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HarvestTECH 2021  |  13-14 April 2021, Rotorua, New Zealand + Virtual On-Line

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HarvestTECH 2021

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HarvestTECH News Issue 20

HarvestTECH News Issue 20

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. It seems Covid-19 is not done with Australia yet, with a significant outbreak sending Victoria into a hard 7-day lockdown and border restrictions with neighbouring states. While this will be felt throughout the State, the local forestry industry has largely avoided the economic hit other sectors have received. There is also a global construction ...
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Truck platooning technology partnership announced

Truck platooning technology partnership announced

Robotic Research, a global leader in Automated Driving Systems (ADS), and FPInnovations, a Canadian private non-profit research and development centre have announced their collaboration to develop an off-road truck platooning ...
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Woodlot harvesting videos now on-line

Woodlot harvesting videos now on-line

A third of New Zealand’s plantation forest estate is in the hands of woodlot owners. Harvesting can be a stressful time for some woodlot owners with little knowledge and experience ...
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Komatsu to grow forestry machine sales

Komatsu to grow forestry machine sales

Japanese equipment maker Komatsu hopes to generate 140 billion yen ($1.27 billion) in revenue from forest machinery after four years, which would mark a 40% increase, due to robust housing ...
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Trial of world’s first electric log trucks

Trial of world’s first electric log trucks

Mosaic Forest Management is announcing its partnership with local Vancouver Island service provider, EcoWest Driven, to introduce several Tesla semi-trucks into log hauling. There are currently no commercially available electric ...
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Connecting forest operations planning

Connecting forest operations planning

Waking up to the news that the local mill is not accepting wood for the next three weeks can throw an operations manager’s morning into chaos. Suddenly, the manager must ...
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15 months of salvage harvesting and milling finishing

15 months of salvage harvesting and milling finishing

The last log truck carrying salvaged, burnt logs from the 2019/20 bushfires was waved into the Hyne Tumbarumba Mill on Tuesday. The unprecedented, 15 months of salvage harvesting has seen ...
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Green machine delivers safety, productivity gains for Pedersen Group

Green machine delivers safety, productivity gains for Pedersen Group

Pedersen Group, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has welcomed an impressive piece of new machinery with the Sennebogen 875E – the first in Australia – already delivering improved safety ...
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New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse

New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse

Ponsse is launching a new debarking PONSSE H7 HD Euca harvester head alongside the previously released H8 HD Euca. The new powerful harvester head further strengthens Ponsse’s strategy to be ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 19

HarvestTECH News Issue 19

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. Last month was a big month for the local HarvestTECH community, with well over 350 attending the HarvestTECH 2021 and Forest Safety 2021 events ...
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HarvestTECH 2021 Summary

HarvestTECH 2021 Summary

They came, they learnt, and certainly, there was plenty of networking going on at HarvestTECH 2021. Held in Rotorua on the 13-14 April 2021, it was once again, one of ...
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NZ company on target for ambitious safety goal

NZ company on target for ambitious safety goal

For the past decade, Nelson businessman Dale Ewers’ goal has been to get workers in the logging industry out of harm’s way. In 2010 Ewers, the chief executive of Moutere ...
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Leading logging and haulage firm celebrates 60 years

Leading logging and haulage firm celebrates 60 years

Oberon-based Mangan Logging & Haulage has reached a major milestone with the Australian-owned business marking 60 years of operation and welcoming its fourth generation into the family-run business. Established in ...
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WorkSafe's reminder about truck safety

WorkSafe’s reminder about truck safety

In line with the focus this week on log transport as part of the just completed HarvestTECH 2021 event, below is a new trucking induction video developed by New Zealand’s ...
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Powering data exchange & wireless weighbridge integration

Powering data exchange & wireless weighbridge integration

Since its release in 2018, LOGR eDockets have seen a meteoric uptake in the forestry industry. Now Enabled the innovation firm behind this platform, is again creating industry buzz with ...
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China and Finland to find alternative wood supplies

China and Finland to find alternative wood supplies

Russia has been one of the largest roundwood traders globally for many years by exporting roughly 15-20 million m3 per year between 2010-2020. The main importers of the Russian roundwood ...
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Digital transformation in the fibre volume measurement

Digital transformation in the fibre volume measurement

The current pandemic made clear, once again, that digital transformation is one of the most relevant matters in the industry, and the forestry industry is not free of this challenge ...
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Forestry contractors reducing downtime on hydraulic assets

Forestry contractors reducing downtime on hydraulic assets

Forestry contractors across New Zealand are reducing their downtime and hydraulic hose bills with trailblazing tools and technology from BOA Hydraulics. BOA Hydraulics’ ‘integrated solution’ combines world-class hydraulic hose facilities ...
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Smooth Boom Control for Tracked Feller Bunchers and Harvesters

Smooth Boom Control for Tracked Feller Bunchers and Harvesters

Further enhancing the machine operation in demanding forestry applications, John Deere adds its Smooth Boom Control (SBC) technology to its M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and MH-Series Tracked Harvesters. Developed in ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 18

HarvestTECH News Issue 18

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. By the time this newsletter hits your inbox, there will be less than a week before the HarvestTECH 2021 and Forest Safety & Technology ...
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WorkSafe: Trucking Induction Video

WorkSafe: Trucking Induction Video

We have put together this video to help educate PCBUs and operators within the trucking industry about some common risks and how they can ensure people go home healthy and ...
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Let The Water Flow: Why These Bridges Are Designed To Be Swamped

Let The Water Flow: Why These Bridges Are Designed To Be Swamped

Bridges traditionally sit above the water at all times, providing continuous access even in severe weather. But the potential for flash flooding in two streams in the Kopua Forest in ...
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