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May 19, 2017 - Laser-based wood processing line BLT WoodCut from Biatec Laser Technology will premiere at the Ligna 2017 trade fair May 22–27 in Hanover, Germany.

Biatec Laser Technology introduces the new era in wood processing with its technology designed for optimal cuts in timber and other wood with up to 80 millimeters’ thickness using an ultimate laser cutting system that opens a whole new window of opportunity for production.

The main challenge wood processing companies face is pressure to maximize material yield and production value. Only a low percentage of the wood is ever utilized and too much is wasted, and with constantly rising raw material costs, profit is negatively affected. Decisions sawmill workers usually make often cause errors and quality material to be lost.

BLT WoodCut was developed as a comprehensive production line to solve these long-existing problems by significantly increasing material yield, minimizing waste and maximizing profit from each board. Intended to cover more areas of production, this technology processes valuable temperate and tropical woods as well as softwood. Besides timber and other primary wood products, it can also be used with product groups such as parquet top layers, veneer and furniture components.

With its unique laser system which enables cutting of wood material in thickness up to 80 mm, it brings an innovative alternative to traditional saw-cutting. Complemented by an enhanced scanning and x-ray solution and fully automated robotic handling, high-tech manufacturing in wood sector becomes the new reality.



Biatec Laser Technology s.r.o., based in Bratislava, Slovakia, specializes in custom development of laser cutting machines and special laser solutions for wood processing, tooling industry, automotive, healthcare and other sectors.
May 19, 2017 - Simonds International and Scies B.G.R. Inc. announced the merger of the companies in a transaction that will create a producer and marketer of cutting tools and related equipment for the primary wood fibre industry. The combined entity will continue to operate in the United States and Canada with nine facilities located in the major wood fibre regions of North America. All products and customers segments currently served by 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. The cultures of the two companies are similar and will strengthen our service to the industry. The Simonds and B.G.R. brands are prominent in the industry and will remain a core part of the combined company in the future," said president and chief executive officer of Simonds Ray Martino.

“The merger brings together the strengths of two great companies with a common goal, efficient and innovative solutions to the industry we serve. The products and services offered by the merger will enable both companies to go beyond the product offering and bring a complete solution through products, services and equipment that reflect the changes in the industry requirements," said president of B.G.R. Saws Sylvain St-Hilaire.
April 25, 2017 - Autolog proudly introduces its new knot detection technology for the sawmill.  

Easy to add on to a new or existing Autolog 3D modular scanner system, this new feature detects knots on rough green lumber using proven tracheid data technology without the use of a conventional vision system, at a new affordable price point.  

Autolog will showcase both the new tracheid and existing 3D data detection technology in a fully operational modular frame at their booth #1827 at Expo 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, along with other products and demos.
April 17, 2017 - Equipment obsolescence is a growing issue for sawmills as the pace of technology and the sophistication of sawmills increases.
April 4, 2017 - British Columbia-based 3D scanning and inspection solutions developer LMI Technologies has announced the official launch of the Gocator 3210 and 3506, the latest additions to the Gocator line of smart, all-in-one structured light 3D snapshot sensors.

The Gocator 3210 achieves 3D snapshot scans at 35 μm. With a large FOV (100 x 154 mm) for picking up multiple features at once, and onboard hardware acceleration to achieve 4 Hz scan speeds, the 3210 is ideal for high-speed, high-resolution inline inspection of large parts such as automotive components and body assemblies.

The Gocator 3506 achieves an industry leading 12 μm resolution 3D snapshot scan at a 3 Hz acquisition rate. This medium FOV (30 x 45 mm) sensor is designed for highly accurate small parts inspection such as step-height, gap, roughness and coplanarity measurements common in electronics enclosure, PCB and battery/IC connector applications.

The key advancements common to both of these inline-ready sensors include a new embedded dual-core controller with onboard hardware acceleration to achieve fast production speeds, and a new long-life industrial LED projector offering up to 10 years of continuous operation.

Snapshot sensors are pick-and-place friendly for robotic inspection applications, while providing the added benefit of scanning the target when it is stationary, effectively eliminating errors due to vibration. 

“The Gocator 3210 and 3506 are a breakthrough in speed, resolution, and industrial design. These smart snapshot sensors are the first in a line-up that fit in many applications where reduced complexity and cost are driving the decision away from traditional motion-based profiler solutions. Built on the scan-measure-control experience that Gocator customers expect, snapshot is now an inline choice for 100% quality control”, said Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies.
                                
Includes Gocator Firmware 4.6 Release


Gocator Firmware 4.6 is available with the launch of the Gocator 3210/3506. Firmware 4.6 features hardware acceleration with on-board compression and Gocator Accelerator (GoX) to enable Gocator snapshot sensors to achieve industry-leading speeds required for 3D inline inspection. 

The 4.6 release also includes expanded multi-sensor support and faster acceleration speeds for laser line profile sensors, as well as new geometric measurement tools. Gocator Firmware is available for free to anyone who owns a Gocator 3D smart sensor.
April 4, 2017 - The VETS Group has announced a Canadian Partnership with Flamex Inc. Flamex supplies dust collection and industrial process fire protection including the development, sales and service of:

  • Flame & Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems,
  • Deluge Systems,
  • Abort Gates and
  • Backdraft Dampers. 
Now proud partners throughout Western Canada, Flamex customers will be ably supported by all VETS Group divisions. In conjunction with VETS Sheet Metal and AirTek Pneumatics, VETS Electrical will offer their expertise with installation and our facility services department will offer service to new and existing systems within our territory.

Interested in more information? Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or better yet stop by to visit our team at booth 7 at the Council of Forest Industries show from April 5 – 7 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.
March 31, 2017 - Wood-Mizer has introduced the LX450 sawmill – the first Wood-Mizer LX series sawmill released in North America. The addition of the LX sawmill series makes Wood-Mizer the first and only company to give sawyers the choice between a monorail or twin rail sawmill in order to accommodate various sawing applications and preferences. 

Featuring many of the same benefits of the Wood-Mizer LT sawmill series, the new LX450 sawmill matches Wood-Mizer’s widest cut at 34” while offering the largest depth of cut at 16 .” available from Wood-Mizer. 

LX450 Sawmill Specifications 

Power Options 

 38 HP Kohler Gas EFI; 35 HP Yanmar Diesel option coming soon 

Cutting Capacity 

 36” (910 mm) diameter x 21’ (6.4 m) length 

 34” (860 mm) width of cut and 16 .” (419 mm) depth of cut

Introductory Price 

 Starting at $38,895 USD 

“Wood-Mizer has long been the only sawmill manufacturer of the monorail cantilever design, holding several patents on this technology and trusted by 70,000 sawmillers throughout the world,” said Greg Bacon, Wood-Mizer Sales Director. “Every sawyer has different needs and preferences which led to the addition of the LX sawmill series. You can now own an LT series monorail or LX series twin rail sawmill and receive the best support in the industry enjoyed by Wood-Mizer sawmill owners throughout the past 35 years.” 

A key innovation of the Wood-Mizer LX450 sawmill is the rigid LX Frame sawhead tower that holds the control panel, engine, and the sawmill head. Designed to accommodate a larger width and depth of cut, the LX Frame travels on parallel hardened steel bars on the bed and allows the operator to have better visibility during the cutting process. 

Standard features for the LX450 sawmill include power feed, power up/down, hydraulic log handling with a bi-directional chain log turner, a walk-along operator control console with SimpleSet Setworks on an adjustable arm, six heavy-duty fine adjustment outriggers, dragback board return, powered blade guide arm, hydraulic blade tensioning system, blade lubrication, roller blade guides, and a centrifugal clutch. Optional features coming soon include Debarker, AccuSet 2 Setworks, and a fixed operator Command Control station located at the end of the sawmill. 

The Wood-Mizer LX450 Twin Rail Sawmill is now available in North America and will be demonstrated at several upcoming events. Call 800.553.0182 or visit http://www.woodmizer.com/LX450 for more information. 
March 31, 2017 - Canadian Forest Industries checks out the latest tech for the filing room.

March 29, 2017 - The mountain pine beetle infestation has left billions of dead trees in Western Canada and is now encroaching on other regions. Dead trees dry out and develop splits that severely downgrade lumber. USNR has developed a cost-effective optimization solution that significantly improves the log breakdown process. It results in fewer split and reject boards, reduces the downstream drying and handling for material that will never become viable products, and improves the value of a mill’s output.

Split detection for logs is an optimization solution USNR developed that improves log rotation and log breakdown processes. “Without split detection, we found that as much as 20 per cent of the lumber produced is often later rejected,” said Doug Strasky, manager for USNR primary breakdown optimization systems.

USNR’s split detection system uses visual and geometric scanning to identify splits on the surface of the logs. The USNR optimizer then calculates the optimal solution considering the splits based on grade and value.

Case study

Impressive results were achieved following an extensive case study at a mill in Western Canada where split detection scanning and optimization technology were tested. The results were applied to the value lost in split boards as well as the number of split boards produced. Strasky stated, “Conservatively, our study determined that split detection and optimization can improve lumber yields by two to fve per cent and reduce the volume of split reject boards produced by up to 80 per cent.” Visual split detection identified about three times the number of splits compared with geometric-only split detection.

Results

The results of the case study are impressive, as shown in the two solution screens above. With split rules disabled (left image) the optimizer found a solution with a total value of $27.47, but the two bottom boards (shown in green) in the cant stack have significant splits in them and will be given a value close to $0 when graded. When we subtract those two cant boards from the solution, the real value of what was produced is $21.34.

For the image on the right (split rules enabled) the optimizer found a solution with a total value of $25.10, and no boards will be down-graded for split/shake. The log will be rotated to ensure this greatest value is achieved in the breakdown process.

Learn more about how to you can benefit from this technology by visiting www.usnr.com.
March 28, 2017 - With the constant goal of developing new product lines and encouraging industry growth, Carbotech is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Kadant Carmanah Design for exclusive distribution of products in Eastern Canada. The two companies will unveil their alliance publicly during the 5th annual Montreal Wood Convention to be held March 28-30, 2017 at the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal.

Kadant Carmanah Design is based in Surrey, British Columbia and designs, manufactures, and supplies stranders, rotary debarkers and conveying/feeding equipment for the panel and engineered wood products, pulp and paper, and sawmill industries. A company in perpetual growth using cutting-edge technology, Kadant continues to focus on offering clients the best possible wood products. The company was elected 2015 Supplier of the Year by the Engineered Wood Technology Association. This award is bestowed on a supplier who stands out by showing excellence in terms of equipment quality, service and delivery times.
March 16, 2017 - With an impressive career within the industry and a wealth of knowledge, the VETS Group is proud to introduce you to Barry St. Cyr, project development for VETS & AirTek. 

With his first mill manager job in the 1980’s, Barry went on to manage mills throughout British Columbia for the next 25 years including Tackama in Fort Nelson, Teal Jones Group, and Williams Lake Cedar Products. As part of his career he has also enjoyed managing numerous mill modification and new build projects.  

Barry will be working closely with the VETS Group and AirTek teams to provide clients with effective and efficient dust collection management systems. Barry would be happy to meet or talk on the phone to discuss how AirTek can support your organization. Barry can be reached by phone or email at: (250) 300-1795 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
March 16, 2017 - Auto grading is standard at the planermill, but what happens when you move the scanner into the sawmill for green sawn lumber? What are the challenges and what are the benefits?
March 9, 2017 - Heicor Enterprises, LLC introduces a new generation of kilns under the brand name HDE Dry Kilns to the North American market. HDE Kilns will offer an exceptional value for both large and small kiln drying operations, supplying units from 500 BDFT to over 170,000 BDFT, in track or package loaded configurations. Container kilns, as well as pallet and firewood heat treating kilns are also available. Heat sources will include steam, hot water, thermal oil, or indirect fired gas. 

HDE Dry Kilns use US sourced heat systems, piping, heat exchangers, valves, UL approved motor controls, and kiln controls. Kiln chambers, fans and fan shrouds are produced by the Harbin Halei Drying Equipment Company. The kiln controls will be supplied exclusively by Lignomat USA. 

Uli Heimerdinger, president of Lignomat USA LTD, said, “After supplying Lignomat kiln control systems for many years to Harbin Halei Drying Equipment Company , it became evident that they are a quality manufacturer. HDE Dry Kilns is the result of shared German and US kiln design technology paired with this proven and reliable manufacturing company.” 
Feb. 27, 2017 - Portable band sawmill manufacturer Wood-Mizer has significantly broadened its reach into the industrial sawmilling market. With the introduction of Wood-Mizer TITAN, the company now offers a full line of wideband sawmill equipment that is designed to improve timber production rates and elevate a sawmill’s operational efficiency. This new product line is a result of a purchase agreement with Multisaw, a well-established manufacturer of wideband sawmill equipment since 1990. 

The Wood-Mizer TITAN Line 

The Wood-Mizer TITAN line includes wideband primary and secondary breakdown sawmills and resaws as well as circular saw edgers, multirips, optimizing edgers, manual board edgers, and material handling equipment. The move will add further momentum to Wood-Mizer’s ability to offer high-capacity equipment and broaden the corporation’s global reach. 

“Our well-known narrowband industrial range has helped wood producers worldwide cut costs and raise yields,” says Richard Vivers, president and CEO of Wood-Mizer. “But that is just one piece of a very big market. With Wood-Mizer TITAN, we will serve the high-throughput needs of industrial operations with our established network of locations and commitment to customer support throughout the world.” 

TITAN wideband sawmill equipment has proven its advantages in the most demanding markets in the world. Customers, Patula Product Sawmill in South Africa, utilize the TITAN system to produce high-throughput of structural timber. Patula’s operation consists of a TITAN twin vertical bandsaw, TITAN double arbor circular multirip, TITAN twin head resaw, and two TITAN manual board edging systems. “We wanted high production wideband sawmilling technology that we could rely on to cut the quality that we want and with enough additional capacity available to grow production into the future,” said Phillip Anderson of Patula Product Sawmill. “This is exactly what we’ve now achieved,” added Troy Cooper of Patula Product Sawmill. “In the last month, we have increased throughput again by 27%.” 

The Wood-Mizer Product Line 

TITAN wideband machines will greatly expand Wood-Mizer’s range, which will now consist of two distinct product lines, each geared towards the specific volume and budget requirements of the end-user. 

 Wood-Mizer’s portable and industrial sawmill line continues to provide narrowband sawmilling equipment for entry level to professional and industrial operations. 

 Wood-Mizer’s TITAN products are strongly-built wideband sawmilling equipment for high-throughput industrial sawmilling applications

Each TITAN product is designed to operate as standalone equipment for existing sawmilling lines or to form an entire sawmilling line that can be customized to the requirements of the end-user. The TITAN line provides for primary and secondary log breakdown across a range of log diameters varying from 4” to 24” (100-600 mm). In addition, Wood-Mizer will be offering wideband blades soon for use on TITAN machines with blade widths up to 6” (150 mm). 
Feb. 22, 2017 - LMI Technologies (LMI), a developer of smart 3D inspection and scanning solutions for material optimization and factory automation announced the promotion of Len Chamberlain to vice-president of sales.

Len has worked for the company over the last three years, starting out as the business development manager for the HDI product line and moving quickly into the director of sales role. Over his two years as director, Len’s proven track record for developing and executing a strategic vision has resulted in the growth of a highly successful global sales group.

Len brings a wealth of industry knowledge and business acumen to LMI with over a decade of experience working in senior roles in the 3D machine vision industry. Len holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado.

“Len is a rare breed — an articulate 3D sales professional who can quickly grasp complex technology and its implications for developing new market opportunities. His talent to connect with people, develop trusted sales channels, and cultivate long term customer partnerships are the many reasons Len has moved into this senior role at LMI,” expressed Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies. “I look forward to working with Len as we roll out our next generation products in the coming years to drive further leadership in the 3D inline inspection market”, said Arden.
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