OptiSaw 2023

What is OptiSaw?

OptiSaw is a one-day education forum focused on the future of sawmilling. In just one day of sessions from industry-leading technology manufacturers and researchers, you will come away with solutions to boost your mill profits now.

OptiSaw will be taking place in Quebec City, with sessions offered in both French and English. Don’t miss out on this time-effective and affordable learning and networking opportunity for those driving the future of sawmilling operations. It’s your annual brief on what’s coming down the pipeline – from robotics to AI to big data and IoT – that can increase sawmill profitability today.


All About OptiSaw

Who should attend:

  • Mill managers/owners
  • Process engineers
  • Continual improvement managers
  • Optimization staff
  • Researchers
  • Design consultants

What you will learn:

  • AI and robotics advancements in wood processing
  • Recovery and value-added solutions from around the world
  • Insights into scanning and optimization technology trials now underway
  • Techniques for leveraging big data and IoT to optimize production
  • Case studies of new technology and processes being implemented in mills today, hearing from those who made it happen
  • Mill safety advancements and best practices
  • Continuous improvement strategies for getting the most out of existing equipment
  • PLUS: Opportunities to network with colleagues and a select group of sponsor technology providers.

Attend OptiSaw
Get ready to discover new technologies and solutions

Register to Attend

Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded


8:30am - 9:00am


9:00am - 9:45am

Sawmill of Future

Speaker: TBC

BID is leading the way in several areas related to Industry 4.0: IIoT, augmented reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, and designing the next generation of sawmills.

At OptiSaw, BID will share their vision of the sawmill of the future: a sawmill that will be powered by a combination of cutting-edge technologies and an inspired workforce.

Experts will introduce innovative technologies and their individual impact on operations, and how they all integrate to build the sawmill of the future.
9:45am - 10:30am

Scanners with AI reinforcement

Speaker: Jyri Smagin - Chief Sales Officer, Finnos Oy

Finnos Oy’s Jyri Smagin will walk the audience through the sawmill, with its different scanners at various locations, and show how the latest technology enables the scanners to connect with each other via fingerprint technology. He will demonstrate how applying AI optimization to the whole raw material flow linked by fingerprint can increase fiber recovery and yield significantly.

10:30am - 10:45am

Networking Break

10:45am – 11:30am

Case study: Functional safeguarding of a planer system

Speaker: Ian Rood, principal, UBSafe, Inc.

UBSafe performed a functional safety system upgrade to a Stetson Ross planer at Conifex Fort St. James, B.C., facility. To utilize the safeguarding system for minor servicing tasks, such as clearing jams, the WorkSafeBC approval process under regulation 10.10 for control system isolation device (CSID) use as an alternative control measure to lockout was triggered. UBSafe principal Ian Rood will share the results of the project – a safe, compliant, efficient system that was measured to reduce jam clearing-related downtime by 50 per cent.

11:30am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 4:00pm




1225 Cours du Général-de Montcalm,
Québec QC (QC)
G1R 4W6



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