Welcome to Saatech Systems

This website is designed for convenience; it is simpler for our customers and clients to communicate with us, and vice versa. The website is fully responsive, meaning that all pages can be conveniently viewed, not only of a computer, but also on a smartphone or tablet.  The pages will automatically configure to match the device format, whether it is an Android phone, a Blackberry, or an iPhone.     

This website is more informative with convenient access to downloadable material such as product data sheets, user manuals, and technical references, particularly in relation to ScanMeg sensors and photocells, and LMI Technologies Gocator and DynaVision laser sensors.

Saatech Systems, as agents Down Under for ScanMeg and LMI Technologies, promote their respective laser sensor, scanning systems, and photocells for sawmills, in Australia and New Zealand, and provide a portal for service and repair of these products.  We also continue to market and support our PowerSAW package, which remains the most widely used cutting pattern creation and analysis software in the world.

Our business is based on an extensive accumulated knowledge and experience of contemporary high-capacity sawmilling operations, which particularly includes the engineering and technology used in these operations. This has been accrued both from working within some of the most sucessful sawmills in the country prior to the commencement of Saatech in 1987, and since then as developers, equipment suppliers, and consultants to the industry.

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Saatech Systems

Saatech Engineering Pty Ltd was formed in 1987 to provide an engineering consultancy service to the plantation-based sawmilling industry. In 1995, Saatech Systems Pty Ltd was incorporated to design, develop and market other Saatech developed products such as ProScan log scanning, sorting and revenue systems;  PowerSAW cutting pattern simulation & analysis software; SawCAM green mill simulation software; a range of specialised mechanical handling and processing systems for sawmills; and the Saatech Modular-Sorter planermill sorter-stacker system. 

Since 2009 we have been supplying the timber industry with specialised photocells and laser sensors designed and developed by Canadian companies, ScanMeg Inc. and LMI Technologies. 

Products and Services

ScanMeg Photocells for Sawmills

ScanMeg Inc of Québec, Canada, manufacture photocells and scanners that are specially designed for - and ideally suited to - the tough environment and reliability demands of sawmills and similar industries. No other sensor company has so single mindedly focused on developing special sensors for just one industry category - the lumber (timber) industries.

As a consequence of an ongoing commitment to R&D, ScanMeg have created a broad range of very rugged and unique sensing and measuring sensors for numerous sawmill applications. Many of their products, such as the P-type Area Photocells, have, for example, revolutionised control of log gaps in debarkers, chipper-canters, twin & quad reducer primary and secondary breakdown machines, and in the drymill where board gap control is absolutely critical, particularly in the modern planermill where planing feed speeds are commonly very high.

But the ScanMeg product range also extends to include IR light curtain scanners, and a number laser single-point and laser-line sensors. These sensors feature the same ease of setup and connectivity as the P-type Area Photocell.  Mill applications using ScanMeg sensors are very simple for your mill electricians to install, configure, and to integrate with the mill PLC.  

LMI Technologies Sensors for Sawmills

Founded in 1979 in Vancouver, BC, LMI Technologies Inc is now part of the Vision Group of AUGUSTA Technologie AG, a global research, development, and manufacturing organization specializing in 3D measurement sensors.

During the past 30 years, more than 60,000 LMI sensors have been put to work in some of the harshest working environments imaginable. With over 100 patents in machine vision, LMI is a leading developer of 3D measurement solutions. LMI has contributed major development efforts in the field of 3D sensor technology and machine vision in factory automation. Well known to those in the timber industry, LMI played a a very significant part in bringing laser scanning technologies to sawmills in the 1980s. With their DynaVision branded 3D laser scan heads, LMI Technologies products were introduced to the Australian market by Saatech Systems in the early 1990s. In the following 10 years we achieved sales to most large Australian sawmills of our ProScan 3D log scanning and revenue systems, all featuring LMI laser scan heads.

In 2015 LMI Technologies expanded their range of highly innovative and very high performance laser sensors, both specifically for the timber industry, and also for other highly automated factories across numerous industry types.


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Be sure to tell us about the type of sawmill you have; ie, a symmetrical cutting log breakdown machine, such as a twin saw, reducer quad saw, a HewSaw, or if you need to create and analyse saw patterns for a carriage line. PowerSAW is very flexible but the technique using the software is slightly different for different sawline types. 

Your advice with mill type and configuration information helps us advise you on the best PowerSAW usage practice for your sawmill. While this saves us time, more importantly it saves you time and gets you using the PowerSAW trial very quickly.