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Virginia Tech Workshop for Rough Mill Yield Improvement

Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) will host a workshop on "Rough Mill Yield Improvement Using ROMI 3.1" on November 8, 2010 at the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) in Princeton, WV from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The "Rough Mill Yield Improvement Using ROMI 3.1" workshop is designed to help rough mill managers, supervisors, and operators to improve the performance of their rough mill, achieve reliable quality and deliveries, and decrease costs.

Workshop participants will learn how to use the power of the USDA Forest Service's ROMI 3.1 rough mill simulation tool to assess improvement scenarios. Participants also will learn about the new least-cost lumber grade-mix solver function embedded in ROMI 3.1. The least-cost lumber grade-mix solver allows mills to find the lumber grade mix satisfying their cutting bills at the least cost. The solver is especially helpful in times like now when lumber prices fluctuate heavily and the purchasing needs have to be optimized on a regular basis.

Personnel from Virginia Tech and the USDA Forest Service will help workshop participants install, set-up, and run simulations looking at issues in their own rough mill. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops so that the installed copy of the ROMI 3.1 software can be brought home and be used again. Copies of the ROMI 3.1 will be distributed free of charge.

For more information on the "Rough Mill Yield Improvement Using ROMI 3.1" workshop, contact Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Cooperative Extension at the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at 540.231.9759, ubuehlm@vt.edu

The Department of Wood Science and Forest Products in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech is the leading program in North America engaged in wood and renewable materials utilization.  [Return to top]