Scanning, Optimization and Controls

for Sawmill Machinery



Coronavirus Update, March 23, 2020:

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we are working from home and have closed our office to visitors (not like we get a lot of visitors anyway(but you should visit, it’s really a nice place(but wait until the outbreak has settled down))).  However, we are still very much open for business and ready to help you keep your Nelson Bros optimizers running. Heck, we even started a new system up this month without even sending a technician, which is a testament to the simplicity of our systems, but more so a testament to the capability of the crew at the sawmill.


As a company we are being very modern and using Zoom to meet every morning to complain about the condition of the coffee machine.  Social distancing has really not been much of an issue for most of us since we have been practicing it most of our lives, but I am missing the daily interaction with the Nelson Bros team as we rally around the common enemy of the coffee machine.  Meeting online has helped a bit, but I look forward to being on the other side of this thing. 


We are enjoying the extra time that we are spending at home.  Rod is running an online 3d design workshop with his grandkids. Dennis is going for daily hikes with his daughter Clara up the mountain behind their house. Mike is keeping a close watch on his latest batch of beer, and his dog Jack is getting extra lap time.  Jason appears to be going the physical fitness route and putting in time on the elliptical machine.  Tony is playing a lot of banjos and facilitating social distance friendly jam sessions. Janet (our newest team member) has her boy home from college for the rest of the year. And Erin and I are getting all kind of stuff done around the house while the kids pretend they are doing school work while they watch Tiktok videos. 


So, Nelson Bros is still in business, still providing free telephone and online support, and still having fun.  I hope that all of our friends and customers are staying healthy and happy.



                                                                Jeff Nelson



Select from the following links for additional information


Nelson Bros Engineering develops scanners
and optimizers for the sawmill industry.


Company Profile


Customer List

24/7 Technical Support (888) 623-2882


Simple, Reliable, Affordable

Board Edger Optimizer

Curve Gang Optimizer

Log Optimizer

Trimmer Optimizer

JS-20 Scan Head

Carriage Optimizer

Log Bucking Optimizer


 Sometimes, we get creative.

Why Grade Scanning always fails (2007)

Sawmill’s Revenge (2007)

World’s first transverse scanner with JoeScan Heads (2005)

Marketing 101: How to Abandon Product Support (2003)

NBE article on Curved Sawing Gangs (2001)

NBE article on Lineal versus Transverse Scanned Board Edgers (2001)

World's Coolest Board Edger (2001)

Other Stuff 

Stop breaking the Laws of Physics

Tradeshow Newsletters










WaneShear Edger

AutoRotate Chip-N-Saw

Lineal Edger 2RS

Shapshot Gang

Linear Edger

Snapshot Gang 2

AutoRotate Sharp Chain

Rotate, Skew and Tilt Chip-N-Saw

Side Clamp Log System

Shapshot Carriage



Before 2013



Lineal Edger-1 Zone

Lineal Edger-5 Zone

Lineal SharpChain

Transverse Edger 1

Transverse Edger 2


Startup Team

Sawmill Stories


Experienced, independent associates
dedicated to the sawmill industry

Jeff Ralph - Pacific Industrial Controls

Joey Nelson - JoeScan

Robert Cecil - Cecil Company

Robin Mathews - OnLine Controls

If you have comments or suggestions, please send email to - Trout Lake,, Washington, USA -  (888)623-2882   3-July-2017