It has always been a sawmiller’s dream to be capable of seeing inside logs before they are sawn, explains Olle Larsson, CEO of Swedish sawmilling company Fiskarheden. Why so?
Logs are a natural raw material whose properties may vary a great deal. To make the best use of this resource, it is, therefore, a huge advantage to know the logs internal quality before you decide how to cut it – and that is where Microtec enters into play.
Fiskarheden decided to implement a comprehensive investment plan, starting with a Microtec CT Log system for their sawmill in Transtrand. The company’s main goal is to increase the value of each log and to reduce waste. This will enable Fiskarheden to utilize the potential of the highly valuable raw material coming from well-managed forests in the most efficient way.
To get an overview of the entire sawmill, Fiskarheden will use Microtec’s scanning technology not only in the sawmill itself but also in the green sorter and the dry sorting mill. A Goldeneye 900 board quality scanner will be implemented in the existing dry sorting mill. “Using Microtec technology and especially the internal information of the logs will allow us to improve our partnership with the forest owners as well as creating the best possible products for our customers” states Magnus Larsson, CEO of Fiskarheden.
The development plan for Fiskarheden sawmill foresees a scanner solution out of one hand, as well as a further investment and development in the sawmilling process.
“Everything we do is driven by the passion of introducing new technologies and innovation to sawmills — creating true partnerships with our customers. Fiskarheden’s important investment in CT technology ensures that they are getting the best out of their wood resources. The alignment with a Goldeneye 900 transverse dry sorter and the Mill Manager software will accompany them into a fully automated “Sawmill 4.0“. We are very happy that Sweden, being such an important country in matters of wood processing, acts as a pioneer introducing this new technology”, says Microtec CEO Federico Giudiceandrea.
The installation starts in July 2018. At the log yard, the CT Log will be installed and started up. At the same time, a new wane scanning system will be installed in the green sorter. In the second half of 2018, the newest version of the Goldeneye 900 board quality scanner will be implemented in the dry sorting mill.
“We are renowned for timely and accurate project implementations. Our team is upfront and on-site until the production line runs smoothly. We are looking forward to this exciting project that has the potential of opening new horizons in sawmilling“, says Jörn Rathke, Technical Sales at Microtec.
As for Fiskarheden, the investment is seen as a huge step towards digitalization of the sawmilling industry. This allows the western Swedish sawmill Fiskarheden to enhance their position on the market.