The lumber industry is one of the most heavily automated industries in the world. Having to process millions of feet of raw materials into standardized products daily, sawmills are constantly looking for ways to achieve better accuracy and repeatable results in product dimensions. Being one of the largest sawmills in British Columbia, Canfor pioneers the industry by incorporating Hermary’s 3D machine vision into their production line. By using Hermary’s 3D scanners, Canfor was able to capture another dimension to the volumetric data in real-time. An optimization algorithm uses the data and determines the best sawing pattern that generates more finished products out of the raw material. The advancement in technology helped Canfor improve the throughput and product accuracy, leading to a significant upturn in waste reduction, and most importantly, profit.
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