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Cut-to-Length Simulation

Optimum harvester cutting parameters

  • HALCO's CTL-SIM™ program can be used for widely-scattered cut-to-length harvesting operations, where there may be a problem controlling the diameter and length mix of logs delivered to the mill or sold. The CT...

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Log Bucking Simulation

Bucking Simulation

  • Bucking and any subsequent sorting may occur at the stump or landing or at the mill, and affects everything that comes afterwards. In the US Pacific Northwest it significantly affects the Scribner scale and therefore how much is paid for the logs.
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Sawmill Profit Variance Analysis

Profit variance analysis is a term coined by HALCO to describe a procedure that involves a detailed comparison of actual and planned operations and net income for each sawmill production run.

A production run may be defined by an accounting period such as a week or a month, or it ma...

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Sawmill Set-Table Generation

HALCO developed the SETGEN™ system for generating optimized set tables for primary-breakdown machines that do not use real-time scanning and optimization. From experience, we found that a good, optimized set table often gives better results than a poorly designed or maintained real-time system.

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LVL & I-Joist Mill Optimization

  • The LVL and I-Joist models in PANELSIM™ allows the net revenue effects of various log supplies, and sales and operating strategies for an LVL and/or I-Joist mill to be explored. Most of the description of the plywood optimization application on this website applies also to L...

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OSB Mill Optimization

The OSB model that forms part of the PANELSIM™ program is an economic model of an OSB mill that takes a similar approach to that used for plywood and LVL mill optimization. The objective is to calculate the combination of raw materials, mill operation and mix of OSB panel sizes, thicknesses and grades that maximi...

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