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Segezha Group continues the modernization of the Karelian Wood Company, a logging and wood processing enterprise

International Forest Industries - Fri, 06/08/2021 - 12:14

Segezha Group (MOEX: SGZH, a subsidiary of Sistema PJSFC) acquired the Karelian Wood Company, a logging and wood processing enterprise located near the town of Kostomuksha in the Republic of Karelia in January 2020.

In order to streamline the integration of the enterprise into the Group, a modernization schedule was drawn up for the main production lines, including the replacement of selected worn-out components and assemblies. Technical specifications for the renewal of the dry sorting area and main sawmill equipment were drawn up as well. By the end of 2020, all the major automation components of the enterprise’s key production areas—the sawmilling and packaging areas—had been updated. A number of selected worn-out components and processing line assemblies were replaced. The transport loaders were replaced with in-house equipment.

Another modernization effort, this time targeting local treatment facilities and a number of infrastructure projects, including the installation of modern communication and security systems and road construction, has been scheduled for the current year.

“With our company now a part of Segezha Group, we have been making strides in updating our manufacturing facilities and infrastructure. This modernization effort will have an effect on manufacturing volumes and the quality of our products, as well as the eco-friendliness indicators of our enterprise” says Anton Tskhai, Director General of Karelian Wood Company LLC.

More than RUB 100 million has already been invested in the plant’s modernisation. Moving forward, the company plans to expand its production capacity and secure further investments to the tune of RUB 350 million. The details of the contracts pertaining to this process are currently being worked out by the parties involved. The majority of the work involved is scheduled for May–June of 2022: the first group of sawmill machinery, step conveyors for log feeding, and the waste transport system will be replaced. As a result, the sawn timber output of the Karelian Wood Company will increase from approximately 125,000 to 140,000 cubic meters, amounting to about 11% of the total production capacity of the Group.

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USNR now offering Cortex Knife System, visit SFPA Expo booth #929

International Forest Industries - Fri, 06/08/2021 - 11:27

USNR have announced that they are now offering the Cortex Knife System. Cortex knives are known for superior quality and long life, while maintaining the convenience, low maintenance, and cost effectiveness of disposable chipper knives. This is a direct replacement for your existing knife system. Chip heads are available in both conical and drum design.

Cortex knives offer a smooth surface finish which is ground across the grain to improve the edge, compared with competitive parallel grinding systems. Cortex knives are the highest quality alloy with refined grain structure for durability and wear resistance. They typically last twice as long as competitive disposable knives.

Visit USNR at SFPA Expo Booth #929 to learn more!

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Fires Scorch Oregon's Forests, Where the Economy Is Rooted in Its Trees

NYT Logging Industry - Thu, 15/07/2021 - 19:27
Oregon’s fate has always been intertwined with the forests that blanket the state. Now millions of trees are charred, and those who live from them face a future full of uncertainty.

Trump Administration Releases Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging

NYT Logging Industry - Thu, 15/07/2021 - 13:53
The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.

Biden Plans to Restore Protections to Tongass National Forest in Alaska

NYT Logging Industry - Thu, 15/07/2021 - 13:51
The administration says it will “repeal or replace” the rule that opened up more than half of Tongass National Forest to logging.

John Deere Now Offers JDLink™ Connectivity Service at No Additional Charge

International Forest Industries - Thu, 15/07/2021 - 11:36

Beginning July 14, 2021, customers with active JDLinkä connectivity will no longer be required to renew their subscriptions.

Moving forward, customers will be able to activate any compatible machine in their fleet at no additional charge, unlocking access to valuable machine data.

By increasing access to JDLink™ connectivity, John Deere is helping to streamline fleet management while also maximizing machine uptime, ensuring customers can focus on what’s most important, their business.

John Deere is improving the ability for customers to maximize machine performance and uptime through updates to the JDLinkä platform. Starting July 14th, 2021, customers will no longer need to renew their JDLink™ connectivity service subscription and can enable their JDLink™ service on any compatible machine in their organization at no additional charge. Additionally, once customers enable JDLink™ connectivity, they can select to automatically activate all future JDLink™ compatible models, further streamlining fleet management. With this update to the JDLink service offering, it is easier than ever before for customers to maximize machine productivity and minimize downtime.

“John Deere has offered telematics for well over a decade and the boost in machine monitoring and machine uptime has been an overwhelming benefit to our customers, “said James Leibold, product marketing manager, connected solutions, John Deere. “With the next phase of our JDLink™ offering, we are making it easier for customers to manage their fleets. Instead of needing to keep track of renewal dates by each machine, owners and fleet managers can look at monitoring their equipment holistically and can focus on what’s important – keep their job sites running.”

Available on most new models, John Deere’s JDLink™ telematics solution delivers valuable fleet insights directly into the hands of the machine owner or fleet manager. The JDLink™ service enables customers access to vital data, such as machine location and utilization, time in idle, fuel level, upcoming maintenance, machine alerts, and more, all from a web or mobile platform. Beyond machine monitoring, the JDLink™ solution also enables John Deere Connected Support, enabling the dealer to remotely identify critical issues and take action minimizing potential downtime or by remotely sending software payloads to ensure the machine is running efficiently.

The updates to the JDLink™ offering will be available July 14th, 2021. To learn more about JDLink™ features as well as the full line of John Deere construction equipment, visit http://www.johndeere.com/ or contact a local dealer.  The specific services, tools, and features available may vary depending on location and machines.

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Built For Performance, The New Cat® M320 Wheeled Excavator Offers More Swing Torque, A Longer Wheelbase And Extended Service Intervals

International Forest Industries - Wed, 14/07/2021 - 11:05

The new Cat® M320 wheeled excavator optimizes performance and efficiency at the jobsite with up to 9% more swing torque than the Cat M320F to get work done faster. Its longer wheelbase increases operating stability and improves machine ride when roading to the next jobsite at speeds reaching 35 km/h (21.7 mph). From dirt to asphalt, this wheeled excavator meets contractors’ needs for efficient operation in a range of applications from utility work to trenching to waste handling.

Improvements to the hydraulic system increase machine efficiency when working with a range of Cat attachments. Upgrades in machine design reduce the time it takes for daily maintenance plus extended filter life and longer service intervals maximize machine uptime availability at the jobsite while lowering ownership costs.

Power and performance

Delivering performance and production, the new M320 is powered by the 129.4-kW (174-hp) Cat C4.4 engine that meets EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards. Efficiency increasing standard features like one-touch low idle with automatic engine speed control, auto engine idle shutdown and on-demand electric cooling fans combine to conserve both diesel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to lower operating costs. Capable of running up to B20 biodiesel, the machine offers a standard high-ambient temperature capability of 50˚ C (125˚ F) and cold-start capability of -18˚ C (0˚ F) for completing projects in a range of operating environments.

More efficiently multitasking, the new M320 features a dedicated swing pump to provide consistent power. The advanced hydraulic system automatically balances power and efficiency to give operators more machine control for precise working requirements. Its unique heavy lift mode feature boosts lifting capacities to more efficiently handle heavy loads, increasing machine flexibility.

Longer service intervals

The new M320 design saves owners up to 5% in maintenance parts with its new, longer-lasting filters. Offering a 50% longer service life than previous filter designs, the new hydraulic oil filter with anti-drain valves to safeguard from contaminating the oil during replacement delivers improved filtration performance and a 3,000-hour replacement interval. Two fuel filtration levels better protect the engine from dirt particles in the diesel.

All daily maintenance points are quickly and safely checked from ground level. Reducing service time, the M320 features centralized grease points with an available automatic lubrication system option for the implement and swing system. Providing easy extraction of fluid samples for analysis, all S∙O∙SSM ports are also positioned at ground level. The operator conveniently tracks machine maintenance intervals and filter life from inside the cab on a touchscreen monitor to improve maintenance planning efficiency.

Standard Product Link™ technology on the M320 improves fleet management and excavator servicing by recording and reporting critical operating data and machine fault codes to key personnel. New Remote Troubleshoot allows the dealer to run diagnostic testing of fault codes from the office while the machine is operating, potentially saving a trip to the jobsite.

Next-level comfort and visibility

Two larger Next Gen cab designs – Deluxe and Premium – are available for the new M320. All controls are positioned in front of the operator, within easy reach, to elevate comfort. The machine can be started in several ways: via pushbutton start; a Bluetooth® key fob; or the unique Operator ID function. Each operator can preset and store their own preferred machine settings using Operator ID, and the excavator remembers those settings each time the operator logs in.

Operators intuitively navigate through machine functions with the new large, 240-mm (10-in) touchscreen monitor with jog dial. Delivering all-day climate comfort, internal cab temperature is easily adjusted to the ideal setting using the new monitor.

Advanced viscous mounts found on the M320 cab decrease machine vibration feed-back, reducing operator fatigue. Its tilt-up left console design simplifies cab ingress/egress for the new wheeled excavator. Reducing the number of actions required by the operator, auto axle lock detects when the service brake and axle need to be locked or unlocked, and it releases automatically when the operator presses the travel pedal.

Boosting operating efficiency as well as safety, standard rearview and right-side cameras, along with large cab windows with small cab pillars, help to improve jobsite visibility for the operator. An optional 360◦ visibility system combines input from multiple cameras around the machine to give operators an unparalleled view of their surroundings. The excavator’s new flat engine hood design also improves visibility.

More information on the new M320 wheeled excavator can be found by contacting the local Cat dealer or visiting: https://www.cat.com

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New Cat® D4 Dozer Offers Better Visibility, More Productivity-Boosting Technology Choices, Lower Operating Costs

International Forest Industries - Wed, 14/07/2021 - 10:43

The New Cat® D4 Dozer takes the value up a level with improved sight lines, reduced operating costs and the broadest choice of easy-to-use technology features to help get the most from the bulldozer. The D4 weighs in at 29,259 lbs. (13,272 kg), with a net power of 130 hp (97 kW). D4 LGP has an operating weight of 30,882 lbs. (14,008 kg).

Get A Better View

A lower sloping hood line provides up to 30 percent better visibility to the area in front of the blade. The shorter sight lines mean the visual distance between the blade and the material pile is shortened by about 40 percent, so less time is spent backing up to get a full view of the material and the job gets done faster.

In the cab, operators will find a more comfortable seat with improved suspension and multiple adjustments for personalized comfort. An easy-to-use 10-in (254-mm) touchscreen main display, now common across much of the Cat dozer lineup, puts machine settings and features in easy view. A standard High Definition rearview camera shows prominently in the main display.

Unprecedented Technology Choices

The D4 leads the industry with a variety of technology offerings that are easy to use and help get the most from an equipment investment.

The D4 includes several standard technology features aimed at helping operators work more efficiently, regardless of experience level. The cab also offers optimal interior mounting locations that make it simple to install the grade control system of choice.

  • Slope Indicate shows machine mainfall and cross-slope on the main display for easy reference.
  • Stable Blade works seamlessly with operator blade inputs for smoother surfaces.
  • Traction Control automatically reduces track slip to save time, fuel and track wear.1
  • An optional technology package includes the standard technology features, plus:
  • Cat Grade with Slope Assist™ provides basic blade positioning assistance without added hardware or a GPS signal. Updated main display makes the system intuitive and easy to use.
  • Factory Attachment Ready Option (ARO) provides optimal mounting locations, brackets, and hardware and simplifies installation of any brand of grade control system.

Customers can also add factory integrated Cat Grade with 3D. The system uses a GPS signal to automatically adjust blade movements – both lift and tilt – as the operator follows the design plan. Antennas and receivers are housed in a low-profile roof-mounted spoiler.

An intuitive 10-in (254-mm) Grade operator interface works like a smart phone, making it easy for operators to pick up quickly. Android OS platform allows installation of custom apps for more versatility. AutoCarry™ is also packaged with Grade with 3D, automating blade lift to help get more consistent blade loads with each pass and reduce track slip. Works seamlessly with Grade with 3D and Slope Assist.

With the capability of installing 3D grade systems from Trimble, Topcon and Leica, the D4 can easily integrate into jobsites with existing grading technology infrastructures. All Cat Grade systems are compatible with Trimble, Topcon and Leica radios and base stations.

Lower Operating Costs

Longer service intervals contribute to up to 7 percent lower maintenance costs. Engine oil/engine oil filter service interval has been extended to 1,000 hours*. Service intervals have also been extended on the air cleaner and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) pump filter. LED lights offer up to six times the life of halogen to save on parts cost.

Connect to Greater Efficiency

Cat Link telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing job sites – by gathering data generated by equipment, materials, and people – and serving it up in customizable formats.

  • Product Link™ collects data automatically and accurately from equipment assets – any type and any brand – which can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.
  • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink®Cat dealers can help configure a customized subscription, available with cellular or satellite reporting or both.
  • The Cat App helps manage assets – at any time – right from a smartphone.
  • Remote Troubleshoot saves time and money by allowing a Cat dealer to perform diagnostic testing remotely. Remote Flash updates on-board software without a technician being present, at a convenient time, potentially reducing update time by as much as 50 percent.
  • Application Profile and Operator ID helps save time by saving preferred machine settings.
  • Machine Security – Passcode provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start.

Equipped for the Job

The D4 is available in Standard or Low Ground Pressure (LGP) configurations. A Variable Pitch Angle Tilt (VPAT) blade is standard, with an option for a foldable VPAT blade to reduce transport width.

The D4 can also be ordered with specialized guarding to take on the challenges of Forestry/Land Clearing. In addition to machine protection against impacts and airborne debris, these specialty dozers can be ordered with an impact-resistant cab featuring polycarbonate windows.

For more information or to take a Virtual Product Tour visit www.cat.com or contact the local Cat dealer.

Note: All comparisons to previous model D4/D6K2
*First change at 500 hours. Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·S
sm) required. Please refer to Operation and Maintenance Manual (OMM) for details.
1 Feature not operational indoors or in areas where a GPS signal is not available.
2 Can be enabled by dealer technician

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New Forestry Mulcher TFT

International Forest Industries - Wed, 14/07/2021 - 10:04

You´ve always wanted to be ahead, to never stop, to dare to change, to go beyond the highest demands. So, now you can achieve all your expectations with the new forestry mulcher TFT.

The new forestry mulcher TFT stands out for its aggressive design. This forestry mulcher is suitable for high power tractors from 200 Hp to 360 Hp.

It allows you get Superfinish in forestry mulching of branches, wood, stumps, brush and soil, thanks to the advanced design of its mulching chamber. The new forestry shredder has a built chassis with high strength steel which incorporates a series of replaceable counter blades in the mulching chamber and in the hydraulic hood. As well as a rotor with fixed hammers that can be configured according to the needs of the forestry work.

This is the new forestry mulcher TFT, powerful and resistant for the most demanding works.


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New Australian bio composites plant announced

International Forest Industries - Fri, 09/07/2021 - 11:54

Australia’s Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley, Tasmanian Minister for Environment Roger Jaensch and Member for Bass Bridget Archer MP announced a Grant to support Timberlink to build Tasmania’s first Bio Composites plant. The grant was awarded from the Tasmanian Recycling Modernisation Fund (Plastics) Grants Program (RMF).

The Bio Composite plant will produce Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) products that will upcycle plastic waste and plantation timber mill residues, producing decking and screening for commercial and residential applications. This technology will enable Timberlink to manufacture a wide range of WPC products over time.

The Timberlink Wood Plastic Composite Plant intends to source the recycled HDPE (a type of Plastic) for the core of the product from Tasmania; utilising existing industry capability and ensuring that the feedstock for this plant where possible is a Tasmanian on-island solution. This will significantly enhance the circular economy in Tasmania and generate economic value to Tasmania as these products will be sold in Tasmania and the mainland.

At full production, the project will divert HDPE plastic from landfill at an equivalent to an approximate 83% increase over current HDPE recycled in Tasmania based on FY19 levels said David Oliver, Timberlink’s EGM Sales, Marketing & Corporate Affairs.

The project capital cost is AU$12m and the Federal and State Government have co invested in this project with an AU$5.8M grant to create this new industry in Tasmania. The project is shovel ready and will commence immediately. Timberlink intends to have the project completed and in production by December 2022.

The energy to power the plant will be sourced from Tasmanian Hydro Power and a solar farm located on the roof of the new facility. Rainwater tanks will be installed to harvest rainwater which will be used for cooling in the manufacturing process. This is a first for Tasmania and Australia. We are excited that Bell Bay will be the location for such a new and exciting investment for Australian Manufacturing.

Photo: Timberlink EGM Sales, Marketing and Corporate Affairs with Member for Bass Bridget Archer MP and Tasmanian Minister for Environment Roger Jaensch and announcing the project and joint federal and state government grant at Timberlink Bell Bay on 2 July 2021

About Timberlink Australia/New Zealand

Timberlink is a leading Australasian timber products manufacturing business. The business has two sawmills at Bell Bay (Tasmania) and Tarpeena (South Australia) that manufacture plantation structural pine products. Timberlink has sales and distribution teams based in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne and sales teams based at the Bell Bay and Blenheim sawmills. Timberlink is owned by investment funds managed by New Forest

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Millar Western orders new BioVision edger line

International Forest Industries - Tue, 06/07/2021 - 10:26

Millar Western at Whitecourt, AB is investing in a new transverse edger line that will feature BioVision scanning and optimization with Deep Learning A.I. This is a replacement for an older line, and the mill’s goal is to increase productivity and reliability to match the production targets of the mill. At the same time the mill wants to utilize top-tier vision technology and maximize the value from its production.

The supply will begin at the edger unscrambler through to the Model 625 positioning infeed, 4TA top arbor edger with reman head, and flying vee tailer. The MillTrak lumber flow management system will control the flow from the unscrambler through the scanner transfer. The new scan frame will feature BioLuma 2900LV sensors, and USNR’s PLC control system will control the complete line from the unscrambler incline through the slow down belt.

This new line is scheduled to be commissioned later in 2021.

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