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Moelven Soknabruket invests in CamShift 600 debarking system

International Forest Industries - Do, 22/10/2020 - 12:14

2020 continues to be a successful year for USNR’s Cambio debarker product line. The latest addition to our order book is a CamShift 600 modular debarking system ordered by the Moelven Soknabruket sawmill in Sokna, Norway.

CamShift is USNR’s modern and modular adaption of traditional Cambio debarking technology, allowing for a variety of configurations to match different application requirements. This particular unit comprises a CamTrim flare reducer, a Cambio 600 debarking rotor, and six CM 600D direct-drive feedworks modules that transport logs through the machine.

Both the flare reducer and the rotor slide out of the machine for easy maintenance. USNR will also deliver a CIM 800 log infeed and an outfeed conveyor. This system will replace a Cambio 800 and will be installed during summer 2021.

Main Image: The image shows a similar system at Höglands Såg & Hyvleri AB, Sweden.

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RDO Equipment delivers its 50th John Deere forestry machine since launching in Australia

International Forest Industries - Do, 22/10/2020 - 11:35

RDO Equipment celebrated a big milestone in September, delivering its 50th John Deere forestry machine to loyal customer Austimber in Gippsland, Victoria.

After what has been an unpredictable and extraordinary year, RDO and John Deere are both celebrating the success of achieving 50 sales in just over 12 months since RDO Equipment took over the John Deere Construction and Forestry contract in all states except WA.

“No doubt this past year will be one to remember for all sorts of reasons, but we’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone with the support of John Deere and continue our success in the Australian forestry sector,” said Nathan Psaila, National Sales Manager for RDO Equipment.

“Our teams in both forestry and construction have worked incredibly hard over the past 12 months to cement our position in both markets, so this sale is a testament to their dedication and performance, and I know our customers would say the same thing.”

Simon Shackleton, John Deere’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing – Forestry Equipment, agrees that RDO has made its mark over the past year. “There has been a great response from customers and industry towards RDO, so it’s no surprise they’ve hit their 50th machine delivery in not much more than 50 weeks.”

Ian Reid from Austimber was the lucky recipient of the 50th machine, which also happened to be the business’s 25th John Deere machine purchase, a 1270G Wheeled Harvester.

“We’ve been really impressed with how RDO has started its operation in Australia. Their support staff in particular have been great. Anytime I have had any dealings with them I’ve been met with a ‘can do’ attitude. They work really hard to make sure we’re never left waiting,” Ian says.

“We’ve had a couple of occasions where we needed parts which were overseas, and they organised prompt freight for us, so we had minimal machine downtime. Particularly during the last few months with the added pressure of coronavirus restrictions, there has been minimal impact in our dealings with RDO. Machine deliveries have been trouble-free and on-time, and parts supply and our regular maintenance schedules haven’t been impacted either,” Ian says.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the RDO and John Deere teams and know we’re in safe hands with any future machine purchases

Main Photo: 
Pictured from L to R: Jake Peters (Service Technician, RDO Equipment), Ian Reid (Director, Austimber Harvesting & Haulage), Ryan Sim (Service Technician, RDO Equipment), Jim King (Operator, Austimber Harvesting & Haulage), Mark Hellberg (Sales Professional, RDO Equipment), Adrian Wapling (Product Specialist – Forestry,  John Deere) and Duncan Johnston (Director, Austimber Harvesting & Haulage).

Below: Ian Reid from Austimber was the lucky recipient of the 50th machine, a 1270G Wheeled Harvester.

Right: Simon Shackleton, John Deere’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing 

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SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES Verifications Scheme (SURE) starts operation

International Forest Industries - Mi, 21/10/2020 - 12:31

REDcert and Bioenergy Europe have united efforts and expertise for the establishment of a new independent and credible certification system to ensure sustainable use of biomass within the energy sector
Bonn, 21 October 2020: After two years of meticulous preparation, SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES Verifications Scheme (SURE) starts the operational business as of October 2020 by providing a practical solution to all economic operators within the bioenergy sector to demonstrate the sustainability of electricity and heat production from biomass. The aim of SURE is to enable all economic operators to show compliance with the legal requirements of RED II.

Under the recast Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001, mandatory sustainability criteria have been introduced for economic operators receiving support for the production of electricity or heating and cooling from biomass and biogas. The new rules come into force on 1 July 2021. However, economic operators are well advised to identify potential weaknesses in the company at an early stage and to check compliance in good time. Bioenergy Europe expects that bottlenecks may occur when thousands of economic operators simultaneously seek certification in order to fulfil their legal obligations in due time.

“The implementation of RED II means that all economic operators in the supply chain must provide proof of sustainability. We foresee a huge demand and therefore, it is our strong recommendation to the companies to start the certification process as soon as possible.” – advises Peter Jürgens, General Manager SURE. Therefore, SURE is now available as a well-balanced and practical certification system. As a full scope system, SURE provides certification for the entire supply chain and is open to agricultural and forest biomass producers, producers of biomass fuel from waste and residues, pellet producers, logistic operators, biomass fuel traders, biomass and biogas plants. This broad spectrum enables certification from a single source even for different material flows. Thereby SURE guarantees transparency and objectivity through regular checks by independent and neutral auditors.

In the next months, until SURE is recognized by the EU Commission to verify compliance with RED II, the verification scheme will run operational business on a voluntary basis to prove feasibility and to prepare the bioenergy industry for the RED II implementation. All certification bodies interested to join the scheme are invited to submit their application. First applicants among the economic operators are also expected.

About Bioenergy Europe:
Bioenergy Europe is the voice of European bioenergy. With members from over 40 countries, it has been a stable companion for the interests of bioenergy stakeholders for thirty years. Bioenergy Europe is committed to the sustainability of the biomass markets driven by its knowledge of the requirements and developments of the sector.

About REDcert:
REDcert was founded in 2010 to demonstrate the sustainability of biofuels and bioliquids within the framework of the first Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EU). More than 1,300 system participants in 25 countries make REDcert one of the leading global certification systems. As a certification system recognized by the EU, REDcert contributes its many years of expertise and experience to SURE.

SURE website: www.sure-system.org

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John Deere To Expand TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ Job Site Visualization to include Waratah H-16 production data

International Forest Industries - Mi, 21/10/2020 - 12:05

John Deere will now offer TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ as a standard offering for tracked harvesters or forestry swing machines with a factory-installed Waratah H-16 Measuring System.
This will enable the onboard TimberMatic™ Maps and cloud-based TimberManager™ programs to incorporate production data from the Waratah H-16 Measuring System.
The expanded software collects timber processing data from the H-16 system, providing a real-time look at job site progress.

Increasing job site visibility and visualization, John Deere expands its TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ software to seamlessly incorporate data from the Waratah H-16 Measuring System. With the new capability, the TimberMatic Maps system collects production data from harvesting heads equipped with the Waratah H-16 system, providing real-time production data of processed timber linked to location through the in-cab monitor and synched to the cloud-based TimberManager. Job site progress data is then accessible to off-site managers or employees through a phone, tablet or computer using the TimberManager software.

The software pairing is available for John Deere tracked harvesters or forestry swing machines equipped with harvesting heads using the Waratah H-16 Measuring System. Additionally, the TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager are included in-base on new machines ordered with a factory H-16 Measuring System. A retrofit option can be downloaded and installed at no additional charge on existing machines utilizing the H-16 system. Machines must be equipped with 4G MTG and an active JDLink™ Telematics subscription.

“With this action, we are bringing together the powerful data collection capabilities of TimberMatic Maps and the Waratah H-16 Measuring System to offer more value to our customers,” said Matt Flood, product manager, John Deere. “Many of the challenges our customers face can be improved through increased visualization of job site workflow and productivity, and communication — seeing what is actually going on. With this expanding offering, we are providing more ways for our customers to collect data and analyze their business, helping them increase outputs and boost profitability.”

Launched in 2018, TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager enhance machine connectivity and communication. The TimberMatic Maps solution features mapping software for use in the field, leveraging a mobile network to share real-time production data between operators and office managers in the office. Data is collected through sensors on the equipment, while production location is gathered through GPS technology. This data is then shared to the cloud, where managers can access TimberManager from a PC, tablet or phone, allowing them to track job site progress remotely.

 

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Log sorting lines to Russia

International Forest Industries - Mi, 21/10/2020 - 10:53

Russia’s ULK Group is investing close to 400 million euro in one of the country’s biggest sawmill investments in modern times. Their ambition is to have one of the world’s largest and most modern sawmills, with an annual capacity of more than 1 million cubic meters (425,000 MBF) sawn timber and 600,000 t pellets annually, when completed in 2023.

“Our ambition is to build the world’s most modern sawmill, and to do so we must exclusively use suppliers who are technology leaders,” says Artem Samuhin, Deputy General Director for Development of ULK Group.

“Nordautomation’s equipment met the customer’s highest requirements, and we were able to present good references for the log sorters we’ve supplied in the past,” says Timo Kuusisto, Managing Director of Nordautomation Oy. “This is also a great start to our cooperation with Valutec LLC, who represent Nordautomation’s technologies in the Russian market.” Both companies, Valutec and Nordautomation, belong to the same Swedish Addtech Group.

Nordautomation Oy will supply two 60-bin log sorting lines to the project. “We are proud of the order received and that ULK is investing in Finnish technology. We have the ability to meet the highest demands posed by the customer,” says Keijo Lamminen, Sales Director of Nordautomation Oy.

Read article “Nordautomation Oy enters the Russian market” in magazine Timber Industry of Siberia (in Russian) https://lpk-sibiri.ru/news/nordautomation-oy-vyhodit-na-rynok-rossii/.

More information:

Timo Kuusisto • CEO • +358 (0)40 511 8260 • timo.kuusisto@nordautomation.fi 
Keijo Lamminen • Sales Director • +358 (0)400 868 302 • keijo.lamminen@nordautomation.fi 

 

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Australia – New Highland Pine Products General Manager

International Forest Industries - Di, 20/10/2020 - 14:36

Highland Pine Product (HPP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Bitzer to the role of General Manager. Mike will replace current General Manager David Knights who recently announced his retirement. David commenced as General Manager in 2016 and since this time has continued to lead the site through growth and change. We thank David for his service to HPP and wish him well in his retirement.

Located in Oberon NSW, HPP is a sawmilling operation employing more than 200 people and is a joint venture owned equally by AKD and Boral. Mike will be seconded to HPP from AKD in November this year and will assume full responsibility for the HPP business and transition out of his current responsibilities as the Chief Technical Officer at AKD.

AKD CEO and HPP Director Shane Vicary comments “the Board is excited about Mike joining HPP in this role and we are looking forward to working with him and the Oberon team as we continue the journey with the many challenges and opportunities that exist at Oberon”.

This is not Mike’s first experience working with the HPP Team, he has a deep understanding of the site having previously worked as the site’s Process Manager, Acting General Manager and almost 5 years as a member of the HPP Board.

Mike combines a highly energetic and passionate approach with significant sawmilling experience, relevant skills, and industry relationships having worked within and been respected in the timber industry for the past 30 years. Mike’s experience, passion and drive will support the team in in identifying and executing on growth and improvement opportunities.

The HPP Board wish Mike all the best in this new role and again thank David for his time with HPP.

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Mebor introduce new slab chipper – canter

International Forest Industries - Mi, 14/10/2020 - 12:01

Mebor presents the newly designed slab chipper – canter BM 900 for Mebor’s VTZ 1400/1600 PLUS vertical band saws. Combining the canter with the vertical band saw naturally brings a higher production and also eliminates the need to transport waste slabs.

Positioning to size is done with a brushless SERVO motor, ensuring fast operation and precise sizes. The canter head is mounted directly onto a custom-made reinforced motor, which brings considerable ENERGY SAVINGS. It is usually installed on a subframe, which means the customer does not have to make any special concrete foundations.

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Martinsons now part of Holmen

International Forest Industries - Mi, 14/10/2020 - 11:22

Holmen signed an agreement to purchase Martinsons over the summer and 1 October marked the formal change of ownership. To celebrate the occasion, a key handover ceremony took place at the sawmill in Bygdsiljum, which will now become one of the largest in the Holmen Group.

“We will be taking the strengths of Martinsons and building on them. Specialist know-how and a focus on quality, long-term planning and innovation are all present within Martinsons and these features are closely aligned with the way we want to work. This acquisition will make Holmen a company with an incredible breadth and depth of expertise in wood products and wood construction,” declared Johan Padel, Holmen’s Senior Vice President Wood Products, during the ceremony.

At the handover, Martinsons’ former CEO Lars Martinson welcomed the new owners and presented Johan Padel with a symbolic wooden key to mark the change.
“Holmen is the stable and long-term owner we were looking for. They have a similar culture to the one we’ve built up over the years, coupled with a desire to continue building on and developing Martinsons’ business areas. Given the pooled strength and resources that the companies bring, all the pieces are in place to advance a long way up the value chain. Together, we can make history in an important and sustainable industry of the future,” said Lars Martinson.

Safe and secure purchasing process for the forest owners

Another essential aspect of the deal is the access to raw material, an area in which the companies have both spent many years establishing close partnerships.
“We’ve worked with Martinsons for many years and carried out forest management work for Martinsons’ customers. As one of the biggest wood buyers in Sweden, we have a safe and secure purchasing process for the forest owners. I also think many of them want to be involved in the specialist processing and wood construction that Martinsons is so well known for,” stated Sören Peterson, Holmen’s Senior Vice President Forest.

Photo: Martinsons’ former CEO Lars Martinson and Johan Pade, Holmen’s Senior Vice President Wood Products, at the key handover cermony in Bygdsiljum.

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A crane that makes the job easy

International Forest Industries - Mi, 14/10/2020 - 10:48
Forwarder cranes with a unique design & 100% optimised for Komatsu forwarders

The well-matched combination of machine, crane, hydraulics and grapple provides a forwarder with high productivity and good reliability. The design of the cranes involves a minimum of protruding parts, for example our design of the telescopic arm, which helps to protect the remaining stock in thinning. The hoses are highly protected thanks to the ProTec link, which provides higher reliability.

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Komatsu – Bogie Lift Advanced for an easier working day

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/10/2020 - 13:21

Simplify your working day in the forest with our individually controlled bogie lift – now available for more models.

Bogie Lift Advanced, which enables individual control of the left and right bogies, will now be available as an option on the Komatsu 825TX, 835TX and 845 models. This function provides the forwarder with great mobility when passing over obstacles, which is especially important in dense forest stands with narrow strip roads that require agile machines with good offroad handling.

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High Volume, Automated Bale Processing

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/10/2020 - 11:52

WSM’s Bale Processing System is an automated, high-volume processing system for baled agricultural residuals, delivering process ready feedstock for large scale bio-fuel, bio-refining, bio-power, and animal feed operations. A single line system consists of five integrated processing modules to process 40-50 bales per hour. Multiple lines can be installed additional capacity.

Bulk Receiving, Singulating, Orientation, and Inspection are the first stage of this innovative process. The unique QC inspection station with reject option provides an added layer of protection. WSM’s Bale Destringer removes twine, with an adjustable opening to handle various sized rectangular bales. The built-in disposal system removes string from the processing line. WSM’s Bale Chopper deconstructs the bale and performs the initial size reduction.

WSM’s Screening/Cleaning System reduces maintenance by pre-screening dirt, grit, ferrous metal, and other contaminants from chopped fiber and classifies sized material prior to milling for reduced power consumption. Produce process-ready feedstock, sized to work with your conversion technology, with WSM’s massive Super Shredders. These high capacity and high efficiency machines, suitable for 24/7 operations, ensure you get the finished product you need.

Contact us to learn more about WSM’s innovative Bale Processing System. 503-364-2213 | 800-722-3530 | info@westsalem.com | westsalem.com

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SKOVTEKNIK DK appointed as a Sales and Service Partner for John Deere Forest Machine customers in Denmark

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/10/2020 - 11:13

John Deere Forestry is continuously strengthening its world-class distribution channel through a professional and customer-oriented dealer network, which in close cooperation with John Deere promotes a predominant position for John Deere products in the market.
John Deere Forestry is now proud to welcome Skovteknik DK as an authorized dealer in Denmark.

The company Skovteknik DK, located in Frederikshavn, Denmark has been a sales and service provider for Swedish John Deere Forestry AB since 2002. Skovteknik DK now becomes an independent dealer for John Deere forest machines in Denmark.

Skovteknik DK has customer service, spare part and machine servicing locations in Fredrikshavn, Vinderup and Randers. In addition, Skovteknik DK has a service provider in Sorö. “Our customer service locations are well positioned to serve our Danish customers. And our professional and experienced personnel have been serving John Deere forest machine customers for almost 20 years.

This makes for a strong market share in Denmark”, CEO and owner of the company Claus Kammer explains.

“Skovteknik DK has an excellent reputation for proven, high-quality parts and service support for their forest machine customers. Appointing Skovteknik as an authorized dealer in Denmark is part of our growth strategy”, concludes Pekka Leppänen, Manager, Sales and dealer development, John Deere Forestry Oy.

Further information: Elina Suuriniemi
John Deere Forestry Oy
Tel.: +358 400 466 476

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Komatsu 825TX, 835TX and 845 models are all upgraded with a Stage V diesel engine.

International Forest Industries - Fr, 02/10/2020 - 13:43

Komatsu – The new engine installation offers many advantages, such as an all-new AdBlue system, a new exhaust system and hydraulic valve lifters.

The AdBlue system has been completely overhauled, with a focus on improvements to increase reliability. The tank has been moved to the front-left storage space and has also been improved with a new filling solution incorporating both a spill guard and filtration. It even has a specially designed funnel with venting channels for faster filling. All these factors simplify the machine’s daily maintenance needs.

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Norra Timber is investing in six batch kilns from Valutec

International Forest Industries - Fr, 02/10/2020 - 13:06
Swedish Norra Timber has enjoyed good, long-term productivity trends, which has led to a need for increased kiln capacity. Now it’s investing in three batch kilns each to its sawmills in Kåge and Sävar. In all, the capacity increase totals around 85 000 cubic meters (36 000 MBF).

“We’ve enjoyed good returns on previous investments, which has led to a production increase according to plan. This means we must now increase our kiln capacity. We studied various alternatives, but in the end, Valutec was able to offer the best solution,” says Johan Oja, Technical Manager at Norra Timber.

Norra Skogsägarna and Norrskog merged in May 2020 to form Norra Timber. This means that Norra Timber have three modern sawmills in northern Sweden located in Hissmofors, Kåge and Sävar, which together produce more than 780 000 cubic meters (331 000 MBF) per year.

”We’ve always enjoyed great collaboration with both Norra Skogsägarna and Norrskog, and we’re proud that they’re trusting us to join them on their shared journey,” says Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec.

In conjunction with the investment, Norra Timber decided to upgrade the control systems for their existing batch kilns with Valmatics 4.0. In all, Norra Timber invests in 28 control systems.

”Until now, we’ve had both Valmatics and Valmatics 4.0. The ability to work with a single control system improves user-friendliness for our operators while also making operations more efficient,” says Johan.

Valutec’s new Valmatics 4.0 is the only lumber kiln control system to combine simulator technology with adaptive control, enabling the simultaneous optimization of capacity, quality and energy consumption.

The installation of the lumber kilns will begin in November 2020.

For further information, please contact:

Jon Lindberg
Sales Manager
Valutec
Tel: +46 70-662 9999
jon.lindberg@valutec.se

Johan Oja
Technical Manager
Norra Timber
Tel: +46 70-335 5258
johan.oja@norra.se

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Springer to supply equipment for Holzindustrie Stallinger’s sawmill in Austria

International Forest Industries - Fr, 02/10/2020 - 12:30

SPRINGER service package convinces Holzindustrie Stallinger

Service and maintenance solutions that optimally match the needs of the system are an important part of SPRINGER‘s product and service range. The well-trained SPRINGER service team has now also been able to convince Holzindustrie Stallinger GmbH of the benefits of a comprehensive SPRINGER service package.

In order to maintain the long-term performance of the lumber sorting system at the sawmill site in Frankenmarkt, the service package includes amongst others the expansion of the existing lumber sorting system. The plant will be extended by five additional trays, including a mischannelled board diverter. In addition, a SPRINGER board unscrambler will be installed in the area of board singulation to meet the new performance requirements.

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New Komatsu harvester head adapted for eucalyptus

International Forest Industries - Do, 01/10/2020 - 14:01

Komatsu Forest presents a brand-new harvester head specially adapted for the harvesting of eucalyptus. The head is called Komatsu S162E, where the E stands for eucalyptus.

Some 20 years ago, the company launched the first harvester head adapted for eucalyptus, the 370E, which was equipped with a more robust frame construction and a felling link dimensioned for the power of an excavator. The head has been much appreciated and has over the years gained two companions in the eucalyptus forest, V132E and C202E. However, all these heads are modified and originally designed for softwood, i.e. pine and spruce.

The new Komatsu S162E is specially designed for fast and efficient felling in eucalyptus stands. With sustainability and longevity in focus, the head has been designed to withstand the tough stresses it is subjected to. The fact that the components of the head are well-proven ensures efficient felling in challenging conditions.

The S162E is optimised for delimbing and debarking eucalyptus trees with a diameter of between 20-26 cm. To optimise the debarking process, the head has angled feed roller arms, and the frame has a support roller in the middle to minimise friction. The head is also equipped with four hydraulically manoeuvrable delimbing knives and a fixed top knife, which further improves the debarking process.

In order to reduce environmental impact caused by oil leakage, the hoses of the head are equipped with ORFS couplings.

“With its unique characteristics, the S162E becomes an efficient and well-adapted harvester head for eucalyptus harvesting,” says Tobias Ettemo, Product manager at Komatsu Forest.

The head will primarily be mounted on excavators but is also available for rubber wheel machines, such as the Komatsu 951 harvester.

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Best Wood Schneider GmbH has released details on High-Tech Sawmill in Messkirc

International Forest Industries - Do, 01/10/2020 - 12:03

Best Wood Schneider GmbH with production site in southern Germany has released more details on their plans to build a state of the art, Euro 80 million sawmill in Meßkirch.

The new mill will produce up to 200,000 m3 of lumber and 100,000 m3 of CLT per year. The facility will be highly automated, with separate lines for small diameter and large diameter logs. Schneider will be relying on a mix of German, Finnish and Swedish manufactures for machinery.

For the log yard operation Schneider has chosen mechanization from Holtec and will only accept shorter length logs (up to 4m) to eliminate log sorting. Instead the logs are fed separately according to small and large diameters on two independent feeding conveyors. Beginning installation is planned for the summer of 2021 and commissioning in the winter of 2022.

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Logmax – 7000XT Top Saw

International Forest Industries - Do, 01/10/2020 - 11:34

At the last 2020 Oregon Logging Conference, Log Max presented to the public the next generation 7000XT Top Saw

This pre-series was due for testing under 2020 before a release later this year, there has been some delay due to covid-19 situation yet there is hope for the series production to start at the beginning of 2021.

The new log max 7000XT is a durable, easy-to-work, accurate, and intelligent workmate, ready for the toughest applications.

Weighing 2 270 kg (5,004 lbs) it has everything you would expect from a modern harvesting head and is designed to withstand the toughest applications no matter how or where in the world you use it. It offers accurate and precise length and diameter measuring and has many smartly designed features that greatly simplify service.

 What makes the 2020 7000XT Top Saw special :

– Durability : the frame is reinforced in many places to withstand the toughest jobs and increase lifespan.

– Cutting performance, the 7000XT Top Saw as new saw valves for both units that have been optimized to offer fast, trouble-free cutting.

– The measuring results, there is a high requirement for today’s harvester heads to deliver precise measurement results. The 7000XT measuring unit has been redesigned to meet these requirements.

– Simplicity & ease of access : It’s now even easier to perform regular maintenance and service on the head thanks to Improved accessibility, well laid out hoses and grease nipples makes life easier.

Strength and durability
To improve the frame’s durability and life span, the attachments for all the delimbing knives and for the feed roller arms have been strengthened. The lower knife has a new reinforced mechanical stop in both open and closed positions. In the open position, the inside of the frame has been strengthened, inside the oil tank. In the closed position, a mechanical stop has been integrated in the frame. To increase the lower knifes lifting capacity and improve the stem holding, the cylinder for the lower knife has been upgraded. Both the lower knife attachment and the knife itself are updated to work optimally with the new larger cylinder.

The frame´s design around the measuring wheel hole has been modified and the stoppers for the roller arms on the inside of the frame reinforced. A replaceable wear plate has been added on the frontside of the Top Saw box. Instead of wearing down the centerline of the frame, the new wear plate will take the hit.

The 7000XT Top Saw will, from now on, be equipped with a hydraulic top knife as standard. This feature allows the upper knife to automatically retract when the head feeds backward, a good way to protect the knife from damage. The 7000XT has new reinforced knives with welded knives edges. The knife-edge has an increased thickness and is interchangeable. The tip of the knifes have a smaller round tip, which makes them function more like a tweezer, making it easier to pick stems from a woodpile. The knives are also better suited for hardwood thanks to a steeper angle of the lower part of the knife helping to fend away thicker branching. The lower knife is reinforced to adapt to the new, more powerful cylinder.

Cutting performance
The head comes equipped with the 611 has the main saw and the 318 for the top saw. The saw 611 has a 60cc (3.66 cu.in) motor, manual chain tensioning and 3/4” chain, the top saw is the 318 with a 30cc (1.83 cu.in) motor and automatic tensioning.

To increase the performance and durability of the top saw, a new valve has been added. It has also been given a new position on the frame to simplify service and settings. The main saw also has a new valve that provides increased durability and better controllability of the saw. The valve has a new placement, directly mounted on the motor outlet, which minimizes the risk of cavitation. To improve cutting, the position of the main saw has been optimized. This modified geometry provides a faster cutting cycle and minimizes the risk of the wood splitting during cutting. This change in design of the saw box also provides extra room for the new, more powerful, saw cylinder.

Improved length measurement function & New contactless sensor
To offer the best measurement results, the length measurement function has been totally rethought. The design of the measure wheel cylinder, the hydraulic circuit have been improved and the measuring wheel arm and its attachment reinforced. The new measuring wheel unit includes a larger diameter measuring wheel. Altogether, the changes will allow the measuring wheel to follow the contour of the stem even better and provide the best measurement results. The new length measuring sensor is now contactless meaning that there are no mechanical moving components that will result in minimal or even service and maintenance free sensor. The spring-loaded sensor is placed in the arm and retained by a lock ring. An o-ring prevents it from turning, a magnet is fixed to the cover which is part of the wheel assembly. The measuring wheel assembly has also been equipped with a new bearing with tapered rollers which provides a more stable and stronger construction. To simplify the maintenance of the roller bearing, a lubrication point on the aluminium cover of the measuring unit has been added.

The heads come with many more improvements, such as the new laser find end sensor, the integrated safety pin attachment, hose protections that protects the base machine hoses from sticks coming from the front.

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British Columbia government changes lumber regulations to boost domestic production

International Forest Industries - Mi, 30/09/2020 - 15:23

British Columbia government made changes to the Manufactured Forest Products Regulation (MFPR) around export requirements for sawn-wood products and lumber made from western red cedar or cypress go into effect Sept. 30, 2020. These changes are intended to increase the amount of processing of wood products done within British Columbia, leading to more B.C. jobs, rather than having that processing done after export.

Under the amended MFPR, the maximum dimension of lumber to be considered a sawn-wood product will be 0.1 square metres (approximately 12 inches by 12 inches). This will require further domestic processing of lumber prior to being eligible for export. Additionally, the regulation amendments will require that in the Coast area, lumber that is made from western red cedar or cypress must be fully manufactured. Products that do not meet these new criteria will require a provincial export permit and payment of a fee in lieu of manufacture to be eligible for export.

MFPR, introduced in 2003, defines the criteria that products must meet to be considered manufactured under the Forest Act. Under the current regulation, logs that are squared off up to a maximum dimension of 0.2 square metres (approximately 17 inches by 17 inches) are categorized as a sawn-wood product and may be exported without further manufacture.

These changes were initially set to come into effect July 1 but were postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This additional time allowed the forest industry to recover from the challenges associated with the pandemic and to better prepare for the resulting market impacts.

Reinvigorating B.C.’s forest sector to improve both environmental standards and jobs for local communities is a shared priority between government, the BC Green Party caucus and Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

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Protective presence of plantations

International Forest Industries - Mi, 30/09/2020 - 13:02

Independent research from Airborne Research Australia (ARA) after the 2019-20 bushfires on Kangaroo Island has confirmed that plantations can act as a fire suppressant.

“From what I can see on our aerial imagery and Lidar it does not seem to support the opinion that the plantations were particularly bad in the fire situation. We have several examples where the native vegetation around, or even within plantations has burned, but the trees in the plantation are still alive,” said Professor Jorg Hacker, chief scientist at Airborne Research Australia.

ARA is a non-commercial, not-for-profit organisation that undertook aerial surveys of vegetation in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island after the summer bushfires.

KIPT Managing Director Keith Lamb said it was widely acknowledged that well-managed plantations without ladder fuels could act to suppress fire when it entered the plantation. Plantation timber comprised just 7 per cent of the area burnt in the summer bushfires – about 15,000ha of 210,000ha burnt.

“We’ve had several property owners come to us and tell us that the plantations actually saved their assets during the summer bushfires. And you can see at the back of a plantation like Jarmyn on the West End Highway, that there are unburnt trees after the Ravine fire, while assets over the road were not burnt,” Mr Lamb said.

Independent bluegum growers John and Cheryl Lewis confirmed that their plantation trees had protected parts of their farm during the Ravine fires in January.

“We are quite sure our house and sheds survived because of the bluegums. We had sheep that took shelter in native veg and they were burnt but the ones that sheltered in the plantation just wandered out the next day, unharmed,” Ms Lewis said.

West End resident Margi Prideaux confirmed the protective presence of the bluegums and said senior firefighters had agreed.

“Bluegums saved our vineyard. On January 3rd, if we had had nothing between us and the bush block next door we would have lost the vineyard. There’s a strip of plantation bluegums and you can see the fire hit it hard but then as you go through, the fire scar reduces. It absorbed the impact before it got to our vineyard,” she said. “We lost our home, but that was fire in a creekline of native vegetation,” Ms Prideaux said.

Photo: Burnt pasture and native vegetation at the Lewis bluegum plantation January 2020.

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