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bsw timber logoBSW Timber, the UK’s largest sawmilling business, is investing £220,000 in a state-of-the-art plant monitoring system for all its UK sawmills.

The cutting-edge technology will automatically monitor the flow of product through BSW's mills in Fort William, Boat of Garten, Newbridge, Petersmuir, Carlisle and Senghenydd. The system will continuously calculate operating efficiency and provide reports and analysis on key performance indicators (KPI’s) including downtime, throughput, scrap, OEE etc.

The plant monitoring system will be implemented by Tascomp using Prodigy industrial automation software. Chosen after a rigorous selection process involving several leading suppliers, Tascomp will also provide full training for staff, follow-up support and ongoing maintenance.

Paul Barham, Chief Executive of BSW Timber, said: "BSW Timber is committed to providing our customers with the best possible service levels. We already enjoy world-class efficiency levels at all our mills, but these can still be improved by installing an automatic monitoring system which will improve the flow of product through each mill”.

"By investing in new cutting-edge technology, we are continuing to take our timber production on to new levels of quality and efficiency - benefits which will be passed back to our customer, both in the quality of the end product and in its value for money. The new automated systems will also improve levels of sustainability at all our mills through greater operating efficiency.”

Tascomp Managing Director Paul Everington added “BSW Timber's demanding selection process provides an object lesson in choosing and implementing the right system for the job and Tascomp are pleased to be associated with any company with such a professional approach."

This investment follows the recent announcement by BSW that the company is investing around £2.75 million in new state-of-the-art online planing facilities at its sawmills in Newbridge-on-Wye, Carlisle and Fort William in a major drive to increase its share of the growing market for added-value timber. The new ultra-modern planing systems will allow BSW to triple existing production rates of its Easi-Edge, high quality machine kiln dried and strength graded construction timber, across the group.

16 January 2006.