McDonough recently installed a 3-saw OptiFit Edger at New River Hardwoods. The system was purchased to replace a much smaller manual edger that had been in operation in their Tennessee mill.
Tyler King of New River Hardwoods says that as a result of the upgrade, they ‘have significantly improved mill uptime and created a much better work environment for our Operator."
The McDonough OptiFit is designed to fit into your existing mill without the need for expansion and provides customers with gains in yield and profitability. A single board is loaded from the accumulation table onto the edger scanning conveyer/infeed belt. The piece travels toward the edger to be scanned, and a solution is generated for optimal cut while the piece is still moving toward the edger. The optimizer determines a solution, the saws are set, and the piece enters the machine at full speed, ready to be cut.
The OptiFit features a low maintenance collared saw design, with electric servo actuators for increased speed, accuracy, and reduced operation cost. The gear-belt drive comes with reduced maintenance, and the available de-tuned hardwood knurl gives precise control without damaging lumber.
Available in 2, 3 or 4-saw configurations, and easily fed from the left, right or both sides.