Production must be balanced at the ripsaw to keep the
downstream processes such as the side matcher busy.
It introduced Partee to a Canadian company, Mekanika. Its
founder, Louis Faucher, designed much of the equipment
provided by Hasko for the Partee mill, including a SR30 gang
rip saw, FSP flooring strip pre-surfacer, FSM Matchmaster side
matcher, HSEM end matching center and a GNS automated
grading and nesting system.
The scanning and ripline material handling system and many
of the conveyors were made by Froedge Machine & Supply. The
lumber yard and kilns are a separate operation, outside the
door of the Magnolia plant.
When lumber comes in the door for processing, it’s taken
to a tilt hoist and is separated from stacking sticks. Lumber
goes up an unscrambler to a board feeder, which separates the
boards so they go individually across the scanning system.
The scanning system, made by Froedge, determines
cutting patterns; measures each board for width, thickness
and length; and determines the saw pattern to get the most
yield out of the board. The saw operator has an override to
handle unusual defects.
“The operator has to understand the character of the
wood to be able to do a good job,” Burrow says.
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After ripping, offal falls down to conveyors under the
floor. Three Hasko chop saws and two chop saws
built in-house are used as scrap saws.
“I’ve been in so many mills that have piles of rip
edgings and strips and shims all over the floor,” Burrow
says. “Somebody has to stay and pick it up. We used to
have a couple of guys stay in the evening and clean up.”
A Williams hammermill crusher gets rid of the big
pieces, and shavings are sold for fuel.
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