OptiSaw is designed to offer sawmilling professionals a time-effective and affordable learning and networking opportunity to learn more about the future of optimization and automation in the industry. Keep checking back for updates.
8:00am to 9:00am
9:00am to 9:45am
Sawmill 4.0: Using floor-level data to drive productivity
François Léger, president of PMP Solutions, and Jean-Sébastien Pelletier, sawmill manager for Maibec’s St-Pamphile mill in Quebec, will discuss industry 4.0 as it evolves, drawing on developments at St-Pamphile where data is collected at every step of the production process to optimize mill operations. Léger and Pelletier will offer ideas about a roadmap to sawmill 4.0.
9:45am to 10:30am
Eurovations: UBC looks at the cutting edge overseas
University of British Columbia Assistant Professor Julie Cool, who specializes in sawmill optimization and machinery, will offer insight into what innovations European sawmills are using to optimize their production.
10:30am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 11:30am
Carbon, Construction, and COP 21 — Trends and opportunities for wood
Who are the major players in cross-laminated timber/mass timber? What’s the market? Where is the industry going? Peter Moonen, National Sustainability Manager for the Canadian Wood Council, will explore the opportunities that mass timber presents to sawmills in Canada.
11:30am to 12:00pm
The CLT end game
Sam Pope, Western North American Sales Manager, USNR
USNR is offering a cross-laminated timber (CLT) press and associated handling equipment for the mass-timber market. The company installed its first press at a plant in Riddle, Ore., and has had significant interest since then.
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Networking Lunch
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Scanning sooner: Moving grade optimization into the sawmill
Norvin Laudon, Springer-Microtec's chief technology officer, will present on their latest innovation: the new four-sided Goldeneye 900 transverse lumber scanner. A unique feature of the scanner is that, in addition to standard planermill auto grading, it is also designed for green sawn lumber in the sawmill. This presentation will explore some of the benefits of grade scanning in the sawmill, with practical examples from a recent installation in Coastal British Columbia.
1:30pm to 2:00pm
Optimizing the gang edger
Autolog sales manager Gilles Gauvin and Tembec vice-president of Ontario Operations, Andre Ouimette, will present a case study about the overall improvements at Tembec's Hearst sawmill in Quebec, with a focus on Autolog’s curve sawing optimization of a gang edger (wiggle box).
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Networking Break
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Staying current: Steps to avoid gear obsolescence
Equipment obsolescence is a growing issue for sawmills as the pace of technology and the sophistication of sawmills increases. In order to protect machinery investments, sawmills need to manage the risk of obsolescence. The best way to do so is in partnership with suppliers. Joey Nelson, president and founder of JoeScan, will discuss strategies to mitigate the risk of equipment obsolescence in sawmills.
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Better beetle wood: Split detection case study
USNR has invested in developing a split detection system at Lakeland Mills in Prince George, B.C., and is now ready to take it to market. Doug Strasky, primary optimization systems manager for USNR, will share why the new system is particularly applicable to the regions affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle or have logs with similar defects.
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Panel discussion: Getting the most of existing equipment
A panel of sawmill mangers will discuss using systems, accountability, communication, training and follow-up to bring existing systems up to reasonable production levels prior to investing in new tech, as well as how to get the fastest ROI from new investment.
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