The College of New Caledonia has received a $50 thousand dollar grant from the province to upgrade its planer mill and develop imaging technology that will yield more lumber in sawmill processing and capture more economic value from beetle-affected logs.
“In addition to improved training for planer mill technicians and millwright apprentices, this grant will help CNC enter the field of terahertz research,” said Forests and Range Minister Pat Belll. “Terahertz technology uses the electromagnetic spectrum to detect internal cracks in a log that are invisible to the naked eye. By identifying where defects are located before the wood is planed or milled, we are able to avoid waste and produce more lumber.”
The College of New Caledonia will use the grant to buy and install new equipment to power the planer and to meet safety standards for partnering in an applied research project with University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and Del-Tech Manufacturing. UNBC and Del-Tech are involved in research and development activities focused on terahertz imaging systems and their application in the forest industry, particularly to the recovery of beetle-wood.