What Timber Automation Buys

As the leading manufacturer and distributor of customized sawmill equipment and accessories, Timber Automation buys many products and services each year, which fall into the following categories:

  • Safety Equipment – Our safety commitment to our team is paramount
  • Steel – Various size, plate, shaft, pipe, tube, linear, angle and formed material steel. Aside from the normal certification requirements needed for track-ability, some purchases require additional Charpy testing, meeting Timber Automation’s Fracture Critical specifications
  • Plastics – UHMW, nylatron, regrind, and other various resins, shaft, plate and formed materials
  • Common commodities – Fasteners, microcircuits, retainers, and sealants, and paints
  • Electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical systems – Electrical systems, optimization systems and controls, brakes, gearboxes, components, motors, switches, valves, tanks, electrical adapters, meters, and pumps
  • Non-production goods and services – Factory tools and supplies; facilities services and supplies; computing hardware, software, and services; office equipment and supplies; contract labor; and financial products and services
  • Purchases outside production – Sub-contracting, machined parts, products and services
  • Technology – New technology, advancements in state-of-the-art of existing technologies, non-production prototypes, testing and evaluation, studies, analysis, and research

Timber Automation’s Expectations

Timber Automation is looking for suppliers who:

  • Do their homework to fully understand how their products and services can directly benefit Timber Automation and the solutions we offer our customers.
  • Share our commitment to performance excellence in terms of cost, quality and delivery.
  • Maintain financial health and continuously focus on improving affordability and efficiency through Lean operations.
  • Willingly share their knowledge on how Timber Automation and suppliers can better manage our business and deliver best-value solutions for our suppliers, Timber Automation, and customers.
  • Conduct their operations in a manner consistent with a commitment to ethical business practices.

And even more important, we need suppliers who are looking toward the future with us, applying what we learn together as we continue to invest in technologies that will help us deliver the critical products and services that our customers demand.

It takes both of us — Timber Automation and our suppliers — working together to be successful.

Our Procurement Practices

Timber Automation procurement policies govern the purchase of materials of the right quality, in the right quantity, at the right time, at the right price and from the right sources. All procurement actions are based on conformance with all applicable laws, regulations, and contractual obligations. All suppliers and their representatives are treated fairly and impartially.

Timber Automation determines its own requirements for procurement and selects its own sources of supply. Suppliers and potential suppliers must make their contacts with Timber Automation through our procurement team. Only procurement agents have the authority to commit to purchase contracts for Timber Automation.

Our company emphasizes the importance of competitive bidding as a good business practice. We consider ability, capacity, integrity, financial status, geographical locations, performance, reliability, quality of product, delivery, and overall customer-supplier relations in evaluating a potential supplier before and during a purchase contract.

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It is requested that you make the Procurement Services your first contact. Procurement staff can familiarize you with the appropriate procurement procedures and direct you to those areas most likely to utilize your products or services.

Procurement Services is open for business 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays observed by Timber Automation.

  • Visiting hours for vendors are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the discretion of the commodity buyer and / or the procurement manager. Unsolicited visits by suppliers will not be accepted, at any time.
  • Appointments are required to provide you, the vendor, and the procurement personnel, optimum uninterrupted time for your visit.
  • Procurement Services buying staff have assigned Commodity Groups. Vendors wanting to communicate with a specific department should first contact the Procurement Department by email.