Optimisation the key to suc­cess

WoodTECH 2015 runs in Mel­bourne on 16-17 Septem­ber and again in Ro­torua on 22-23 Septem­ber.

Australasian Timber - - WOODTECH -

MODERN DAY sawmill ma­chine cen­tres col­lect vast amounts of in­for­ma­tion about logs, lum­ber, break­down so­lu­tions, down­time, pro­duc­tiv­ity and more. How­ever, more tech­nol­ogy has not made life any sim­pler for mill man­agers. In fact, it has be­come more dif­fi­cult to keep track of whether the tech­nolo­gies are be­ing uti­lized prop­erly or not, es­pe­cially as ma­chines are now much too fast for vis­ual in­spec­tion.

Cur­rent ma­chine-level op­ti­mis­ers are ap­plied to ma­chine cen­tres but they lack a co­or­di­nat­ing “com­mand cen­tre” that en­sures they are work­ing in uni­son to max­i­mize sawmill pro­duc­tion. Op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist to uti­lize this in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify prob­lems and to im­prove pro­duc­tion and value re­cov­ery in real-time.

A cur­rent project from the Cana­dian re­search or­gan­i­sa­tion, FPIn­no­va­tions set out to de­velop real-time pro­duc­tion plan­ning tools for sawmills to eval­u­ate the cur­rent state of pro­duc­tion and to iden­tify and rec­tify pro­duc­tion is­sues quickly. Two soft­ware tools have been de­vel­oped to date: a realtime tar­get vol­ume mon­i­tor­ing tool, and a real-time his­toric pro­duc­tion track­ing tool. Fur­ther de­tails can be found from FPIn­no­va­tions.

A range of other new tools that can be used by lo­cal sawmills to im­prove ma­chine cen­tre pro­duc­tiv­ity will be out­lined to New Zealand and Aus­tralian com­pa­nies as part of the WoodTECH 2015 – Saw­ing, Scan­ning and Mill Optimisation se­ries. These in­clude:New tools and tech­nolo­gies that can be used to in­crease lum­ber yields, im­prove grade re­cov­er­ies and get higher pro­duc­tion speeds out of your saw-lines.

How best to lower the ser­vice or main­te­nance re­quire­ments of equip­ment and re­duc­ing the saw­ing costs of your sawmilling op­er­a­tion.

Prac­ti­cal guide­lines on se­lect­ing and run­ning saws.

How you can har­ness the col­lec­tive power of saw-doc­tors, main­te­nance teams and pro­duc­tion per­son­nel on site.

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