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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2014

November 2015

On the Cover:
G R (Mac) Lind Logging of Princeton, British Columbia, has a long history with Caterpillar equipment, and their equipment line-up includes two Cat 320D processors, equipped with Waratah 622 heads, which continue to be proven performers (Cover photo by Paul MacDonald).

Spotlight — Ecosystem management project seeking long term funding
The Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance (EMEND) project in Alberta is looking for additional funding to keep its work on evaluating logging practices in the boreal forest—and their impact on forest health—going for the long term.

Revving up Resolute’s Thunder Bay mill
Resolute Forest Products has ramped up production at its Thunder Bay sawmill as part of a larger capital plan for its facilities in northwestern Ontario, a move that will allow the sawmill to capture more higher grade lumber products.

Iron investments
New Brunswick logger Ken Thomas has recently made some significant equipment investments, including a new John Deere 703 harvester with a Waratah H480C head, which has been working well in commercial thinnings—and still does a great job in final harvest.

Figuring out Ontario’s logging playbook
Ontario logger Gord Griffiths is looking to retire, but he’s concerned about who in the next generation is willing to take over the reins, given a constantly changing logging playbook from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources.

Gradual growth for B.C. sawmiller
Sawmilling operation Vancouver Urban Timberworks started out modestly, but it has gradually grown, and the company recently installed a new mill, a Wood-Mizer WM1000—the first WM1000 to operate in Canada—at their production facility in Squamish, north of Vancouver.

Sawmill Sid shoots—and scores,
with hockey sticks
Producing everything from guitars to hockey sticks, Ontario mill operation Sawmill Sid is working hard to see that the trees in Toronto that have been hit by the Emerald Ash Borer have added value, and don’t just end up in tub grinders.

The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and NRCanada.

The Last Word
Jim Stirling on how B.C. forest companies are heading to North America’s lowest cost lumber producing region—the U.S. South.


Tech Update: Printing and Labeling

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TECH UPDATE - Printing and Labeling

By Tony Kryzanowski

AMSAMS Solutions

Automated stamp and label monitoring is a requirement in modern planer mills, and AMS Solutions has used its machine vision and controls expertise to produce IdealSTAMP.

This vision system inspects multiple areas of a lumber stamp to ensure quality levels are maintained and stamp/print heads are operating properly. If quality scores drop below user-configured thresholds, or a preset number of unstamped boards are detected in sequence, the system will inform production staff and automatically stop the line.

Complete with a human-machine interface, IdealSTAMP provides operators with historical quality trends, simple calibration, and an integrated sensor display. To complement its streamlined installation, this system is easily integrated into PLC networks, has customizable alarming and can be readily supported remotely.


The days of rubber wheels are over, says Autolog. The company’s second generation ProGSP lumber marking system is built on the company’s reputation of high print quality, durability, reliability and lowest cost of ownership.

Further integrating the HP thermal inkjet technology, the new customizable and compact system is designed for the harsh environment of mills, thus increasing uptime. Maintenance is simplified and downtime minimized by an electric height positioning actuator. Extremely user-friendly interface allows hassle-free integration and reduces dependency on customer line control by streamlining print commands, says the company.

Key features include: direct real time Ethernet/IP connectivity (Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and PLC5) or configurable ASCII serial communication is available; double speed mode; an entirely configurable and flexible user interface; adjustable print density by print controller; and automatic print job loading.


Printing on lumber has its own set of unique challenges such as dust, vibrations, and extremely fast moving, unstable lumber. In the midst of this, every stamp on a piece of lumber must meet a strict set of requirements in terms of clarity and accuracy.

Peter Wiebe, a planer mechanic in Vanderhoof, B.C., solved the common issues related to lumber marking by engineering and producing a new grade printer. Now, over 30 years later, Timberstar Manufacturing Ltd. is still innovating and improving the art of printing on lumber in modern high speed planer mills.

Brothers Jake Wiebe and John Wiebe have grown the business into an international success story, with lumber printer installations worldwide. The average mill realizes enough savings in operating and maintenance costs to pay for the investment of a new Timberstar printer in just three months, says the company. Timberstar is still a family-owned and operated company that places a high priority on customer satisfaction.


The Samuel Coding and Labeling Group has fully automated lumber bar code and ink jet grade mark systems operating dependably and consistently in some of the highest producing mills in the world.

With numerous installations in locations ranging from the Alaska Highway to Florida, the Samuel bar coding and ink jet grade mark systems have proven their performance in a very wide range of severe environments. Designed to easily integrate into mills, Samuel’s systems offer numerous options including integrated Allen-Bradley Ethernet modules for ControLogix.

Samuel provides complete service including hardware, software, controls and installation, as well as ongoing support.

z-techZ-TEC Automation Systems

The Z-TEC WinJet II lumber marking system demonstrates the latest in industrial printing technology. WinJet II maintains its lead by continuously evolving and incorporating new features and designs, like Z-TEC’s proprietary capping and wiping stations, so workers don’t have to lock out and climb out on the line just to wipe a cartridge.

With up to 300 distinct messages per minute, the high quality graphics and text options allow operators to print variable information on to the product without slowing production. Everything from project conception and system design, to the installation plan is tailored to meet the specific needs of customers. Z-TEC Automation Systems also offers 24/7/365 day support for its products.

internationalInternational Bar Coding

The International Bar Coding PA10G printer applicator is the culmination of 20 years’ experience in the home building products industry.

The PA10G is designed from the ground up for the rugged requirements of the modern mill environment. Implementation of a PA10G provides accurate and robust labeling solutions at the speeds of next generation handling lines in an adaptable package configurable to operate through PC, PLC, or manual control. Enclosed in a warehouse grade heavy duty steel case, the PA10G’s internalized components and limited amount of moving parts mean less wear on components, longer periods between tune-ups and better return over the lifetime of its purchase. It is able to accurately print and apply over 300 pieces per minute.