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Finna Sensors Family Profile: LC Jones

After more than 17 years of devoted service, LaCount (LC) Jones will be retiring from Finna Sensors at the end of the year. During his tenure here, LC has managed all aspects of manufacturing including production, safety, quality, cost and delivery. LC has been in product management and manufacturing for about 45 years. He has…

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Maximize lumber mill profits with a customized service plan

It’s safe to say that lumber mills, like other industry manufacturers, need to keep their production lines up and running—to stay on schedule and ensure profit. A customized parts and service plan helps lumber mills reach production goals and prevent downtime. Reducing downtime is a key consideration in production profitability. But how is that done?…

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ProTrac software delivers quick payback for lumber mills

Advanced drying data solution with results from sawmill to planer Technology continues to transform lumber manufacturing with a focus on process improvement – saving time, enhancing quality, and increasing profit. With ProTrac Kiln Performance Software from Finna Sensors, lumber producers can now maximize profitability using the industry’s smartest software solution that helps track and control…

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Moisture Content Measurement for Powder and Bulk Solids

Join us August 24 – 26 at the 2021 International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference and Exhibition Show, Booth #2217 Stop by our booth (#2217) to see a demonstration of the latest on-line NIR moisture measurement system designed for powder and bulk solids. With thousands of installations worldwide, our moisture products have been used for…

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Moving past a fixed point – Scanframe: Web-Profiling System for moisture & coat weight

In manufacturing, profit can be made or lost on the production line. Controlling production efficiency for improved payback is why Finna Sensors developed the OMNIR on-line near infrared sensor. Now, Finna Sensors’ new Scanframe: Web-Profiling System gives OMNIR the freedom to measure cross-directionally and see what’s happening across a paper or substrate with a coating…

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Industry 4.0 and IIoT Data Management

Technically speaking, Industry 4.0 is the optimization of technology to revolutionize manufacturing and industrial systems. In practice, that means Industry 4.0 is making manufacturing better, and production cheaper, by leveraging an improvement of smart process-improvement software. These smart software solutions are enabled through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The IIoT lets connected machines communicate.…

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Keeping Up With the Speed of Manufacturing

The demands on manufacturing are growing. As systems age, you’re faced with deciding where to focus your efforts to remain competitive in the marketplace. With all the factors that go into vetting upgrades, how do you choose where to invest? True pioneering in the manufacturing industry starts with data and application-adaptive software that allows enterprises…

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The Ultimate Guide to Lumber Moisture Control – Part 4: Sawmill

Part 4 of a 4-part series – As seen in the January/February issue of Timber Processing. Before reaching the kiln, the sawmill provides the first opportunity in lumber processing to recognize benefit from today’s advanced moisture sensing technologies. Designed to optimize lumber recovery factor, moisture systems are giving sawmills the necessary tools to quickly identify…

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The Ultimate Guide to Lumber Moisture Control – Part 3: Planer

Part 3 of a 4-part series – As seen in the December issue of Timber Processing. Once kiln-dried lumber reaches the planer, mills have one final opportunity to optimize board moisture before their product is sent to customers. Today, using advanced moisture-sensing technologies, mills can utilize their planer to improve overall productivity, enhance grade recovery…

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The Ultimate Guide to Lumber Moisture Control – Part 2: Kiln Drying

Part 2 of a 4-part series – As seen in the November issue of Timber Processing. Through all the phases of a lumber mill, controlling moisture is key to producing a quality end product. Ironically, despite being where moisture is altered the most, kilns are also often the most overlooked. West Fraser’s Thermal Energy Supervisor…

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