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9:00am to 9:45am
AI in forestry: Bringing theory to reality
Forestry is currently in the world of cheap artificial intelligence – the ability to surface valuable, live information to the humans in the process. Join Eight Solutions’ founder Rory Armes dives into how the current level of AI in the forest sector can bring real value from the technology, and how sawmills can enact that value.  

Presenter: Rory Arms, Founder, Eight Solutions
9:45am to 10:30am
iSawmill: Control your product output with artificial intelligence
From facial recognition to medical diagnostics to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives. Lucidyne is now using the newest form of this technology to train the GradeScan automated scanner/optimizer. The system learns to grade lumber like a human grader learns: by example. Join Lucidyne’s Patrick Freeman for a discussion on how this technology can maximize your fibre and value recovery.

Speaker: Patrick Freeman, Lucidyne
10:30am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 11:30am
Case study: Successful upgrade at Edgewood Forest Products
Based on a real case, the study illustrates how the modernization of a sawmill does not necessarily have to be a one-to-one exchange. Linck’s Damien Meyer will shine a light on how to achieve higher added value with the inclusion of existing plant parts and components. Learn the procedure, which lead to the optimal concept. The project took into consideration, not only the expected sustainable sawing process, but also the reduction to a minimum of construction and conversion time. For economical success from the beginning on.

Speaker: Damien Meyer, Linck Representative in Canada
11:30am to 12:00pm
Closing the loop on quality control
SiCam has added intelligence to its quality control systems that automatically adjusts cutting tools to maintain quality and size in the sawmill. SiCam’s president Nick Barrett will discuss how the closed-loop technology helps improve recovery and frees sawmillers to focus on equipment maintenance and machine monitoring.

Presenter: Nick Barrett, President, SiCam Systems
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Networking Lunch
1:00pm to 1:45pm
The SM2 Initiative: Smart Manufacturing of Tomorrow
The lumber industry is facing a significant surplus of wood chips. This situation may well worsen in the coming years as pulp and paper mills consume fewer chips. FPInnovations' SM2 initiative – known as smart manufacturing and based on the principles of the fourth industrial revolution – is addressing these challenges by revolutionizing log processing. Serge Constantineau, director of the SM2 initiative, will explain how FPInnovations is developing innovative approaches, agile implements and revolutionary technologies that offer sawmills solutions to diversify their product range.

Speaker: Serge Constantineau, Manager, Wood Products Sector, FPInnovations
1:45pm to 2:30pm
Kiln gains: Automating species separation
Autolog’s R&D team has partnered with FPInnovations to market a new real-time automated system for identifying and separating wood species based on new technology using near infra-red spectroscopy. Autolog’s Francis Paquin will dive into the research and the resulting productivity gain at the kiln.

Speaker: Francis Paquin, Research and Development Specialist, Autolog
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Networking Break
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Pushing the limits of log optimization with profilers
There are various types of optimized log lines in Eastern Canadian sawmills that could benefit from profiling and analyzes performance simulations in terms of lumber recovery, mill productivity, and economic advantages. USNR’s Pierre Bedard will discuss three different types of profilers ¬– pocket, double fix discs, and full independent discs – as applied in mills using circle saws with downstream optimized curve sawing.

Speaker: Pierre Bedard, USNR
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Breaking records: Inside Idaho Forest Group’s Lewiston sawmill
Over the past few years, Idaho Forest Group has made significant investments in its Lewiston dimension lumber sawmill where they installed a HewSaw SL250 3.4 multi-unit sawline, a merchandizing and log sorting system from Springer and CT X-ray scanning technology from Microtec, complete with X-ray fingerprint technology that identifies the log early in the process and executes the optimal CT solution at the sawline. Idaho Forest Group’s Jesse Short will join Bill Tice from HewSaw and Norvin Laudon from Springer Microtec for a candid talk about this line, how the project transpired, and how the technology helps Idaho Forest Group reach record breaking production numbers while producing a sought after, high quality product.

Jesse Short, Regional Manager, Idaho Forest Group
Bill Tice, Capital Sales/Marketing Manager, HewSaw Machines Inc.
Norvin Laudon, Chief Technology Officer, Springer Microtec
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