The MiCROTEC Grade Mark Reader (GMR) reads handwritten lumber grade, trim, and sort marks. The GMR system interprets these marks and converts them into instructions and communicates them to another device: trimmer or sorter control, trimmer optimizer, grade stamp machine, ink-jet printer, bar code labeler, or other control system.
Today’s lumber manufacturer is required to process an ever-increasing variety of lumber products while still trying to operate more efficiently. MiCROTEC offers several options to customize your GMR for your specific application. If you don’t see what you need listed, call us today to discuss your needs!
MiCROTEC’s GMR can be customized to meet the requirements of your mill. The basic GMR is a single symbol (per board) recognizing GMR that provides ten outputs for basic sorter, edger, or trimmer optimizer data input.
THE MULTIPLE INSTRUCTION FEATURE gives the GMR the ability to identify more than one symbol per board, allowing the graders to indicate not only grade but an assortment of trim commands as well.
THE COLOR RECOGNITION FEATURE adds the ability to detect the color of the symbols written on each board. Assuming each grader is assigned a unique color, the GMR can associate each board with a specific grader.
Anywhere a human grader is involved in passing off grade, trim, or sort instructions to a computer or PLC control is a potential site for a MiCROTEC GMR.
The system most often used in the planer is the basic GMR system enhanced with both the Multiple Instruction and Color Recognition features. This system recognizes grade, all trim instructions, as well as the person who graded the board.
STORYBOARD DISPLAY MiCROTEC’s GMR Storyboard presents current production information for all mill personnel to see at a glance. The system is operated by the GMR and shows what is happening now at your trimmer/sorter. Both single color and multiple color displays are available.
WIDTH MEASUREMENT MiCROTEC offers the ability to consume board width data from existing measuring equipment in discrete format (binary, BCD).
THICKNESS MEASUREMENT MiCROTEC offers the ability to consume board thickness data from existing measuring equipment in discrete format (binary, BCD).
GRAPHICAL GRADER DISPLAY Knowing how your graders compare at a glance is a valuable management tool. MiCROTEC’s GGD presents color graphs of grader performance with real-time charts of their personal $/1000, percentage of each grade, reject rate, trim loss, and others. Alarms can be triggered by specific events, such as excessive trim loss or reject rate. This powerful tool helps align actual production metrics with individual graders so you can bring everyone up to their highest possible performance level.
TRIMMER SOLUTION OVERRIDE MiCROTEC’s Trimmer Solution Override option provides a fast and cost-effective way to make your lumber production output reflect day-to-day price fluctuation in the lumber market. It allows you to temporarily modify your trim results without retraining your graders.