by Harry Urban
O“Our mission is to exceed customer’s expectations with high-quality products and on-time deliveries,” says Mike Vigneux, general manager of Pro-Ply Custom Plywood in Brampton, Ontario. “We’ve been able to do this by investing in technology.” Pro-Ply’s investment is demonstrated by a team of four robots strategically deployed to do the heavy lifting and material handling for the com- pany’s other state-of-the-art equipment, including
laser-equipped veneer guillotines, splicers and
presses and automated sanding equipment, edge-
banders, panel saws and machining centers.
Pro-Ply was founded in 1993 in Mississauga by
Albert LaVigne and his son Vaughn.
“Back then we started with one press, a longitudinal splicer, and a guillotine,” said Vaughn
LaVigne, owner/CEO of the company.
Today the company employs 54 in its 83,000
sq. ft. facility in Brampton, where it has been for
the last five years. Pro-Ply specializes in hardwood,
Cutting edge technology helps Canadian manufacturer stay a leader in
Robotics speed custom plywood
production at Pro-Ply in Ontario
A Nachi robot offloads veneered panels as they exit a press, then
trims and stacks them at Pro-Ply in Brampton, Ontario. A tour of the
plant will be offered at WMS 2017. For more information about WMS,
go to wmscanada.ca.