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8:00am to 8:45am
9:00am to 9:30am
Fully automated: Bringing robotics to the mill
Speaker: Jon Vanspronsen, Equipment Sales Representative for Tebulo Industrial Robotics

Robots are not new technology, but are certainly growing in numbers, speed, accuracy, and affordability every year. If they have been around for so long, why is it trending in today’s world? And what can we, the wood industry, glean and learn from other industries already using robotics? Tebulo’s Jon Vanspronsen will present on the history on robotics, where robotics are currently in the marketplace, and the future of robotics in the wood industry.
9:30am to 10:00am
AI in action: US mill implements automated lumber scanning
Speakers: Ellen Nelson, Chief Financial Officer for Lucidyne, and Rod Trammell, Corporate QC for Hampton Lumber

Using deep learning artificial intelligence, Lucidyne developed Perceptive Sight Intelligent Grading to the lumber industry. Perceptive Sight is now the standard software platform for the Lucidyne GradeScan, and is revolutionizing the way lumber is graded. Lucidyne’s Ellen Nelson and Hampton Lumber’s Rod Trammell will present a case study on the benefits of automated lumber scanning based on Hampton’s experience at its Oregon sawmills in Willamina, Warrenton and Tillamook.
10:00am to 10:30am
More with less: Extracting higher value products from your logs
Speaker: Norvin Laudon, Chief Technology Officer for Springer-Microtec

In a world of ever-increasing competition and prices for logs the question must be asked: is there more value to be extracted from the logs I have? CT scanning of logs is capable of producing an incredible amount of data about the inside of logs. Through real-world examples, Springer-Microtec’s Norvin Laudon will demonstrate how CT technology can be used with existing equipment to radically change decisions on bucking, sorting, and sawing, and bring significant value uplift in the process. Both small- and large-log mills will be explored, in both higher and lower volume production scenarios.
10:30am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 11:30am
Eastern improvement: Leveraging a consistent grading system
Speakers: Sylvain Messier, EACOM Corporate Project and Controls Manager, and Gilles Gauvin, Sales Manager for Autolog

EACOM corporate project and controls manager, Sylvain Messier, along with Autolog’s Gilles Gauvin, will present on the overall improvements and impact the Timmins, Elk Lake and Nairn sawmills experienced with their Autolog ProGrader linear planer optimizer. The presentation will cover the benefits of leveraging an easy-to-use, powerful grading system, along with its ability to grade accurately and consistently.
11:30am to 12:00pm
Integrating AI: Wood species identification in real time
Speaker: Diego Dos Santos, Wood Processing Engineer for BID Group

BID Group is taking a fully integrated approach to AI in its software platforms. Wood process engineer Diego Dos Santos will explain BID’s new approach, the benefits, and value of AI as applied to the unique challenge of species identification in our industry. The presentation will cover the SpecPro, developed by Comact, that uses the latest developments in AI to identify wood species in real time, without contacting the wood fibre or using any consumables.
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Networking Lunch
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Monitoring guided circular saws: an experimental investigation
Speaker: Ahmad Mohammadpanah, Mechanical Engineer for FPInnovations

FPInnovations recently undertook a study on sensing sawing deviation by mounting sensors in or on the saw guides. The study looked at a variety of sensors including microphone, an accelerometer, temperature sensor, an acoustic emission (AE) sensor, load cell, and a newly developed displacement sensor. FPInnovations Ahmad Mohammadpanah will explain the varied results of the sensors, and how the research led to a newly developed temperature sensor that can be used as a monitoring system for guided circular saws.
1:30pm to 2:00pm
Smart sawsense: Bringing IIoT into the file room with heat source monitoring
Speaker: Justin Williams, CEO of Williams & White

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) represents a massive opportunity for the sawmill, and specifically the filing room, to improve monitoring and efficiency. Williams & White CEO Justin Williams will present on the applications for IIoT in the mill and share details on their newest product, Smart Guide Sawsense Performance Monitoring System based research from FPInnovations.
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Saw science: New research on online saw monitoring
Speaker: Vahid Nasir, Ph.D. Candidate, UBC Wood Science Department

UBC researchers are publishing new research on using sensors to assess the sawing process in terms of surface quality and power consumption. Their main goal is online process control and monitor tool condition. UBC Ph.D. candidate Vahid Nasir will present on what sawmills can expect from the research findings.
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Networking Break
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Kiln 4.0: Optimizing kilns with intelligent automation
Speaker: Ingo Wallocha, Valutec Canadian Representative

Valutec, the world’s largest supplier of unidirectional continuous kilns, recently introduced a new kiln control system, Valmatics 4.0, that uses artificial intelligence to change the way continuous kilns are being controlled. Valutec’s Canadian representative, Ingo Wallocha, will explain the exciting new technology and why modern continuous kilns are only as good as their controls.
3:30pm to 4:00pm
Eyes inside: Making the switch to network cameras
Speaker: Heidi Schmidt, North American Manager for Opticom Tech

As technology rapidly advances, sawmills across North America are making the switch from analog cameras to IP network cameras. Opticom Tech’s Heidi Schmidt will outline the advantages and challenges of new camera technology options that can easily be implemented into new sawmills or those with existing camera systems.
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Closing Remarks and Networking
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