Ultra-accurate scanning lasers can boost recovery and profits.
Putting aside conventional methods like optical theodolites and wire, a steadily growing number of sawmills are aligning their machinery with scanning lasers. These systems offer greater ease-of-use, higher accuracy and excellent repeatability over older methods and so-called “pointing” lasers, and can produce significant gains in recovery.
For several years now, David Reed, Sr., founder of Cutting Edge Tooling, LLC, has been implementing laser alignment at sawmills—and winning converts. Based in Russellville, Ark., Reed’s company offers precision machining and alignment services for the forest products industry, and he has been using ultra-accurate scanning lasers to help sawmills align machinery faster and more precisely, improving recovery in the process.
Reed uses laser alignment systems from Hamar Laser Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Conn., to align most kinds of sawmill machinery, including sharp chain machine centers and other equipment. He serves corporate and independent sawmills throughout the U.S. and his regular customers include many of the leading names in the industry.
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