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Combining talents, technologies


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New combination brings you more choice By now you’ve likely heard the news that USNR and Söderhamn Eriksson have joined forces. This union offers customers around the globe far more options when planning their capital improvements. By merging product lines, service and suppor t operations, and technologies, you can access an even broader range of locallysuppor ted solutions to best achieve your goals.



SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel.: 250.833.3028 EDITOR Colleen Schonheiter


Hyne Timber at Tumbarumba, Australia recently

Woodland, WA: +1.360.225.8267

upgraded two edger lines to add visual grading

Mon. - Fri. 5:00 am - 5:00 pm PT

capability from USNR. Read how this investment is paying off.

24/7 Service: +1.360.225.8267 SÖDERHAMN ERIKSSON Söderhamn, SE: +46.270.746.00 Mariannelund: +46.496.218.00 Mon. - Fri. 07:30 - 16:30 CET

CATECH EDGER Söderhamn Eriksson’s Catech edger is the fastest in the world, and offered in both transverse and in-line (lineal) configurations.


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Numerous sales verify the system’s appeal.

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CAMBIO The Cambio debarker has its roots with Söderhamn Eriksson, and has stood the test of time. This signature design is known the world over, synonymous with per formance. Learn more about how this machine came about, and how new innovations are keeping it current.

RICHMOND PLYWOOD This niche Canadian plywood manufacturer came to USNR to solve the bottleneck in its veneer drying process. The advanced technology drying system it received has allowed it to produce the right products, at the right time.


Söderhamn Eriksson & USNR

Joining forces UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF SERVICE AND SUPPORT Before its acquisition of Söderhamn Eriksson USNR was the world’s largest supplier of equipment and technologies for the sawmill industry. The addition of Söderhamn Eriksson further cements USNR’s global leadership status.

COMBINED STATISTICS The union of USNR and Söderhamn Eriksson offers customers around the globe far more options when planning their capital improvements. By merging product lines, service and suppor t operations, and technologies, customers can access an even broader range of locally-suppor ted solutions to best achieve their goals.

Manufacturing space

65,000 m2 (700,000 sq.ft.)


English, Swedish, French, Russian, Finnish, Norwegian, German, Polish, Estonian


USA, Canada, Sweden, UK, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, Germany

Websites /


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USNR operates seven facilities in the United States and Canada, including three large manufacturing plants, plus a sales and service center in Russia. USNR is best known around the world for providing end-to-end solutions for sawmills and planermills, including log lines, curve sawing gangs, edger lines, trim-sort-stack systems, dry kilns, and the optimization and control technologies that maximize the output and performance of that equipment. USNR is also known globally for its Coe brand products used in the manufacture of plywood and other panel products. USNR traces its roots back to 1852, the dawn of the wood processing industry in North America.

New for USNR’s customers USNR’s Europe-based customers now gain access to a local sales and support network. In many cases, spare and replacement parts will be supplied directly from Söderhamn Eriksson’s factories in Sweden or via its local distribution centers around Europe. This will reduce lead times and freight cost, and be a significant asset for customers. For North American customers this combination offers a number of processing designs that previously did not have local support, and as a result were less attractive. Here is a sampling of products that will now be supported by USNR in North America: „ „ Catech

optimized edger The world’s fastest optimized edger is capable of piece rates in excess of 75 boards per minute. Designed from the ground-up to be both cost-effective and extremely high performance, this system


Söderhamn Eriksson has its own long history, dating back to 1864. The Stenberg family acquired A.K. Eriksson in 1937, and then in the early 1990s acquired what had been Söderhamns Verkstäder. In 2000, the Stenbergs combined these organizations to form Söderhamn Eriksson. Today, the company operates five facilities in Sweden, and maintains local-language sales, service, and aftermarket support centers in the UK, Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, and Germany. The company is known around the world for its high-quality log lines and edger systems. Its Cambio debarker, was invented by Söderhamns Verkstäder in the 1950s, and subsequently sold many thousands of machines around the world.

is one of the best value propositions on the market today. „ „ Vision

Tilt bandsaw control This patented feedback system reduces lumber size variation and extends the time between saw blade sharpening by actively adjusting the wheel tilt in bandmills to maintain optimal saw alignment. The system can also detect signs of imminent failure of the bandsaw and alert the operator, averting time-consuming and costly repairs.

„ „ Cambio

debarkers After more than 60 years, the Cambio is still the most widely used and costeffective debarker on the market. With a host of options, the Cambio is suitable for logs as large as 80 cm (31.5”) in diameter, and can operate at speeds up to 130 m/min (425 fpm).

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„ „ Eurosaw

circle saws Available in a variety of configurations for either primary (log) or secondary (center cant) breakdown applications, Eurosaw systems feature collared saws on telescoping arbors. Extremely fast and easy saw changes, thin-kerf saws, and exceptional sawing accuracy are just some of the benefits to be gained using these circle saws.

New for Söderhamn Eriksson customers In the past, Söderhamn Eriksson’s customers had little choice but to source technologies from a range of suppliers in order to assemble a complete solution. Today, as a result of this new union, Söderhamn Eriksson can supply and support complete sawmill systems, from round logs in to dried, packaged lumber out, all with the most advanced control and optimization technologies.

Here is a sampling of some of the products and technologies that are now part of the Söderhamn Eriksson product portfolio: „ „ Advanced

log positioning infeeds USNR log positioning infeeds are available in a range of configurations that rotate, skew, slew, and even tilt logs to maximize value recovery. Even with sorted logs, the recovery uplift can be significant when compared to traditional infeed systems.

„ „ Vision

technology USNR has been a leader in developing vision-based technologies for use in sawmills, for applications including lumber grading, log rotation control, and material handling, and these products will now be available in combination with Söderhamn Eriksson designs. Fence The world’s most accurate positioning fence insures that boards are not just accurately trimmed to the right length, but are also trimmed to position knots and other defects safely away from the trim line.

USNR’s vision technology is used for automated grading in both green and dry mill applications.

„ „ Multi-Track

„ „ MillWide

optimization software Industry-leading optimization algorithms determine the optimal log or board positioning to maximize value recovery and can be used to optimize any machine, not just those manufactured by USNR or Söderhamn Eriksson. Ours are the world’s most widelyused sawmill optimization platforms, producing products as diverse as framing lumber and millwork stock.


Plywood / LVL


„ „ Chargers

„ „ Debarkers

„ „ Advanced

„ „ Circle-saw „ „ Bandsaw „ „ Headrig

and lathes

log lines

„ „ Green

log lines

„ „ Curve-sawing

veneer handling

„ „ Veneer


„ „ Dry


scanning & optimization


veneer handling

„ „ Lay-up


„ „ Edger


„ „ Plywood

„ „ Board


„ „ Rip

/ LVL presses

sawing systems

„ „ Sorters

To learn more about how this combination can benefit your operation, please contact us. Söderhamn Eriksson: +46.270.746.00 (Söderhamn), +46.496.218.00 (Mariannelund), or USNR: 800.BUY.USNR, +1.360.225.8267, or

„ „ Sticker


„ „ Lumber

dry kilns

„ „ Planers „ „ Advanced „ „ Vision

scanning & optimization

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Hyne Timber

Maximizing value BIOVISION EDGER RETROFITS: HYNE TIMBER ACHIEVES ITS GOALS The global financial crisis wreaked havoc on many in the industry, and it distinguished the resilient. One company that is standing tall today is Hyne Timber, operating from 11 sites across Australia’s Eastern Seaboard. Like many companies it had to curtail its capital investment plans, but now it is back in the game of keeping up with the evolution of advancements being offered by forward-thinking, world-class vendors like USNR. Coming out of the crisis, the company immediately looked to grade scanning technology for its edger lines, investing wisely to extract the greatest value from its green mill process. And as this recent major investment project was nearing completion, Jon Kleinschmidt, CEO of Hyne Timber, emphasized the impor tance of remaining competitive in a company newsletter. “Sawmill technology developments have


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advanced significantly and we need to reinvest to ensure that we can remain viable and competitive. The BioLuma scanner upgrade to the green mill (at Tumbarumba) will enable visibility of knots in each board to assess for knot size, knot location and dimensional proper ties so as to make a better edging decision. This will maximize the value we extract from each board.”

We are very happy with the results. Grade yield improved by about 4% across all products.

Hyne Timber is a progressive, privatelyowned company, and one of the largest manufacturers of dimensional timber products in Australia. Its operations are situated in the eastern regions of Australia, and comprise two modern sawmills, a laminated beam plant, as well as several sales and distribution centers. Hyne was established in 1882 in Maryborough, Queensland, processing hardwood at small sawmills in the region. It gradually expanded to truss plants, retail outlets and distribution centers. In 1986 it built a new sawmill at Tuan to take advantage of stands of slash pine (Southern Yellow Pine) in the region. And in 2001 it expanded its holdings when it purchased the Tumbarumba sawmill, subsequently investing in major capital upgrades to the mill. At Tumbarumba the company operates a log yard, sawmill (supplied by USNR), dry kilns, planer mill, treatment plant and storage/distribution facilities. The mill focuses its efforts on producing high quality structural timber for construction, and its lower grade material is exported to Asian markets or used domestically in pallet plants. The USNR-supplied sawmill was installed and started up in 2002-2003, comprising a double-length infeed with a reducer quad bandmill, a horizontal shape sawing line, two edger optimization lines, and two 72bin trimmer/sorter/stacker lines.

Wise investment As vision technology matured, Hyne Timber realized that gains could be achieved utilizing this new method for detecting defects in its green material. Chris Skeels-

Piggins, Manufacturing Manager for the company, explains. “For Radiata pine, knots and stiffness define 80% of the downgrade reasons in structurally graded products. With our edgers cutting mostly sap (outer) wood, knots are our primary reason for downgrades. The BioVision system allows us to see these knots and make an informed decision on what to do with them.”

Top, left to right: Jack Galvin, site electrician, and Mat Thomsen, project manager, both from Hyne Timber; Bob Arnold, manager for sawmill grading systems, Paul Kangas and Mark Mellow, service technicians, all from USNR. Above: The new BioVision frame fit right in where the previous frame had been.

Hyne Timber and USNR have developed a solid relationship over many years, and this was a key reason the company chose to work with USNR on this project. Chris commented, “We already had USNR optimization throughout the mill, and a strong relationship for support. The decision was an easy one.” / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider



Support is a very important aspect of any supplier-customer relationship, as Chris well knows. “Being on the opposite side of the world, having someone on call 24/7 is essential to our business.” Chris commented there are individuals in the USNR service organization that his team has come to know, and who are well versed about the Hyne Timber systems and processes, and this facilitates quick resolutions when issues arise.

Upping the ante The edgers process material from raw sizes of 2.4 to 6.0 M (8-20’) lengths, 75 mm to 600 mm (3-24”) widths, and 25 mm to 75

We already had USNR optimization throughout the mill, and a strong relationship for support. The decision was an easy one.


mm (1-3”) thicknesses. The edger lines operate at 32-36 ppm, and include USNR’s Maximizer positioning infeeds, two 5-saw edger machines – one with reman head, and short-coupled tipple-finger outfeeds. Optimization is MillExpert and, when first installed, scanning utilized Smart TriCam sensors for geometric measurements. In this recent project, the transverse scan frames were replaced with new USNR BioVision frames that each accommodates 22 BioLuma 2900LV sensors. For this application the two rows of sensors are arranged above and below the flow, for 2-sided scanning which is typical for an edger process. The BioVision systems at Hyne Timber are predominantly required to grade for knots over 10mm in diameter, as well as wane. The systems offer additional features, defect recognition and classification attributes listed in the box on page 9.

Improved grade yields Chris said he was very satisfied with both grade uplift, and the progression of the

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projects. “We are very happy with the results. Grade yield improved by about 4% across all products.” Chris was not surprised that the mill lost a small amount of solid fiber recovery. He commented that the optimization system features parameters that quantified the volume loss for them ahead of time. “Because of the knot sizes and configuration of the wood we are processing, we fully expected we would reduce the volume of fiber recovery. The simulations we did told us that would happen, it did happen, and we got the subsequent grade uplift that we needed.” He also explained that the system is performing as expected; the task for Hyne Timber is to ensure they utilize the systems’ capabilities to get the best possible value from their investment. In addition to improving grade uplift and value, BioVision in the sawmill allows for focused sorting and specialized handling, drying and treatment of certain grade products as defined by the mill and identified by the BioVision system.

Achieving value Chris reported that the MillExpert system is similar to what the mill’s personnel had been using prior to the upgrade, and the major focus for training was on the new sensors. Training was performed on site which allowed Hyne Timber to have more people involved. Hyne Timber personnel who were key to the success of the project included Steve Kerr, Mat Thomsen and James Davies as project managers for the two lines. Jack Galvin, site electrician, managed the electrical requirements of the new scanners, which included installing the new computers, pulling cables and minor PLC code changes. A local fabrication firm was on contract to remove the old scanning system and install the new frames. On the USNR side were Bob Arnold, sawmill grade scanning manager; Shawn Devantier, project manager; and Mark Mellow and Paul Kangas were on site to oversee installation of the new scanners and start-up the system.

BIOVISION CAPABILITY/FEATURES „ „ Geometric, wane, shallow face & edge

wane (saddle-back), skip, crook and twist „ „ Sophisticated compound wane rules;

primary and secondary wane rules allow precise control over quantity and location of wane along the board „ „ Knot size and location

„ „ Solution comparison between grade and

geometry-only solutions (see screen below) „ „ Flexible, easy to use product set-up, for

any customer-desired combinations „ „ Multiple grades, with individual wane rules

and values, are easily programmed „ „ Parameters support regional grade

„ „ Knot classification

rule variations

„ „ Splits/shake „ „ Increased skew/offsets „ „ Automatic classification based on Surface

Defect Recognition „ „ Molding and industrial shop optimization

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The screen above demonstrates how the BioVision system allows the mill to produce higher grade products by locating the edge and trim solutions for optimum value extraction from each piece.

The key driver for Hyne Timber’s business is ensuring it extracts the maximum value from the resource that has been entrusted to the company. It’s modern, progressive approach will keep it at the forefront of competitive advantage through ongoing investment to effectively meet the needs of its customers.

USNR has been a front-runner in advancing this technology, and we are proud that the strong relationships we’ve forged with customers like Hyne Timber have allowed us to provide the tools our customers need today to meet their goals.

Jon Kleinschmidt concluded in his newsletter, “We’ve progressed a long way in 20 years, from (manual) visual grading, to laser-based geometric scanning, to full (machine) vision scanning. The changes we’ve seen over the last 20 years will occur at a much faster rate as new technology evolves.”

BIOLUMA BioLuma 2900LV sensors feature: „ „ High density color images „ „ 0.02” x 0.04” (0.5mm x 1.0mm) color

scanning resolution

„ „ 2500 Hz scan rate „ „ 8” (203mm) depth of field „ „ High density laser profiles 0.30” (8mm)

Being on the opposite side of the world, having someone on call 24/7 is essential to our business.


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The BioLuma family also offers sensors with varying technology capabilities for other applications; laser profile only, vision only (used in combination with existing USNR laser profile sensors), and the addition of GrainMap™ grain angle measurement for more comprehensive defect detection and classification, used for both green and dry mill grade optimization.

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Our combined product line offers a wider variety of advanced solutions, and our expanded manufacturing capacity enables us to deliver more efficiently. You’ll soon discover that the same experienced team you’ve come to count on is still designing, servicing, and supporting all of our products. Combining our resources and expertise creates a winning combination for USNR, Söderhamn Eriksson, and for you. Your options just got better.

MyMill Expands

Mobilize your mill MYMILL: FROM MACHINE CONTROL TO MILLWIDE AUTOMATION MyMill is expanding its boundaries – it is moving beyond machine control into the realm of optimization and millwide automation. MyMill will soon become your window to the operation and inner workings of your manufacturing process. USNR is proud to offer you more ways to make your job easier, and make your process more efficient. While customers have been enjoying the benefits of USNR’s MyMill mobile machine control system for actuating machine operations, our engineers have been busy expanding the capability of our MyMill platform. The new system will encompass control for the machine, scanner and optimization components of any – or all, of your USNR processing centers. Imagine the ability to not only control a machine’s functionality, but also control scanner functions and diagnostics, monitor


and analyze your optimizers’ solutions, view production reports, and more. All this will be available on any hand-held device with a browser, as you move around the mill. You will hold the controls that unlock the process. You’ve made the transition to mobile connectivity in your personal life, now USNR is bringing that ability to interact with your environment at your workplace. The future is here!

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Features, functionality Here is the new functionality you will be able to access with the MyMill platform: „ „ System


„ „ Sensor


„ „ Alarms

and notifications

„ „ Performance „ „ Data


tracking, logging, monitoring, analyzing

MyMill Expands

USNR’s MyMill platform will provide a wide range of system controls and information access.

„ „ Diagnostics „ „ Reporting „ „ Communication „ „ Graphical

solution diagnostics for ease of analysis

This new capability will network all of your USNR systems together, whether they are on the MillExpert, Newnes Sawmill Suite, or automated grading platforms. You will no longer be required to travel from one computer room to another to monitor data and access reports. Visit us at Ligna in Hannover, Germany from May 11 through 15 for a demonstration of the new MyMill functionality. Or contact us for further information, +1.360.225.8267 or / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 13

Urufor Green grading of Eucalyptus is the latest challenge for our technology to overcome, and having a partner like Urufor that takes an active role in this development is invaluable to its success.

Fabrizio and Gonzalo are pictured with Eucalyptus boards that were shipped from their mill for training their grading system.

Due diligence In January 2015 representatives from Urufor visited USNR’s Salmon Arm, BC facility to discuss and observe the progress of their order for a new automated grading BioVision system for their green trimmer line. This will be a first for USNR in adapting this technology to grade Eucalyptus, and also in applying the NHLA grade rules to the grade output. The BioVision system slated for Urufor’s green Trimmer line at its solid wood manufacturing plant in Uruguay, will provide automated grading of its green mill products derived from high value, Eucalyptus Grandis prune logs. Urufor is a global producer, with its focus on a wide range of lumber and laminated wood products for its markets in over 30 countries around the world.

Training the system Fabrizio Blengio, sawmill Plant chief, and Gonzalo La Porta, dry grading chief, spent a week at the Salmon Arm facility to attend project meetings and to fine tune the details of the order. One valuable aspect of their visit included working with the USNR team training the


BioVision system’s software to recognize characteristics specific to Urufor’s raw material. Not only did it give Fabrizio and Gonzalo a greater level of confidence in their investment, it gave USNR personnel the opportunity to learn more about the wood species and understand the mill’s specific requirements for applying the technology to its products. Geoff Wight, international account manager with USNR, has been with this project from its inception. He commented, “We really appreciate the involvement of Fabrizio and Gonzalo in the early stages of this project. Green grading of Eucalyptus is the latest challenge for our technology to overcome, and having a partner like Urufor that takes an active role in this development is invaluable to its success.”

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Maximizing potential Urufor joins a growing list of global customers that are adding USNR’s advanced, vision-based grading technology to their lines. USNR is pleased to be a part of this important project, and we thank Urufor for its confidence in our technology and our company.

Catech Edger: Speed Freak

World’s fastest design BRISK SALES REFLECT HIGH PERFORMANCE IN MILLS Söderhamn Eriksson reports it has sold 9 new Catech edger machines since 2013. The key to its appeal is its high speed, with over 75 pieces per minute in combination with optimum yield, wide application, independent operation and flexible space requirements. / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 15

CATECH EDGER – WORLD’S FASTEST DESIGN Catech is a family of edger designs developed by Söderhamn Eriksson. This series combines excellent recovery with the highest production speeds. And these systems can easily be adapted to your existing sawmill configuration. When Söderhamn Eriksson launched the world’s fastest edger, Catech 4000 TS in 2013, it did not take long before the order files began to fill. Large sawmill operations from Norway, Chile, Russia and more, were eager to implement these new edger designs. “This design is a newly developed machine concept that brings edging to a whole new level,” says Jan-Eric Dahlberg, sales manager for Söderhamn Eriksson.

SE has delivered well over 400 edgers, and when we develop new edger designs and functionality we build on that experience.

World-wide appeal Catech 4000 TS is the flagship model, but the range of model offerings is the broadest in the marketplace. There is an edger model for virtually every mill requirement. The key aspect with this design is its high speed. No other edger in the world comes close to its capacity of over 75 pieces per minute (65 pcs./min. sustained over a shift). “It is hard to believe that it is possible to combine extremely high production volumes with a very high sawing yield, but with Catech it is being done,” says Jan-Eric.

Lineal and transverse scanning The flexible supply offering both lineal and transverse configurations, makes it easy fit into any mill layout. The machine works independently, and the operator is primarily tasked with monitoring the flow. A single operator can monitor the cutting line and edger simultaneously.

Installations: „ „ Bergene-Holm Nidara – Norway „ „ Volwood – Russia „ „ Maderas Martin – Chile „ „ Aserraderos Mestre – Chile „ „ BSW Newbridge – UK

On order: „ „ Smiltene – Latvia „ „ Vida Borgstena – Sweden „ „ A & J Scott – UK „ „ Tropik Wood – Fiji „ „ Norra Timber Sävar – Sweden


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DESIGN SYNERGY Söderhamn Eriksson acquired Catech Saw Equipment in 2010. Combining the two companies’ core competencies resulted in the development of this unique, innovative design. Söderhamn Eriksson developed the first optimized edger in the 1970s and Catech Saw Equipment has delivered high per formance edger machines since the 1990s.

This design is a newly developed machine concept that brings edging to a whole new level.

Built on experience “SE has delivered well over 400 edgers, and when we develop new edger designs and functionality we build on that experience throughout the development process,” says Anders.

Rapid installation Of the 9 edger machines sold, 5 are currently installed and operational. System installation and start-up is accomplished in only three weeks, and is in full production two days after commissioning. The first installation was at Norwegian Bergene-Holm Nidara, and the most recent was at BSW, Newbridge in the UK. “We have developed a very successful concept to streamline the installation and commissioning,” explains Jan-Eric. His pride in the design, and in the Söderhamn Eriksson team, is clearly evident.

Excellence in design This edger system is well recognized for providing the highest recovery available. The challenge has been to combine it with today’s very high production speeds required in modern sawmills. “With our new edger, we have succeeded in outdistancing our competitors,” says Anders Wallin, who is responsible for the edger program at Söderhamn Eriksson. “And with the world’s best design for edging, we have even more to offer.”

Key features „ „ They are available in 15 different models, including nine transverse and six lineal. All models feature the same high quality and reliability. The difference lies in the capacity and maximum width of flitches. „ „ The design is modular to adapt to the mill’s capacity and layout requirements. „ „ The optimization system offers modern interfaces that communicate data and solutions with other process systems up- and downstream from the edger.

“It is important that our systems are upgradeable to accommodate new technology and new processing standards. Ongoing, we assess our systems to offer new upgrades that will increase productivity and recovery, and reduce labor and maintenance.” Söderhamn Eriksson offers regular upgrades, as well as mechanical and electronic service on Edgar, Millomatic, Exeltec, Catech and Parisab. To learn how to you can take advantage of this new edger technology for your mill, please contact Söderhamn Eriksson: +46.270.746.00 (Söderhamn), +46.496.218.00 (Mariannelund), or SE

„ „ High density scanning and advanced optimization allows mill-specific inputs for each of the mill’s products, and yields the highest recovery from each flitch. „ „ A modern user interface with intelligent simulation capabilities offers easy evaluation of profit and volume, while adjusting parameters. The system’s database provides quick access to key statistics and management reports. „ „ Sequence control analyzes each board individually and ensures that it is managed optimally through the process. / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 17

Debarking at its Finest

A class act

Söderhamn Eriksson’s jubilee model Cambio debarker (celebrating 60 years and 6500 machines sold) was featured at Ligna 2011 in Hannover, Germany.

THE DESIGN THAT STANDS THE TEST OF TIME The Cambio debarker, with its characteristic triangular spiked-roller configuration, is well recognized as the industry’s go-to design. Cambio is often regarded as a synonym for rotor debarkers, and has become a strong trademark for per formance. “An important factor for the Cambio’s outstanding longevity is our attention to our customers‘ needs, combined with continuous research and development to meet them“, says Jonas Blomberg, Söderhamn Eriksson’s product manager for Cambio. “Another key factor is our ability and willingness to customize our design to adapt to changing market requirements.” The Cambio debarker is offered in the following rotor opening diameters: 460, 500,


600, 680 and 800 millimeters. Debarking speeds can reach 130m/min. Tool pressure against the log can be varied, and feeding can be stopped with a log in the machine without risking wood damage – a function that won’t increase oil consumption. In addition to the Cambio, Söderhamn Eriksson offers machines for centering and infeed of logs, and for log butt reduction. Wood processors can combine a variety of designs from our product portfolio,

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allowing flexibility when building complete debarking lines. This is an important consideration for customers with differing log sizes and mill configurations. If you opt for a CamShift debarking line whose different machine components can be laterally displaced to facilitate service, you get a compact, easy-to-access plant. The short distances between the machine components ensure stable feeding and perfect processing of short logs.

When you choose a Cambio, you’ve laid the foundation for continuous improvement in the quality of your debarking process.

“When you choose a Cambio, you’ve laid the foundation for continuous improvement in the quality of your debarking process. You’ll not just get a debarker but you’ll get access to an organization that is capable and determined to secure and further develop your machine’s debarking function throughout its life“, says Jonas Blomberg.

MEDOC PIN: CAMBIO FAITHFUL The Medoc Pin sawmill near Bordeaux in Southern France has invested in a Cambio 460 debarker from Söderhamn Eriksson.

debarker, the new Cambio has the same compact frame as the older one, so it was perfectly suited for our facility.”

“We previously had a different Cambio model for many years, and we were very happy with its performance and quality“, says Richard Orus from Medoc Pin. “That’s why we decided to invest in a new Cambio”. The Cambio 460 is a newly developed, robust debarker suitable for smallwood.

The benefits of the investment include improved product quality and a decrease in production downtime at Medoc Pin.

In the summer of 2010 when Medoc Pin decided to invest in the new Cambio 460, they had been operating their older Cambio model since the 1970s. “There were other potential suppliers”, says Richard Orus. “But in addition to the good quality of the Söderhamn Eriksson

Cambio’s roots In 1951, Söderhamns Verkstäder (now Söderhamn Eriksson) acquired a patent dated 1948 from its owner Erland Andersson who had invented a method for the debarking of pulp wood. In 1952 the first prototype was operational, and after three years of testing the first machine was launched in 1955. In the following year, 200 debarkers were sold. The Cambio operates in sawmills, pulp mills, board mills and other locations, contributing greatly to the technological and economic development of the forest industry, and proving a huge success. Six thousand Cambios have been sold to date. Cambio debarkers are high-quality machines that operate exceptionally well at speeds up to 120 M/min. (400 ft./min.) . To learn more about our signature Cambio debarkers, contact Söderhamn Eriksson: +46.270.746.00 (Söderhamn), +46.496.218.00 (Mariannelund), or SE

CAMBIO SAVES THE DAY It was a Saturday and the Södra Timber sawmill was lying idle. Niclas Elmgren didn’t notice anything unusual on his daily walk around the mill. Twenty minutes later the alarm went off and a thick black column of smoke stood above the debarking facility at Södra Timber at Långasjö, Sweden. The Långasjö sawmill had its own fire engine, used mainly for watering down the facility to prevent fire hazards during welding or similar work. As Niclas Elmgren was a member of the local Volunteer Firefighters, he immediately began to put the fire out, assisted by a few mechanics who happened to be at the site.

Frantic search However, one of the debarkers and the debarking shed were totally destroyed. Without a debarker, the line was standing idle, so the search for a replacement machine quickly began. ”We were lucky. Söderhamn Eriksson was on its way to the Ligna fair in Germany with a Cambio 800 to be exhibited there. While the fair was going on, we were busy building the foundation and making other preparations, and when the fair was over, we could install the machine. The alternative was getting a second-hand machine, but a new one offers more security and reliability.”

“By the time the fire department arrived, we and other volunteers had already dumped some 4,800 liters of water on the fire. We‘d also cut off the belts connecting our two debarkers, which probably saved the debarker in our smallwood line.” / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 19

Moelven Mjösbruket





Easier service MODULAR DEBARKING: EASY MAINTENANCE DESIGN Moelven Mjösbruket of Norway has retrofitted and upgraded its sawline, including a new infeed with CamShift for end-to-end debarking. CamShift is a modular debarking system that is designed for ease of service and maintenance. Mjösbruket of Moelven Group employs 36 personnel, and saws approximately 85,000 m3 of spruce per year on its reducer bandsaw line. In 2011 it invested in a comprehensive upgrade of its breakdown line totaling $40 million. Most of the sawing equipment was supplied by Söderhamn Eriksson. The debarker line from CamShift comprised a 600mm rotor


opening, butt-end reducing and single debarking rotor. “We had a Cambio debarker earlier and it made sense to continue with the same provider,” says Sturla Westrum, CEO. “The new system has several good features, such as variable frequency control and fine tuning of the debarking rotor speed

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for optimum debarking, even in the most challenging operating conditions. We’ve been running the system since 2011 and are satisfied with the result.” CamShift is also available with 500 and 800 mm rotor openings, and can combine butt-end reducing with single or dual debarking rotors.


Above: Moelven Mjösbruket installed CamShift with flare reducer and a single debarking rotor. Right: CamShift’s pull-out modules offer easier service and maintenance.

Easier and safer The new system has several good features. We’ve been running the system since 2011 and are satisfied with the result.

Other advantages Sturla stresses are that the service and maintenance is easier and safer for staff as the modules can be withdrawn between the fixed feed works. “It is possible to pull out the debarking rotor and the butt-end reducer units. This allows better access for maintenance routines such as blade changes.”

Efficient operation Norwegian sawmills are aware of the increasingly tough economy, even though the price of commodities is slightly lower than in Sweden, as well as the Norwegian krona. The domestic market is “reasonably good”, says Sturla. “An investment of this size has been in the planning stage for a considerable time, and helps make us more competitive when markets improve. Efficient use of raw materials is very important, even with the Norwegian commodity prices slightly lower than the Swedish.”

machines and equipment offer the ability to extract the highest value and volume from the wood supply, in terms of both production and recovery.” To learn more about this system, please contact Söderhamn Eriksson: +46.270.746.00 (Söderhamn), +46.496.218.00 (Mariannelund), or SE

CAMSHIFT „ „ 130 m / min with a single debarking rotor „ „ The best adjustable in-line butt-end reducer „ „ Tools that can open up during operation „ „ Easier maintenance, thanks to the pull-out units „ „ Protective enclosures increase safety and offer less environmental impact

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Richmond Plywood

Right products, right time

NEW USNR VENEER DRYER IMPROVES PRODUCTION, EFFICIENCY When you’ve built strong relationships with customers and they have come to depend on you for specialty products they just can’t source anywhere else, it behooves you to meet that demand. Not only will it ensure you keep your existing customers, but it will also allow you to entertain new ones and grow your business accordingly. That was the situation for a Canadian plywood producer when it chose to invest in a new state-of-the-art veneer dryer from USNR.


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Richmond Plywood was experiencing bottlenecks in its drying process, and determined that it needed to invest in a new, highly efficient veneer dryer to keep up with demand for its products. Drying had previously been accomplished with two older longitudinal dryers, and a third relatively new dryer. The three dryers did not provide the throughput that the plant needed. The company chose a new steam-heated USNR 6-deck, 14 section veneer dryer with advanced technology features to accomplish its goals.

Richmond Plywood Corporation Limited, located at Richmond, BC manufactures high quality softwood plywood products from locally-sourced logs. The company has a unique ownership arrangement; it is a cooperative that is 100% Canadian owned by many of the company’s workers. It was founded in 1956 by 300 shareholders that today numbers 277, while company management are non-shareholders. Richmond Plywood’s manufacturing plant is located on the banks of the Fraser River, where logs arrive by tow. Manjit Sihota is president and chairman of the board of directors. He explained that the operation handles the raw logs from the time they are extracted from the river through to finished plywood ready for market. The plant’s operation utilizes two high-speed lathe lines, three dryers, three presses and assembly to produce panel products for walls, floors, concrete forms, boats, furniture and more.

We talked to other plants that used the Coe jet nozzles and felt they were a superior design. We also thought the USNR technology was better, and so we went with USNR.

The plant produces a wide range of panel products and thicknesses from balsam, spruce, hemlock and fir. Structural panel products make up 30-35% of the output, Ultraform (concrete forming) and sanded plywood make up 45-50%, with the remainder a variety of products and values. The company doesn’t like to keep large inventories on hand, and primarily manufactures its products based on orders. It has developed a unique niche market for specialty products that many larger operations forgo in favor of more mainstream production. The company’s products are sold under the brand Richply and marketed throughout North America, with some high value products exported to overseas markets.

Efficiency is what we were after, and this new dryer is a lot more efficient than competitive dryers.

To add capacity to its two older dryers, several years ago Richmond Plywood installed a competitive dryer which it discovered was not capable to achieve the necessary production to fulfill its order demands. The company investigated recent USNR installations and became convinced the USNR dryer would meet their operational and production targets. Manjit remarked, “We talked to other plants that used the Coe jet nozzles and felt they were a superior design. We also thought the USNR technology was better, and so we went with USNR.”

New supply The supply included a 6-deck, 14 section veneer dryer heated with steam. The Automatic Dryer Exhaust Control (ADEC), Cooler Pressure Balance control and insulated floor all significantly add to the dryer’s excellent record for efficiency and productivity. USNR has sold 30 dryers with similar efficiency features over the past several years. As part of the project, one of the old dryers was dismantled, and subsequent floorplan reconfiguration made way for the new USNR veneer dryer. / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 23


We have already achieved 95% of our target production through the new dryer, and as a result we expect to increase production capacity by 10%.


The dryer is configured with 6 decks of rolls on 1’-6” vertical centers, and 15’ in length. It consists of 14 heated sections and 3 cooling sections. The heated and cooling sections are equipped with heavy stainless 3/16” plate seal welded insulated floor panels, and each floor panel is 4” thick. The jet nozzles extend horizontally across the dryer above and below the path of veneer travel on each deck. The jet nozzles are rectangular and tapered; they are flanged and connected to the air supply chamber such that all of the recirculating air passes through them. They have special orifices through which high velocity air is uniformly impinged in a vertical direction against the veneer. (See page 26 for dryer technology features.)

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Managing the project The biggest issue the plant experienced throughout the project was the fact that it did not have a general manager in place at the time, so relied heavily on USNR for the engineering and project management for both the production flow reconfiguration and the new dryer supply. The project was approved by the board in the fall of 2013, and construction started in May of 2014 when Manjit was appointed chairman and president of Richmond Plywood. “Our major challenge was to get a handle on this big project with no general manager in place. But everything went well, and I was pleased with how USNR managed the project.” Tim Fisher, account manager for the project, commented, “From USNR’s

Now we don’t have to wait and make something that is not on our order file. The additional drying capacity is helping us to make the right products at the right time.

perspective, our biggest challenge was fitting the new dryer into the existing mill flow with minimal interruption to routine operations.” In the end Manjit said he was very happy with the outcome.

Increased capacity During construction the plant did curtail some of its production as it didn’t have enough dry veneer to keep up with order demand. However, it was worth it in the end. Manjit is pleased with the production since the new dryer has started up. “We have already achieved 95% of our target production through the new dryer, and as a result we expect to increase production capacity by 10%.” He continued, “We are getting ahead on drying veneer, so now we don’t have to wait and make something that is not on our order file. The additional drying capacity is helping us to make the right products at the right time.” Manjit also explained that the company produces many products that are unique to this operation, so it is critical that the plant be able to fulfill its specialty orders to maintain its strong customer relationships. Manjit was also very complimentary about the technology features such as the ADEC and Cooler Pressure Balance systems. He said, “Efficiency is what we were after, and this new dryer is a lot more efficient than competitive dryers.” And Manjit added that he was extremely pleased working with the USNR team on this project.

Dry veneer exits the new dryer.

electrical; York Jung, steam; and Richard Johnson, energy manager. On the USNR side were Alan Knokey and Tim Fisher in sales; Ben Whitaker, project manager; Clint Spangler, engineering; Steve Antwine, Chris Thompson and Ed Simmons, installation and start-up. Richmond Plywood is looking forward to a promising market, and Manjit said he expected it to continue to improve through 2015-2016. Now that the drying bottleneck is removed he hopes to invest further in other automated processes throughout the plant to increase production and reduce the manpower resource requirements. It is customers like Richmond Plywood who continue to put their trust in USNR that makes it possible for us to provide these advanced technology solutions to the industry.

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Veneer Dryer Technology Results of adding an ADEC system to your dryer „ „ 10-15%

Exhaust flow reduction

„ „ 5-10%

Thermal energy reduction

„ „ 8-10%

Productivity increase

ADEC development Exhausting dryers at the lowest temperature point during the process dramatically improves the thermal efficiency of the dryer. This concept has evolved since its inception. Because the lowest temperature point (wet end of the process) also equates to a high level of moisture evaporation, a wet end seal section located at the infeed to the main dryer section is one of the key design elements. This single point exhaust (SPE) feature allows the system to pull all the process air from the dryer to one region to be exhausted. This patented concept has been coined Automatic Dryer Exhaust Control (ADEC). Dryers equipped with the ADEC system have been proven to increase productivity, reduce thermal energy requirements and reduce exhaust flow.

Designing efficiency MOST ADVANCED VENEER DRYER SYSTEM The following highlights technology advances in veneer drying that were developed by USNR over several years, and that are proving very popular today. Processors who have applied these technologies are reaping the benefits of reduced operational costs and greater efficiency, improved product quality and reduced emissions. USNR recently won an award for its veneer dryer innovation. USNR holds the exclusive patents for these developments.


DRYER ENERGY USE Energy losses to environment (waste)

Energy losses to environment (waste)

Energy needed to heat veneer and extract water

Energy needed to heat veneer and extract water



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With ADEC, heat that would otherwise be lost to the environment is recaptured and used to perform productive work, resulting in a more energy efficient process. ADEC reduces the amount of waste energy for a typical installation by 25%.

A secondary heating system in the wet end seal (WES) section maintains a high temperature as the gasses are mixed, thus ensuring that the volatile organic compound-laden gases (VOCs) remain in gaseous form as they are exhausted from the dryer. This also alleviates pitch build up. Temperature data gathered at the top of the WES section, the point of air intake from the dryer section, and the point of ambient air intake from the plant, allows the ADEC system to precisely control the amount of heating of the air mixture inside the WES section prior to exhaust. This is key to maximizing thermal efficiency.

Achieve greater benefit with Cooler Pressure Balance „ „ Improves control of dried

veneer temperature „ „ Reduces VOCs in the cooler vent „ „ Reduces pitch build-up in drying and

cooling sections „ „ Further improves thermal efficiency

Another key element to optimizing dryer operation is the control of the cooler exhaust volume, to minimize the flow of heated air from the dryer into the cooler section, or cooler air into the hot dryer. This patented Cooler Pressure Balance (CPB) system further helps to maximize

thermal efficiency, minimizes pitch buildup which reduces maintenance and cleaning, and allows for automatic veneer temperature control into the dry veneer stacking process. Pressure sensing manifolds accurately measure the pressure in the last heated dryer section and first cooling section. Any pressure difference commands a change in the cooling section exhaust fan speed. The effect is a near zero pressure differential between the dryer and the first cooler section. To learn more about optimizing your veneer drying process with our systems, please contact us at 800.BUY.USNR, +1.360.225.8267 or



„ „ Reduce

thermal energy requirements

„ „ Maximize

veneer quality

„ „ Reduce

hydrocarbon build-up

„ „ Minimize

exhaust volume

„ „ Improve

working environment

Exhaust flow

Ambient plant air

Hot dryer air

Veneer flow WET END SEAL



ADEC allows automatic control of the total dryer exhaust volume, and maximizes the thermal efficiency of the process. Based on set values, ADEC uses the temperature differential between the ambient plant air and the wet end seal section to adjust the main dryer exhaust damper. This, in turn, exhausts more or less air volume from the dryer section. The exhausted air is then directed through a duct to the plant’s pollution abatement equipment. The temperature differential is also a true indication of the exhaust requirement of the dryer. When the wet end seal temperature rises above a control set point, it indicates that pressure (air volume caused by evaporation of water from the veneer) is increasing in the dryer, and vice versa. ADEC continually adjusts the exhaust flow to prevent fugitive emissions and over-exhausting the dryer, while also maximizing the absolute humidity within the dryer. / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 27

Veneer Dryer Technology

Key design elements

Visit us at Ligna Hall 27 Stand C15, D25 11-15 May • Hannover • Germany

Ligna: It’s show time! INNOVATIVE DESIGNS FROM LEADING INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS As those who have attended international events like Ligna can attest, this is where the leading wood processors and suppliers come to meet, greet and discover what the world has to offer. In the past 5 years alone, USNR has introduced a barage of new products, technologies and configuration designs that are sweeping the marketplace. Söderhamn Eriksson continues to deliver world-class designs and technologies to customers across the globe. Come see what we have to offer! USNR offers the broadest range of sawmill, panel processing and engineered wood equipment found anywhere in the world. We manufacture green and dry lumber manufacturing lines, advanced process optimization and controls technology, and


lumber dry kiln systems. We also offer veneer lathe lines, BlockLogix optimization and control for lathe chargers, veneer drying systems, automatic plywood lay-up lines and a variety of presses.

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Söderhamn Eriksson is well-established on the global market as one of the leaders in the development of sawmill technology. We supply efficient and reliable machinery and systems that give sawmills worldwide the lowest production cost.

High Grader technology USNR will demonstrate our industry-leading equipment, allowing first hand interaction with the technology. Visitors can examine the renowned Transverse High Grader (THG) solution engine up close. This lumber grading system can be configured for green and dry applications, offering edging or trimming for value. This technology is the product of over 20 years of experience developing and perfecting advanced defect analysis and classification. There are many features that set THG apart, like DataFusion™, strength grading, pith detection, full 4-face scanning with just 2 rows of BioLuma sensors, LED illumination, flat transport design, mark-free Grade Projection, and WinTally integration. USNR’s High Grader technology is storming the industry.

optimizers are equipped with doublesided high-resolution profile scanners and optional automatic grade detection of the upper side of the board to allow full value optimization. The edger optimizer’s board singulator function can be unmanned thanks to integrated systems correcting skewed boards and boards on top of each other. The optimizing system comes with a state-ofthe-art, user-friendly interface complete with simulating functions and database for statistics and reports.

MyMill Mobile Inter face We’ve expanded the capability of our MyMill mobile control system used via mobile hand-held devices for machine control. We’re introducing our revolutionary new MyMill application that delivers remote access to your optimizer interfaces, in real

time. Now you can take it all with you; log scans, optimizer solutions, reports, sensor diagnostics and alarms, all in the palm of your hand. Mill managers and supervisors gain unprecedented freedom through mobile monitoring of their processes, and mobile communication with their personnel.

Cambio 800 The Cambio 800 from Söderhamn Eriksson is the wear-resistant, fast debarker for all log dimensions. Thanks to its high reliability, maintenance-friendly design and low-cost operation, the Cambio 800 is the obvious choice for demanding sawmills all over the world. Triangular feedworks and pneumatic, carbide-tipped tools are just two of the reasons for its first-class, gentle debarking.

Catech 4000 TS Edger The Catech 4000 TS sets a new standard for high-performance edger optimizers and its capacity of up to 75 boards/min proves that Söderhamn Eriksson is leading the market for edging technology. There are machinery setups for both transverse (TS) and inline (IS) scanning of the boards. These hightech edger optimizers have been developed to satisfy the need for increased availability in modern saw lines, apart from the fact that edger optimizers give the absolutely highest yield from sideboards. Catech is module-designed for easy adaptation to the market’s different capacity requirements and sawing patterns. The / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 29


Multi-Track Fence With over 85 sold, USNR’s popular MultiTrack Fence demonstrates the mechanisms that make it a winner, able to accommodate high speeds with the most precise board positioning available. Our all-electric design is touted by users as the most accurate in the industry.

MillTrak 3D

CombiCut comes with disc centers for pre-, after or intermediate sawing.

„ „ t une machines to squeeze just a little bit more production out of each piece

USNR Veneer Dryer

„ „ f ind ways to extend the life of your parts and equipment through preventative maintenance

You can experience a visual tour of USNR’s Veneer Drying technology and learn about the unique features that make it the most productive and energy efficient dryer available.

MillTrak 3D is a vision-based 3D measurement system that monitors and optimizes log flow during processing. Over 100 systems have been sold.

Recent installations of USNR’s 6-deck Jet Veneer Dryer have achieved a 50% reduction in labor costs, a 10% reduction in thermal energy consumption, and 15% reduction in fugitive emissions exhaust.

CombiCut reducer disc

Upgrades extend value, ROI

CombiCut is the reducer disc that combines two technologies – step chipping and spiral chipping. The disc design gives a very high proportion of accept chips, optimum surface finish, low energy consumption and safe operation at all temperatures. Tool change is faster, as 80–100% of the wood removal is done by the long step knives. When removing much wood, the advantages of smooth spiral chipping are fully utilized. The favorable chipping angles allow for higher feed speeds and smaller log gaps.

USNR will also present various upgrade packages that require minimal investment yet provide very attractive ROI. We are focused on helping customers save money no matter what the markets are doing.


We have some of the brightest engineers and technicians in the industry working to improve the performance of existing systems. We can help you with the following: „ „ i dentify the operating issues that are costing you money

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„ „ reduce your veneer drying energy costs „ „ s ave you money on wear and replacement parts

USNR and Söderhamn Eriksson specialize in providing our customers with innovative solutions. Our products are developed based on first-hand experience and an evolving vision of the global wood products industry. Come visit us to learn about our products and what our new union means for your operation. Please stop by our stands at Ligna 2015 in Hannover, Germany: Hall 27, Stands C15 and D25.

New Projects A & J Scott – Primary Breakdown & Edger Lines

Lampe and Malphrus Lumber Double Track Lumber Dry Kiln

South Pine Lumber BioVision Trimmer

A & J Scott, based in Northumberland, UK have placed an order with Söderhamn Eriksson for a major upgrade to their sawmill that includes primary breakdown and Catech 400 edger lines.

Lampe and Malphrus at Smithfield, NC has ordered a new double track, aluminum frame steam dry kiln from USNR.

South Pine Lumber at Nelson, NZ has ordered a BioVision automated grading system for its sawmill trimmer from USNR.

Louisiana-Pacific OSB Press Rebuild

Stoneyhurst Sawmilling Quad Cam Lug Loader

Louisiana-Pacific has contracted with USNR for the rebuild and refurbishment of several of its OSB presses. Included are Washington Iron Works presses located at Hanceville, AL, Hayward, WI and Roxboro, NC.

Stoneyhurst Sawmilling at Canterbury, NZ has ordered a Quad Cam Lug Loader as well as lumber handling transfers, from USNR.

Arauco PLC Control System Upgrade Arauco’s Horcones I and Horcones II mills will receive PLC control upgrades for their sawmill trim/sort/stack lines to the ControlLogix platform, from USNR.

Armstrong World Industries Fibreboard Drying Line Relocation/Refurbishment Armstrong World Industries has contracted with USNR for the relocation and refurbishment of a complete fiberboard drying system for its site at Alabuga, Russia. The dryer will be removed from its existing site, and refurbished at USNR’s manufacturing facility at Jacksonville, FL. It will then be shipped, assembled and commissioned at its new site at Alabuga.

Canfor Scotch & Gulf Lumber CS Gang Optimizer Upgrade Canfor Scotch & Gulf Lumber at Mobile, AL has ordered a software upgrade to its Sawmill Suite CS Gang optimization system, from USNR. At the same time the scanning system will receive new LPL sensors, and PLC controls will be updated to the ControlLogix platform.

Eidskog Stangeskovene Cambio 680 Debarker Eidskog Stangeskovene of Norway has ordered a new Cambio 680 debarker from Söderhamn Eriksson.

IBV Cambio 800 Debarker IBV of Belgium has ordered a new Cambio 800 debarker from Söderhamn Eriksson.

MBP Meccanica Cambio 460 Debarker

Timber Products 6-Deck Veneer Dryer

Moelven Notnäs Cambio 600 Debarker

Timber Products is investing in a new USNR 6-deck, 12-section veneer dryer for its plywood operation at Medford, Oregon. The dryer will feature Automatic Dryer Efficiency Control (ADEC) and Cooler Pressure Balance Control systems. Included in the order are veneer dryer feeding and unloading systems.

Moelven Notnäs of Sweden has ordered a Cambio 600 Debarker from Söderhamn Eriksson.

Tropik Wood – Debarking, Primary Breakdown, Edger Lines

MBP Meccanica of Italy has ordered a new Cambio 460 debarker from Söderhamn Eriksson.

Norra Skogsägarna Sävar Catech 4000 TS Norra Skogsägarna Sävar of Sweden has ordered a new Catech 4000 TS (transverse scanning) Edger from Söderhamn Eriksson.

Pollmeier Schnittholz Edger Optimization Upgrade Pollmeier Schnittholz of Creuzburg, Germany has ordered an upgrade to its Edger system to the MillExpert optimization platform from USNR. The existing M6 scanner heads will be reused.

Pollmeier Schnittholz Carriage Scanning Upgrade Pollmeier Schnittholz of Creuzburg, Germany has ordered an upgrade to its Carriage system from USNR. The existing scanning heads will be replaced with new ChromaScan 2460 scanners.

Tropik Wood of Fiji has ordered a Cambio 800 debarker, primary breakdown line featuring bandsaw/circular saw line, and an edger line with Catech 400 from Söderhamn Eriksson.

Vida Borgstena Catech 4000 TS Vida Borgstena of Sweden has ordered a Catech 4000 TS edger optimizer from Söderhamn Eriksson.

Winston Plywood Rebuild Plywood Line Winston Plywood has contracted with USNR to rebuild its plywood manufacturing facility at Louisville, MS after a devastating tornado. The new plant will feature major retrofits to both lathe lines, a new 6-deck, 20-section veneer dryer as well as upgrades to existing veneer dryers. Included in the order are green and dry veneer handling machinery, stacking equipment, controls, and dryer feeding and unloading systems. / | ISSUE 36 | Millwide Insider 31

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LVL Plant Tver Oblast, Russia



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Sawmill Nidarå, Norway


Plywood Mill Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia



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JAMES JONES & SONS Sawmill Lockerbie, Great Britain


Plywood Mill Oregon, USA

LOUSIANA-PACIFIC CORP. Plywood Mill North Carolina, USA

ROY O’ MARTIN Plywood Mill Louisiana, USA

CHUGOKU LUMBER Sawmill Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

WINSTON PLYWOOD Plywood Mill Mississippi, USA



Mineral Board Plant Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

Sawmill Rumasal, Chile



Sawmill Maule Region, Chile


Sawmill Dardanup, Australia

WEYERHAEUSER Plywood Mill Tacuarembo, Uruguay

MADERAS MARTIN Sawmill Constitucion, Chile

YORK TIMBERS LTD Plywood Mill South Africa

Sawmill Rotorua, New Zealand

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