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TECHUPDATE - Mill Wide Information Systems
By Tony Kryzanowski
The Wonderware System Platform provides a single, scalable software foundation designed to integrate new and existing industrial systems into a unified operations management solution.
System Platform is an object-based approach with a common set of applications that allow users to build a custom-fit and easily maintained manufacturing system that represents the exact processes that require control, monitoring and management at production facilities.
Leveraging Wonderware’s unique ArchestrA technology, System Platform can meet the most demanding industrial manufacturing requirements, the company says.
It can achieve increased manufacturing supply chain efficiency through reliable and optimized information flow between the plant floor and business systems. The Wonderware System Platform enables business continuity throughout the enterprise by interfacing with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and many other enterprise business systems.
MyMill from USNR is a mobile machine monitoring and control system that allows mill personnel to interact with equipment using mobile devices. This new tool gives people the freedom to move around the mill, carrying the tools and information necessary to do the job from wherever they are, the company says.
With a dozen systems now sold, MyMill is catching on as a time and money saving solution for streamlining mill operations. The system delivers all the functionality that is typically available through a stationary HMI touch screen, at a fraction of the cost, according to USNR.
MyMill is not limited to sorter and dry kiln functionality. It can be used for operations, maintenance, quality control, and monitoring of virtually every machine centre. Operating with built-in safety features over a dedicated and secure wireless in-plant network, MyMill reduces downtime and simplifies maintenance and troubleshooting.
TradeTec Computer Systems
Effective sales campaigning helps forest companies to identify prospects, contact these prospects and turn those leads into customers. Campaigning can be incorporated into a company sales strategy with a simple to use web-based interface, capable of working on anything from a smart phone to a desktop, and run from within the company’s inventory program.
Salespeople won’t have to jump from inventory to CRM to email when making sales; one program, TallyWeb, brings it all together and is easily adapted for multiple users and multiple mill applications. With built-in CRM, sales campaigning, Voice Over I/P, and Microsoft Outlook interface, sales progress can be tracked right down to the call or email level, and success measured.
Microsoft’s SSRS reporting tool is built right into TallyWeb so that reports are easy to generate, detailed, relevant, and crystal clear.
TradeTec is designing a new tally app designed to run on Android devices, with availability this fall.
SiCam Real Time Size Control gives sawmill managers the tools to manage their ‘on-size’ performance. What is the value of catching a size problem right away and not half-way through a shift or worse yet at the planer mill? Or knowing when a saw blade needs changing? By minimizing size variations, sawmill managers can confidently reduce target sizes and improve lumber recovery to get a respectable increase in the bottom line.
SiCam 3D line lasers measure the profiles of cant faces, side board widths or wane balancing out of the edger. High speed point or line lasers are used on the planer infeed and outfeed.
At a glance, graphic displays show the health of each machine centre and which saws or chippers are on or off size.
SiCam’s ‘Fence Verification’ provides fast results. A high-speed laser measures the board end position after the fence. Whether stacked cylinders or advanced fences, this technology can determine whether or not each paddle, lift gate or roll is working. SiCam has identified an issue within 30 minutes of start up at several installations.
The Milltrack Inventory Management System (IMS) offered by SOFTAC provides a variety of tools specifically for the forest industry.
MillTrack IMS’s functionality includes integrated inventory capabilities, as well as a control system, production monitoring, order entry, shipping, and report and analysis.
It is said to be a fast and flexible system for conducting searches, and includes such features as manual package entry, complete tally entry, order entry and shipping, inventory analysis, inventory recap and reconciliation, purchased lot analysis, package de-stacking, lumber value calculation, kiln loading, the ability to export reports to Excel and Adobe, as well as multi-user security.
By incorporating the power of SOFTAC’s IMS with the mobility of its Lumber King technology, companies can also track a number of lumber yard activities.
Raptor Integration Inc. offers a Web based architecture of its scanning and control system interface that allows for simple client deployment using only a web browser. The web server can reside on the mill floor or in a remote, environmentally friendly server room.
For lumber handling applications, the scanning and sorting configuration resides in a single product, all with a common product database, creating a single unified solution. The days of trouble shooting hand-off issues between multiple computers are over, says the company.
Redundancies in the PLC and software architecture provide a mechanism for data restoration, to get back up and running in record time in the event of a hardware failure or loss of a PLC program.
The system database and PLC code comes with all the necessary hooks to support data gathering by the enterprise and maintenance system of the client’s choice.
Raptor’s mobile version provides full capability from a remote device and is included as part of Raptor’s standard offering.
Lumber drying has great impact on mill throughput, product quality and global productivity. However, negative impacts of drying are usually only observed down the line, at the planer mill, if not at customer sites. Two processes and two teams can result in no available solution, even though the problem seems obvious.
There now is a solution thanks to PMP Solutions’ GPS tracking technology, when loaders move bundles in the yard.
In addition, PMP Solutions has developed a proprietary software solution that synchronizes all grade and moisture content measurements of every piece graded in the planer mill, and links these results back to the original rough material. This way, errors observed at the planer mill can be associated with sawing or drying operations, and necessary adjustments can be put in place.
To accelerate the adoption of its software in the industry, PMP Solutions has joined with Comact to develop a specialized interface that reports the performance of every production run at the planer mill. This specific interface is now available with every GradExpert implementation. Requiring no configuration, this solution is an entryway to modern and sound data management for the entire production chain.
MiCROTEC’s high-speed, inline CT-scanner looks right into the log and recognizes the quality of the final products before the breakdown at 120 metres per minute.
The technological highlights of the company’s CT.LOG include complete log and stem description in real time; digital reconstruction of the dimension and quality of the log and virtual cutting; identification of the cutting pattern with the highest value; sorting based on quality, value and optimized cutting pattern; and it comes standard for logs up to 650 mm in diameter and up to 120 metres per minute of conveying speed.
Compared to other technologies CT.LOG is said to allow sawmills to detect large splits inside a log; detect knots, size of knots and how they transpire through the log; and, detect pith and core inside the log, allowing the sawmill to cut out the core from each log.
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