Quebec City Agenda



9:00am to 9:30am
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
9:30am to 10:15am
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
10:15am to 10:45am
Networking Break
10:45am to 11:15am
Optimization: What is it and how do we use it effectively?
Within the sawmill industry, the term “optimization” is sometimes misunderstood. So what exactly is optimization and how do you take advantage of this tool to provide maximum benefits to your sawmill? HewSaw’s Bill Tice will take a detailed look at optimization opportunities in sawmills and in particular primary breakdown, discussing key topics including the different types and levels of optimization, and sequences, and components.

Speakers: Bill Tice, capital sales and marketing manager for HewSaw
11:15am to 12:00pm
Connected mill: Capturing machine centre data in real time
A cloud-based data analytics dashboard platform from B3 Systems has allowed EACOM Timber’s Elk Lake sawmill to automate a formerly manual KPI reporting process by gleaning data from its machine centres in real time. B3’s Vlad Katkov and Elk Lake general superintendent Travas Hack will present on the success of the pilot project and the future potential of the software for predictive maintenance in sawmills.

Speakers: Travas Hack, EACOM Elk Lake general superintendent, and Vlad Katkov, Solution architect for B3 Systems
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Networking Lunch
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Extracting value through accurate log rotation
In today’s markets, extracting as much value as possible from each log is critical. But rotation errors in the log turners can decrease the extracted value by up to five per cent. Autolog’s Mathieu Papillon will explain the source of rotation errors and possible solutions, including Autolog’s R-TRAC system. The system measures log rotation in real-time, allowing the log turners’ control system to perform more accurate log rotations.

Speaker: Mathieu Papillon, research and development specialist for Autolog
1:30pm to 2:00pm
Case study: the impact of continuous kilns
Pleasant River Lumber, based in Maine, recently bought two Valutec continuous kilns. Valutec’s Ingo Wallocha will share how the installation went, issues the mill faced, how the kilns are performing and how the mill has benefited. He will also discuss the kilns’ performance in real-life conditions in North America and how a European product handles the challenges of a North American market with regards to parts, service and performance.  

Speaker: Ingo Wallocha, Valutec Canadian representative
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Next-gen 3D scanning
Unlike traditional log scanners, which require a log to be as stable as possible, Microtec’s new Stereoscopic Scanning technology can scan a log even if it’s vibrating, shifting or rotating. By avoiding the need to stabilize the log, this new technology opens up many possibilities for log scanning and optimization which were previously not practical from a cost perspective. Microtec’s Norvin Laudon will present on this next-generation 3D scanning technology and discuss the optimization and cost-benefit for mills.

Speaker: Norvin Laudon, chief technology officer for Springer-Microtec
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Networking Break
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Smart sawsense: Bringing IIoT into the filing room with heat source monitoring
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.

Speaker: Justin Williams, CEO of Williams & White
3:30pm to 4:00pm
Session TBD – stay tuned!
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