Thursday, January 26, 2017
My name is Serafin Chan, the Operations Officer of LATIMCO. We are located in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines. Our area is known for tourism and offering a friendly environment to businesses. In our factory, we produce timber needed for manufacturing of all our wooden products.
The Philippines is a very nice country. Tourism is very strong here. You can find a lot of things in the Philippines – friendly people and our culture is very rich. We have 7,100 islands and each island is very unique. Every place you go, you feel the warm welcome of every Pilipino.
About LATIMCO l My father had a lumber business since I was young. After my father turned over the business to us, we started importing logs and started manufacturing and milling our own timber.
We manage everything, from importing of logs up to manufacturing of finished products. It’s a complete process. We manufacture doors, jambs, mouldings, fascia boards and other wood architectural products for private clients and government projects and for export as well.
We are also exploring the Japanese market. We know Japanese quality standards are very high - timber should be accurate and very precise. So, we look for sawmill machines which can deliver quality output. Since we bought the Wood-Mizer sawmill, our Japanese and local clients are happy with the quality of the products we produce using the WB2000 machine!
The sawmill process
First, our logs are imported from Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Brazil. Some are from New Zealand, Australia, and Uruguay. Previously, we only cut Meranti type of wood but now we include Malaysian hardwoods as well. We can process all clients’ specifications.
Imported logs are shipped to the Port in La Union. We personally do the unloading from the vessel and cut these logs to length based on our clients’ specifications. Then, we send these cut logs to the Wood-Mizer WB2000 wideband sawmill for milling. Next is edging using the EG300 twin-blade edger and lastly the slabs are cut on the HR115 horizontal resaw.
We use our big vertical saw to accommodate logs that the WB2000 cannot process (i.e., logs with more than one metre diameters – up to 1.6 m). So, the vertical saw processes irregular logs for our manufacturing requirements.
We use the WB2000 to process timber sizes smaller than one metre. We prefer to cut on this machine, as it can now give us a high recovery percentage.
After the milling process, the timber is packed and sent to another LATIMCO plant for kiln drying. After drying for 25 days, we manufacture the timber into doors, jams, mouldings and other wood architectural products as per client’s orders for all types of projects such as residential, low and high rise building. We also supply kiln-dried timber for Japan-based customers.
The importance of upgrading sawmill machine technology.
In the Philippines and other markets, higher percentage of recovery is one of the major goals. Speed is now becoming a secondary priority. Before, speed was the primary objective and recovery rate of 50% was acceptable. Now it’s the other way around. So if any saw millers wants to achieve maximum recovery – less sawdust, less waste – then they should think about investing in Wood-Mizer machines.
Our company and products are unique in the sense that we have now upgraded to the latest technology. New machines have new capabilities, new strengths, and new features that you can’t get from old machines. This new Wood-Mizer machine (the WB2000) is a perfect example of a machine where you can use the saw to achieve better cutting for each board. I knew that this machine could give us modern sawing technology and safety, but most important, it gives a higher return during the cutting process – a better recovery percentage. If we continue to cut logs for 8 hour shifts daily, our ROI for the WB2000 machine will be easily achieved. This is not just a theory, we actually did the figures after we had been cutting for a few months. We could see the difference between the vertical saw and the Wood-Mizer bandsaw.
On the other hand, savings on energy consumption is almost half. The WB2000 now runs on a 60 hp motor as compared to the vertical saw which has a motor of around 120 hp. That’s a big difference. You can save a lot of electricity.
Useful features of the WB2000 sawmill
With the Wood-Mizer wideband WB2000 sawmill, we have all the features we need – heavy duty construction, upgraded technology, higher recovery. The controls, setworks and everything is perfect. Our operator knows where the exact cutting without any loss or increase in timber size. The hydraulics of the WB2000 are very tough. They are designed for tough timber like tropical hardwoods. This has been tried and tested already.
Importance of sourcing sustainably harvested logs At the present, we source our timber from a legitimate supplier, so we are making sure that they have the necessary permits to cut their trees, and they use a program of reforestation. If they fail this program, we don’t do business with them.
Advice for other sawmillers For wood producers, I recommend that they should upgrade their facilities, otherwise, they will be left behind. It’s just like using an old rotary telephone in the digital age where people now using Androids and IOS – they provide higher performance.
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