Timber and Woodworking Industry

Studies have shown that there is a potential to increase lumber value by over 20 percent if optimum edging and trimming could be performed in sawmills. Even a small part of this percentage would substantially increase the profit of lumber manufacturers. And this can be achieved by utilizing machine vision systems.

Application of machine vision systems in the timber and woodworking industry has a very short return-on-investment period due to the increase in plant throughput, increase in production yields and reduction of waste that can be achieved.

Machine vision and image processing is relatively new or underused area in the timber and woodworking industry. The amount of manual work in many woodworking techniques can be reduced or even eliminated with image processing applications while at the same time increasing the quality and reducing the time. Quality of the timber is important in order to decide where the timber should be used.

In many sawmills, the board quality is still controlled by a human sorter because the defects can vary in many ways, color, area, shape, amount and the type of defects can be in various forms. It is important for sawmills to deliver right quality of boards to their clients so the sorting is depending on the worker.

Present trends such as increasing labor costs and limited supplies of high quality logs have forced lumber manufacturers to increase their efforts to maximize the utilization of raw material. In order to make money in such a competitive business, sawmills must produce the highest possible grade of lumber from each saw log they process.

Machine Vision systems for wood processing must be able to reliably detect and identify many lumber features such as wane, cracks, splits, holes, decay, knots, wormholes and board dimension.

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Log Profiler - Analysis of Log Attributes for Mill Management and Control

Log Profiler provides a complete analysis of the characteristics for each log entering the timber mill. Out of specification logs can be rejected. Log information can be used in mill data management and to control subsequent production processes.

Using the 3-dimensional profile data from the system, the following measurements can be determined to the accuracies indicated.

It is easy to view the real-time images and measurements on the Camconsole 15" touchscreen display. Along with the real-time data, it shows production figures for the day, and also allows for full diagnostics of the system.

 

Also included with the system is the Camlink software. This records all the data for each log to a database, creates production reports and allows you to view past images of the logs. You can view this on any PC on your plant intranet via a Web Browser.

Hardware

  • Three Camsensor smart camera laser profiling units
  • Floor standing frame and laser shroud
  • Camconsole touchscreen operator interface
  • Ethernet connection to plant network

Software

  • Performance proven inspection algorithms
  • Web Server built into the Camsensor for online management information
  • Camlink database and web reporting software

Technical Specifications

  • Log length up to 6m
  • Log diameter up to 550mm
  • Conveyor speed up to 120m/min
  • Log spacing of 250mm
  • IP67 dust proof stainless steel housings

. CONTROL AND INSIGHT

Visor inspection systems can provide detailed information about production and inspection performance, quality control and detected defects. They can be extended with various database recording and reporting options or integrated with existing MES / QMS systems to provide an unprecedented high-level insight and a very powerful tool for production optimization and preemptive reaction.

All our solutions are based on proven and robust industrial vision and automation components designed for use even in harshest industrial environments and conforming highest hygienic standards of food or pharmaceutical industry.

We design, develop and produce fully customizable solutions, tailored for your specific requirements and production process. Contact Us to discuss your unique challenges.

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