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The Simple SharkFin

Posted by on November 13, 2013
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” -Steve Jobs

Well, we can’t move mountains with our simplicity – but we sure can move boards!

The Shark Fin™ board turning system is a large part of this website and has played a significant role in Redwood Plastics’ penetration of the sawmill/planar mill industry. The technology is decades old but we continue to field inquiries from all over the world on the system despite the increasingly computerized and autonomy involved in mills. So what do these mills and consultants see in the Shark Fin™?

The Shark Fin™ is a customizable board turning system that can be made for 1-5 graders. Redco™ 750 pulp-safe urethane lugs and star wheels push and then flip the boards at custom intervals. The word “custom” is applied a lot to the Shark Fin™ as each is a unique quotation by one of Redwood’s Shark Fin™ experts. Redwood Plastics is the OEM for the system and this gives us total control in helping to optimize our customer’s solution.

The system runs on no power. It does not require electricity, computers, or even complicated parts as many newer solutions do. It is integrated into your existing system. After all – plastics are used in mills to reduce power consumption, not to increase it! This also makes the system easy and quick to repair in many circumstances. Technology has produced many effeciencies in industries and helped mills become more productive; however, the increased complexity of those technologies comes at a cost in power, downtime and the technical support needed to maintain them.

Maybe it’s time to consider the “Simple Shark Fin”

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