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The timber processing industry faces continued pressure on margins and increases in material and operating costs. Inflexibility in sales pricing means that prices cannot be increased in line with costs.  Businesses must therefore focus on reducing costs in order to maintain or improve margins. This must be done in parallel with improved volume and capacity utilization.

Already driven to high efficiency levels to remain competitive in order to achieve incremental improvment it is vital to have access to accurate, high availability production level data. The use of high volume, high capital equipment has particular industry specific requirements. PlantRun is proven in this industry with existing users experiencing benefits such as;

Product Rationalization

PlantRun allowed one user to identify at least one product that cost more to make than it was selling for. Unable to raise the price and remain competitive the company stopped making the product, freeing capacity for other products and increasing overall profits.

Capital Expenditure Justification

The accurate data that PlantRun provides enables continuous improvement with the ability to measure track and analyse the effect of any trial, or initiative in a pilot scheme before major roll out. This makes it faster and easier to determine the ROI of capital expenditure projects, accelerate efficiency improvements and maximise capital productivity.

Energy Saving

Energy is a significant cost for sawmills and timber processors. In the UK The Environment Agency is issuing energy reduction agreements for sawmills. These agreements mean that participating mills can make significant savings on their energy bills in return for investments in energy reduction. PlantRun Energy Monitoring package can be integrated in to any existing PlantRun system to provide a means of proving energy saving initiatives and clearly identifying areas to target.   Read more about PlantRun Energy Monitoring
melogoMarley Eternit, formerly John Brash, is the largest timber roofing batten provider in the UK.
The company has installed a PlantRun OEE system to monitor a range of assets at its Gainsborough, UK site including Microtec Goldeneye Scanner infeed and outfeed stackers, Ledinek Moulder infeed and outfeed, Stenner Saws and Preservative Treatment Plant.

sca logoSCA Wood service the UK's building material and joinery market with high quality machined softwood and associated products from it's timber production facility based in Melton, Humberside UK.

bsBSW Timber, the UK’s largest sawmilling business, has invested £220,000 in a state-of-the-art plant monitoring system for all its UK sawmills.

The cutting-edge technology automatically monitors the flow of product through BSW's mills in Fort William, Boat of Garten, Newbridge, Petersmuir, Carlisle and Senghenydd. The system continuously calculates operating efficiency and provide reports and analysis on key performance indicators (KPI’s) including downtime , throughput, scrap, OEE etc.

jjJames Jones & Sons, Scotland’s largest independent sawmilling company has taken delivery of a PlantRun production monitoring system to improve efficiency at their Lockerbie site.

The site has three mill areas of varying ages including one older sawline that didn’t have any automated production monitoring system or down time information collection. A PlantRun system has been installed that will collect both down time and production information, and automatically generate live OEE data.