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Lumber Profiler - "BoardRunner"
Thin Kerf Technologies Inc. (TKT) - Surrey, BC
To re-engineer a previous version of the instrument in order to reduce its
weight by 28%, achieve accurate measurements under all
conditions encountered in a mill (pitch, dust, moisture, etc.),
and create a visually appealing and technically advanced
Prototyping of first generation product as per client's
drawings. After market test of this prototype, TKT
contracted KLN to re-engineer the entire instrument and
to then manufacture two batches of 10 units.
The original parts of the instrument had primarily been
machined, making them heavy. Lighter, injection molded parts
could unfortunately not be considered as the high tooling costs
were prohibitive given the small expected market size.
Instead a combination of light aluminum sheet metal parts,
machined parts, and resin cast parts were designed to achieve
weight reduction without compromising rigidity. Additionally,
breakthrough in reliability was achieved through the design of
new, low friction, sealed linear
The re-engineering of the BoardRunner,
including the design and machining of
all required casting molds, was completed by KLN in three months.
Eight weeks later the first market-ready instrument was
delivered, winning "Bronze" in the
industrial systems category of the Canada 1996 Design
Contract Design Engineering, Prototyping, and Manufacturing Services
KLN KLEIN Product Development Inc.
(Located in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Area)
19787- 56th Avenue, Langley, B.C., V3A 3X8, CANADA
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