Plywood Production


USA, St. Maries, Idaho

PotlatchDeltic is looking forward to achieving its business goals by adopting an automated, data-driven panel repair solution.

PotlatchDeltic, Idaho, USA owns a plywood factory in St. Maries that manufactures a wide range of plywood products, principally for industrial grades such as panels for boats, truck beds, and RV applications. These grades are typically sold at a premium and have more stable margins than commodity plywood markets. The St. Maries facility has an annual capacity of 150 million square feet ("MMSF").

PotlatchDeltic decided to invest in Raute’s Panel Repairing Line R7. This solution appealed due to its high capacity, continuous panel flow, multiple repair heads, extremely accurate defect detection (powered by 3D scanners and high-resolution color cameras), precise application of repair materials, and ease of operation. Supervised by just a single operator, the Panel Repairing Line R7 can nevertheless deliver up to 65 percent in repair material savings. That operator can also use Raute’s MillSIGHTS data-capturing tool to automatically optimize production and perform preventative maintenance.

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