Timber Processing’s December 2013 issue highlights the latest technologies in sawing and filing in the SawTech section, and features great articles on Maine’s Moose River Lumber, the new WaneShear Technologies transverse edger system at Scotch Gulf Lumber, and Malheur Lumber Co.’s up-and-running fuel pellets operation. The issue also includes Timber Processing’s 2013 Editorial Index.
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The following companies advertised in the December 2013 issue of Timber Processing magazine and submitted materials for the SawTech section: Brunson Instrument Co., California Saw & Knife Works (Cal Saw), Cut Technologies, Esterer WD, Simonds International Corp., U.S. Blades, and Williams & White Equipment.
Timber Processing magazine Associate Editor Jay Donnell visits Moose River Lumber located in Jackman, Maine. Although it's located in a remote area of the Northeast, Moose River Lumber prides itself on being ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. In the past decade, the company has made great strides to becoming more efficient through the use of computerized controls and equipment. And the company is always looking into finding new ways to power its mill in the face of rising energy costs and environmental concerns. Moose River Lumber specializes in the production of high-quality, kiln-dried spruce lumber. The company's products are used primarily in the framing of houses. It produces more than 85MMBF per year, in dimensions of 1x3, 1x4, 1x6, 2x3, 2x4, 2x6, 2x8 and 2x10.
Timber Processing magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to Jackson, Alabama to visit Scotch Gulf Lumber and see it’s new WaneShear Technologies transverse edger system in action. Drawing much interest and curiosity at the Timber Processing & Energy Expo in Portland, Ore. in October 2012, industry veteran Ron McGehee’s newest sawing invention, the WaneShear edger, offered a transverse edging solution with a small footprint and a new concept for high-speed board edging. Longtime Southern lumber manufacturer Scotch Gulf Lumber is the first to install a WaneShear system at its Jackson, Ala. sawmill, where the new edger has been running now for almost 18 months. In operation, the WaneShear reminds one of a trimmer: The WaneShear system offers a linear array of saws, with each set of saws swinging down and cutting two feet of board in 300 milliseconds.
Timber Processing magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell visits Malheur Lumber Company’s fuel pellet mill located in John Day, Oregon. Bolstered by recent agreements and a stewardship project restoring thousands of acres on the nearby Malheur National Forest (MNF), Malheur Lumber Co.’s 25,000 tons/year fuel pellet, briquette and bedding plant in operation since 2010 has moved through the startup learning curve and is building markets for its high quality ponderosa pine and Douglas fir pellets and briquettes. A subsidiary of Ochoco Lumber Co., which traces its roots to 1924 in central Oregon, Malheur Lumber was formed in 1983 and started up in John Day as a high quality ponderosa pine cutting mill producing primarily window, cabinet and furniture stock lumber. Ten years ago the John Day area supported two additional sawmills and a biomass power generation plant.
Sawdust Diaries is a column in Timber Processing magazine that appears in every other issue. Its author, Connie Grenz, has worked in the wood products industry for 34 years. In her December article, Grenz discusses how to broaden the capabilities at your mill. Grenz writes, “Several upgrades at the Kane, PA hardwood operation were accomplished during my 12 years as manager. After we upgraded our chop line in the dimension mill, it was explained to new visitors that they would see a range of operations that would include both a manually pulled lumber at the green chain in the sawmill and a process in the dimension mill that used sophisticated neural network-based software and scanning equipment to chop ripped lumber. Under the leadership of Paul Eastman, Dimension Mill Operations Supervisor, this upgrade included moving glue wheels, adding heat and lighting, moving the air compressor, modifying the infeed and inline reman operation and beefing up the waste system.”
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