Okaply Announces New Sequential Coding System and Calgary Expansion

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Okaply announces the installation of sequential coding systems for their laminated panels and further expansion to their Calgary factory and warehouse.

Okaply has done an incredible job for us as the VCG supplier to our 5 plants.

Okaply Industries is pleased to announce the installation of an automated coding system for all the vinyl covered gypsum panels it manufactures for the modular building industry. Through the installation of computerized coders at the Quebec and Alberta plants, every panel that comes off the lines will have its own unique time stamp.

Okaply came up with the idea of a sequential coding system when an executive from one of the largest Modular builders in Canada mentioned that one of their biggest problems was dealing with the variation of shades in their vinyl covered gypsum.

The vinyls used in the industry are printed in lot sizes of 5000-50,000 yards at a time. Vinyl printers cannot guarantee that the first few hundred yards are an exact match to the last few hundred yards, so the challenge was to better control the issue of dealing with gradual changes from dye lot to dye lot.

Problems can occur if the modular builder is unaware of the date the panels were laminated. Installers traditionally pull sheets off bundles as needed. Once the outer wrapping of the bundle has been removed, they have no way of identifying the panel in respect to lot number, or production date.

"This coding system provides information that can greatly reduce the chances of what’s referred to in the industry as a checkerboard effect", according to executive Vice President Sergio Martins.

The sequential coding system will enable customers to quickly identify the precise order in which the panel was produced, which can greatly reduce the chances of mixing up lots and avoiding the significant costs involved when customers need to remove panels at the final stages of their quality control.

Okaply is also pleased to announce further expansion of their manufacturing and warehousing space in Calgary. According to Okaply President Craig Starke the business in Calgary is strong. "We appreciate the confidence and support of our customers and we are committed to investing the time, money and energy to grow along with them”.

“Okaply has done an incredible job for us as the VCG supplier to our 5 plants, said Champion Homes Canada President Ken Josuttes.”

Dale Mcilveen the VP Sales for western Canada stated "we've built a super team in western Canada over the last 2 years and we are optimistic about our prospects going forward".

About Okaply:

Okaply has been an important supplier to the manufactured housing industry and commercial modular builders, for more than 47 years. Okaply is a value added finisher of pre-finished gypsum, plywood, particleboard, MDF, shelving and mouldings. Their products are used for the walls, ceilings and cabinets of factory built homes and commercial buildings that service the energy and mining industries. Okaply is based in Oka, Quebec and has a factory in Calgary, Alberta. The company sells its products throughout North America and South America. For more information, visit the company website http://www.okaply.com.

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Craig Starke
Okaply Industries
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