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Thilmany Papers, Kaukauna Mill Custom Volumetric Tool Creation - Kaukauna, Wisconsin


Thilmany Papers - Kaukauna, WIR.A. Smith National provided 3D laser scanning services as part of a process to create a custom volumetric measuring tool for Thilmany Papers Kaukauna Mill operation.

As part of Thilmany’s implementation of a Lean Six Sigma program, the need to make improvements in monthly inventory processes was identified.  As part of that improvement process, R.A. Smith National utilized a 3D laser scanner to scan a 70,000 SF stock pile of wood chips used in the production of paper pulp. 

The scan enabled surveyors and engineers to very accurately estimate the volume of hardwood and softwood chips contained in the pile.  That data was then used to create a new method of in-the-field data collection for Thilmany’s ongoing use at each month’s end.

R.A. Smith National then developed a Microsoft Excel‑based custom volumetric measuring application that takes each month’s measured values from the field, and in turn supplies a very accurate volumetric estimate of the amount of material contained on site at that time.


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