SawTech 2005:
The 9th International Conference on Sawing Technology
3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109 USA
Tel: 800-944-7444; 702-894-7444;
FAX: 702-894-7446
July 27-28, 2005


Tuesay, July 26   --   5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Registration, Welcoming Reception, Exhibits

Wednesday, July 27   --   8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction
R. Szymani, Wood Machining Institute, Berkeley, California, USA.

Sawing Efficiency and Production Capacity. Professor Rolf Birkeland, Oslo, Norway

SESSION 1: Advances in Sawmill Production Systems and Remanufacturing

Log Rotation Tracking with the New OLI-CS3. Simon Potvin, Vice-President, Sawmill Equipment, Comact, Inc., Quebec, QC, Canada

Precision of Log Rotation. Dr. Jaakko Vuorilehto, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

The Newest Technologies in Curve Sawing. Simon Potvin, Vice-President, Sawmill Equipment, Comact, Inc., Quebec, QC, Canada

Real-Time Statistical Process Control Systems for Sawmills. Timothy M. Young, Associate Professor and Timothy G. Rials; Professor and Director, The University of Tennessee, Forest Products Center, Knoxville, TN

Understanding Mismatch and Wedging in Circular Sawing and How Statistical Analysis Gets in the Way. Warren M. Bird, President, California Saw & Knife Works, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Case Studies of Yield Increases with Various Thin-Kerf Sawing Applications Using Kiln-Dried Lumber. Rob Bisbee, Super Thin Saws, Inc., Waterbury, VT

New Schelling Cut-to-Size Concept. Jurgen Thurnher, Director of Marketing, Schelling Anlagenbau GmbH., Schwarzach, Austria

SESSION 2: Saw Design, Operation and Maintenance

New Type of Thin Kerf “Stable” Saw Blade. Satoru Nishio, Manager, R&D, Kanefusa Corporation, Japan

Thursday, July 28   --   8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SESSION 2: Saw Design, Operation and Maintenance (cont'd)

Increasing Circular Saw Stiffness – Combining the Benefits of Stainless Steel and Variable Thickness Designs. Warren M. Bird, President, California Saw and Knife Works, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Tensioning Circular Saws Through the Use of Shape Memory Alloys. P. Radziszewski and J. Poirier, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Evaluation of Saw Tip Materials for Increased Wear Resistance. Darrell Wong, Project Leader and Scientist, Forintek Canada Corp., Vancouver, BC Canada

Reducing Tool Wear of Carbide Tools By Combination of Cryogenic Treatment and Refrigerated Air. R. Gazo, J. Gisip, and H. Stewart, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Technical Improvements to Sharpening Saws in Mills. Rick Brown, Product Manager for Woodworking, Walter Grinders, Inc., Fredericksburg, VA

PCD Saw Tips with Micro V-tech™ Shaped Face. Gerd Heubeck, Manager, Marketing Division, Kanefusa Corporation, Japan

SESSION 3: Safety Issues in Wood Processing

Safety Issues during Saw Maintenance. David Macey, Vice President, Pacific/Hoe Saw and Knife Co., Portland, OR

Safety Issues in Primary and Secondary Wood Processing. Ryszard Szymani, Director, Wood Machining Institute, Berkeley, CA



The exhibit area will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday July 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday July 27th, and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28th.


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