July 18, 2018 - Sennebogen has introduced the new 855 E model to its line-up of material handlers to complete the largest product line of purpose-built material handlers worldwide.
July 4, 2018 - Carbotech is proud to announce the creation of a strategic partnership with West Coast Industrial Systems for the exclusive distribution of its equipment and after-sale maintenance service, Carbocare, for the West Coast of the United States. Based in Lebanon, Ore., WCIS’s fabrication shop and warehouse will serve as a critical spare parts distribution location, drastically decreasing time-to-market and related product costs for Carbotech/Gemofor’s existing clientele.

Over the years, Carbotech has built a solid reputation for itself in the planer mill and sawmill industries thanks to quality products and customer service. Blane Belveal, vice-president of sales for WCIS, is extremely confident that the newly built partnership will uphold the two companies’ commitment to quality and continue to grow their reputation across the West Coast of the United States.

"Our goal is not only to sell lumber manufacturing equipment, but really to be an integrated partner with lumber producers. Having local sales representatives as well as installation and maintenance technicians is essential for us to be able to serve our clientele with the best before, during and after-sales service," says Mathieu Laflamme, international sales and marketing director at Carbotech.
June 26, 2018 - Biewer Lumber in Prentice, Wisconsin is updating its EdgerTrimmer and WinTally systems to the latest USNR software and hardware release. This investment will ensure the reliability, competitiveness and supportability of its sawmill edger, trimmer and sorter processes at this site.

The new technology will improve recovery and increase uptime with simplified calibrations, improved diagnostics, and supportable hardware and software. Proven algorithms provide the most valuable cut solution, using input from the mill user, measurements from the sensors, and available operator inputs.

Biewer is based in St. Clair, Mich., and operates five lumber operations in Wisconsin, Michigan and Mississippi.
June 20, 2018 - Almost 20 years after its introduction on the market, Gilbert’s planer is a huge success for the company as the 100th unit has been sold to the company Katerra, in the U.S.

Gilbert's products team has developed a unique expertise in designing planermill equipment. Sold in nearly 10 countries including Canada, the United States, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Brazil, Australia and Sweden, the Gilbert planers are known to be the fastest in the world and have the highest efficiency rate due to the unique-to-gilbert pull-through technology.

“Our planer equipment makes us very proud. With our five different models, we want to offer our clients first-rate equipment helping them increase their productivity while producing a beautiful lumber finish," said Heidi Danbrook, sales manager of the planermill division. "To have sold 100 planers is a great sign of confidence given by the industry."

For the upcoming years, Gilbert is devoted to continue being the leader in the planer industry by producing high quality equipment tailored to meet mill needs. Its after-sales team is dedicated to offering personalized service and support to all its customers worldwide.

For over 30 years, Gilbert has been a leader in the design and manufacturing of forestry, planermill, construction equipment and snow groomers. The company, located in Roberval, Que., and employs nearly 100 workers dedicated to offering the best planer technology on the market.
June 19, 2018 - The LASAR sensor-based USNR Carriage Optimization utilizes dense 3D scan data to yield maximum value from every log.

Simultaneous front and back side scanning offers unparalleled accuracy and data density. It is the only system capable of full log breakdown grade sawing and can also be configured for MOF (minimum opening face) in hardwood applications.

The system's detailed breakdown rules can be set for each species, grade and fiber class along with other options like configurable face cut orders, configurable minimum opening face sizes and lengths, half taper, full taper, and no taper options.

Click to watch an animation of its operation.
June 12, 2018 - Autolog has announced its new log optimizer. The design of this new solution includes many new features that respond to the growing demands within the industry.
June 7, 2018 - The Wood-Mizer exclusive Vortex dust-removal blade profile is now available in DoubleHard high-alloy steel resulting in a more durable blade that delivers up to twice the toughness and sharp life compared to carbon steel blades.
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. 

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