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Log Allocation

Sawmills and plywood plants are very sensitive to log mix.  Getting the right log, to the right mill, to be processed under the right conversion process at the right time is very important to financial performance in the forest products industry.

Buying the right log is not necessarily the same as buying the “cheapest” log or the log with lower trucking cost.  Log quality is important to product mix which in turn is important to profitability.  To allocate logs optimally it is necessary to consider many factors including bucking options, conversion options, recovery, processing rates, processing bottlenecks, production costs, and sales realization.  Log allocation can be a complex puzzle.  Optimization is a structured search tool that seeks out every reasonable solution alternative before determining the most profitable course of action.

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  • Steve Killgore, Vice President Solid Wood, Roseburg Forest Products

    “We picked up well over 35% savings in our manufacturing costs in a one year period”

  • Michael McCollum, President Procurement, Georgia-Pacific Corporation

    “We saved 1.5-2% of total fiber costs in transportation savings alone using Optware”

  • Rosie Steenson, Manager, Containerboard Division, Weyerhaeuser Company

    “Optimization allowed us to substantially improve our paper machine utilization across the Division”

  • Richard Dutchak, Engineering Manager, Loewen

    “We documented wood cost savings of just under $1,000,000 in the first year of using the software”

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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12725 SW Millikan Way Suite 300
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 645-2390

16 Fell Avenue South
Burnaby B.C. V5B 3Y2, Canada
(604) 210-1290