Idaho Forest Group has taken some bold steps. They started with a planer mill in Lewiston, Idaho, that featured two planer lines, each feeding its own trimmer/sorter line. They eliminated one planer in favor of feeding both sorters from one planer. They also stepped up from partially-automated grading using a geometric-only system to full grading using Lucidyne’s GradeScan®. And that means they have to rely on GradeScan to also grade Cedar – another first for IFG and the lumber industry.
These IFG mills require GradeScan to process a large cross-section of appearance grades plus Dimension grades. The challenge of tracking cut-in-two boards sent to separate sorters is solved with two of Lucidyne’s True-Q® Lumber Tracking stations – no spray or ink is needed to mark the boards since the system uses the “fingerprint” of the each board for identification! Their Lewiston installation was completed in August, and a second scanner was installed in October at IFG’s LaClede, Idaho, mill. Keep posted for more on Lucidyne’s automated grading challenges and successes!