A full-stem length log is scanned by a 3D scanner. The optimizer computer calculates a solution of log sections to be bucked to maximize the value of the products that can be produced downstream. The iterative process involves generating dollar-driven solutions on all log lengths throughout the log in one-foot increments. By doing this dollar-driven optimization, your sawmill will get the highest ROI from individual logs.
We are able to give you an optimizing solution with lineal or snapshot scanners.
Operator vs optimizer: A scanner-optimizer will produce a consistent output as the characteristics of logs are changing every day (without relying on the operator’s judgment).
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Nearly all of our Optimizers can be used in a Lineal Scan configuration. In cases where a full log length of travel for the piece is not available for the scan, we can configure the scanners in multiple “Scan Zones”. The Scan Zones are stacked side-by-side, with enough separation between the zones that each scan zone scans a shorter length range of the piece. At the completion of the scan process, the scans from each zone are then placed back together by the optimizer to get the full-length scan. This scan process allows the scan to be completed in a distance of travel that is considerably less than the full length of the piece being scanned.
Visually shows the user the piece that was scanned and the solution that has been computed. The table included with solutions for each scanned piece, allowing the operator to review current and recent solutions.
We save the recent scanned pieces in the history for your review to be able to evaluate your system performance.
The Optimizer software runs on a standard Desktop PC on a Standard Windows Operating System and is fully customized to each sawmill application:
Robert Cecil put an optimizer on a double quad for us first, and then later, one on our existing bucking line. We have purchased a third and that is on a board edger. With very little input from us, Robert was able to come in and make the optimizer perform exactly as we expected it. And after a little time when we wanted something extra, one telephone call, and he was able to remotely make changes to solve a new problem. I would definitely recommend Robert to anyone wanting sawmill optimization.