A Family Affair

My cousin Dean Maier also works in the forest industry, as a lubrication specialist at Industrial Autolube International.

Dean has developed some very unique solutions to reduce the volumes of lubricant traditionally applied to equipment in sawmills.  His saw guide lubrication system is a trademark of the company’s success, whereby an inefficient system of multiple valves and flow controls is converted to hi-tech.  As Dean says, “When you can actually see all the data in real time, as to what’s flowing, oil and water use can be optimized, which reduces waste.”

Autolube’s saw guide system alone can reduce oil consumption in the mill by up to 112 gallons per week, providing an annual savings of over $30,000.  When lubrication systems have been optimized throughout the mill, savings of over $200,000 have been realized.

OK – well, that concludes a bit of a plug for my cousin Dean’s company – although I must say, I have always found learning about his current project, and creative solutions, fascinating.

A screen shot - showing all parameters in real time

More than just a phone

As we look forward to moving to a new Dakeryn office in January, an article in the Canadian Business Magazine caught my attention – it cites a case study here regarding the impact of office design on productivity.  While it’s well-known that lumber trading involves more than just a pretty face on the phone, it turns out lighting is the factor which most affects productivity in the office (followed by spatial arrangement, noise, furniture, and temperature).  “Natural and artificial light is very essential in any office environment.  It gives a sense of energy and affects the mood of the employees.”

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Greenpeace Turns 40

“Greenpeace has had an enormous effect on this province’s forest industry and on forest policy in the temperate rainforests of the coast.  What was once an outrageous demand shouted by protesters chained to logging equipment – stop clear-cutting intact coastal watersheds – is now the law in 64,000 square kilometres of central coast forest.”  Full Story

Lifestyle Marketing

Back in March, I posted that there were finally signs of life in Vancouver’s Olympic Village here, after condo prices were slashed up to fifty per cent.  Today, your purchase includes a free kayak or bicycle… (while quantities last?!).

“If this accelerates sales, the cost of $5,000 is nothing” he said. “It’s not desperation, it’s lifestyle.”

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