Norwood Sawmills, a manufacturer of portable sawmills and forestry equipment, was issued eight new patent registrations in 2012 in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Brazil, according to the company.
“Norwood’s experienced team of product development engineers focus their time on making sawing easier, faster and more productive for sawmill operators,” says company president Ashlynne Dale said in a statement. “All of our patents underline our commitment to research and development. The beneficiaries of our innovation are our customers. We build new inventions into our sawmills so customers can cut more valuable lumber faster and easier, thereby increasing their productivity and profits.”
Norwood’s latest registered patents protect a range of innovative sawmilling inventions incorporated into its LumberMate Pro MX34 full-sized portable sawmill and LumberLite ML26 mid-sized bandsaw mill, including:
? Auto-lock sawhead system reduces by 66 percent the workload associated with adjusting the blade’s depth-of-cut before cutting each board.
? Quick-set log rests greatly reduce the time it takes to clamp a log in place.
? Auto-blade lube system automatically turns water flow to the blade on and off before and after each cut, saving the operator valuable time.
? Auto blade-brake and blade-engagement system automatically looks after powering up and stopping the blade, thereby relieving the operator of yet more time-consuming operations.
? Ceramic blade-guide design adapted from large industrial operations to portable sawmilling applications.
“Norwood plans on applying for at least another half-dozen patents in 2013 to protect new inventions we are currently developing,” said Dale. “At this rate, Norwood sawmills will become so advanced, they may even open your beer after your day of cutting lumber is done.”