August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


Rx for Enhancing
Roughmill Performance


Thursday, August 25th from 11:00 AM – 1:00PM

Session Code: MFG5

Location: B305 (located in Building B - Level 3)

Presented by: The Wood Doctor's Rx, LLC

Speakers: Eugene Wengert, President: The Wood Doctor's Rx, LLC and Phil Mitchell, Extension Specialist: NC State University

There are nine main factors that affect rough mill yields: wood species, lumber grade and thickness, lumber size, moisture content, rough mill design (rip or chop first), employee performance, cutting bill and cutting quality. Each factor will be discussed and effects illustrated. Actual results from rough mills will be presented to document various factors effects. Ideas on practical techniques for analyzing rough mill performance in today’s mill, with new equipment and software options, will also be given.

About the Speakers: 



Gene Wengert, known as “The Wood Doctor,” began writing his column “Ask the Wood Doctor” in 1978 for FDM & Cabinetmaker. He is president of THE WOOD DOCTOR’S RX, LLC. Wengert provides practical training and manufacturing analyses on-site for the wood products industry. He is the author of eight practical books and has published over 400 articles relating to the wood products industry.  



Phil Mitchell, Wood Products Extension Specialist and Associate Professor at NC State University, works with the value-added wood products industry. In recent years he has taught industry-oriented workshops covering a variety of topics including: lumber drying; lumber cut-up optimization; wood gluing, lean implementation, and CNC manufacturing processes. He is co-author of Rough Mill Improvement Guide for Managers and Supervisors, and Strategies for the New American Furniture Industry. Prior to joining NC State in 1996, Dr. Mitchell worked at Weyerhaeuser Company and at Mississippi State University conducting research to improve lumber drying and evaluating drying impacts on wood strength and quality.