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New sawmill equipment company to serve North American market
Microtec Industries North America Inc, a new joint venture company which combines the strengths and intellectual property of two successful European providers of sawmill equipment—Springer MaschinenFabrik of Austria and Microtec International of Italy— has set up operations in Salmon Arm, BC. The company has an experienced North American management and engineering team. Combined, Microtec Industries North America has almost 250 years of industry expertise among its 15 staff members.

Springer and Microtec International are the largest suppliers of scanning technology, glulam mills, and lumber handling equipment in Europe. Springer’s goal is to build a supply network that spans the globe serving the wood processing community.

The Salmon Arm operation will take Springer and Microtec International’s already proven technology and adapt it to the requirements of the North American market. The facility will be utilized for sales staff, engineering and manufacturing of scanners and PLCs. Mechanical products will also be locally manufactured. The 25,000 sq ft of floor space will be utilized for customer testing on logs, lumber and reman applications, as well as pre-delivery testing of all scanning equipment.

Microtech Industries has the expertise to design and manufacture software, controls and mechanical equipment for its reman, sawmill and engineered wood clients. The company’s skill-set lies in its ability to design and implement custom applications to suit specific needs. It has the in- house capability to service controls and mechanical equipment for all of its solid wood processing clients.

Microtech’s available products and services and include:

  • Mechanical and controls servicing of solid wood processing machinery
  • MSR strength grading device – Viscan
  • MSR strength grading device with x-ray supplement – ViscanPlus • Linear lumber scanner for the remanufacturing market - Golden Eye
  • Lumber moisture meter – M3Scan • Growth ring scanner and turner – Optiside
  • Log scaling – Log Eye • Lumber tally – Variosort • Lumber handling controls systems - new and upgrades
  • Mechanical – unscramblers, lug loaders, stacker line, auto hopper filler, tilt hoist, stick collection, sorter bin additions, miscellaneous conveying of lumber
  • Glue-laminated beam processing systems

A large variety of the above products will be available for demonstration at the company’s Salmon Arm facility beginning in October. In the near future, the company will have a linear planer mill lumber grader for the dimension market, Golden Eye, which is now under development and will be available for sale early in 2009.

BM&M Screening Solutions has new Western Canada account manager
BM&M Screening Solutions has announced Adriano Messina as its new Western Canada account manager. Messina holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from BCIT, as well as an associate certificate in Marketing. He brings five years of outside sales experience in civil construction to BM&M and is looking forward to identifying new industries for BM&M products, as well as continuing to service the company’s current customer base.

 BM&M specializes in manufacturing industry leading high-speed flat rotary screens.

MD Engineering introduces system to help handle beetle wood With increased demand from sawmills looking for a way to eliminate planer jams and properly feed beetle-killed wood, MD Engineering has developed a system to do just that: the Planer ACS (active control system).

The Planer ACS is a high-speed, position/ force control system that combines precision feed roll contact and release timing with true force control applied to each board. The result is smooth, consistent board feeding with a lighter touch. This retrofit system can be installed on any make of planer and infeed to dramatically improve planer throughput.

 MD Engineering specializes in retrofit improvement projects utilizing 3D design software, SolidWorks. As an engineering consulting company, MD Engineering offers a wide variety of services including project management, conceptual design, process optimization & automation.

Log Max to release Xtreme series of heads
Log Max Forestry Service Inc is now fully owned and operated by Log Max AB. As a full factory outlet, it can now ensure that all the factory advantages get to those that matter the most: its customers.

On top of its newly structured organization, this year promises to be very exciting as Log Max is releasing its highly anticipated Xtreme series of heads. The Xtreme series heads include the redesigned 7000XT, the recently released 10000XT and ever popular 12000XT.

Among the most notable features are an integrated top saw frame designed to meet the logger’s processing needs. Furthermore, they are standardized with an F11-30 butt saw motor and an F11-19 top saw motor, placing Log Max as an industry leader for speed and torque. Updated K170 Parker valve sections for the feed system allow for increased flow and pressure with less heat. Overall, there are more than fifty major changes from Log Max’s previous series of heads.

Davco cutting heads work well against beetle
Davco hot saws are a weapon in the mountain pine beetle battle, where selective equipment is required.

The QC1400 hot saw feller buncher from Davco Manufacturing Ltd, features a patented, multi-tree cutting layout that decreases cycle times compared to single tree cutting systems. The QC1400 can cut and carry up to a 14” tree on each side. The high speed hot saw has a 1-5/8î kerf with rotatable square teeth and a universal quick attach mount. The QC1400 is designed for the ASV RC100 and PT 100 carriers.

Davco Manufacturing also offers the 1,100-lb QC 1200 feller buncher, designed for suitable skidsteers, with a universal quick attach mount and a cutting capacity of up to 12 trees.

LMI wins award for technology leadership
Frost & Sullivan has recognized LMI Technologies Inc with the 2007 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership for LMI’s wide range of laser-based 3D vision sensor models and configurations.

LMI brings to its customers the advantages of 30 years of vision sensor experience, reflected by approximately 100 issued and pending patents.

The company currently markets its wide range of vision sensors under the names LMI Selcom, DynaVision, Fire- Sync, and HexSight, catering to a broad spectrum of application sectors, including wood manufacturing. Apart from having a standard product line, the company also offers custom design and manufacturing of vision sensors for large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

 “Vision sensors and machine vision products designed and developed by LMI have facilitated the rapid transition of machine vision from just 2D vision inspection to 3D vision,” says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Vishnu Sivadevan.