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Kadant Carmanah Design introduces advanced vision systems for OSB producers

June 5, 2019  By Kadant Carmanah Design

Kadant Carmanah Design, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced the launch of three advanced vision systems designed to help Oriented Strand Board (OSB) producers increase production rates and improve strand quality in the wood room.

The ARGUS-FMS fines measurement system, developed in collaboration with FPInnovations, continuously scans the strander outfeed conveyor to provide real-time fines percentages for every cutting pass. According to Lorne Fardy, product development manager for Kadant Carmanah, “By constantly scanning all strands produced, the FMS greatly reduces the error rates inherent with manual strand sampling. The steady flow of data allows OSB manufacturers to make better production decisions both in the wood room and in downstream processes.”

The ARGUS-LDO log deck optimizer and ARGUS-LPO load pocket optimizer provide data on the volume of logs staged on the log deck and in the load pocket of the batch. Together, these devices help operators increase strander fill-rates and wood room production. Additionally, the data produced by the systems provide new performance metrics for benchmarking wood room operations.

“The development of the ARGUS vision systems addresses the need for smart connected technology in OSB wood rooms,” said Michael Colwell, president of Kadant Carmanah Design. “OSB producers are seeking data they can use to optimize and stay competitive. Kadant Carmanah Design is committed to leading innovation in this area.”


Kadant Carmanah Design, located in Surrey, B.C. Canada, designs and manufactures equipment for the panel and engineered wood products, pulp and paper, and sawmill industries. Providing leading edge technology and equipment to optimize fiber use for the production of wood-based panels, Kadant Carmanah’s products include SmartDISC stranders, SmartRING stranders, rotary debarkers, chippers, and conveying/feeding equipment.

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