Historically, the hardwood lumber natural resource industry has been portrayed as a relatively low-tech industry.Most hardwood sawmills do not adequately consider the potential benefits of information systems enabledapplications and solutions to enhance overall yield and efficiency. However, as computer-based technology isimplemented across the entire manufacturing process, advanced optimization and automation could improveoverall yield value to seventy percent or more (if properly applied). The primary purpose of this experiment is toevaluate the major benefits of using optimization and automation in the scanning carriage manufacturingcomponent of sawmill production, including maximized efficiency and yield recovery. In addition, a significantimpact comes by minimizing the wood waste, as well as by maximizing wood conversion efficiency in themanufacturing process, benefitting the environment. By maximizing efficiency while minimizing waste, the lumberindustry can reduce its consumption of natural resources further aiding in the environmental resource gap as well.
Cech, Libor; Crazier, Joseph A.; and Hopkins, Brandy E., "Business Process: Automation And Optimization Considerations In Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing" (2011). AMCIS 2011 Proceedings - All Submissions. 320.