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Oct. 3, 2017 - Quebec-based timber drying company Secovac has partnered with KBI to launch their Kiln Booster system in Western Canada and the USA. Secovac launched a year ago their innovative drying technology in Eastern Canada, mainly Quebec, and already has 10 installations.

The Kiln Booster system (patent-pending technology) is supported by multiple field tests that demonstrate that the system accelerates the drying of the lumber, improves quality of the dried lumber, and is cost-saving for the mills. The Kiln Booster system maximizes heat transfer within the dry kiln to enable low temperature drying while reducing the drying time of traditional high temperature drying schedules by up to 25 per cent. A lower drying temperature means radically less drying defects resulting in a higher percentage of premium and MSR grades lumber as well as an increase in the productivity of the planner.

The Kiln Booster system is easily installed on existing kilns and integrates seamlessly with current control systems. As part of the launch, KBI will be offering a promotional free 30-day trial* of the Kiln Booster system to mills interested in purchasing the technology.

*Installation costs included. Some conditions may apply.

For more information about the Kiln Booster system, please visit www.kilnbooster.com.
Sept. 13, 2017 - This month, Brunette Machinery will launch their newest in log singulation technology. The patented Retract-to-Load (RTL) Log Singulator. With the patented pre-stage log positioning, robust design, heavy duty torque tube drive assembly, re-enforced steps, RTL Log Singulator has already proven to reduce maintenance costs and will give a mill tighter log gap control.
Sept. 5, 2017 - The Simonds 095 AB is the newest model that can level, tension, adjust the back, and set the tire line. And unlike other auto benches, the Simonds AB has a new “Learning Mode”.
Aug. 28, 2017 - Modern Engineering's general manager Udo Jahn has launched a YouTube series focused on topics affecting machine shops and sawmills today: automation, the skills
gap, and innovation. 
Aug. 9, 2017 - CFI has a rundown of the latest scanning and optimizing equipment available for sawmills in Canada.
Aug. 4, 2017 - Sensors in the sawmill industry have come leaps and bounds over the last several years, and there are seemingly endless new players in the manufacturing game.
July 17, 2017 - The VETS Group has partnered with Flamex Inc., to distribute their line of customized industrial process fire prevention and protection equipment throughout Western Canada.
July 11, 2017 - Export Development Canada (EDC) today announced the successful closing of a $13.5-million equity investment into BID Group Holdings Ltd., part of a larger equity transaction led by Highland West Capital Ltd. 
July 4, 2017 - Williams & White is proud to announce a new partnership with Kohlbacher GmbH, German manufacturer of band saw grinding and tipping machines. With decades of experience, Kohlbacher has grown to become one of the most well known and trusted brands with over 1,000 installations across the globe.
June 30, 2017 - BID Group Holdings Ltd. is pleased to announce the successful closing of an equity investment into the company. The transaction, led by Highland West Capital Ltd., brings a leading group of institutional investors, into the BID team.
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.
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