Miles Lumber Process SawmillThe Sawmill

At Miles Lumber, our products are cut from rich southern yellow pine. Board size specifications range from 1×4 to 2×12 inches, with lengths up to 20 feet long. The process of “log to finished board” begins with the Infeed team. The Debarker is the first stop for the log. Here it is stripped of all its’ bark before it is sent to one of the two Deck Saws. At the Deck Saws, each log is cut into usable lengths and fed into the mill for processing.

Once the log enters the mill, the Midway team then takes over. This section consists of two head rigs… the Kockums RBS equipped with a Porter RT3 scanning system fed by an ASM sharp chain and a CAE Newnes/ McGehee curve gang equipped with in-house reducer heads and a Newnes Scanning system. The RBS system first determines the maximum yield that it can get out of each log. Then it positions and cuts the log to fit its’ pre-determined solution. This task is performed at a rate of over 500 logs per hour. Once the width has been determined by the RBS, the cant is then passed on to the Curve Saw. The Curve Saw scans the cant and decides how many boards that it can yield from that cant.

Miles Lumber ProcessThe product, now unfinished lumber, is passed on to the Outfeed Team. Here the lumber goes through a series of machine centers where it is scanned to determine the best “fit” for the piece of lumber. This process first consists of deciding if the lumber should be edged, or resized. Once that decision has been made, it is the transferred to the Trimmer. The Trimmer decides on the maximum usable length in each board and trims off the excess. Once this has been achieved, the board is passed on to the Sorter where it is separated by size. The Package-Maker bundles up the lumber and it is sent to the yard.

 

Planer

After the bunks of unfinished lumber leave the Sawmill, it is stacked according to the lumber’s dimensions by the Stacker. These bunks of lumber are stacked and placed in direct fire dry kilns where the lumber is dried.

Miles Lumber Process SawmillAfter spending approximately 20 hours in the dry kiln, the lumber is transferred to the Planer Mill. Here the bunk of lumber is fed, layer by layer, into the mill by the Tilt Hoist. The Feed Table then takes the lumber and feeds each individual piece through the Planer.

Once exiting the Planer, each board is scored on the overall appearance and quality by the Graders. The Graders also determine if the board needs any extra modifications. It is then transferred to the Sorter where it is separated according to the board’s size. Once the Sorter drops the bunk of newly finished boards, the Package Maker takes over. The lumber is then stacked, banded, and labeled for shipping. The shipping department is the last stop, where the packaged lumber is loaded onto trucks and rail cars for distribution to the customer.