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Collum’s Lumber in Allendale, South Carolina, has been plagued by the challenge of producing lumber without above- and below-grade issues for the last few years. They installed Lucidyne’s GradeScan automated lumber grading system over a long July 4th holiday in 2013 to make these problems go away. Much of the lumber they produce includes high-quality appearance grades with very little wane or small knots. This means that just a small measurement variation in knots or some other defect will nudge the lumber from one grade to the next. Their lower grades required frequent regrading because the above- and below-grade issues were so significant.
Westervelt Company purchased its first planer mill automated grading system from Lucidyne Technologies. This GradeScan system was Lucidyne’s third installation in the southern US and included a new trimmer/sorter control system and Grade Mark Reader. Westervelt made this purchasing decision despite a poor economy and weak lumber industry projections because extensive testing of their wood in Lucidyne’s scanner indicated a significant short-term return on investment. Lucidyne’s GradeScan requires less than 25 inches of conveyor space. GradeScan takes over ALL knot and wane decisions – reducing human input to a single check grader.
A new high-resolution scanning system took over grading at Charles Ingram Lumber Company’s planer in Effingham, South Carolina. Despite the depressed lumber market, the mill made a substantial investment in technology by purchasing Lucidyne’s automated system GradeScan to take over the grading process. The biggest challenge facing any mill is consistently capturing the most value from Dimension and Appearance products while human graders are pushed to maintain high volumes. GradeScan took over this function in March 2012.