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Kelowna Agenda

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9:00am to 9:30am
Chip metrics: Real-time wood chip data tracking
Real-time tracking of wood chip output in both volume and weight is a low-cost, efficient way to optimize sawmill productivity. Brunette Chip Supply Systems has introduced Optical Belt Scale Technology that provides live chip tracking data via a contact-free volumetric scanner. Brunette’s Peterson Cheung will explain how this technology, designed for the aggregate industry, has been successfully implemented into their chip plant systems to provide a management advantage to the sawmill industry.

Speaker: Peterson Cheung, vice-president of operations, Brunette Machinery Co. Inc.
9:30am to 10:00am
A new vision: Inspect beyond the surface with ultrasonic systems
Combining the conventional electromagnetic spectrum scanners (infrared, x-ray, visual), wood producers now have the ability to fully assess their forest products inside and out. This technology allows for detection of defects of full thickness in boards such as vertical end splits as well as checking defects in hardwood and softwood. Using just the conventional EMS techniques, these types of defects are undetectable since they are not visible on the surface. Jan Strycek, president of Airstar, will explain how their ultrasonic systems are successfully detecting internal defects in wood products to fully optimize production quality.

Speaker: Jan Strycek, president, Airstar
10:00am to 10:30am
Case study: Automating QC systems at Hampton Lumber
Hampton Lumber’s Babine sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C., has spent the last two years implementing a modern automated QC system throughout the mill. The tools, processes and technology have helped them improve lumber quality, predictive maintenance and employee impact. SiCam System’s Nick Barrett, with input from Hampton Lumber’s Floyd Weselowski, will present on the systems in place and the financial impacts of improved quality control.

Speaker: Nick Barrett, president of SiCam Systems
10:30am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 11:30am
Sawmill 2020: Using AI and X-ray to map material flow
Today’s AI solutions aim to assist human decision making and automate data-based analysis of processes. Currently a missing piece of the puzzle for sawmills is transparent raw material flow. This can be solved by modern X-ray fingerprint technology. Finnos co-founder and CEO Jere Heikkinen will explain how AI and X-ray solutions in use at Northern European sawmills can be adapted to North-American sawmill processes, in co-operation with Prologic+.

Speaker: Jere Heikkinen, co-founder and CEO of Finnos
11:30am to 12:00pm
Demystifying the dust hazard analysis
The NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust requires owners to conduct a dust hazard analysis (DHA) for existing facilities and processes by Sept. 7, 2020. But what exactly is included in a successful DHA? VETS Sheet Metal’s Francis Petit will present a detailed, step-by-step explanation of what needs to be included in a DHA, why it’s necessary, how to apply it to your facility and manage it, and more.

Speaker: Francis Petit, dust collection specialist, VETS Sheet Metal
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Networking Lunch
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Science of mill management: Characteristics of top quartile operations
What separates top sawmill performers from the rest of the pack? Join Bryan Beck, president of forestry consultant firm The Beck Group, to explore the keys to mill management success observed over his years of consulting and benchmarking in the sawmill industry.

Speaker: Bryan Beck, president, The Beck Group
1:30pm to 2:00pm
Thinking differently: Inside Coastland’s merchandizing project
In 2016, Coastland Wood Industries in Nanaimo, B.C., was on the hunt for an out-of-the-box, high-capacity solution to replace two existing merchandizers with one system for log handling and merchandizing. The veneer producer turned to Springer-Microtec. The equipment installed included a screw unscrambler stem infeed unit, debarking section, eight-saw merchandizer, block sorting, and all of the conveyance in between. Coastland’s Shawn Eby will join Norvin Laudon from Springer-Microtec for a candid talk about the equipment, how the project transpired, and how the technology helps Coastland achieve its status as one the highest-capacity veneer producers in North America, while producing a sought after, high-quality product.
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Networking Break
2:30pm to 3:00pm
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3:00pm to 3:30pm
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3:30pm to 4:00pm
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