During the Portland Show 2018, Blake Barrington, Plant Manager at Lincoln Lumber from Jasper, TX started investigating for a solution to improve his plant productivity. After meeting at the Show, and a visit on site in Texas, Lincoln Lumber chose to work with Gilbert to upgrade their Yates A20 planer with a new Electric Motorization, Automatic Cutterhead Positioning system and Feed Table improvements.
In June 2019, Gilbert and Lincoln’s team successfully completed the installation. Blake Barrington, Plant Manager, states ‘’we have improved our uptime by 98%. Before we had the electric drive system in place our planer was our choke point and now nothing stops the planer. This was 100% worth having in our mill.’’.