late To Sign Up For Portland Workshops


For attendees wanting to educate themselves a little further, the Timber Processing & Energy Expo includes two wood products workshops. TP&EE will be held September 28-30 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.

The Plywood and Engineered Wood Products Manufacturing Workshop will be held Wednesday, September 28. It includes 11 presentations involving two subject matters—veneer technologies and cross-laminated timber.

The Lumber Manufacturing Workshop will be held Thursday, September 29, and includes 18 presentations on subjects ranging from scanning to saw filing to closed loop controls.

Each workshop costs only $75, and includes admission to the Expo floor for three days and a beer and brat ticket for the Expo Beer Garden. For more information on the Workshops look under ‘Attendee Info’.

TP&EE will feature 225 exhibitors. It’s hosted by Timber Processing and Panel World magazines.

Click Here To Register Today!

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