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World-first robotic logging truck scalers

International Forest Industries - Fri, 14/06/2019 - 14:22

The world-first two automated logging truck scalers, commissioned by Mount Maunganui-based ISO Limited, are now scanning logs at Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.

The Robotic Scaling Machines (RSM) give a faster, safer and more accurate measure of logs on the trucks and trailers than the manual process. Tauranga-based agritech company Robotics Plus designed and built the automatic logging truck scaler using materials from several local suppliers.

Robotics Plus co-founder Steve Saunders said he and his staff worked with ISO, which came up with the concept in 2017, and came up with a final prototype in just 12 months.

“This is a technology company working with a well-established local company looking into the future to actually solve these sorts of problems. I think we need a lot more of that in New Zealand,” Saunders said. The technology was now being rolled out across the country, starting with two scalers at the Port of Napier, then Gisborne and at Marsden Pt next year.

ISO Limited’s chief executive, Paul Cameron, said the technology offers huge health and safety benefits to staff. “The robotic scaler measuring process eliminates exposure to hazards and moves those people into a safer environment,” he said.

Cameron said the existing manual system used throughout the world requires people to hand scan the logs by climbing between trucks and trailers, taking up to 40 minutes. The robotic arm passes over the logs taking between three and four-and-a-half minutes, he said.

The automated process improves productivity not only for ISO but for the entire supply chain through to the port, and has created new skilled jobs, Cameron said. More than 200 trucks are processed through the site each day, so the machine offered a huge cost and productivity saving, as well as being far safer for staff, he said.

Cameron, who would not be drawn on the cost of developing the new technology, said the benefits to the industry “far outweighed” the costs.

Local suppliers, who contributed to the development of the RSM, were RFT Engineering (structural steel); Festo Linear (guides and controllers; SICK NZ (safety systems, distance sensors); FLIR (imaging cameras); Mulcahy NZ (laser cutting); and Gamman Engineering (precision machining).

Last month Robotics Plus snapped up two awards at the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Awards, winning the Callaghan Innovation Hi-Tech Maori Company of the Year Award as well as the NZTE Most Innovative Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector Award.

To check out a video of the new automatic log scaling, click here.
Source: nzherald, Photo: Andrew Warner

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Deere and Joensuun to invest 20 million euros

International Forest Industries - Fri, 14/06/2019 - 13:43
Deere & Company has invested more than 50 million euros in the Finnish forest machine business this decade. The latest investment, to expand the factory and increase capacity, is the biggest single investment in the Joensuu factory in John Deere Forestry Oy’s history. Implementation of the investment will begin in summer 2019 and it will be completed in 2021.

The investment will improve and expand the Joensuu factory’s assembly and test drive facilities as well as increase the component manufacturing capacity. The total amount of the investment is about 15 million euros. “This expansion will help us to better meet demand during strong economic cycles. The new space will also increase occupational safety and employee satisfaction,” says Factory Manager Janne Haapasalo. After the expansion, John Deere Forestry Oy’s production/logistics facilities will cover a total of 3.2 hectares.

GreenPark business park expanding
John Deere Forestry Oy has sold a plot east of the current GreenPark to the City of Joensuu. Joensuun Yrityskiinteistöt Oy will use the plot to build a new facility that will be used by John Deere Forestry Oy. The value of the investment is about 5 million euros. The new facility will be completed in June 2020. The GreenPark expansion will centralize the Joensuu factory’s logistics functions and further improve the logistical efficiency.

“Strong collaboration with the City of Joensuu and Joensuun Yrityskiinteistöt Oy, which manages GreenPark, as well as the shared desire to develop business in the region is of primary importance to us. The critical subcontractors operating in the immediate vicinity of the factory have a proven record of boosting the efficiency of our operations,” notes Haapasalo.

Further information:
Timo Ylänen
John Deere Forestry Oy
Tel. +358400639966
YlänenTimo@JohnDeere.com

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John Deere announces upgrades to the FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads

International Forest Industries - Fri, 14/06/2019 - 12:51

Committed to providing the forestry industry with powerful and reliable equipment solutions, John Deere is rolling out upgrades to its FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads. Compatible with select M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, the updated FR22B and FR24B models have been redesigned to increase durability and extend the life of the wrist and head.

“The forestry industry is challenging and pushes equipment to the limit to get the job done, making it important for manufacturers to provide reliable solutions designed for logging applications,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Our new FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads provide just that – a reliable felling solution designed with the operator’s needs in mind.”

The new felling heads feature improved flow capability, increased hydraulic hose size and routing, and updated ring gear and frame welds, all resulting in increased durability.

To learn more about the FR22B or FR24B Felling Heads, as well as the full line of John Deere Forestry Equipment, visit your local John Deere Forestry dealer or www.JohnDeere.com.

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Tigercat – Additional Factory Support for Australia

International Forest Industries - Fri, 14/06/2019 - 11:52
Tigercat has announced that Damien Ambrose has been appointed to the position of product support representative for Australia. Based in Tumut, New South Whales, Damien is joining Tigercat with over twenty-four-years of experience in the forestry industry.

Damien has worked with the Tigercat product since it first arrived in Australia in 2000, first with former Tigercat dealer Forest Centre, and then as a field service mechanic, service manager and branch operations manager for Australia’s current Tigercat dealer Onetrak.

“I am very pleased to have Damien join the support team for Australia. He knows the Tigercat product inside and out, is an extremely skilled and competent individual, and an excellent addition to the team,” explains Glen Marley, Tigercat district manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Damien has strong technical knowledge of the Tigercat product through his completion of various technical courses related to harvesters, forwarders, track carriers, drive-to-tree feller bunchers, skidders, harvesting attachments, and the Tigercat FPT engine.

“I have worked with the Tigercat product for many years now and I believe the company is the leading manufacturer of forestry equipment in the market,” says Damien. “I value the level of customer support Tigercat provides and I am excited to be a part of this great team.” Damien will be providing field support for Tigercat’s growing customer base predominantly across the regions of southeastern Australia and Queensland.

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Trade war leaves china importers struggling

International Forest Industries - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 14:34

Xu Xuebing began importing U.S. wood products into Shanghai two years ago, anticipating sizable profits reselling to Chinese furniture manufacturers. Then the China-U.S. trade war started. Since Beijing began to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods last year, Xu has halted imports, his profits have plummeted, and he may soon need to raise his prices just to survive—which could kill off sales for good.

Xu, who is 42 and owns Shanghai-based company Sam Wood, doesn’t mince words over who’s to blame. “Trump is so bossy and irrational, it forces us to fight back,” he said. “Even though [China’s tariffs] do harm to our economy, we strongly support Uncle Xi and China’s tough stance in the trade negotiations,” he added, using the government-encouraged term of endearment for President Xi Jinping.

The world’s two largest economies have levied tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each other’s imports since President Donald Trump launched the trade battle last year, seeking to pressure Beijing to change trade policies he calls unfair. But the impact on small- to medium-sized Chinese businesses caught in the crossfire typically gets little attention, partly because China’s Communist government suppresses bad news.

Xu, who also exports clothing to Russia and meat to Mongolia, began in March 2017 to import black walnut wood from the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa. But after the tariff slugfest broke out last year, Xu’s bottom line was ravaged by duties of 20 percent that China slapped on the rough-cut woods that he had originally imported. So, he switched to semi-finished woods, which had been hit by tariffs of only five-percent.

The trade turmoil has also driven China’s currency down, making Xu’s imports even more expensive. Overall, his import costs are up 20 percent so far this year. “Our sales target for 2018 was 50 million yuan ($7.25 million), but we only brought in 13 million yuan,” Xu said. “The trade war has had a huge and direct impact on our business.”

Source: newsweekpakistan

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B.C. ’s forest industry feeling the squeeze

International Forest Industries - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 12:52
After a year of record-breaking profits, British Columbia’s forest companies are bracing for a hard crash. And many small towns in rural B.C. , where economies rely on the sound of saws ripping through timber, could be on the precipice of extremely challenging times.

“That keeps me up at night,” Premier John Horgan admitted to me in an interview this week in his office. The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) has publicly stated that between eight and 10 mills could close this summer, costing thousands of jobs and devastating small communities across the province. This looming disaster is the result of a confluence of factors.

In recent years, the province incentivized companies to ramp up production and revamp mills to clear forest ravaged by the devastating pine beetle infestation. That work is pretty much done now, with the amount of timber that companies are allowed to cut annually reduced along with it. The market in the United States, meantime, which had helped B.C. companies reap record returns last year, has fallen dramatically.

Forest fires the last couple of years have diminished the amount of merchantable timber by 2 million hectares, according to the Premier. And this summer blazes in the Interior and north are expected to be the same or worse than 2017 and 2018. Some climate experts predict this is the new normal. Meanwhile, a government plan to protect caribou herds would also severely restrict logging, and stumpage rates charged by the province are scheduled to increase on July 1.

Mr. Horgan doesn’t deny that there could be closings and tough times ahead, but he doesn’t believe government is in any way to blame. “I don’t feel any ownership for the crisis in the forest industry nor should I,” he said.

While the looming problems are partly the result of factors outside anyone’s control – forest fires – Mr. Horgan and others believe the industry must bear some responsibility for the situation. For years now, forest companies have been shipping two-by-fours out the door and getting the best price possible for them. That was being done, however, against the advice of many who saw writing on the wall and believed the industry needed to be transitioning from a volume-based model to one favouring value instead.

“Some companies have taken decisions recently that are going to be devastating for some communities and we need to be prepared for that,” Mr. Horgan said. “There is no magic solution to overcut and under supply of fibre. We need to find ways to take the fibre we have and do more with it. On the coast, we’ve been exporting logs at an unprecedented rate”. More >>.

 

For further coverage of the projected downturn click here.

Check out this link for a list of mills that have either closed or have cut back on their production.

Source: theglobeandmail.com

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Keith Lamb takes the reins at KIPT

International Forest Industries - Fri, 07/06/2019 - 12:06
Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has announced that Keith Lamb will commence as its new Managing Director next month. This is part of a long-planned transition as KIPT anticipates moving into port construction, forestry production and export operations.

Current MD John Sergeant will remain in an executive capacity and will continue as a director while Mr Lamb takes overall responsibility for the next phase in the Company’s transition to profitable and sustainable operations.

KIPT chair Paul McKenzie said Mr Sergeant had piloted the growth of the Company from a sub-scale timberland owner, with a mixed collection of stranded assets, to a sustainable producer of quality timber, poised to deliver a significant infrastructure project.

“During that time, KIPT’s market capitalisation has grown from AU$3 million to about AU$120 million. We thank John for his stewardship of the Company and we are glad that he will continue to assist in the next stages of the company’s development.”

He said Mr Lamb was one of the most respected forestry professionals in Australia, “with a history of deploying institutional capital to create value for forest owners, and with a genuine commitment to the role that forestry can play in building resilient and prosperous regional communities”.

“He is the right person, at the right time and we are proud to have him as the new leader of the business.” Mr Lamb was Director of Operations and Portfolio Manager for New Forests Asset Management from 2005 until 2017, with responsibility for AU$2.5 billion in timberland and related agricultural and industrial assets, including the blue gums on Kangaroo Island later bought by KIPT.

Mr Sergeant would continue to be involved in the current development approval process, enabling Mr Lamb to focus on the company’s medium to long term growth.

Source: KIPT

Keith Lamb, left, and John Sergeant at the MacGIll Plantation.

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John Deere Announces Upgrades to the FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads

International Forest Industries - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 10:24
Committed to providing the forestry industry with powerful and reliable equipment solutions, John Deere is rolling out upgrades to its FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads. Compatible with select M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers, the updated FR22B and FR24B models have been redesigned to increase durability and extend the life of the wrist and head.

“The forestry industry is challenging and pushes equipment to the limit to get the job done, making it important for manufacturers to provide reliable solutions designed for logging applications,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Our new FR22B and FR24B Felling Heads provide just that – a reliable felling solution designed with the operator’s needs in mind.”

The new felling heads feature improved flow capability, increased hydraulic hose size and routing, and updated ring gear and frame welds, all resulting in increased durability.

To learn more about the FR22B or FR24B Felling Heads, as well as the full line of John Deere Forestry Equipment, visit your local John Deere Forestry dealer or www.JohnDeere.com.

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Logset launches new hybrid harvester

International Forest Industries - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 10:48
Logset launches a new smaller hybrid harvester – the Logset 8H GTE Hybrid. It is the company´s second hybrid harvester model. The new hybrid harvester model has an AGCO Power 74 LFTN diesel engine that conforms to Stage 5 EU emission regulations.

The hybrid system’s two main parts are the electric motor and the super capacitators used as energy storage. The hybrid system provides up to 100 kW of additional power. The hybrid harvester reaches higher productivity through a faster torque response, which allows the machine to easily perform several tasks at the same time. The engine load is kept constant, which reduces emissions per felled cubic meter.

“This hybrid model is suitable for several market areas, and it can be equipped with a Logset TH65 or TH75 harvester head. The machine has lower operating costs compared to a regular harvester, which is one the main benefits of the hybrid technology. The fuel saving can be up to 30%. Hybrid technology is clearly an important part of the future of sustainable forestry,” says Vice President of Sales Pascal Réty.

Logset Oy is a Finnish forest machine manufacturer located in Koivulahti, near Vaasa.

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Linck Present new profiler unit | LIGNA 2019

International Forest Industries - Tue, 04/06/2019 - 11:43

Profiler unit VPM 350

The family of VPM profiler units was extended by an additional machine model. In addition to the high end machine VPM450, the smaller VPM 350 was developed to be used for cant heights of up to 350 mm and cutting depths of up to 75 mm.

The smaller adjustment paths and chip removal volumes made it possible to simplify drive and cutting tool design. There is only one drive motor per side whose power is distributed to the two profiler heads of one side according to requirement. The reduced adjustment paths allowed a shortening of the profiler head drive shaft with positive effect on the machine width and thus to keep to the dimensions of the VPF profiler unit. As a result, the VPM 350 corresponds to the VPF machine in size and processing possibilities and is perfectly suited to be installed in existing saw lines.

Downsizing the machine dimensions allowed for a further reduction of the masses to be moved, thus resulting in smaller gaps between cants for operating modes with sawing optimization.

And with the new VPM 350, you also benefit from the special features of the VPM profiler unit series, namely sawn lumber surfaces without tear-outs, the possibility of diagonal profiling by using tilting tool axes and the possibility of curve profiling by pivoting cutting tools.

Cutter head for chipper canter

At LIGNA 2019, LINCK presented a new generation of cutter heads for its chipper canters. The number of knives of this three-step cutter head can vary between three and six depending on the requested chip length. For producing fine chips, the number of knives in the first step can be doubled.

In contrast to the previous knife disc which has a truncated cone shape, the new generation cutter head is designed with a cylindrical outer disc. This flattening leads to a reduced disc diameter. The rollers in front of and behind the chipper canter can thus move closer to allow a better guiding of short logs.

The reduction in diameter also reduces the overall length of the machine affecting the necessary log gap for optimization processes that require an adjustment of the chipper canter.

Of course, this new generation includes all well-known advantages of the today available cutter heads, i.e. guide disc, the possibility to change from saw rings to dressing knives, the use of regrindable knives and the production of high-quality chips.

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NZ – Forestry training awards success celebrated

International Forest Industries - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 14:36

Last Friday night in Dunedin there was an outstanding turnout by local forestry companies, contractors and transport operators from throughout the lower South Island of New Zealand. The function was the 2019 Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards.

The Council, representing all major forest owners and wood processing companies in Otago and Southland ran the 2019 Awards programme in conjunction with the country’s industry training organisation, Competenz.

In addition to profiling the contribution that forestry and those working within the industry are making to the economic and social well-being of the region, the night was really designed to celebrate the success of those that had achieved formal training qualifications over the year. Through a series of nine major awards, the event also recognised the forest industry’s top performers from across the lower South Island.

The industry certainly rallied on the night. Like the previous four years, over 300 forest managers, forestry contractors, transport operators and product and service suppliers to the industry from throughout the lower South Island attended the awards evening at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium.

“The turnout by forestry workers, their families and supporters on the night reflects the momentum that’s been building over the last year or so with training and safety in this region” says Grant Dodson, Chairman of the Southern Wood Council. In addition to increased on-site training, two training courses in the region are now fully operational”.

“Mike Hurring’s Training School is running five one-week block courses in Balclutha for new entrants to the industry complete with hands-on training using harvesting machines located on site, leading to the first qualification of their apprenticeship. A new course, Tokomairiro Training, an initiative that’s been set up by Tokomairiro High School and Johnson Forestry Services, with support being provided by local forestry companies, is also now running 32-week courses for selected school students who are looking at forestry as a future career opportunity”.

“As well as recognising the training achievements of forestry workers and crews that have really stood out over the past 12 months, the industry was able to come together at one place to celebrate the industry along with training and business success” says Mr. Dodson.

“The message on the value of the awards evening has certainly found it’s mark with many companies bringing through all of their staff and workers, from Invercargill through to Timaru. One local contractor for example brought through close to 40 of their workers to celebrate their achievements in picking up training qualifications over the year as well as rewarding the harvesting crews for their efforts over the year”.

Presenters and speakers at this year’s awards evening included Jamie MacKay, Host of NZ’s New Zealand’s flagship rural radio show, The Country and the awards guest speaker Davey Hughes, founder of the well- known NZ outdoor clothing brand, SWAZI. As well as being a businessman, Davey is a mad-keen hunter, conservationist, adventurer and was able to relate well to his audience and entertain all on the night with just a few of his life stories.

Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees. Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony. All are anticipated to finish the course in October, with another course anticipated to start in August.

In addition, nine major industry awards for the year were presented on the night. These were;

Training Excellence Award – Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by South Wood Export)
Award Winner; Paige Harland, Harland Bros

Training Excellence Award – Forestry Trainee of the Year (harvesting) (Sponsored by Rayonier/ Matariki Forests)
Joint Award Winners; Hemi Pickett, Ferris Logging & Logan Bennett, Mike Hurring Logging

Training Excellence Award – Forestry Trainee of the Year (silviculture) (Sponsored by Port Blakely):
Award Winner; Adam McLennan, Johnson Forestry Services

Skilled Professionals Awards – Forestry Excellence Award (establishment, silviculture, fire, harvesting)(Sponsored by Wenita Forest Products):
Award Winner; Billy Tredinnick, Forestry Training Services

Skilled Professionals Awards – Wood Processing Excellence Award (Sponsored by UDC):
Award Winner; Jamie Carr, Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago)

Skilled Professionals Awards – Forest Products/Logistics/Transport/Port Award (Sponsored by Pan Pac Forest Products (Otago):
Joint Award Winners; Stephen Gray, NFA Holdings & Craig Unahi, NFA Holdings

 

Industry Excellence Awards – Forestry Environmental Management Excellence Award (Sponsored by Otago Regional Council):
Award Winner; Matt Winmill, Gillion Logging

Industry Excellence Awards – Training Company/Contractor of the Year (Sponsored by City Forests):
Award Winner; Johnson Forestry Services

Industry Excellence Awards – Forest Products Health & Safety Award (Sponsored by Ernslaw One):
Award Winner; Dynes Transport

Harvesting Apprentices – Otago Southland. Around 160 National Training Certificates that had been achieved in Forestry & Wood Processing were awarded to top local contractors and forestry and wood processing employees.

Eight harvesting apprentices that have been involved in the Balclutha training school were also recognised at the awards ceremony. All are anticipated to finish the course in October, with another course anticipated to start in August.

Congratulations go to all the winners, the nominees, their employers and families. This year’s awards programme with strong support from the wider industry, supporting organisation’s and major equipment and product suppliers has again been another important milestone for the forestry industry in the lower South Island. Like other Regional Wood Council awards evenings, it’s firmly established as the major fixture each year on the local forestry calendar.

Photo: Contractor of the Year Award. L-R. Grant Dodson, SWC Chairman, Mark Fisken, Fisken Wood (finalist), Mike Hurring, Hurring Logging (finalist), Steve Johnson, Johnson Forestry Services (Winner).

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Softwood Logs China: Taicang port volumes summary

International Forest Industries - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 13:26

Softwood logs dominate at Taicang port – Log imports through Taicang Port in Jiangsu Province totalled 7.85 million cubic metres in 2018 and were valued at US$1.2 billion.

Of the total, 98% were softwood logs, mainly imported from New Zealand (39%), Canada (19%), USA (13%) and Russia (10%). The main softwood log species were radiata pine (43%), spruce and fir (11.5%), douglas fir (11.4%) and larch (4%).

Russian sawnwood dominates imports at Taicang Port – Sawnwood imports through the port in 2018 amounted to 500,000 cubic metres valued at US$106 million, mainly imported from Russia (89%) and Canada (10%). The main sawnwood species were spruce and fir (58%) and pine (33%).

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New LOG MAX 7000XT FIXED HEAD Processor / Harvesters arriving around the world

International Forest Industries - Wed, 29/05/2019 - 12:44

XTreme series: Log Max XTreme Series Harvesting Heads are heavy duty and made for the most extreme forest operations.

This fixed mount configuration from Log Max utilizes the design and durability of the 7000XT series and gives the owner/operator the versatility of control falling and bunching.

  • The hydraulically operated rotation unit with positioning and free floating function is attached directly to the frame.
  • The frame of Log Max 7000 XT Fixed Head features a top saw, a minimized saw box and a fixed protection plate.
  • The Log Max 7000XT fixed head is a control felling unit designed to help with those tough jobs, such as pipeline operations and right-aways. The 7000XT fixed head allows the operator to control fall, bunch, and process timber up to 710 mm (28”) in diameter with a maximum cutting capacity of 800 mm (31.5”).

Processing key figures:

  • Most productive range : 16 to 50 cm
  • Maximum cutting diameter : 65 cm (80 cm opt.)
  • Minimum delimbing diameter : 4 cm

Optional Equipment’s

Feed Rollers

  • V-Steel:
    By placing the stud bars in angled rows, Log Max has obtained a self cleaning feed roller with very high pulling force both in forward and reverse, without risk of spinning.
  • V-Steel Aggressive;
    The V-steel Aggressive roller has studs that sink deeper in the tree trunk.
  • Eucalyptus
    Log Max Eucalyptus rollers have angled edges for debarking as eucalyptus demands complete debarking when felling.

Optional 60CC Saw Unit:

  • Saw 411XL
    The new 60cc saw is a powerful and adaptable saw unit that combines low weight with high cutting performance.

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SENNEBOGEN 735 E with electric travel drive

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 12:03

Live at Ligna 2019

SENNEBOGEN develops Pick & Carry material handler with electric travel drive

At ligna 2019, in Hanover, SENNEBOGEN will showcase a new electric drive version of the diesel hydraulic Pick & Carry material handler SENNEBOGEN 735 that is so popular with the timber industry. The prototype is currently being field tested and will be ready to go into production by the end of 2019.

When it comes to mobile timber handling, many customers around the world depend on the reliable Pick & Carry material handler from SENNEBOGEN. These machines are mainly used in log yards to organize and sort, and to feed saw mills. The 7 series machines have been designed to run continuously. Electric solutions, such as those typically used in stationary timber manipulation, have not been possible due to the long travelling distances involved. At ligna, SENNEBOGEN will present the first machine with a new drive concept. All the work process still operate hydraulically, driven by an efficient stage 5 diesel engine, whilst the undercarriage travel drive is electric.

Joint development project with Bosch Rexroth
Bosch Rexroth and SENNEBOGEN, long-term partners in drive and application technology for material handlers, collaborated to develop this electric travel drive. The system solution is based on Bosch Rexroth components, is being jointly developed into a marketable product, and will be launched by SENNEBOGEN under the name ‘Green Efficiency Drive’. The Pick & Carry material handler 735 E will be the first machine to contain the series production technology for electric travel.

Design: up to 30 % more efficient thanks to the electric travel drive
The Pick & Carry machine can already switch continuously between acceleration, braking and driving under load and this provided options for improving the use of the available energy. The new drive concept consists of two electric drive engines in the undercarriage which are supplied with power by a generator operated by a diesel engine. In addition to the increased efficiency and lower consumption of this design, the development team have also managed to achieve a reduction in noise levels, and dynamic drive and braking in the pilot production. Initial applications saw efficiency increases of up to 30 % compared to the previously used diesel-hydraulic drive. The machine has already been very convincing in field tests with one customer. The machine was used for several days in the log yard of a Bavarian saw mill.

Experience the SENNEBOGEN 735 E with Green Efficiency Drive at ligna
As the first 7 series model, the SENNEBOGEN 735 E with the prototype Green Efficiency Drive will be on display at ligna. Additional technical details will also be available there. The new drive concept is currently undergoing intensive testing and the first models will be ready to go into production by the end of 2019.

In collaboration with Bosch Rexroth, SENNEBOGEN has developed a new electric drive concept for its Pick & Carry material handler. The SENNEBOGEN 735 E will be on display at ligna as the first machine with the new Green Efficiency Drive.
A joint SENNEBOGEN and Bosch Rexroth development team have successfully put the SENNEBOGEN 735 E, the first machine with a Green Efficiency Drive, through various field tests.
Fine-tuning during testing: the new drive concept is currently undergoing intensive testing and the first models will be ready to go into production by the end of 2019.

In collaboration with Bosch Rexroth, SENNEBOGEN has developed a new electric drive concept for its Pick & Carry material handler. The SENNEBOGEN 735 E will be on display at ligna as the first machine with the new Green Efficiency Drive

https://www.sennebogen.com/en/news-press/press-releases/article/sennebogen-develops-pick-carry-material-handler-with-electric-travel-drive.html

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Graanul Invest submits winning bid for Texas Pellets assets

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 11:27

Graanul Invest affiliate Woodville Pellets, LLC submitted the winning bid in the auction conducted on May 9, 2019 for the assets of Texas Pellets, Inc. and German Pellets Texas, LLC (collectively, “Texas Pellets”). The assets include Texas Pellets’ Woodville, Texas pellet manufacturing plant and its Port Arthur, Texas port terminal.

The transaction was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas after a hearing held on May 15, 2019 (subject to entry of a final order), and is planned to be finalized by June 15, 2019.

In connection with the acquisition, Graanul Invest received financing from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC.

The estimated manufacturing capacity of the wood biomass pellet plant in Woodville, Texas, US, is 450,000 MT of pellets per year. The Port Arthur terminal has a total storage capacity of 68,000 MT, and is capable of loading vessels up to approximately 60,000 MT.

Acquisition of Texas Pellets’ assets enables Graanul Invest group to expand its business to the United States to ensure greater security of supply to its customers. It also provides better logistical solutions for entering the Asian market, in particular the fast-growing markets in Korea and Japan.

With 11 pellet plants located in the Baltics, Graanul Invest group´s annual production volume is 2.2 million tons of pellets, making it the biggest pellet producer in Europe. Acquisition of the Texas Pellets pellet manufacturing plant offers a possibility to increase the group´s production capacity up to 25 percent.

“We have been looking for a suitable opportunity to start pellet production in the United States for over 10 years. Once we have successfully completed this transaction, we will have firmly established our presence in North America,” said Raul Kirjanen, CEO of Graanul Invest.

Graanul Invest group operates in the field of bioenergy and renewable energy production, forestry and biomaterials development. The group employs over 500 people.

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Quality and ergonomics are the premise of BMW Design Works’ interior solutions for fixed forwarder cabin

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 12:03

The fixed forwarder cabin has been updated based on customer feedback. The renewed fixed cab is more spacious and gives the operator more room when rotating the seat. The lighting has been enhanced and special attention has been given to acoustics, look, and operator comfort.

The renewed fixed cab features high-quality, easy-to-care-for interior materials and new LED lighting solutions that illuminate the floor space, the cab, and the new doored storage spaces in the upper part of the cab. The light on the ceiling illuminates the stairs when climbing into the cab. Machines equipped with a central locking system also have an approach light.

Production of the renewed fixed cab begins and replaces the previous cab design at the end of April 2019.

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

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Forests…Our ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 11:26
Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth – they play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up recently in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and protect them.

Forests are the most cost-effective way to fight climate change
Arguably, protection and enhancing the world’s forests is one of the most cost- effective forms of climate action: forests act as carbon sinks, absorbing roughly 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Sustainable forest management can build resilience and help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Speaking at the 2018 UN climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, Liu Zhemin, head of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said that “forests are central in developing solutions both to mitigate and adapt to climate change, adding that “these terrestrial ecosystems have already removed nearly one third of human- produced carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Through sustainable forest management, they could remove much more.”

At this week’s meeting session of the UNFF, it was noted that forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, if fully implemented, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 15 gigatonnes of CO2 a year by 2050, which could potentially be enough to limit warming to well below 2°C (the target set by the international community in 2015). Today, fossil fuels emit 36 gigatonnes every year.

In addition, as renewable sources increasingly replace fossil fuels, forests will become more and more important as sources of energy: already, forests supply about 40 per cent of global renewable energy in the form of wood fuel – as much as solar, hydroelectric and wind power combined.

The goal of zero deforestation is close to being reached
Significant progress has been made in international forest protection over the past 25 years. The rate of net global deforestation has slowed by more than 50 per cent, a credit to global efforts to sustainably manage existing forests, while at the same time engaging in ambitious measures to restore degraded forests and land, and to plant more trees to meet the demand for forest products and services.

The goal of zero net global deforestation is close to being reached, bringing the world one step closer to the UN Strategic Plan for Forest’s target to expand global forest area by 3 per cent by 2030, an area of 120 million hectares, about the size of South Africa.

The biggest threat to forests is…agriculture
Many people will be aware of the devastating effects that illegal and unsustainable logging has on forests, but the biggest global driver of deforestation is actually agriculture, because of the extent to which forests are converted to farmland and livestock grazing land: a key challenge is how to manage the ongoing increase in agricultural production, and improve food security, without reducing overall forest areas.

A major UN report on biodiversity, released in May, made headlines around the world with its headline figure of one million species at risk of extinction, warned against the destruction of forests, noting that this “will likely have negative impacts on biodiversity and can threaten food and water security as well as local livelihoods, including by intensifying social conflict.”

The UN’s growing role in forest protection
The first time forests came to the forefront of the international agenda was at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, widely regarded as one of the landmark UN conferences. The Summit led to the adoption of Agenda 21, the first significant international action plan for achieving sustainable development, which noted the “major weaknesses in the policies, methods and mechanisms adopted to support and develop the multiple ecological, economic, social and cultural roles of trees, forests and forest lands.”

The Earth Summit also saw the adoption of the Forest Principles which, although non- legally binding, was the first global consensus reached on the sustainable management of forests. The Principles called for all countries to make efforts towards reforestation and forest conservation; enshrined the right of nations to develop forests in keeping with national sustainable development policies; and called for financial resources to be provided for targeted economic policies.

To better co-ordinate international efforts to put the principles into practice, an inter- governmental panel and forum were set up in the 1990s, to be replaced in 2000 by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), which meets every year at UN Headquarters in New York to monitor progress on the implementation of the six Global Forest Goals.

The Goals set targets for the sustainable management of forests, and reduction of deforestation and forest degradation, and were developed as part the forest community’s response to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s overall blueprint for economic progress that protects the environment and humanity.

This year’s top priorities: climate change and the real cost of deforestation
One of the key take-aways from the 2019 session of the UN Forest Forum was that, too often, forests are under-valued, because it’s hard to put a clear monetary value on all of the positive contributions they make to the world.

As a result, the true cost of deforestation and forest degradation is not taken into account when policy decisions are made on land use, such as decisions to clear forest land to use for commercial agriculture.

The importance of financing was another important element of the session: sufficient funding is an essential element in ensuring effective action to halt deforestation and forest degradation, promote greater sustainable forest management and increase the world’s forest area: despite the central role forests play in protecting the environment, only 2 per cent of funds available for climate change mitigation are available for efforts to reduce deforestation.

Source: United Nations via Scoop
Photo by kazuend on Unsplash

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Hitachi names Brandt new dealer for forestry products

International Forest Industries - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:00

The Brandt Group of Companies has made a major product-line announcement; they have been named a Hitachi forestry products dealer effective May 9, 2019.

Hitachi’s purpose-built forestry products will be a strong complement to Brandt’s full-line John Deere offering and is a natural fit, as both product lines are designed and manufactured through a joint venture – Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) – in Langley, BC.

This is an exciting day for Brandt and a big win for Hitachi equipment owners.” says Brandt President and CEO, Shaun Semple. “Hitachi’s strong forestry lineup is highly-compatible with our existing John Deere offering, so loggers currently operating Hitachi equipment will be able to come directly to Brandt for unparalleled customer support from Day One!”

The dealer change will give Hitachi equipment owners the opportunity to increase their operational uptime, thanks to a larger-than-ever offering of products, parts and services, including Isuzu engine parts, available via Brandt’s extensive service network and warehouse facilities. Existing Brandt customers will also benefit from additional forestry product options.

Brandt’s area of responsibility will include Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI.

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Ponsse opens a new service centre in Sandviken Sweden

International Forest Industries - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:09

Ponsse has its sixth service centre in Sweden on 17 May when a new service centre opened its doors in Sandviken.

Ponsse is growing fast, and the need for services is increasing. We hope that we can meet future needs for maintenance even better than before, says after-sales manager Urban Folkesson. This signifies one-step in our strategy – our goal is to succeed together with our customers.

We hope that we can respond to demand even better with our new service centre. A little over a year ago, we opened our southernmost service centre in Värnamo, and this year we will open our sixth service centre in Sweden. Our personnel in Sandviken will consist of manager Peter Gästgivar, and service engineers Jonas Anderson, Anders Skog and Fredrik Jonsson, who will travel on service vehicles from Sandviken and Leksand to where service is needed.”

We decided to open this new service centre because we want to provide our customers with added value to meet their demands locally”, says Folkesson. We will invest heavily in providing our customers with the services they need in their day-to-day activities, such as products, a broad range of spare parts, as well as effective high-quality services. When necessary, we will also offer repair services with professional skills and tools. What is more, we will help our customers to update their hardware and software and provide them with information, support and training. Our goal is to offer the best services!

Jarmo Vidgrén, Sales and Marketing Director, tel. +358 40 519 1486

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Gilbert Products invests $ 5 million

International Forest Industries - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 10:37
Products Gilbert, of Roberval, specializes in the production of equipment for sawmills, all-terrain surfacers, equipment for the forest industry and for construction, invests $ 5 million to acquire new robotic machining units to increase productivity reports Denis Villeneuve leQuotidien www.lequotidien.com

The investment was announced recently by the president of the company, Sylvain Gilbert, in the presence of Richard Hébert, MP for Lac-Saint-Jean and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion , and the member for Roberval, Nancy Guillemette, on behalf of his colleague, Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon.

Gilbert products obtained financial assistance totaling $ 3.9 million in interest-free loans from three programs managed by Canada Economic Development, the Essor Program and Investissement Québec.

In an interview, Lydia Gaudreault, General Manager of Gilbert Products, said that the loans allow the acquisition of a Fastens robot that will supply three new machining and machining units from the manufacturer DMG Mori. “The robot we are acquiring will manage the tools of the three machining units whose function is to manufacture various parts. The robot we currently own does not start a job until there are 25 tools available. The new robot can undertake a task with five tools available, “she said. Two robot welders will also enter the factory.

Ms. Gaudreault added that the investment will greatly improve the productivity of the Boulevard Marcotte plant while the order book is already full at the cork.

Another aspect of the investment, she says, is that the company will be able to improve its performance in the delivery of spare parts for the equipment it supplies to the market.

In its main market for the manufacture of planers, feed tables, acceleration chains, automatic harvesting systems for sawmills and forestry parts, delays caused by parts shortages can be costly, in advance Ms. Gaudreault.

Despite the entry into the robotic systems factory, Gilbert Products plans to create 18 new jobs that will add to the 125 existing ones. The positions of machinists, mechanics, production employees, technicians in robotization and computer programming will be created after the installation of new equipment.

No expansion of the existing plant will be necessary since the installation of the new equipment requires interior refitting only.

Founded in 1986, the company is a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of snowmobile trail maintenance equipment (surface groomers) and forestry, sawmill and construction equipment.

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