Canadian Manufacturing

Manufacturing Automation: Piloting a new digital practice

A wood products manufacturer tests a digital transformation initiative to improve productivity and increase workflow visibility

March 31, 2021  by Manufacturing Automation

Rockwell Automation worked with Norbord to select a pilot mill for its digital transformation project. Photo: Rockwell Automation

Norbord, a Canadian-based manufacturer of wood-based panels for the construction industry, recently embarked on a digital journey to improve efficiency and productivity at its mills across the globe. [Ed. note: On Feb. 1, Norbord was acquired by West Fraser Forest Products. As this interview was conducted before the merger and involves an application implemented by Norbord, the company name remains throughout.]

Norbord teamed up with Rockwell Automation, which uses digital technology to improve industrial automation processes, to identify issues and build out a new game plan to help it remain on top.

The project began about a year and a half ago when the Norbord team decided they wanted to have more control over their processes and platforms and simplify monitoring equipment so smarter decisions could be made faster.

Read more on Manufacturing Automation, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.

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