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Autolog turns scanning on an angle

Feb. 26, 2015 – Autolog has developed a scanning optimization system that provides extensive benefits by scanning boards at a 45-degree angle.

The research and development group at Autolog came up with the idea to slant the scanner heads to try to help improve the boards and cants geometry. The experiment provided immediate positive results. Scanning the boards at an angle allowed for an improved edge detection and width accuracy, high density / faster scanner sensors combined with slanted features allowed for the detection of splits and shake, holes and torn grain. The R&D group worked for several months on extensive software algorithms that were necessary to achieve such positive results.

The slanted heads do not retain dust and debris, so cleaning protocol is reduced to almost nothing. As an additional benefit, the air cleaning system is no longer necessary, thus reducing system and maintenance cost.

Autolog supplies its transverse optimizer system on Windows 7. Multi-processors architecture, multi-threading applications and SQL database are all standard items within the optimizer systems.