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Kadant Carmanah Design Introduces Argus Vision Systems for OSB Stranding Lines

SURREY, B.C., Canada, May 31, 2019 – Kadant Carmanah Design, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI), announced the launch of three advanced vision systems designed to help Oriented Strand Board (OSB) producers increase production rates and improve strand quality in the wood room.

The ARGUS-FMS™ fines measurement system, developed in collaboration with FPInnovations, continuously scans the strander outfeed conveyor to provide real-time fines percentages for every cutting pass. According to Lorne Fardy, product development manager for Kadant Carmanah, “By constantly scanning all strands produced, the FMS greatly reduces the error rates inherent with manual strand sampling. The steady flow of data allows OSB manufacturers to make better production decisions both in the wood room and in downstream processes.”

The ARGUS-LDO™ log deck optimizer and ARGUS-LPO™ load pocket optimizer provide data on the volume of logs staged on the log deck and in the load pocket of the batch. Together, these devices help operators increase strander fill-rates and wood room production. Additionally, the data produced by the systems provide new performance metrics for benchmarking wood room operations.

“The development of the ARGUS vision systems addresses the need for smart connected technology in OSB wood rooms,” said Michael Colwell, president of Kadant Carmanah Design. “OSB producers are seeking data they can use to optimize and stay competitive. Kadant Carmanah Design is committed to leading innovation in this area.”

About Kadant Carmanah

Kadant Carmanah Design, located in Surrey, B.C. Canada, designs and manufactures equipment for the panel and engineered wood products, pulp and paper, and sawmill industries. Providing leading edge technology and equipment to optimize fiber use for the production of wood-based panels, Kadant Carmanah's products include SmartDISC stranders, SmartRING stranders, rotary debarkers, chippers, and conveying/feeding equipment.

About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with approximately 2,800 employees in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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