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HarvestTECH 2021

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HarvestTECH News Issue 12

HarvestTECH News Issue 12

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. At the time of our last issue, New Zealand celebrated being 100 days COVID-19 free and, on the other side of the Tasman, Melbourne reported their highest ever daily total in their second wave. While New Zealand seems to have contained the worst of their second ...
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EOI to present – HarvestTECH 2021

EOI to present – HarvestTECH 2021

Early expressions of interest are being called for to present at next year’s major wood harvesting and log transport event, HarvestTECH 2021. Early details on the planned event can be ...
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Automated log tagging project underway

Automated log tagging project underway

An exciting new log tracking project for New Zealand's Forest Growers Research is getting underway within the Automation and Robotics programme, led by Dr Glen Murphy. The project, which is ...
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Log truck shutdown of Bunnings

Log truck shutdown of Bunnings

There is widespread timber worker, contractor, and community support across the country for the COVID-19-Safe action that took place on Wednesday morning at Bunnings Traralgon in defence of forestry jobs ...
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Automated robotic forest harvesting being explored

Automated robotic forest harvesting being explored

FPInnovations, Canada, is moving full speed ahead with its automated-harvesting project to usher in a new era of forestry machinery with an eye to one day operating fully autonomous machines ...
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HVP selects Trimble Forestry for paperless ticketing

HVP selects Trimble Forestry for paperless ticketing

HVP, Australia’s largest private timber plantation company, with 240,000 ha in production, has partnered with Trimble Forestry to implement a paperless ticketing solution to help address safety concerns presented by ...
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SME pilot underway with Remsoft Operations

SME pilot underway with Remsoft Operations

The Northern Hardwoods Research Institute (NHRI) and Remsoft have partnered to support best practice implementation of the Remsoft Operations Cloud within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the forestry sector ...
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Timbeter and Cind enter into new partnership

Timbeter and Cind enter into new partnership

Timbeter, an Estonian company providing an AI-based digital workflow management solution for the timber industry, and the Swedish image processing technology provider Cind (a spin-off from SAAB AB) have signed ...
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European logs flood into China

European logs flood into China

Europe's flow of damaged wood to China: Plus 534% in 2019 - In the 2019 calendar year, Europe was shipping enormous volumes of damaged wood to China. In the first ...
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Two different harvesting systems compared

Two different harvesting systems compared

Damage to trees and logs during harvest and transportation can result in significant losses of wood volume and value. To prevent this, researchers are investigating productivity losses, costs and the ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 11

HarvestTECH News Issue 11

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This month, in addition to updates on new equipment and changes in senior personnel with well-known companies to local wood harvesting and transport ...
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New John Deere Construction & Forestry Dealers hit the ground running

New John Deere Construction & Forestry Dealers hit the ground running

Two well-known and respected John Deere dealerships have hit the ground running as the new homes of John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment in New Zealand. Construction and forestry customers ...
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Low log prices hurting

Low log prices hurting

A sharp fall in log prices has raised concerns of job losses but a South Canterbury logging company director believes the industry will recover with minimum damage done. Evan MacClure, ...
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Remsoft adds GM for Asia Pacific

Remsoft adds GM for Asia Pacific

Remsoft has announced the appointment of Corinne Watson as General Manager, Asia Pacific. In her role, she will support customer success on the ground and drive growth within the Australasia ...
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Debarker enhances Port Taranaki’s log operations

Debarker enhances Port Taranaki’s log operations

The installation of a debarker machine at Port Taranaki means full log vessels can now be loaded there. In an emailed statement, Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper said the ...
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Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

A drone "mosaic" of harvested forestry blocks is letting Marlburians see the wood for the trees, and could cut down environmental issues. In New Zealand, Marlborough company GeoInsight Limited is ...
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China builds highway with unmanned machines

China builds highway with unmanned machines

We like to bring you stories on tech advancements. Last week we covered the first large scale operational use of robotics in wood processing operations in New Zealand and Australia ...
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Logging: New Waratah harvester head

Logging: New Waratah harvester head

Waratah Forestry Equipment unveiled the new H415HD, a heavy-duty harvesting head with new features and options to suit customer feedback and rugged application needs. “The new H415HD extends durability to ...
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Partnership to introduce Heavy Fuel Cell Electric Trucks

Partnership to introduce Heavy Fuel Cell Electric Trucks

Hiringa Energy and TR Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer Heavy Fuel Cell Electric Trucks for the New Zealand market powered by Hiringa’s nation-wide hydrogen refuelling ...
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New President for John Deere

New President for John Deere

John Stone is the new president of John Deere Worldwide Construction and Forestry and Power Systems.  Deere & Company has announced that its board of directors has elected John Stone, 50, ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 10

HarvestTECH News Issue 10

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. While the reopening of New Zealand and most of Australia has been successful, COVID-19 is still a ...
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WorkSafe releases new video for induction

WorkSafe releases new video for induction

WorkSafe has just released a new WorkSafe Induction video. The video is targeted to New Zealand businesses and has been designed for use during induction process. It provides staff with ...
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