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HarvestTECH News | Issue 30

HarvestTECH News | Issue 30

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. As previously highlighted, the Australian mining industry is leading the way in large vehicle automation and site-wide innovation. Small, continuous improvements can lead to big returns and the industry sees automation and robotics as the future. What is interesting about the 'robotic trucks' story below is we are now on the second generation of ...
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Wood Energy New Zealand Partnership formed

Wood Energy New Zealand Partnership formed

A partnership between Pioneer Energy and Niagara Sawmilling Company Ltd in the lower South Island of New Zealand has been formed to meet the demands of the biomass market to ...
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Giant 180-tonne robot trucks are mining

Giant 180-tonne robot trucks are mining

As global demand soars, extractive industries are embracing automation. A mining outfit in Australia is making a big bet on big robots. Following a recent proof of concept at a ...
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Specialist wood fuel suggested by Genesis

Specialist wood fuel suggested by Genesis

Genesis Energy believes converting part of the Huntly power station to run on biofuel could be economic, but it will need a source of the specialist wood fuel needed to ...
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Car and truck carrier loads wood products

Car and truck carrier loads wood products

A vessel normally used to transport cars and trucks called at Northport this week to load approximately 5,000 cubic metres of triboard from the Juken Mill in Kaitaia. The m.v ...
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John Deere introduces new full-tree simulator

John Deere introduces new full-tree simulator

John Deere has announced the release of the new and innovative Forestry Full-Tree Training Simulator. This development offers cost-effective and efficient operator training in a risk-free environment, all while avoiding ...
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C3 delivers industry-first grapple log loading innovation

C3 delivers industry-first grapple log loading innovation

C3 Limited, part of the broader LINX Cargo Care Group, has officially unveiled the new C3 Log Vessel Grapple (LVG) at the Port of Tauranga, a first in Australasia.Held exclusively ...
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Yes – big trees, they still exist

Yes – big trees, they still exist

Murray Logging owner Andrew Murray said cutting the trees and getting them on a truck was laborious. They were cut from Manuka Gorge in Otago, NZ and were about 80 ...
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Addressing driver fatigue with technology

Addressing driver fatigue with technology

Dynes implements driver fatigue cameras across the whole fleet - Moving to the deep south, in a pioneering move, Dynes Transport has implemented driver fatigue cameras across its entire fleet ...
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Improved log load securing project underway

Improved log load securing project underway

As part of the FGR programme in Automation and Robotics, a project has commenced to develop a safe and efficient alternative load securing system in New Zealand for logging trucks ...
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Monster Redwood from South Canterbury

Monster Redwood from South Canterbury

This log is from a Sequoiadendron giganteum. The tree’s common name is either Giant sequoia or Sierra Redwood. It has also been given a nick name, “Wellingtonia” with history suggesting ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 27

HarvestTECH News | Issue 27

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This is the first issue of 2022 and how things have changed since we last corresponded. Omicron has been an unwelcome game-changer in ...
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A Christmas present for every forest worker?

A Christmas present for every forest worker?

You can only ask your manager or boss – right? After all, you really deserve it after the year you've just been through. They say the feeling you experience when ...
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Bridge over undisturbed waters

Bridge over undisturbed waters

A Wairarapa-based forestry company are paving the way with stream crossing bridges that don’t disturb the waterway. Josh Blazek and Guy Farman of Farman Turkington Forestry came up with the ...
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ISO logs onto new technology

ISO logs onto new technology

There’s some high-tech wizardry taking place as this ISO Limited log shuttle heads through the company’s log yard at Port Taranaki. We’re thrilled ISO is supporting the growing export log ...
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Mana Wahine on a mission

Mana Wahine on a mission

Learning with the Generation Programme has proved life-changing for 22-year-old Ariana Ngaronoa and she’s already lining up more study to pursue a career in forestry that she previously hadn’t considered ...
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1st fully autonomous ship navigation system tested

1st fully autonomous ship navigation system tested

The Nippon Foundation, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co have successfully completed a demonstration test of the world's first fully autonomous ship navigation systems on a large car ferry, conducted on the Iyonada ...
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New suite of forestry qualifications launched

New suite of forestry qualifications launched

As part of the NZQA-mandated five-yearly qualification review, the suite of New Zealand forestry qualifications spanning across forest harvesting and silviculture operations have been updated and officially launched. Coverage of ...
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First 80 tonne e-timber truck being developed

First 80 tonne e-timber truck being developed

In another step towards a fossil-free society, SCA and Scania are together developing the first electric timber truck with a technical capability of up to 80 tonnes total weight. The ...
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Rehabilitating workers back into the forest

Rehabilitating workers back into the forest

Gisborne contractors Gavin and Chrystal Edmonds are helping forestry workers recover from drug problems and get back to work in the forest. Difficulties accessing rehabilitation support for workers prompted the ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 26

HarvestTECH News | Issue 26

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. As 2021 comes to a close, it's been a year where Covid-19 has once again dominated the headlines, disrupted supply chains and threatened business ...
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Dramatic rise of European logs into China

Dramatic rise of European logs into China

China imported 30% of its total volume of softwood logs from Europe in 2020 and2021, thus surpassing supply from Russia and North America. European softwood logs were practically non-existent at ...
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The mining industry joins the EV revolution

The mining industry joins the EV revolution

Historically there is little love lost between the mining industry and green groups. However, the two may now have some common ground in the pursuit of better EV technology and ...
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Volvo trials remote operation of forestry equipment

Volvo trials remote operation of forestry equipment

Volvo Construction Equipment says it is the first company in the world to trial a remote-controlled high-lift wheel loader over a 5G network in a complex forestry application – in ...
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