28th Annual WMI Workshop on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Saws and Knives WMI Workshop on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Saws and Knives

28th Annual WMI Workshop on Design, Operation and Maintenance of Saws and Knives

2016 WORKSHOP: September 26-27, 2016

Holiday Inn - Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97220
Tel: 800-315-2621 or 503-256-5000 direct


Workshop Leader and Speaker
   Ryszard Szymani, Ph.D., Director of Wood Machining Institute and Editor of the bimonthly international newsletter Wood Machining News. He is also the editor of the book Scanning Technology and Process Optimization: Advances in the Wood Industry. Szymani has been in the wood machining field for forty eight years, conducting research on high energy water jet cutting, veneer peeling, experimental and theoretical analysis of circular saw tensioning, technology of scanning and defect detection in lumber, thin kerf accurate sawing and the wear resistance improvement of saws and knives. He was instrumental in the development of the Saw Vibration Frequency Analyzer for evaluation of circular saw tensioning and has published over 120 technical papers, reports and conference proceedings and 193 issues of Wood Machining News.
Szymani has been conducting Workshops on Design and Operation of Circular and Band Saws since 1980 in the USA and abroad and organizing international conferences on Scanning and Sawing Technology (ScanTech and SawTech 1989-2007). Szymani is also editor of a book on Scanning Technology and Process Optimization: Advances in the Wood Industry. He has been consulting on wood machining problems and investigated accidents with woodworking equipment for over 37 years. He received a Ph.D. degree in Wood Science and Technology and MS degree in Eng. Science/Mech. Eng., from the U.C. Berkeley, MS degree in Wood Science from the U.B.C., Vancouver, B.C. Canada, and ME degree in Wood Technology from the College of Agriculture, Poznan, Poland.

Guest Lecturers
   Warren Bird, M.S., California Saw and Knife Works, LLC., Sutherlin, OR (Past President of California Saw and Knife Works, Inc., San Francisco, CA). Warren has developed heat-treating and grinding processes for the manufacture of thin circular saws with thin kerf and high strength. He has also adapted dynamic saw stability approach to the design of thin saws for industrial applications. Mr. Bird received a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Texas.
   Udo Jahn, General Manager, Modern Engineering, Delta BC, Canada. Udo has been Modern Engineering's General Manager since 1986. With over 30 years' experience in manufacturing sawguides, Udo has made Modern stand out amongst it's competitors for not only the accuracy and consistency of our sawguides and CNC machining capabilities, but also for investing in skills development, innovation, automation, and sheer production power. Modern Engineering is now one of the largest CNC milling operations on the west coast.
   Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Hilgenstock, Technical Director and Director Quality Control for the BESTAR Steel Group, Remscheid, Germany. In 1994, he graduated from Technical College in Dortmund, Germany and holds a degree in Materials Engineering. Before joining BESTAR, he had advanced training in Quality and Environmental Management and was working for Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance as Technical Coordinator. In 2000 Stefan joined ThyssenKrupp Nirosta, a German manufacturer of precision stainless steel strip as Deputy Director Quality Control. In 2005 Stefan brought his expertise to BESTAR in Remscheid where he is responsible for the development and control of all quality aspects of steel used in the global saw and knife industry. A main focus of his position is the continuous improvement of BESTAR's products in terms of manufacturing specifications, raw material tolerances, steel purity and microstructure.
   Devin Karamanos, V.P. of Sales & Service for western North America, Key Knife, Inc., Tualatin, OR. Devin has worked for Key Knife for 11 years in a variety of sales and service positions with extensive experience in sawmills, planer mills and wood yards. Devin has applied this knowledge & experience with chipping equipment &cutting tools to help drive product development and equipment troubleshooting.
   Michael F. Pickard, President / CEO, York Saw & Knife Co., Inc., York Pa. Since 1906, YSK has been one of the world's largest and most innovative manufacturers of saws for the primary wood industry and knives for the food, packaging, and material conversion industries. The company's products are sold under the names of York Saw & Knife, Oleson Saw Technology and Luxite. YSK is the exclusive United States distributor and service center for Iseli located in Schötz, Switzerland, a saw maintenance equipment manufacturer offering the latest in innovation. Mike has been in the saw and knife manufacturing business for over 34 years.
   Gary Schajer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. His main research interests are in mechanics of cutting lumber and particleboards using circular and band saws, and commercial wood strength estimation. Formerly, he was a Senior Research Engineer with Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, WA. His work with Weyerhaeuser concentrated on wood machining, wood strength estimation and wood drying research. He holds four patents and is the author of over seventy technical papers. He is recognized worldwide for his extensive research on circular saw tensioning and saw guides, as well as for his computer program, CSAW, for circular saw design.
   Thomas J. Walz, B.A., President, Carbide Processors, Inc. and Northwest Research Institute, Inc.,Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A. Thomas founded Carbide Processors, Inc. in 1981, which brazes tungsten carbide parts and conducts related research. He earned a graduate level certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Washington in 1997 and received a B.A. in English Literature with minors in Science and Business from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.


Wood Machining Institute
702 Tampico Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USA
Tel & Fax: 1-925-943-5240;
e-mail: szymani@woodmachining.com