May 9, 2018 - Precision Machinery is a name synonymous with quality, service, and innovation. Serving saw filing rooms across North America and Australasia with diverse product lines Precision is on the cutting edge of saw guide technology. New for 2018 is their Kaiser line of fully automated equipment. The Kaiser guide dresser is an evolution of Precision’s popular semi-automatic machine that is now in over 100 sawmills world-wide. PGMR offers the most diverse line-up of guide dresser machines available with six different models to choose from. Service matters and with the large amount of machines Precision has in the market they possess the infrastructure and experience necessary to keep your mill running at optimal efficiency.
May 4, 2018 - Kerry Wilson is pleased to announce the formation of the GF Smith Company, specializing in the design and manufacturing of automated sawing systems.
May 3, 2018 - A key component of CT log scanning in sawmills is the use of X-ray technology to allow scan data from a single CT log scanner to be used in multiple downstream areas in the sawmill.
April 30, 2018 - OptiSaw may just be the most efficient way to keep up-to-speed on new sawmill solutions and in touch with your peers. Registration has been open a few weeks, and already the registration list reads like a who’s who of the West Coast sawmilling sector. Here are just some of the lumber producers already participating on June 5:
April 17, 2018 - The University of New Brunswick Wood Science and Technology Centre and Maritime College of Forest Technology in Fredericton are hosting a three-day Spruce-Pine-Fir Kiln Operator Course from June 12-14.
April 9, 2018 - Research by FPInnovations has shown that it is possible to automatically separate Canada’s softwood species with a high success rate. The results can boost productivity at the dry kiln.
March 29, 2018 - A self-cleaning camera created by ExcelSense Technologies, a UBC-based venture, has cut maintenance downtime at one of the log lines in a British Columbia sawmill by almost 60 per cent. By providing the ability to see a critical but previously invisible process on the worksite, the technology enabled millworkers to prevent a recurring clogging problem from developing on multiple occasions. 

“We wanted to offer a reliable, economical solution to an issue faced by many industrial worksites: the inadequate surveillance of key operations because of the absence of cameras or the repeated contamination of existing cameras,” says ExcelSense founder and CEO Nima Nabavi (BASc '05, MASc '06, MECH), PEng. “In most industrial settings, a normal camera would likely need to be cleaned by external means every few minutes.”

Owned and operated by Canfor, the BC mill had been dealing with frequent clogs at the outfeed of one of its log lines — an enclosed area where sawdust, oil and pitch would accumulate. If they could see what was happening inside, millworkers would have an opportunity to intervene before a clog developed and damaged equipment or otherwise interrupted production. But due to the constant flow of material into the area, installing regular cameras there would have provided no benefit; their view would have been obstructed in a matter of minutes.


[Looking into a sawdust conveyor using ExcelSense’s self-cleaning camera with the self-cleaning function turned off (left) and on (right).] 

So Canfor, always looking to increase safety and productivity at its sites, agreed to test out the ToughEye: a robust, one-piece self-cleaning camera that ExcelSense claimed would not only supply clear visuals for the lifetime of the unit — about 90,000 cleaning cycles — but also do so without using water, detergents, pumps or compressors. Housed in a heavy-duty metal casing, the camera features a special active mechanism that weakens the bonds between the contaminants and optical surface, allowing it to rid the surface of oil, water, sand, dust, mud and other substances by effectively “blinking” like a human eye.

In just the first two weeks of operation, the ToughEye helped mill workers prevent at least three clogs from forming. And by the end of the test period, during which it executed upwards of 17,000 cleaning cycles, it had cut maintenance downtime at the log line from an average of 130 minutes to 53. By eliminating the need to regularly suspend activities and dispatch workers or special equipment to address preventable operational problems or to clean existing cameras, which are often located in dangerous or hard-to-reach places, the ToughEye may not only save valuable resources, but also improve workplace safety conditions.


[After four months, an industry-standard lighting device installed next to the ToughEye was damaged to the point of inoperability (left). The ToughEye remained fully functional and essentially unscathed (right).]

“When companies are unable to monitor their processes, they’re left with no choice but to react and correct any jams or clogs or other malfunctions after they’ve already caused downtime and, in some cases, equipment damage,” says Nabavi, who studied electro-mechanical engineering at UBC. “This camera would allow them to act before any damage is done.”

Nabavi first noticed a need for technology like his while working on machine vision systems for open-pit mining and oil companies, which frequently endured long, expensive periods of downtime for camera maintenance. However, while the ToughEye was designed for use on mining, forestry, oil and gas and other harsh industrial sites, it also has a number of potential non-industrial applications, including the monitoring of trains, infrastructure and remote and unmanned airports.

Currently a member of UBC’s on-campus tech incubator, HATCH, ExcelSense has been receiving strong interest from heavy industries seeking to improve their operations using autonomous and tele-operated equipment. The company was given the BC Innovation Council’s Ignite Award in 2017 and its technology was named one of Business in Vancouver’s top 50 innovations of 2017. More information about ExcelSense and the ToughEye is available at:
March 12, 2018 - Tolko is investing in a new BioVision Edger line for its sawmill at Armstrong, B.C. The new line will comprise an unscrambler, Maximizer positioning infeed with dual fetchers, 4-saw edger, and close-coupled picker tailer. The optimizer is a BioVision system utilizing data from the new transverse scanner fitted with BioLuma 2900LV vision sensors. Also included is a MillTrak lumber flow control system comprising two sensors mounted above the unscrambler.

BioVision's edger grade evaluation adds overall value through re-manufacture or rip, based on the final grade of the wood. For example, a #3 appearance due to knots can be edged to #3 wane with confidence, to maximize recovery. Likewise a low grade 2x8 may be worth more as two 2x4s, one being a higher grade. 
March 6, 2018 - Wood-Mizer has acquired the Swedish company, MOReTENs AB, placing a full range of popular 4-sided planer/moulders, table saws, spindle moulders, and CNC routers into Wood-Mizer’s globally available product range.

Founded in 1980, MOReTENs designs and manufactures a popular range of woodworking machinery which includes 4-sided planer/moulder combination models, spindle moulders, and a workshop table saw. In addition, MOReTENs also supplies high-end, CNC-controlled routers and log home building machinery.

“Throughout our history, Wood-Mizer has been committed to providing the best quality equipment to process logs into finished wood products,” said Wood-Mizer president and CEO Richard Vivers. “The affordable and versatile moulder and planer product lines from MOReTENs have been proven worldwide for decades, and are now backed by the high-quality service and support network customers expect from Wood-Mizer.”

The founder and owner of MOReTENs, Bo Mårtensson, has joined Wood-Mizer as the general director of the factory in Ostersund, Sweden. The factory in Sweden marks Wood-Mizer’s fifth manufacturing plant throughout the world including three facilities in the USA and one in Poland.

“Many years ago, I was a young engineer with carpentry experience when I started MOReTENs and began building woodworking machinery,” said Mårtensson. “I’m proud to see my products in workshops worldwide, and now we are very pleased to be joining the Wood-Mizer team, which will see our existing products being available to a much wider customer base and will also accelerate our capability to introduce new products to meet our customers’ needs.”

Beginning in March 2018, Wood-Mizer will offer the new range of planers/moulders through their distribution network. The latest acquisition of MOReTENs builds on Wood-Mizer's position as a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of narrow band sawmills, now offering a full range of equipment that can seamlessly convert logs into dried lumber and finally into finished wood products - all backed by Wood-Mizer's expertise and commitment to excellent customer service.
Jan. 30, 2018 - 3D scanning and inspection solutions developer LMI Technologies (LMI) has launched a new line of modular multi-point scanners called the Gocator 200 Series.

The Gocator 200 Series is the latest addition to the Gocator line of smart, all-in-one 3D sensors for material optimization and 100 per cent quality control.

With Gocator 200 multi-point scanners, users can create a scanning system based on a modular design that allows a mix of 3D profiling, tracheid detection, and colour vision for sawmills and planer mills looking to maximize wood breakdown decisions, the company said in a release.

The G200 series is based on coplanar scanning that effectively captures both the leading and trailing edges of lumber while minimizing conveyor footprint, offers true differential profiling for accurate thickness measurement, and can scale from one to 48 sensors to cover various lumber length requirements.

LMI.pngBased on the proven high-density profile design of chroma+scan, Gocator 200 scanners run 50 per cent faster to achieve scan rates at 3 kHz matching mills running at 300 feet per minute. In addition, tracheid scan rates are three times faster to deliver 1.5khz density for exceptional detail in wood grain detection.

“Gocator 200 gives customers a modular advantage so that saw and planer mills can now create their own custom material optimization solutions,” said Terry Arden, chief executive officer of LMI Technologies. “We are excited by the possibilities the G200 offers to the wood industry including the many benefits of Gocator’s proven all-in-one 3D smart capabilities.”

With the launch of the G200 series, LMI is also expanding the capabilities of its standard Gocator Software Development Kit (GoSDK) with a new Web Scanning SDK (GoWebScan). GoWebScan SDK allows users to quickly and easily implement their own solutions by taking care of common tasks like system alignment, and merging data from multiple sensors.
Jan. 30, 2018 - With many wood processing facilities demanding larger system capabilities Allied Blower & Sheet Metal has successfully certified a line of BBDs that reach sizes up to 50” (1270 mm) in diameter. 

When comparing the options of using a Passive Mechanical System or an Active Chemical Suppression system the Mechanical Systems are perceived to have less maintenance costs due to simplicity in function, design, training requirements, and the low frequency of inspections. 

With a mechanical BBD, mill staff do not need specialized training or tools when inspecting and keeping maintenance records for NFPA compliance, as they would require with an Active Chemical system. This results in more up-time, allowing for more production.

The Allied BBDs are built in Canada and designed for easy installation, inspection, and maintenance.  The instrumentation meets North American standards to easily integrate into a plant or mill PLC system and is available in Class 2 Div 2. 

The BBD can resist a vented dust collector explosion reaching a Pred of 5 psi (0.35 bar) for dusts with a Kst of up to 200 bar-m/sec. This range provides safe operation for a large range of deflagrable dusts used in industry. 

A combination of Allied BDD and an Allied’s NFPA certified rotary feeders can provide NFPA compliant passive isolation for large sized systems. 

Located in Western Canada, Allied is owner-operated, making for short lead times and easily available replacement components. Being familiar with North American standards and technologies as well as European technologies and systems, the knowledgeable Allied design team can support your deflagrable dust issues and help you get back into compliance.

Founded in 1974, Allied supplies design, fabrication, installation and service for industrial air systems.  For more info visit
Jan. 11, 2018 -To handle growing business volumes, Carbotech has opened a new office on Québec City’s south shore.

A division of the Plessiville head office’s engineering department, the new offices will mainly accommodate new draftspeople, mechanical engineering technicians, engineers, project managers and the members of the after-sales service, Carbocare.

Carbotech will continue developing markets in South America, Europe, Oceania, the United States and Canada. At the same time, the company will continue to develop patented concepts for efficient lumber production.

Carbotech will be launching an extensive recruitment campaign in the greater Québec City area to welcome more people to its team.

Carbotech specializes in maximizing production efficiency and high-speed board handling in sawmills and planer mills. Always working on new ideas and patents, Carbotech is a highly valued partner in the industry, relying on a skilled 100-person workforce. Its mission over the past 30 years has focused on these four principles: speed, precision, know-how and durability. Carbotech has a number of business partners, parts & service distribution centres and mechanical intervention centres to serve its markets around the world. For more information, please visit
Jan. 5, 2018 - Murray Latta Progressive Machine is celebrating a very important milestone in 2018: 100 years as a successful and growing machine manufacturing and distribution business!

Murray Latta Progressive Machine was formed by a merger of Progressive Mill Supplies (est. 1954) and Murray-Latta Machine (est. 1918) after working together for over 50 years. And with the recent addition of Brunette Machinery Company we’ve expanded our forest industry presence even further by adding their products and 70+ years of machine building experience.

Since 1954, Murray Latta Progressive Machine has been the trusted manufacturer and distributor of planer mill equipment, parts and consumables. We manufactured and refurbished complete planer lines and wood waste processing equipment for over 50 years, and we have leveraged this experience to develop equipment upgrades and components to enhance productivity, quality and safety. Additionally, we represent other industry leading equipment suppliers to provide the full spectrum of capital equipment, parts and repair services for all of your planer mill equipment needs.

·       Sales and integration of planer and wood waste processing equipment.

·       Planer equipment upgrades to increase productivity, quality and safety.

·       Pro Edge-Tec III – Fully automatic planer cutter head knife grinder

·       Highest quality planer replacement parts and consumables

·       In house equipment refurbishment and component repair services

·       On site installation, maintenance and training.

For all these years our technical knowledge, pride in workmanship and dedication to excellent customer service have been our highest priority because this is the key to our longevity. 

The mission of our 100th anniversary doesn’t solely focus on celebrating through reflecting on our proud past. We are focussing on future success while connecting with our customers from all over the world to celebrate their part in helping us become what we are today – a successful and growing company.

Be sure to follow our 100th year celebration on the company’s website:
Jan. 5, 2018 - Today Simonds International and Burton Saw announced the merger of the companies in a transaction that will create a stronger producer and marketer of cutting tools and related equipment for the primary wood fibre industry. The combined entity, Wood Fiber Holdings, Inc., will continue to operate in the United States and Canada with 12 facilities located in the major wood fibre regions of North America. All products and customers segments currently served by Burton, Simonds and B.G.R. Saws will continue uninterrupted during the integration process and thereafter.

“This merger will combine the two leading companies in our industry with a deep history of product innovation, quality products and customer focused organizations providing value added services to our customers," said Ray Martino, president and chief executive officer of Simonds. "The cultures of the two companies are similar and will strengthen our service to the industry. The Burton, Simonds and B.G.R. brands are prominent in the industry and will remain a core part of the combined company in the future.”

“The merger brings together the strengths of two great companies with a common goal, efficient and innovative solutions to the industry we serve," said Craig Tompkins, president and chief executive officer of Burton Saw. "The products and services offered by the merger will enable both companies to go beyond current offerings and bring a complete solution through products, services and equipment that reflect the needs of the marketplace.”

About Simonds International
Simonds International, founded in 1832, is a supplier and marketer of cutting tools and related products to the wood, pulp, paper and tree care industries B.G.R. Saws was established in 1968, through almost 50 years of history the company developed into a sawmill source for their saw needs as well as innovative line of filing room equipment. Simonds and BGR merged in May of 2017.  For more information, call (800) 343- 1616 or visit

About Burton
Burton Saw and Supply, founded in Vancouver, BC in 1903, originally sold only saw manufacturer supplies to the mills of Western Canada. In 1927, The Burton Saw Company moved to Eugene, Oregon and transformed itself into a provider of products, equipment and technical solutions to the saw filing and knife grinding rooms, as the company expanded throughout North America. For more information visit our website at
Dec. 19, 2017 - Are you a manufacturer or researcher in the sawmill industry offering an innovative optimization or automation option that can help sawmill operations succeed? Send us your presentation proposal for OptiSaw.
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