#415A-AOR – The Automated Opti-Rip

Utilize the Industry Leading Quick Rip Technology in a Large, full production lumber line

Cameron Automation’s Largest Infeed, capable of running 10+ Boards per minute, for the High Production Lumber Mills and Large Woodworking Factories.

The Automated Opti-Rip rip saw optimization system is very adaptable to many material handling systems. Some of our systems are fed manually from a scissor lift of planed lumber. Some systems have a landing deck and are fed from the outfeed conveyor of a planer and some systems are fed by destackers and singulation machines.

  • Adaptable to many Material Handling Systems
  • (1) Operator Runs Whole Process from Bundle Dumper through to Rip Saw
  • Same Industry Leading Features of the Cameron Quick Rip for High Yield and Accuracy
  • Compatible with all 24″ & 40″ Fixed saws, and most Moving Arbor Saws on the Market
  • Cameron Saw Models:
    1. #413A – 12″ Wide (2) Moving Blade, Multiple Fixed Blade Saw
    2. #413B – 18″ Wide (3) Moving Blade, Multiple Fixed Blade HD Rip Saw
    3. #413C – 24″ Wide (4) Moving Blade, Multiple Fixed Blade HD Rip Saw
How it Works

How it Works:

A simple chain conveyor places the boards, one at a time, on a servo-controlled series of the belts. The belts then accelerate the board to be processed past multiple sensors that measure the board every foot for the length and width, to determine its full profile. Next, the belts accurately position the board under a series of laser lights, presenting the operator with the optimum rip combination based on the measured width.

The operator can then choose an alternate rip pattern, fine tune the positioning and/or skew the board to the angle that will result in the optimized rip. When the operator is happy with the positioning of the board, a button is pressed and the belts then position the board in front of the rip saw where a series of pinch rollers lift the board and feed it into the saw. A major advantage to this novel method is that lumber can be skewed on the conveyor, resulting in an increase in yield.

Existing gang rip saw optimization systems incorporate a straight fence, usually working in conjunction with cant rollers, to position the lumber before it enters the saw. Unfortunately, this orientation is not always the proper orientation to achieve maximum yield. The Automated Opti-Rip Servo Infeed solves this problem by using a precision servo-controlled belt system to position the lumber from the belt and feed it into the saw, maintaining its orientation.

Customers who will benefit from the Automated Opti-Rip:

  • Those who currently have mid sized ripping operations
  • Customers Looking to Automated the front end of their Rough Mill
  • A fixed arbor gang saw 24″ to 40″ wide
  • Production rates between 10,000 and 21,000 bd. ft


  • Current Installation Production Rates
    • Minimum = 10,000 bd. ft. per Day
    • Maximum = 18,000 – 21,000+ bd. ft. per Day
  • Max Production
    • Typically Includes Material Handling Upstream from Rip Process
    • Typically Includes a Material Handling Outfeed System
    • (1) Operator Manipulating whole Infeed System (De-Stacker, Board Singulator, Automated Opti-Rip)
    • Outfeed Chains to Catch Rips and Cross Transfer
    • (1 – 2 ) Operators pulling Material from the Chains into Carts
    • (10 – 12+) 10 Ft. Long Boards per Minute on Moving Blade Saws
    • (16 – 18+) 10 Ft. Long Boards per Minute on Fixed Arbor Saws

Cameron Automated Opti-Rip Infeed

  • Lumber Length Capacities
    • Standard Machine: 5 Ft. Minimum / 16 Ft. Maximum
    • Short Stock Machine: 42″ Minimum / 16 Ft. Maximum
  • Thickness Tolerances
    • 12″ Saw Blades: 2.5″
    • 14″ Saw Blades: 4″
  • Maximum Width (Incoming Material)
    • 24″ Wide Model = 22″ Wide
    • 40″ Wide Model = 38″ Wide

Cameron Rip Software:

  • Yield Improvement over Hand feeding
  • Increased Safety for Operator
  • Full Production Tracking that includes:
    • Production Tallies
    • Rough Lumber tracking by length and Yield
  • Arbor Optimization (mainly used with large fixed arbor saws)
  • Bundle reports on packs of lumber
  • Simulation capabilities to simulate jobs before the wood ever hits the infeed
  • Product Value Decisions: software can choose rip widths based on which rips are more profitable for your company.

Benefits of a Cameron Rip System:

  1. Award winning support.
  2. Software for both the Infeed and Gang Saw is written in house in Poughkeepsie, NY
  3. Industry leading features with the Auto-Skew and Over/Under design.
  4. Powerful Software to help improve your business and make you more profitable.
  5. Significant Yield Increases that go directly to the Bottom Line by decreasing Lumber Bills and Improving Productivity

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