In addition to gaining valuable experience in a wide variety of automation applications, this period confirmed Ken's vision that a new approach to primary breakdown was needed. That new approach would bring forth a complete line of revolutionary automation, controls, and setworks, including LP (Linear Positioning) Setworks, available with or without Light Curtain Scanning, the now-famous Saver Setworks for set shaft carriages, Chip-N-Saw, PC based log breakdown simulation, Linebar, and horizontal resaw setworks featuring both linear and directional valves. Notable customers included Union Camp, International Paper, Georgia-Pacific, Great Northern, and Louisiana-Pacific. Standing as a testament to the durability of their designs, many of these systems are still in use today.
Ken tried his hand at semi-retirement but found the lack of a challenge, customer demand, and the continuing need for superior sawmill automation systems brought him back full-time in 2010. Joining forces with a son-in-law, together they completely redesigned the entire product line utilizing modern software and hardware to create products that are even more reliable and, when coupled with online access, even easier to maintain. The MASS Team is proud that their new 3D Scanning System sells for a fraction of the price of other manufacturers and serves as an ongoing tribute to the MASS philosophy of delivering more than expected.