History and current structure

  • 1971 - Founded by Dick Girouard and Bob Lewis.
  • 1975 - First sawmill control system (PCS system).
  • 1976 - Cliff Beattie, current member of the Lewis management team (production) joined the company.
  • 1976 - First inhouse computer system (SBM - Single Board Microprocessor) developed and installed.
  • 1979 - Karen Fifer, current member of the Lewis management team (administration) joined the company.
  • 1983 - Purchased by Corley Mfg..
  • 1983 - First Multibus based control system installed - Precursor of modern sawmill control.
  • 1984 - Bob Lewis left company.
  • 1990 - Major innovations to the Multibus based product line allowed the use of faster processors, opening the door to better scanning and more advanced optimization techniques.
  • 1994 - Marv Bernhagen, current Vice President / Chief Operating Officer joined the company.
  • 1995 - First Edger Optimizer installed incorporating true random width solutions.
  • 1996 - First Windows based PC used as a system interface installed.
  • 2001 - First READYSCAN - PC based system installed. We believe this unit was the first system in the sawmill industry driven by a single PC to handle all optimization and control functions, taking full advantage of the power, speed and upgradeability of modern PC technology.
  • 2004 - First READYSCAN SL Installed. Installed on a Cooper Enddogger in North Carolina, the small log optimizer is based on our proven READYSCAN optimizer, combined with a modern PLC setworks.
  • 2006 - First TYRONE AC Re-Gen Carriage Drive Installed. A joint venture between Lewis Controls and our parent company, Corley Manufacturing. With the use of state of the art drive technology, the TYRONE AC Re-Gen Carriage Drive is designed to be economical and environmentally friendly
  • 2008 - READYSCAN Generation 2 is released! Based off of proven READYSCAN technology, the READYSCAN Gen 2 uses Ethernet based data acquistion hardware. This change unlocks new features not previously available, such as back side scanning and knee pre-spotting.
  • 2010 - Flexworks has arrived! An off the shelf, economically priced flexible setworks system is added to the Lewis product mix. Designed to handle up to four axis of motion using Delta RMC modules and an Allen Bradley Micrologix PLC. This product is used on simple edgers, linebar resaws, and simple non scanning carriages.
  • 2011 - New LMI Chromascan scanners are integrated into Lewis's READYSCAN Gen 2 systems. With tighter laser spacing the fastest scanning system becomes even faster.