The Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Company has always been an “early adopter” of new technology, but they held off when it came to automated grading and did not install a scanning system when first available. They now believe that the technology and capability of grading machines has come of age and purchased a Lucidyne GradeScan system for their mill in Smithfield, North Carolina. The successful installation took place in early February 2014 and is improving their grade-out making it easier for them to follow changes in the market.
Their design calls for their GradeScan to be installed in one building right after their planer, then the scanned boards will cross over to a second building where the trimmer and sorter reside. The mill will take advantage of Lucidyne’s True-Q® lumber tracking technology to identify boards, and not have to rely on paint or ink systems to mark the lumber in case the boards get mixed up. Lucidyne has this patented technology working successfully in several mills.