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 9:30am
Trimming out error: Keys to successful scanning on the trimmer sorter line
Trimmer scanning is usually the last place to catch and correct for defects. It is also one of the most demanding in terms of speed and accuracy requirements. Join Joey Nelson, the president and founder of JoeScan, to learn the keys to successful scanning on the trimmer sorter line:

● How different types of scanners impact the performance
● How the conveyance affects system performance and best practices
● How to evaluate the performance of a trimmer scanner and sustain good performance through routine calibration and maintenance

Speaker: Joey Nelson, President and Founder, JoeScan
9:30am to 10:00am
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. Research by FPInnovations has shown that it is possible to separate Canada’s softwood species with a high success rate. Autolog’s Francis Paquin and FPInnovations’ Zarin Pirouz will present on the productivity gain in the kiln obtained by these methods for separating lumber.

Speakers: Francis Paquin, Autolog, and Zarin Pirouz, FPInnovations
10:00am to 10:30am
Repair or Replace? Maintenance costs and challenges of implementing new technology
What decisions are made while choosing what piece of equipment, and what are the challenges that surround those decisions? Brunette’s Patrick Browne will present a case study on capital equipment, technological changes, what our industry has to offer.

Speaker: Patrick Browne, Brunette
10:30am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 11:30am
Closing the loop: Using X-ray technology to execute CT Log scanner optimized sawing solutions at the sawline
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. Springer-Microtec has recently installed three Microtec Logeye systems at a sawmill in North America to complement the mill’s existing CT Scanner. These new scanners identify the log and its rotational position at the sawmill, and execute the original CT log optimized sawing solution performed in the log yard. This is the first installation of its kind in the world that identifies individual logs from a storage of over 100,000 logs. Springer-Microtec’s Norvin Laudon will explain the ground-breaking technologies involved, and describe some of the benefits that are realized.

Speaker: Norvin Laudon, Springer-Microtec
11:30am to 12:00pm
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
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Networking Lunch
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Wood dust risks and air quality hazards
The risks associated with wood dust in a production environment are frequently underestimated with possibly fatal results. Join VETS Sheet Metal’s Francis Petit to learn about wood dust risks and best practices using a recent case study for participants. The presentation will cover:
  • Fire and explosion risks associated with wood dust
  • Codes and regulations associated with explosion and fire risk
  • Health hazards workers face when exposed to wood dust and other airborne contaminants
  • Solutions to reduce the dust exposure for the workforce in a wood production environment

Speaker: Francis Petit, VETS Sheet Metal

1:30pm to 2:00pm
Unidirectional or counterflow? A continuous dry kilns comparison
What are the pros and cons of unidirectional continuous and counterflow continuous dry kilns? Valutec’s Ingo Wallocha will discuss the technology behind continuous kilns, and why quality drying is important to the burgeoning mass timber and CLT movement. His presentation includes a case study of dry kiln installations at the CLT manufacturer Hasslacher in Austria.

Speaker: Ingo Wallocha, Valutec
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Networking Break
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Small log recovery: Adapting to smart and agile manufacturing
Remaining competitive requires intensified efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency and to extract higher-margin products from the forest resource. FPInnovations’ SM2 Initiative is revolutionizing the way small logs are processed by developing innovative approaches, game-changing technologies (ex: advanced vision systems, smart machines for real time adaptive control) to maximize recovery and value to offset high delivered log costs. Join FPInnovations' Eric Dunn to discuss how new processes and smarter machines will bring mills agility and flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing resource base and availability and shifting markets needs.

Speaker: Eric Dunn, FPInnovations

3:00pm to 3:30pm
Big data in the forest industry – Bringing theory to reality
As Industry 4.0 becomes more and more of a discussion point within the forest products industry, Cumul8 has developed a data analytics and IoT platform to collect data throughout the process of converting logs to finished lumber. This data is used to drive speed to value by providing data visualization and analysis as well as predictive analytics to better understand, react and optimize the manufacturing process. Join Eight Solutions’ founder Rory Armes as he discusses big data in the forest industry.

Speaker: Rory Armes, Founder and CEO, Eight Solutions
3:30pm to 4:00pm
Small outlays, big returns for sawmill 4.0
“Don’t sweat the small stuff” is what we are told. However, there are a lot of small things that can be done in a sawmill that improve production and cost very little. ScanMeg has designed many specialized products for sawmills to improve the operation of log, cant and board systems. Often these sensors improve log or lumber flow and can reduce or automate the increasing responsibilities that we a placing on our operators to make them more efficient. ScanMeg’s John Wilby will explore many simple and inexpensive devices that can be implemented right now in your maintenance budget to improve productivity immediately.

Speaker: John Wilby, ScanMeg

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