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Only two weeks until OptiSaw!

October 18, 2016 - When OptiSaw takes the stage on November 4 in Montreal, Que. this one-day learning and networking opportunity will focus on the future of optimization and automation in our industry, tackling topics such as:


DATA-DRIVEN SAWMILLING IN ACTION!
This session will offer a look at how a sawmill in Eastern Canada is optimizing its operations by maximizing the use of the data it collects from the manufacturing floor. Join Francois Leger of PMP Solutions as he takes mill management through a case study of a Quebec sawmill that is currently reaping the benefits of optimizing its data collection.

PRIMARY BREAKDOWN
With its own in-house engineering and development, HewSaw is continually on the leading edge of technology development for primary breakdown equipment. In his presentation at Optisaw, Bill Tice will cover the latest technology from HewSaw and how it will benefit sawmillers in maximizing speed and recovery in their sawmills.

OPTIMIZING YOUR FIBRE SUPPLY
Few things are as important to the successful operation of a sawmill as optimizing one’s fibre supply. This presentation will focus on an Eastern Canadian sawmill’s efforts to maximize the use of its fibre through innovative practices.

LATEST VISION SCANNING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE SAWMILL AND PLANER MILL
This presentation will discuss how the use of 3D data can be used 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. It will also offer attendees a case study of how this technology

OPTIMIZING LOG BREAKDOWN
This session focuses on how a sawmill can optimize log breakdown with the addition of profiling systems at the primary and secondary processes. There will be an explanation how this technology works and how it can positively impact your operation. A case study will be provided.

SAFEGUARDING AGAINST EQUIPMENT OBSOLESCENCE
Equipment obsolescence is a growing issue for sawmills as the pace of technology and the sophistication of sawmills increases. In order to protect machinery investments, sawmills need to manage the risk of equipment obsolescence. The best way to do so is in partnership with the sawmill’s suppliers. Join Joey Nelson, the president and founder of JoeScan, as he discusses mitigating the risk of equipment obsolescence in sawmills.

SCANNER SCALING COMES TO CANADA!
Scanner scaling, the use of log scanners to measure logs for payment, is common practice in other parts of the world, but still relatively new to North America. The first log scanner in North America to be certified by government for trade has recently been installed in a Canadian sawmill, and is being used for log scaling and payment. Springer-Microtec’s chief technology officer Norvin Laudon will discuss the installation, certification process, and cost benefits of scanner scaling.

OPTIMIZING YOUR DRYING OPERATIONS
This presentation will describe the advantages of continuous and progressive drying for large scale softwood sawmills. It will offer a case study on a sawmill focusing on the issues and opportunities the technology was installed to address at the mill, as well as discuss challenges and results to date.

BONUS!
Register for OptiSaw and get a free pass to InterSaw, the International Sawmilling Expo taking place on Nov. 2 and 3!

Who should attend:
•Mill managers/owners
•Process engineers
•Continual improvement managers
•Optimization staff
•Researchers
•Design consultants

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to learn from industry experts about the innovations and technology that will drive the future of sawmilling!

Seats are limited!


October 18, 2016
By Andrew Snook


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