March 8, 2016 - The Saw Control System marries control parameters set in the file room to the sawyer’s feed-handle position. The sawyer has complete control of entry into the cut and holds the joystick position throughout the cut.
Saw Control enhances the speed and adds a predetermined percentage of speed depending on the depth of cut.

If the blade stability exceeds (snakes) beyond set limits, no further increases will be added to the handle position, and if other limits are exceeded, a slowing percentage will be subtracted. If the sawyer does not like the slow-down, the handle is easily adjusted to add more speed. At any time the sawyer is able to take control of the system manually.

Early product trials have shown that, in giving the filer feedback and the sawyer enhanced feed capabilities, one-to-two sawlines per minute have been added.

For more information, visit


February 22, 2016 - Burton Saw & Supply, a manufacturer and distributor of consumable products and equipment to saw mills and wood product manufacturers, recently acquired Global Tooling and Supply, L.L.C. (Global Tooling). Global Tooling, based in Eugene, Ore. is a distributor of cutting tools, knives and associated products for wood product manufacturers primarily in North America. The company sells a broad product portfolio of approximately 2,000 SKUs to an active customer base of over 800 customers. 

“Global Tooling has supplied Burton Saw for the past 20 years and we are aligned with Burton Saw’s culture, vision and values,” said Global Tooling’s owner Eric Allen.  “This combination is a logical fit and we are very excited about the future.”

“Global Tooling’s diverse business model, impressive growth, outstanding customer service and strong cross-selling potential made the company an ideal addition to the Burton Saw platform,” said Craig Tompkins, CEO of Burton Saw. “The partnership also facilitates a strong entrée into the secondary wood products market for our organization.”

This is Burton Saw’s second strategic acquisition since Pfingsten became the majority shareholder in December 2014. The transaction is part of Pfingsten’s strategy to create the leading supplier of consumable products and equipment to North American wood product manufacturers.

About Burton saw & Supply
Burton Saw and Supply companies build wealth and competitive advantage to its customers by providing superior products, service and delivery to the wood processing industry. To learn more about its family of products and services, visit, or
February 4, 2016 - An updated edition of the only American national standard for repair of motors and generators, ANSI/EASA AR100-2015: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus, was recently published for use by the repair industry and its customers. The standard describes industry best practices for the repair, rewinding, and testing of electrical apparatus in order to maintain or enhance the energy efficiency and reliability of both AC and DC motors and generators.

ANSI requires that standards be re-approved at least every five years, prompting the review and approval of the AR100-2015 edition. The revision introduced new requirements, added or tightened performance tolerances in several critical areas, and expanded testing procedures. The standard now includes requirements relating to the machining of commutators and slip rings, and establishes temperature limits for the process of removing motor windings. Additional performance tolerances were added for balancing motors rated above 2,500 rpm. Finally, testing procedures were established or clarified relating to bearing insulation, winding surge comparison and resistance, no-load performance and vibration.   

“Since ANSI recognizes only one standard on a topic, EASA’s ANSI/EASA AR100 is the standard for repair of rotating electrical equipment. End users should ensure their service centres are repairing in accordance with ANSI/EASA AR100-2015 to be assured of receiving quality repairs that maintain reliability and efficiency” says Linda Raynes, EASA president and CEO.  

The recommended practice may be downloaded at no cost from EASA’s website at

About EASA
EASA is an international trade organization consisting of more than 1,800 electromechanical sales and service firms in 65 countries. EASA provides engineering support, education and a variety of technical, management and sales/marketing programs related to sales, service and maintenance of motors, pumps, generators and other electromechanical equipment. 

January 18, 2016 - On Jan. 14, Leif Erlandsson took up his new role as president and CEO of WoodEye AB in Linköping, Sweden. With its timber scanner, WoodEye AB is a world-leading supplier of image systems for quality and production control within the woodworking industry. 

Erlandsson was acting CEO and president of Woodeye AB from 1997 to 2008. Following 10 years at WoodEye, Erlandsson continued his career within the high tech industry with companies such as CybAero AB and Intuitive Aerial AB, as well as business coach at Sweden`s most prominent business incubator LEAD in Linköping and as entrepreneur in several start-ups. 

Leif Erlandsson succeeds Jonas Eklind, who has left WoodEye to head cleantech company Cleanergy AB in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

“We are extremely pleased that Leif has chosen to come back to work with us,” says WoodEye chairman Federico Giudiceandrea. “Leif knows the company and the industry and has an abundance of experience in the woodworking industry and in managing international tech-based companies”. 

WoodEye is one of the world’s leading image processing companies. The company’s focus is entirely on the woodworking business. WoodEye has performed more than 550 scanner installations worldwide. Customers include many of the world’s leading sawmills and producers of components, furniture, windows, construction timber and glulam beams, panel and edge planning, glulam segments for panels, parquet and flooring. 

“It is great to be back at WoodEye,” says Erlandsson. “WoodEye is one of the strongest trademarks in the industry and is the home of some of the brightest minds within the image processing community, it is a great team to lead.”

Source: WoodEye AB

January 6, 2015 – SEC, a subsidiary of the BID Group of Companies, announced that its line of products will be merging into the Comact line of products. 

The BID Group of Companies stated that this decision is part of a plan to offer a completely integrated “world class solution” for its sawmill and planermill customers.

Comact, as part of its line of products, will offer and support the SEC Fence, sawmill and planermill Stackers and stick systems, tilt hoist and pivoting hook sorters. 

The engineering will be done out of the Quebec-based Engineering group with the manufacturing being performed as close as possible to the market in one of the company’s seven facilities across North America. 

The Salmon Arm facility will continue to manufacture equipment and parts for the BID Group product lines of Comact, Deltech, PHL, Miller Planers and its recent addition of Ron McGehee. 

“We continue to be committed to the Salmon Arm area and our exceptional people, manufacturing capabilities, and our industry leading Serviplus Group,” the company stated in a recent news release. 

About BID Group of Companies 
The privately owned BID Group family of companies has over 30 years of experience in providing industry leading solutions for its highly valued customers. Powered by Comact, PHL, Deltech, Miller, McGehee and BID Group Construction, the company provides innovative, efficient and reliable equipment to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our ability to provide a turnkey solution that includes engineering, project management, installation, startup, and after sales service furthers our strategic value to our customers. The company has offices in 14 locations across continental North America. Learn more about our company on 
December 30, 2015 - Autolog’s new modular scanner frame for its line of transverse optimizers is designed to allow the frame to be set up on site by section, even at mills with accessibility issues.

It is no longer necessary to open the roof to remove their existing frame to replace it with the new one; rent a costly crane and be influenced by the weather conditions; or to disassemble and reassemble the chain races already in place, as each section of the modular frame can be built directly around them.  

Customers can also experience increased savings in transportation costs from having the frame delivered in sections on a pallet. 

Autolog can pre-design and build the frame according to the substructures’ existing footprint without any extra costs to the client.

For more information visit

December 3, 2015 - The BID Group of Companies has acquired WaneShear Technologies LLC of Ukiah, CA, along with the services of sawmill legend Ron McGehee. The announcement was made during the company's open house today at the unveiling of its newest Comact facility in Mirabel, Que.

"I'm getting a little old to be trying to pursue all these ideas on my own," McGehee joked during the announcement. "I am very happy to have partners who can help me bring ideas to market, and am looking forward to what we can accomplish." Joining McGehee in the announcement was BID owner Brian Fehr and CEO Alistair Cook.

"Adding Ron McGehee and his experienced team expands our equipment and service product lines, including the new Profiling Machine for primary and secondary breakdown systems," explains Cook. "This new line of products and Ron's expertise in breakdown equipment and sawmill technologies will further enhance the BID Group's abilities to offer a complete solution to our highly valued customers."

Ron and his team are relocating to BID's south Carolina complex.

Modern complex

This news was shared with over 300 employees and clients on December 3rd, as Comact unveiled its greenfield office, assembly and testing facility just north of Montreal. The new Mirabel complex features more than 30,000 sq. ft. of space and will house 110 employees, including 35 engineers and programmers and 25 certified wood professionals. Its focus is on the company's line of scanning and optimization equipment, including product development, testing, parts support, assembly, service and training. The building includes state-of-the-art IT support and team meeting areas, as well as client lumber storage and testing facilities, bench testing for both new and retro-fit projects, a ServiPlus centre with 24/7 support capabilities, and room to grow.

The building boasts a modern and open design, with excellent working conditions and employee facilities. In recognition of the industry it serves, a variety of wood species and finishes are used throughout the buidling.

November 26, 2015 - The Microtec Logeye is now officially the first scanner in North America to be approved to automatically measure log volume for trade. The scanner has been tested and certified by Measurement Canada to meet the recently released Terms and Conditions for the Approval of Timber Dimension Measuring Devices. The first stage of testing was done in the lab in Ottawa at the end of September, and then was installed in the bucking line of a B.C. sawmill. The second stage of testing was completed under actual operating conditions, leading to official approval in October 2015.

“Only with Microtec’s experience in this field we were able to pass the extensive requirements for the test,” says Norvin Laudon, chief technology officer at Springer Microtec North America and CSA committee member. “Our first scanner was certified in Germany in 2005, and we’ve installed well over 100 government certified log scaling solutions in Europe, Russia and South America since then. We are proud to be at the forefront of a new era of log measurement in North America.”

What’s new?
Previously, the mill was required to manually scale 100 per cent of its logs off site at a dry land sort facility. Together with B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, the mill, and Microtec, a pilot project was designed to use the measurements of the officially approved and sealed scanner for payment. As a result, manual scaling has been reduced from 100 per cent to approximately 2.5 per cent. The species/grade ratio from the manually scaled sample is then applied statistically to the whole boom. The remaining bundles bypass the sort facility, travel directly to the mill and are scanned in the debarking line. In addition to scanning the volume, the data is also used for bucking optimization. All measurements are compiled and sent to the province’s H.B.S. (Harvest Billing System) for payment. By drastically reducing the manpower and log handling involved in the process, the Microtec Logeye scanner reduces scaling costs while providing more accurate log measurements for trade.

The development of the Terms and Conditions for the Approval of Timber Dimension Measuring Devices are a result of a long term Canada-wide multi-disciplinary committee, the CSA Technical Committee on Scaling Roundwood.

Logeye Scanner details:
Microtec Logeye 
- Site approval for diameters from 18 cm to 115 cm, and lengths to 17.6 metres.
- Startup in less than a week
- Usage of scanner in the debarking/bucking line of the sawmill for volume measurement and bucking optimization.

For more information, contact Lisa Springer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

October 23, 2015  – Rexroth’s latest GoTo Focused Delivery Program update includes additions across all product lines and shorter GoTo lead times — 98 per cent of the products in the program ship in 10 days or fewer.

With hundreds of products added with this update, customers will benefit from new options across the spectrum of Rexroth’s drive and control technologies. Key additions to the hydraulics program include hundreds of new part numbers, with more options in Compact Hydraulics and Axial Piston products, as well as the addition of the new configurable hydraulic power unit, GoPak.

The conveyor offering will also grow with a large collection of spare parts for our TSplus conveyor series; lead times for 90 mm series VarioFlow plus conveyor components will shrink to just four days! For motion control customers, additional IndraDrive Mi motor-integrated drive sets have been added to the GoTo program, along with the new VR series of HMIs. We are also adding products to our selection of linear motion components, including the MKR linear module.

Rexroth’s GoTo Products app for iPad, iPhone and Android has been updated with all of the latest products. Users are now able to view all of the latest products, retrieve local pricing, find their local salesperson or distributor, add products to a cart and email it for a quote.

The program changes are reflected in all of the latest catalogs on our website at:

Rexroth’s popular GoTo Products app has been fully updated to support customers anywhere in North America. With the just-released version 4.0 for iPad, iPhone and Android, users can retrieve local pricing, find their local salesperson or distributor, add products to a shopping cart and email it for a quote. The app also features new capabilities for sharing app content via social media, the creation of multiple wish lists for easy re-ordering of products and quick access to numerous how-to videos and other useful content. App users can instantly retrieve all of the updates by using the apps’ sync-on-demand feature at any time after installation. Central Europe, Brazil and many other countries have also introduced the benefits of streamlined access to GoTo products to their customers as well.

For a complete listing, visit our international website at

About Bosch Rexroth:
Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 33,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately $7.4 billion (5.6 billion euros) in 2014. To learn more, visit

October 21, 2015 - When Duke Point Sawmill opened up shop in 1980, it was designed as a dimension mill for servicing the North American housing construction market. Fast forward to present day, and the Nanaimo, B.C.-based mill still serves the Canadian and U.S. markets, but it has also expanded to service the needs of China, Japan and Europe from small dimension wood to large timbers.

The large log, headrig mill consumes 347,000 cubic metres of logs annually from several species including western redcedar, hemlock, Douglas fir and cypress. The mill produces approximately 75 mmfbm annually and employs 135 people.

The large log mill is currently equipped with two double-cut head rigs; two shifting edgers; two gang edgers; an optimized trimmer with cut-in-two capabilities; a 56-bin J-Bar sorter; a coastal planer with auto setworks; a 46-bin planer sorter; chip and lumber barge loading facilities; and an anti-sap stain treatment dip tank.

To continue growing and adapting to the needs of its customers around the globe, Duke Point is undergoing several multi-phase capital projects, which will enable the mill to consume a wider spectrum of log sorts and species.

The management at Duke Point Sawmill and its parent company, Western Forest Products, are looking to position the mill to be able to add increased value to its lower quality fibre supply, while converting its large log, high value volumes. In other words, management is looking to optimize the various processes at the mill.

One of the more recent upgrades the mill has undergone to help improve efficiencies is the installation of a Precision Machinery CNC Guide Dresser for its filing room.

“We needed a dresser that would give us better tolerances and help with our lumber size accuracy,” explains Frank Singbeil, fileroom chargehand for Duke Point Sawmill. “We haven’t had a long relationship with Precision, but one of our other mills has an older model.”

The decision to invest in the new guide dresser has already been paying off at the predominantly old growth mill.

The standard CNC Guide Dresser from Precision Machinery is designed to have all of a mill’s guides processed in one machine with operators able to change between guide profiles and store up to 90 customized guide settings.

The unit’s ground slides are adjustable in increments down to 0.0002” so operators can fine tune guides with extreme precision in seconds. These are features of the equipment that have improved day-to-day efficiencies within Duke Point’s fileroom.

“The new Precision Machinery guide dresser has got our guide clearances to our exact specs,” Singbeil says. “We no longer have any taper in our guides. The machine saves us a lot of time, not only in the dressing time, but also the set-up time. Once we set our size, that is it. We can do 30-plus guides and sizes never change. We have large guides 20-inches long with 11-inch by six-inch pads.”

The set-up time for the machine was extremely fast. It took less than a day to get the machine into the filing room, setup and ready to go, and go through all of the necessary safety precautions.

“It was a really professional experience working with Precision,” Singbeil says. “The machine was in perfect condition, nothing was overlooked in the build.”

Since the installation of the CNC guide dresser, Duke Point has only had to overcome a few small challenges.

Of course, these issues were related to the learning curve involved in how to operate a new piece of equipment and training the necessary staff, and not with the machine itself.

“They were really helpful,” Singbeil recalls. “I just made a couple of calls and they were answered immediately with no waiting.”

Overall, Singbeil says the equipment has been an incredible addition and will significantly help increase efficiencies in the fileroom moving forward.

“The machine and service are second to none, and have exceeded our expectations,” he says.



September 21, 2015 - Valutec is taking the plunge into the North American market. The investment has begun with the formation of the subsidiary Valutec Wood Dryers Inc., which will be headquartered in Vancouver, B.C.

“We see great opportunities to expand into the world market, especially since the interest in our new generation of continuous kilns continues to rise,” says Robert Larsson, CEO for Valutec. 

The investment means Valutec steps into a market that has a long tradition of wood processing. This is an advantage, according to Larsson.

“We will encounter customers who regard technology and new working methods as a good way of making full use of the raw material's value, just as they do in Europe. We share their point of view," he says.

Valutec, with its long history of lumber drying, has delivered more than 3,000 batch kilns and 1,000 continuous kilns, primarily to the Nordic countries, but also many deliveries to major sawmill markets like Germany and Russia.

“Our industry knowledge, experience and unceasing efforts to develop lumber drying means we feel well prepared to take the step into a new market,” says Larsson.

Valutec is a world leader in the continuous kiln segment. The company has consolidated this position through the launch of a new generation of continuous kilns known as TC kilns that offer the quality and time efficiency improvements for many different types of raw material demanded by customers.

“Wood drying is an important part of a sawmill's value creation and Valutec's offer is perfectly suited for tomorrow's demands. So I chose to work with this investment together with them," says Ingo Wallocha, CEO for Valutec Wood Dryers Inc.

Wallocha has many years of experience working within the wood drying and sawmill industry. He has worked primarily in the North American market for the past five years.

Valutec's executive management will travel to North America in the weeks ahead to meet with representatives for Canadian and American sawmills on their home turf.

“This is truly inspiring and a mile marker in the company’s development,” says Robert Larsson. 
August 5, 2015 – Mack Manufacturing Inc. was in the forefront when diesel-powered crane buckets and grapples with remote controls first appeared in the material handling industry. With the latest addition to its line-up of attachments, Mack set its sights on “small:” a series of self-contained remotely operated attachments ranging from as little as 3/8 cubic yard up to a 20 yard capacity. 

According to Mack’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Matt Davidson, the new small-sized grapples and buckets were developed to solve big problems for customers in forestry, recycling, aggregate and shipping industries. 

“We have been producing large units like this to handle bulk loading for several years,” he explains. “But we found many customers need similar attachments sized smaller for more mobility, faster deployment and greater precision in moving material.”  

Getting you out of a jam
The new Mack attachments can handle a wide array of materials, including logs, rocks, scrap metals, waste and bulk material. The first unit Mack delivered was a 3/8 cubic yard 5-tine grapple, built for a paper mill to clear jammed logs from its debarking process. 

“Jams can be a costly problem, whether you’re processing logs like this, or pulling oversized, wedged-in material from a grinder or a shredder. In this case, a stuck log could stop production for six hours or more. The jam could happen 60 feet above the crane location, out of the crane operator’s sight, and the mill would have to send a crew into the equipment to free up the jam.”

The paper mill ordered the self-contained grapple from Mack so an operator can use the remote control to pick out a stuck log. The crane, working down below the debarker line, simply lifts and positions the grapple with directions for the remote operator. 

“It’s much safer than the old method,” said Davidson. “The remote operator can maneuver the grapple precisely to clear the jam in far less time. It can save a day’s production.”

Quick response
Because they are fully self-contained, the new Mack attachments can swing into action quickly. Simply attach the grapple or clamshell bucket to the crane’s hook, start the engine, and it’s ready to start moving product. Any rope crane, hydraulic crane or even an overhead crane can put the attachment into service as needed to keep conveyors and processing equipment moving, or to perform other light-duty tasks efficiently.

The smallest of the Mack attachments are powered by 14 HP air-cooled Hatz diesel engines. The largest models use 85 HP air-cooled Deutz diesels. The attachments are maneuvered by hand-held radio controls similar to those used with Mack’s production-sized self-contained models.

About Mack Manufacturing
Mack Manufacturing is a global leader in industrial material handling attachments, specializing in heavy-duty hydraulic grapples and buckets for overhead cranes and mobile equipment. Established in 1942, Mack continues to operate as a family-owned business committed to the development of highly-skilled welders, fabricators and support staff. Mack’s head office facility in Theodore, Alabama, is fully equipped to complete every step of attachment manufacturing and remanufacturing tasks under one roof, from engineering to precision machining to final finish.

August 4, 2015 - Precision Machinery’s CNC Guide Dresser has 10 years of development, revision and market testing and over 40 customers across North America willing to testify to its performance. Fast. Reliable. Proven. The machine is available direct from the manufacturer (Precision Machinery) and these four distributors: Cox Saw, Carbide Tool Works, Missoula Saw, and Haskins Industrial. If the person you are dealing with is not on this list, they are not selling a genuine Precision CNC Guide Dresser.

CNC Guide Dresser features include:

  • All your guides in one machine
    Mounting systems are custom engineered for your mill. ALL your guides can be processed with one machine. Our Fast-Setup design allows operators to quickly change between guide profiles and store up to 90 customized guide settings with our standard package.
  • Touchscreen interface
    A simple touch screen interface maintains accurate targets. Precision’s Safecut technology ensures the right guide and the right setting, every time.
  • Face mills
    Multiple insert face mills are available in two sizes to ensure the demands of your operation are met. Indexable carbide inserts are readily available and can be easily rotated up to four times if worn or damaged. No timely setup is required.
  • CNC machine spindles
    Powerful motors drive high speed, high precision CNC milling machine spindles. These motors will provide long life and service from your machine.
  • Slides
    Precision ground slides are adjustable in increments down to 0.0002”. Operators can fine tune guides with extreme precision in seconds.
  • Granite machine base
    The Precision CNC Guide Dresser has a unique base that guarantees the machine will cut with unparalleled accuracy, regardless of environmental changes around it.
  • Three-point frame
    Designed to ensure machine stability on any floor.

Check out a video of Precision's CNC Guide Dresser at

July 22, 2015 - The president of VAB Solutions, Jean Berube, recently announced the signing of a new contract for the sale and installation of a complete Planer Mill Lineal Grading Optimizer for Riopel Sawmill, a division of Crete Group, located in Chertsey, Quebec. 

"This new equipment is at the cutting edge of the technology and will enable Riopel Sawmill to significantly increase its production efficiency by increasing their productivity and the quality of their product,” says Berube.

About VAB Solutions Inc.
Created in 2004, VAB Solutions Inc. is a partnership between Marc Voyer eng. and Jean Berube eng., combining more than 30 years in the lumber industry.  The mission of VAB Solutions Inc. is to develop, manufacture, sell and commission vision instruments for the forest industry using the latest technology. Achieving outstanding performance and offering a fair competitive price are top priorities. The key feature of VAB Solutions Inc. line of products is the Lumber Grading Optimizer for planer mills. In 2014, VAB Solutions Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Source: VAB Solutions

July 16, 2015 - The BID Group of Companies is pleased to announce that Cumul8 division of Eight Solutions Inc.(“Eight” or the “Company”) have commenced planning to develop an industry-leading data visualization and analytic solution for the BID Group. This solution will use Cumul8 technology and be exclusively distributed by the BID Group throughout the North American forestry industry. 
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