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Sawmill of the future


Client: Resolute Forest Products

In a sawmill, debarking is the first step in the production process. The debarker removes the bark from logs while keeping as much of the wood fibre as possible intact. Investissement Québec - CRIQ was tasked by Resolute Forest Products with developing an intelligent quality control system to optimize the debarking level while minimizing damage to the wood fibre, even though diameter, moisture level, conicity, and species vary from one log to another. Investissement Québec - CRIQ then developed an optimization module to automatically adjust the blade pressure, rotor speed, and log feed.

Thanks to this equipment, since June 2013 Resolute has held the honour of being the first sawmill of the future! Impressive results, in addition to a return on investment in less than one year, convinced the company to add two more debarking optimization and quality control systems to its La Doré facilities.

“With the CRIQ system, we are able to 
deliver wood chips
of the right standard 
to our papermaking clients and 
an increase in our softwood lumber revenues.”

Daniel Roy

Sawmill Manager
at La Doré and St-Félicien 

Resolute Forest Products