Western Forest Products is to install a new $6.7 million lumber autograder at its Alberni Pacific Division in Port Alberni.
Automatic lumber grading has been used in the commodity lumber business for more than a decade, but the complexity of coastal tree species has prevented the technology from being used in the coastal forest industry until now.
By partnering with Lucidyne Technologies Inc., WFP, which owns and operates two sawmills in Nanaimo, has refined the technology to work with coastal species.
It is expected that the autograder will significantly increase efficiency at the mill by assessing lumber grades quickly, accurately and consistently. The Port Alberni mill supplies mostly lumber, timbers, railway ties and mouldings for Asian markets.
The announcement in Port Alberni, made by B.C. Forest Minister Steve Thomson, is part of WFP’s $200 million plan to invest in its Vancouver Island operations to keep the company competitive in the global marketplace.
From The Vancouver Times Colonist: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/lines+million+lumber+grader/6928864/story.html