We are pleased to announce that PotlatchDeltic has selected BID Group’s OPER8™ as its Industrial IoT (‘IIoT’) Solutions Platform. OPER8™ was chosen through a competitive process that included several strong Industrial IoT competitors.
OPER8™ is the only purpose-built IIoT solution for the Wood Processing Industry. Wrapping around and extending through new and legacy equipment, technologies, and systems, OPER8™ was designed for rapid implementation to provide a “single pane of glass” view into all aspects of operational performance. OPER8™ leverages the 35+ years of BID’s deep industry-specific knowledge of equipment, technologies, and business processes.
Deploying OPER8™ across all Sawmill and Plywood facilities is a key element in the digital transformation journey ensuring PotlatchDeltic continues to defend and expand its competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The OPER8™ implementation will be a sequential roll-out beginning with Bemidji, MN in early 2021. This will include a connection to BID-supplied sensors to drive predictive analytics that yield unsurpassed insights and reliability to optimize their asset life cycle management and overall financial performance.
Prince George, BC – BID Group, the North American leader in sawmill equipment manufacturing, installation, and life cycle services announces it will invest over $3.5 million at its Vanderhoof operations to create a steel pattern preparation center using the latest laser and plasma technology. The company will purchase high-speed laser cutting equipment as well as oxy/fuel cutting equipment and a press-brake to create a world-class manufacturing site.
“Steel patterns are a key component in the manufacture of our equipment. This investment will allow us to produce over 80% of the steel patterns required for our Western Canadian operations to continue to provide our customers the assurance of the highest quality workmanship in the industry. This project is part of our long-term manufacturing strategy and we are pleased to announce this investment in our future.” – Simon Potvin, Executive Vice President and COO Wood Processing, BID Group.
The upgraded preparation center will allow the company to standardize and improve its manufacturing performance, give it a better control over costs and deliveries, and increase flexibility, ensuring commitments to clients are met at the high standards they have come to rely on from BID.
Construction is scheduled to start in April 2021 and production will begin in September 2021. The project also includes a fire pond to ensure the safety of the Vanderhoof facility.
About BID Group
The privately-owned BID Group has over 35 years of experience in providing industry leading solutions for its highly valued customers in the wood processing industry. As one of the largest integrated suppliers to the wood processing industry and the North American leader in the field, BID Group is your one-stop source for comprehensive and innovative solutions that exceed our customer expectations. The ability to provide a complete, smart connected, turnkey manufacturing facilities that includes engineering, project management, installation, startup, and after sales service furthers the BID Group companies’ strategic value to its customers. The companies have offices in 15 locations across continental North America. Learn more about BID at www.bidgroup.ca.
BID is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Cisco.
Cisco’s world-class technologies will allow BID Group to maintain the highest product quality standards while delivering new value-added services.
The partnership further strengthens the Company’s ongoing efforts to offer industry-leading product lifecycle excellence and the highest level of satisfaction to our valued customers.