Primary manufacturing

Challenges

What are the problems faced by the industry in this area?
Fibre supply costs and raw material quality
Demographic changes and shortage of labour with skills needed for evolving manufacturing technologies
Profit margin erosion, and limited manufacturing flexibility and agility
Lack of disruptive technologies and processes

Actions

What does FPInnovations do to address the challenges?
Provide technologies for detecting species, moisture, internal defects such as knots and rot, and volume of fibres under the bark
Improve lumber-drying process for balsam fir and validate the commercial application of the ultrafast drying concept
Develop next-generation modelling and decision-support tools for sawmills and EWP processes
Improve operational excellence of log turner, debarker, and planer using advanced sensors and machine-learning techniques, and improve overall mill agility and reliability
Develop new generation of cutting tools and validate automated saw-filing room concept

Goals & Impacts

What are the goals to reach and what are the impacts on members?
Deliver five technologies validated in a manufacturing environment to improve agility and flexibility, providing cumulative industry margin gain of $10/m3 of logs processed by 2023
By 2023, diversify markets by demonstrating technologies for five non-traditional products
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