The 28th Wood Technology Clinic and Show in Portland, Oregon saw hundreds of exhibitors
displaying the latest in wood processing machinery, including: lumber and panel
manufacturing technology; electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic motion control; sawing
accuracy; chipping, stranding and flaking; scanning and optimizing power; moisture
measuring and drying; preserving and marking; wrapping and packaging; eBusiness...
Scoopsoft Facilitates eCommerce
Scoop Software Corp unveiled a significant advance in vertically integrated management
information technology for the lumber and wood products industry in the form of Scoopsoft.
The company adapted its technology to become webbased, making it accessible and affordable
for lumber and wood producers-including small and mediumsized mills-and providing a viable
cornerstone of Internetdriven eCommerce. Scoop Software has developed and installed custom
enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs) for many leading lumber and wood producers.
ERPs enable business decisions based on real time information, from raw material inventory
through every aspect of production, sales, management and delivery.
Micropulse Linear Position Sensing
Balluff's Micropulse family of magnetostrictive linear position sensors offer resolution
as low as 2.5 microns, linearity of just 0.02 per cent, submillisecond analog update times
and patented auto tuning electronics. Other features include patented 100 per cent analog
adjustability (Z housing), enhanced magnetostrictive technology (EMT) wavequide and
dropin/ plugin compatibility with lower quality devices for simple upgrades.
InVision and INOVEC Merge
InVision Technologies of California has merged with INOVEC Inc of Oregon, combining their
expertise to provide industry with applications to extract the highest yield and highest
grade from lumber. INOVEC is a leading supplier of optimization systems to the forest
products industry, while InVision Technologies has brought computed tomography (CT) to the
New from CAE
CAE offered several innovations, including two double length infeed systems with the
latest technological advances in the primary log breakdown
process. Unique tracking chipping heads follow the log's sweep to produce an optimum
surface finish, while motion control technology ensures turning, skewing and positioning
accuracy. Further enhancing the primary breakdown process is the CAE rotating bandmill
that can be positioned to match the saw cut to the best recovery solution. The optimizer
will determine an optimum solution within +/ six degrees from the log position on the
chain, and the bandmills will be rotated to that position. CAE's cant optimization
improves curve sawing with features such as transverse scanning, dual scan linear sensors,
QuickScan and optimizer software. Integrated curve sawing sytems are available in several
configurations. The QuickScan centreing scan table features three scan zones containing
four CAE linear sensors each, reducing the overall length of the system and increasing
piece counts. Integrated wood processing equipment and systems from CAE optimize the
process from bucking to grading, including optimized primary breakdown, curve sawing,
edger systems and trimmer/sorter systems. Its Mill Host brings together all optimization
centres in one centrally located PC.
21 st Annual Wood Technology Award for Excellence
Ed Allen, the developer of highstrain sawing, was the recipient of the 21 st Annual Award
for Excellence at the Portland Wood Technology Clinic and Show. Holder of numerous patents
and author of many papers on sawmilling techniques, Allen was recognized for his many
pioneering contributions to the modern sawmill. The North Vancouver, BC resi dent, now
retired, developed the air strain system of applying and regulating pulling force in band
saw blades, resulting in the development of thin kerf technology and improved accuracy.
Allen also developed a method to accurately determine the maximum feed speed for band
saws, known as the Gullet Feed Index (GFI), a method still in use throughout the industry.
Among many other advances, he optimized band saw tooth design and assisted the industry in
trouble shooting sawing problems and improving sawing performance.
Increased Production with ProCon
Increased production of up to 10 per cent can be realized using ProCon's new optimized
bandsaw feed (OBF) system, the company says. The machine vision technology scans the log
for depth of cut in front of the saw and also for saw blade cutting deviation. Using this
data, the system learns and controls the optimum feed speed for maximum quality and
Linden's New Feeders
Linden's new selfcleaning, doubleacting step feeder clears debris as it feeds logs, never
missing a log. It unscrambles and singulates, feeding one log at a time at speeds up to 70
cycles per minute. With a simple mechanical drive, it's preassembled, tested and shipped
as one unit for easy installation. The company says its doubleacting mechanical drive
quadrant log feeder accumulates, unscrambles and singulates a deep pile of logs and
handles extremely long and very crooked logs with ease. With a simple mechanical drive,
the selfcleaning and counterbalanced model feeds logs one at a time at speeds of up to 25
cycles per minute. Designed for rapid cycle times, Linden's bell crank cutoff saw is
cycled by a rotary linkage driven by an electric motor and planetary reducer.
Honer from Simonds
The super edge honer from Simonds, designed to hone knives faster and more accurately than
by hand, produces a polished cutting edge that allows the knife to slice through the cut
more efficiently, resulting in longer knife life, better chip quality and less wear and
tear. Recent investments in new technologies have enabled Simonds to expand on the
PortaPro narrow kerf band saw blade line with a new swaged tooth saw, engineered for the
more advanced machines used in the specialty wood market. It's also been successfully used
in mills formerly using conventional wide band resaws.
LSIZE/R/T System New Standard
MicroRidge Systems has installed its first LSIZE R/T realtime lumber size control and
analysis system. The installation-at Tolko Industries, Lavington Division, Vernon,
BC-links the mill's existing Newnes trimmer optimizer into LSIZE R/T for more effective
size control monitoring using the data already being collected by the optimizer. Built
upon Windows LSIZE, LSIZE R/T retains all the longterm data storage capabilities and
indepth reports that have been available in the former system and is structured to allow
inputs from a variety of sources including existing optimizers and standalone scanning
From rafters to stairs, Hundegger's K2 fully automated
joinery machine, with automatic planer and chamferer for multiple or single piece
production, produces components without measurement, layout or setup time. The K2 is made
to meet industry requirements and can be ordered as an automated component saw or as a
fully automated joinery machine. Workstations or tooling can be added as needed. The K2 is
programmed in terms and with dimensioning that is used in carpentry and data from other
CAD programs can be easily imported. The process control system creates an efficient
sequence with sorting lumber and the cut list can be adjusted to match the order of
material on the loading conveyor. Each piece is then loaded and cut automatically, and the
completed part is then recorded on the computer.