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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 industrial arena.

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New from CAE
CAE offered several innovations, including two double length infeed systems with the latest technological advances in the primary log oregon2.jpg (3309 bytes)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 production.
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 systems.
Hundegger's K2
oregon4.jpg (2497 bytes)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.

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