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Hardwood Rough Mill Improvement Using ROMI 4.0

Northern Forest Center in partnership with the Woodwork Career Alliance

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This Summer, the Regional Wood Products Consortium is conducting a series of workshops led by the authors of ROMI 4.0 – a FREE updated and expanded simulation software for use in improving the hardwood rough mill process.

During the sesssions the authors, Ed Thomas from the USDA Forest Service’s Northeastern Research Station and Timo Grueneberg of Virginia Tech Dept of Wood Science and Forest Products, will be assisting rough mill supervisors and related personnel in using the ROM1 4.0 to simulate a variety of sawing scenarios. Particpants will be able to determine the optimum setup and least-cost lumber grade mix required for their processes. Particpants are encouraged to bring actual cutting bills and a laptop to work on if possible.

The workshop will be reapeated in three convenient locations in the Consortium's four-state region from 9:30am to 3pm on the following dates:

Tuesday, July 31stDuratherm Window Corp/York Spiral Stairs, Vassalboro, ME (directions)

Wednesday, August 1stCopeland Furniture - Bradford, VT (directions)

Thursday, August 2ndHale Manufacturing - Frankfort, NY (directions)

Getting familiar with the software is encouraged before the session. A free download of ROMI 4.0 and related documents is available at

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided with advance registration. If time permits, a factory tour will also be arranged. Please contact me at (603) 229-0679 ext 110 or with any questions you may have.


Collin Miller
Director of Wood Products Initiatives
Sustainable Forest Futures

MORE ABOUT ROMI 4.0 : ROMI 4.0 enables hardwood furniture, cabinetry and other wood products manufacturers to “simulate” the user’s rough milling process given a variety of scenarios and customized lumber grading inputs to analyze, evaluate and design actual cutting bills to enhance yield. This simulation tool is flexible and can adapt to work whether your operation is a rip-first, chop-first, or rip-or-chop-first setup and accounts for situations where different thicknesses are required.

“Roughly 40-70% of costs found in the rough milling process, or, cutting dimension parts from a piece of raw hardwood lumber, stem from the initial cost of the lumber itself.” says Ed Thomas, a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service’s Northeastern Research Station.

Thomas says that using this software tool to simulate your actual and imagined processes can lead to better understanding of your lumber use, the optimal grade mix required, and optimum machinery setup.

“This all works to improve your bottom line and the costs of lumber purchasing by increasing hardwood lumber yield,” says Thomas.


Have questions about Hardwood Rough Mill Improvement Using ROMI 4.0? Contact Northern Forest Center in partnership with the Woodwork Career Alliance


Repeated in three different hardwood manufacturing facilities across the region: July 31st - Duratherm Window Corp, Vassalboro, ME; August 1st - Copeland Furniture, Bradford, VT; August 2nd - Hale Manufacturing, Frankfort, NY

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Northern Forest Center in partnership with the Woodwork Career Alliance

The Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) actively promotes a skilled workforce for the advanced woodworking industry. WCA is partnering with the Regional Wood Products Consortium - a collaboration between the Northern Forest Center - a 501(c)(3) organization based in Concord, NH - and the wood products manufacturing industry in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern New York to facilitate innovation within the sector.

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