|8:30am - 9:00am||
|9:00am - 9:30am||
Measuring forces on the saw blades before actual deviation occurs provides extremely fast feedback that has multiple benefits, which increase profits. The primary benefit, often misunderstood, is increased average sawing speed. Saw+ADD’s Marty Vatkin will discuss about how fast reaction to wood anomalies, which normally require slower conservative sawing speed, can allow increased average sawing speeds while lowering the within board standard deviation and producing a high grade of lumber.
|9:30am - 10:15am||
With the support of BC Forest Safety Council, UBSafe performed a functional safety system upgrade to a Stetson Ross planer at Conifex Fort St. James, B.C., facility. To utilize the safeguarding system for minor servicing tasks, such as clearing jams, the WorkSafeBC approval process under regulation 10.10 for control system isolation device (CSID) use as an alternative control measure to lockout was triggered. UBSafe principal Ian Rood will share the results of the project – a safe, compliant, efficient system that was measured to reduce jam clearing-related downtime by 50 per cent.
|10:15am - 10:45am||
|10:45am - 11:15am||
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.
|11:15am - 12:00am||
MiCROTEC's CT Log Scanners provide a wealth of information on the internal defects of logs, and are able to optimize the breakdown based on the final graded value of the products, rather than volume. Most commonly, CT Scanners are connected through internal fingerprint technology to lineal primary breakdown lines. A case study will be presented that demonstrates CT Scanning close-coupled to the sawmill, wherein CT Optimized internal breakdown data is transferred to the headrig using MiCROTEC's new Logeye 900 Stereo Headrig Scanner.
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||
|1:00pm - 1:30pm||
Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have evolved rapidly in all industries in recent years, and we can take advantage of this evolution and apply it to the sawmill business. Gilles Gauvin, sales manager with Carbotech/Autolog, will explore the evolution of the Prograder over the years with the addition of new features, the use of new sensing technologies and more recently, the help of AI for defects detection on lumber. The more you define visual defects, the more value sawmills can derive from graded lumber.
|1:30pm - 2:00pm||
In face of a reduced fibre supply related to climate change and conservation, the need to develop new approaches to grow superior trees faster while sustainably extract the maximum value from every tree harvested on the landscape has never been higher. Research scientist Isabelle Duchesne will share the results of a sawing simulation study on plantation-grown softwoods that indicates X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning of internal log characteristics, combined with sawing optimization, increases lumber value of processed trees and improves sawmilling efficiency.
|2:00pm - 2:30pm||
|2:30pm - 3:00pm||
New research has shown wood conditions – kiln-dried, green, and frozen – has an impact on cutting power, surface quality and dust emissions in the mill. Dr. Julie Cool, associate professor of sawmilling optimization at UBC, will discuss this research and share how sensors can monitor conditions to optimize production.
|3:00pm - 3:30pm||
After four years of R&D involving specialists in mechanical, electrical and motion design, SmartMill introduced the Smart-Trim solution that combines three pieces of equipment in one: a lug loader, a positioning system/fence, and a multi-saw trimmer. SmartMill’s Jessy Ross will share how this compact 3-in-1 system uses the optimizer’s solutions to index, position and trim lumber green or dry, rough or dressed, replacing a conventional lug loader, fence and trimmer and providing flexibility to produce virtually any length.
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