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HarvestTECH News | Issue 36

HarvestTECH News | Issue 36

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. In log transport, we continue to cover an array of new innovations in electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered vehicles, truck automation and platooning. Right now, there’s a huge amount of interest by larger fleet operators and already, a number of firsts for fueling log trucks in this part of the world are underway ...
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HiVision 2.0 camera system for forestry cranes launched

HiVision 2.0 camera system for forestry cranes launched

Hiab’s HiVision™ for forestry cranes uses external cameras to show the cranes surrounding. The operator sees the surroundings using virtual reality (VR) goggles inside the truck cabin. This improves productivity, ...
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Autonomous agricultural modular vehicle launched

Autonomous agricultural modular vehicle launched

Multi-use, modular platform Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) automates tree and vine crop tasks, starting with intelligent spraying Robotics Plus, a New Zealand-based agritech company, on 20 October launched its autonomous ...
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World’s first electric log truck rolled out

World’s first electric log truck rolled out

SCA has, together with Scania, has developed the world's first electric timber truck with a capacity of 80 tonnes. The world's first electric timber truck with a capacity of 80 ...
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Fiona's final forest safety blog

Fiona’s final forest safety blog

After seven great years this is my last Safetree blog. What an experience it’s been overseeing Safetree/FISC’s growth from a recommendation in the 2014 Independent Forestry Safety Review to an ...
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Heavy transport fleet de-carbonising with hydrogen

Heavy transport fleet de-carbonising with hydrogen

A new partnership is helping one of New Zealand’s largest heavy transport fleets decarbonise with hydrogen technology. New Zealand transport company H.W. Richardson (HWR) is partnering with Christchurch-based zero emissions ...
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Self-driving robotrucks rolling onto US freeways

Self-driving robotrucks rolling onto US freeways

After lumbering through a gravel parking lot like a big blue bull, one of Aurora Innovation Inc.'s self-driving truck prototypes took a wide right turn onto a frontage road near ...
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Before chainsaws – hand felling monster trees

Before chainsaws – hand felling monster trees

Before chainsaws were invented, the logging industry in the United States & Canada was a seriously challenging occupation and we are only talking about 125 years ago. In the Pacific ...
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Launch of two firsts for the NZ transport sector

Launch of two firsts for the NZ transport sector

New Zealand’s Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods celebrated the launch of two firsts for energy decarbonisation in the transport sector in New Zealand; an electric milk tanker and ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 32

HarvestTECH News | Issue 32

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. First up this month is the release of a new online guide, The Ultimate Guide to Motorised Grapple Carriages for Mechanised Forestry Harvesting ...
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Ponsse impacted by Ukraine conflict

Ponsse impacted by Ukraine conflict

Ponsse Plc is inviting its personnel to cooperation negotiations pursuant to the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings. The negotiations concern adaptations to the current situation. The needs for adaptations are ...
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Making full use of a Grapple Carriage

Making full use of a Grapple Carriage

Motorised Grapple Carriages seem to have been around for ages and have revolutionised the way many steep forests are harvested around the world…….and yet, there is still some reluctance to ...
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Einride E-Trailer concept unveiled

Einride E-Trailer concept unveiled

Autonomous EV freight company Einride introduced their new E-Trailer concept along with new software and hardware products at its first Einride Mesh technology conference. This includes updates to its Saga ...
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An extra $4400 per trip: fuel price woes bite

An extra $4400 per trip: fuel price woes bite

Well-known veteran Australian outback truckie Steve Grahame says that while owner operators are already feeling the pinch of rising fuel costs – he believes the effects are likely to get ...
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Scania NZ welcomes first electric trucks

Scania NZ welcomes first electric trucks

Scania New Zealand is putting two of its very first fully electric trucks on local roads and marks our country as the very first outside of Europe to have the ...
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No stopping 60-year logging industry veteran

No stopping 60-year logging industry veteran

One of nine brothers who, along with their father, were all involved in the log transport industry, Dave Siddle, 76, knows the roads that lead to the APM Mill at ...
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The CEO who gave up his salary

The CEO who gave up his salary

Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark Trucks, donated his 2022 salary and bonus to fund Little Robots.After a long career, many of us feel the need to help future generations find ...
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Helping workers recover from addiction

Helping workers recover from addiction

When Joe* failed a random drug test one Monday he expected to lose his contract. But his client Forestry Solutions Group offered him an alternative – sign up to a ...
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New forestry dozer from Tigercat

New forestry dozer from Tigercat

Tigercat Industries develops purpose-built forestry dozer and launches new brandTigercat Industries has developed a forestry dozer. The new TCi 920 will be making the rounds at several US forestry industry ...
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HarvestTECH News | Issue 31

HarvestTECH News | Issue 31

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This month we have several new product launches covered by Tigercat, Komatsu and John Deere. As you move into the forest, a number ...
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NZ’s first Green Hydrogen refuelling site

NZ’s first Green Hydrogen refuelling site

Construction of New Zealand’s first high-capacity green hydrogen refuelling station has started in Palmerston North. The site, adjacent to Palmerston North Airport, is the first of four hydrogen refuelling stations ...
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MyKomatsu brings visual data to contractors

MyKomatsu brings visual data to contractors

With Komatsu’s new digital hub, My Komatsu, contractors can get easy-to-interpret visual analyses of data collected from numerous sources displayed on easy-to-read dashboards. It’s designed to collect, visualize and monitor ...
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Exciting addition to In-field chipping workshop

Exciting addition to In-field chipping workshop

Forest-based biofuels are occupying an increasingly important role in energy supply. Conversions of large sale industrial heat plants to renewables, including biomass is ensuring that local forest owners and wood ...
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A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning

A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning

Airforestry has been in stealth mode since the start of 2020. But now they finally reveal their pioneering technology for forest management. “We have been working in secret for almost ...
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Tigercat develops forestry dozer and launches new brand

Tigercat develops forestry dozer and launches new brand

Tigercat Industries has developed a forestry dozer. The new TCi 920 will be making the rounds at several US forestry industry tradeshows this spring. The dozer will be branded under ...
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New harvester features intelligent boom control

New harvester features intelligent boom control

John Deere is pleased to announce its latest operator assistance control feature, Intelligent Boom Control (IBC), for the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester. The development of this model is a result ...
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Transport company tackling driver fatigue

Transport company tackling driver fatigue

Dynes Transport are on a mission to save lives and livelihoods. They paired together smart technology solutions from Seeing Machines and EROAD, and reduced their risk of driver fatigue and ...
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Solid biofuel powered tractors being developed

Solid biofuel powered tractors being developed

A prototype tractor which can run on solid biofuel is being developed for the primary industries by AgLoco®, a start-up company based in Christchurch, New Zealand.AgLoco® is developing advanced steam ...
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Autonomous pruning: the future of forest management

Autonomous pruning: the future of forest management

With anticipated future innovations, this type of technology could be used to support bushfire risk management, improve the economic value of the nation’s timber resource, and overcome occupational health and ...
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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 ...
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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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Revised compensation package for WA forestry

Revised compensation package for WA forestry

The WA government has tried to ease the pain on forestry businesses affected by a logging ban by announcing a revised multi-million-dollar compensation package. ln September the government announced it ...
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