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Changing Answers

Profit optimization is particularly valuable during times of change. A West Coast lumber producer recently related how its Optware System has shown that rising chip prices should influence cutting strategy more substantially than it has traditionally.

Their Optware System works like a compass always pointing out the collection of activities that result in the highest profit. The technology makes it practical to model complex multi-facility forest business environments and bring millions of dollars of additional profit to the bottom line by using all resources more effectively. Optware offers much more value than spreadsheet tools.

Their “compass” indicated that recovery is less valuable in the current market indicating that they should cut more square edge lumber out of selected logs even though the result is lower recovery. The change, when implemented, turned red ink to black. The “sweet spot” as to how to run a mill often varies with changing lumber prices, log costs and manufacturing options.

To maximize company-wide profits it is necessary to use a tool that considers all of the tradeoffs on a continuous basis in a comprehensive and objective manner.

About Optware

Optware Solutions LLC was founded in 1991 (under the name Optware Consulting) as a company dedicated to the application of linear programming technology to the forest products industry. The first system installation was in a plywood plant in France. Optware Solutions has been a pioneer in the integration of relational database technology with linear programming.

Today, Optware Solutions offers a variety of state-of-the-art linear programming-related products and services. Optware Solutions believes that service is our business and we pledge to: place customer needs above our own, to protect confidential information, and to act in a professional manner.

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