Panel World’s September 2014 issue features ATCO Wood Products veneer mill in Fruitvale, B.C. and its successful strategies for navigating the recent economic downturn. Also highlighted is the upcoming Timber Processing & Energy Expo, to be held in Portland, Ore. on October 15-17. Other articles cover the history of the T-Time Principle and the latest in Quality Control technology.
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ATCO Wood Products
Panel World magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell travels to Fruitvale, B.C. to visit ATCO Wood Products veneer mill located there. Following seven tumultuous years leading 55-year-old ATCO Wood Products, CEO Scott Weatherford says the recent economic downturn’s silver lining is that tough times forced company managers to “truly focus on how we make money and where we need to invest and improve.” Weatherford adds that the tight business environment motivated managers to make decisions that needed to be made even quicker. “It was a matter of survival,” he remembers, noting that at one point prices for core products were better than veneer, so the mill switched strategies and ran smaller logs awhile, went to one shift, and also switched to extensive whole log chipping on the log yard for more than a year to maintain operations while riding out the worst of the downturn.
Board Talk: Tom Maloney
Tom Maloney died June 18 at age 83 in Pullman, Wash. His was a very distinguished career. The city of Pullman is familiar to many of you because that’s where Professor Maloney and Washington State University hosted the annual International Symposium on Particleboard & Composite Materials for many years. Panel World magazine editors Dan Shell and Rich Donnell last communicated with Maloney in the spring of 2013 as they produced the special publication, Panel Age 50: A Celebration of the Past Fifty Years of Structural & Non-Structural Wood Product Developments. Maloney, albeit in erratic health, contributed this column for the publication. The title of the column was “Helping Birth An Industry.” We reprint it in this issue of Panel World—Tom Maloney in his own, and some of his last, words on the industry he loved.
One-hundred sixty exhibitors have eaten up all the available booth space for the Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE), which will be held October 15-17 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore. The event caters to veneer and plywood mills, sawmills, engineered wood products operations and wood energy (cogeneration) operations, with emphasis on primary production machinery, technologies and supplies. Panel World, Timber Processing, and Wood Bioenergy magazines serve as media hosts for the event, which is produced by Hatton-Brown Expositions LLC. This is the second TP&EE. The first one in 2012, held at the same Hall D venue at the Portland Expo Center, attracted 2,000 participants, including representatives from 115 wood products producing companies and 200 specific mill operation sites from 30 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces, as well as several overseas countries.
The T-Time Principle
This article, supplied to Panel World magazine by Richard (Dick) Baldwin, an operating partner with Atlas Holdings, a parent company of New Wood Resources, discusses the history and best uses of the T-Time Principle. Baldwin writes, “What is T-Time? It is the elapsed time between peeling the last merchantable veneers on a block to the beginning of useable veneer on the next. As the industry has transitioned from the larger blocks of an earlier era, the block-to-block time delays in peeling useable veneer has consumed an ever larger proportion of scheduled operating hours. The management and minimization of T-Time is a crucial issue for the mill operator. The following describes the origin and history of this important cognitive operating tool, defines the need, describes its use, and provides a how-to prescription of methods that will provide productivity gains of 20% or more using existing equipment.”
The following companies, which are advertising in this issue of Panel World magazine, submitted materials on quality control: Airstar Inc., Argos Solutions AS, IMAL PAL Group, Metriguard, Perten Instruments, Raute, Siempelkamp, and USNR.
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