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Sawmilling robots? Hell yeah!

September 29, 2015 - CFI will be in Montreal early December at OptiSaw to hear, among other things, automation and robotic guru David McPhail talk about how the next gen of technology in his field can help sawmillers deal with the dual issues of labour constraints and unit cost. We caught up with David to ask him what he'll be bringing to the OptiSaw discussion. It goes beyond what we normally envision when thinking automation, embracing data intelligence as well.


September 29, 2015
By Andrew Macklin


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“As competitive pressure builds, and cost reduction / process optimization pressures take hold, sawmill operators are searching for a sustainable and lasting competitive advantage. With the use of automation, robotics, and data collection, establishing a culture of innovation increases productivity, and increased productivity leads to increased profitability for those that choose this path. Through this presentation, we will explore the benefits and concepts surrounding data driven manufacturing, and how these concepts can be applied to the wood processing industry, to reap similar benefits.”

As president and CEO of MEMEX (Measuring Manufacturing Excellence), David has worked with manufacturers in a wide variety of sectors to drive performance and efficiency gains. He’ll share that unique perspective with the sawmill sector in Montreal on December 2. You can find out more about David, and the agenda as it unfolds, at www.optisaw.com.


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