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Rough mill yield improvement workshop planned for November


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 9, 2010 – Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech’s Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, and the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center will host a workshop on improving rough mill lumber yield and operation efficiency on Nov. 8 in Princeton, W.Va.

The workshop is designed to help rough mill managers, supervisors, and operators to improve mill performance, achieve reliable quality and deliveries, and decrease costs.

Workshop participants will learn how to use the U.S. Forest Service’s ROMI 3.1 rough mill simulation tool to assess improvement scenarios. The program includes a feature that allows mills to find the best lumber grade mix to satisfy their cutting bills at the lowest cost.

Specialists from Virginia Tech and the U.S. Forest Service will help workshop participants install, set up, and run simulations to test scenarios in their own mills using ROMI 3.1. Copies of the software will distributed to participants at no charge.

The workshop will be held on Monday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, W.Va. Registration is $49 for professionals and $25 for students, which includes lunch.

The workshop website includes the program agenda, directions, and registration details. For more information, e-mail Urs Buehlmann or call (540) 231-9759.

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