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HarvestTECH 2020

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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 real threat. Victoria is currently facing a second wave that has resulted in a number of Melbourne suburbs in lockdown and the temporary closing of the Victoria/NSW border. It's not ...
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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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Caterpillar acquires new robotics & automation skills

Caterpillar acquires new robotics & automation skills

Caterpillar Inc. has announced they’ve acquired select assets and hired employees from San Francisco, Cal. based robot and autonomy technology solutions company Marble Robot, Inc. The acquisition is part of ...
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New harvester head launched by Ponsse

New harvester head launched by Ponsse

A new harvester head has been designed for the Ponsse Bear harvester, but it is ideal for track-based machines. The H8HD Euca is an effective tool in forests where the ...
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Truck giants join forces on hydrogen tech

Truck giants join forces on hydrogen tech

Large scale production and commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cells has been given a boost by a joint venture between two of the world's biggest commercial vehicle manufacturers. Daimler Truck AG ...
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Southern Apprentice of the Year awarded

Southern Apprentice of the Year awarded

Wood Council’s across New Zealand this year have had to cancel their annual awards programmes. Measures to tackle the COVID-19 virus and the enforced lockdown of forestry and wood products ...
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Ponsse celebrates 50 years

Ponsse celebrates 50 years

From a small village workshop in Vieremä, Finland, Einari Vidgrén’s dream of building forestry machines has grown into an international business with reach around the globe. Vidgrén’s dream would materialize ...
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John Deere appoint NZ dealers

John Deere appoint NZ dealers

John Deere forestry equipment has a new home at two of New Zealand’s most respected machinery dealers to bring a greater range of sought-after machinery and cutting- edge technology to ...
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New CEO for Komatsu Forest

New CEO for Komatsu Forest

Jens Bengtsson will take up the position as CEO of Komatsu Forest AB. Jens has worked in the company for 11 years and has recently held both the role of ...
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Electronic logging devices next year for Canada

Electronic logging devices next year for Canada

FPInnovations, Canada, announced that a new federal mandate is expected to come into effect next year making electronic logging devices (ELDs) mandatory for federally-regulated motor carriers and their drivers. With ...
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Wire rope maintenance and inspection in winch assist operations

Wire rope maintenance and inspection in winch assist operations

As you many of you will be aware, Brian Tuor, a Canadian cable logging specialist has been travelling to NZ for the last 30 years providing training and consulting to ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 7

HarvestTECH News Issue 7

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. So, what a difference a month makes. When the last monthly issue came out there were rumblings about our country’s borders potentially being closed ...
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Changes to HarvestTECH 2020

Changes to HarvestTECH 2020

HarvestTECH 2020 was scheduled to run in Melbourne, Australia on 16-17 September 2020 and then again in Rotorua, New Zealand for local harvesting & wood transport operations, on 22-23 September 2020. Because of current restrictions around COVID-19 ...
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Positive messages for contractors during lock down

Positive messages for contractors during lock down

The Log Transport Safety Council, Forest Industry Contractors Association and Forest Industry Safety Council have been working together to get positive messages out to New Zealand forestry contractors in these ...
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Stay home, stay well, stay sane social media campaign

Stay home, stay well, stay sane social media campaign

Safetree, FISC and FICA plan to support forestry contractors while New Zealand goes on its ‘stay home’ journey. So, over the next few weeks, they’ll be posting interesting and entertaining ...
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Video: Voice-operated heavy truck inspections

Video: Voice-operated heavy truck inspections

Technology is now making truck inspections far easier. Schlumberger Trucks perform assisted inspections on heavy trucks and trailers using a head mounted tablet, the RealWear HMT-1. Technicians use the voice-operated ...
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RDO Equipment delivers new support to Australia's largest contractor

RDO Equipment delivers new support to Australia’s largest contractor

RDO Equipment delivers new machinery and customised service support to one of Australia’s largest standalone forestry contractors RDO Equipment has delivered a fleet of brand-new John Deere forestry machinery to ...
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John Deere ends Cable Price agreement

John Deere ends Cable Price agreement

John Deere Construction & Forestry and Cable Price (NZ) Limited end distribution agreement in New Zealand. John Deere Construction & Forestry and Cable Price (NZ) Limited (CPL) agreed to end ...
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Waratah releases new app

Waratah releases new app

The new app provides more accessibility to information for owners to set up and service their Waratah 600 Series machines. Waratah Forestry Equipment has released the new WaratahPlus mobile app, ...
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Tigercat Releases 602 Grapple Skidder

Tigercat Releases 602 Grapple Skidder

Quick, compact and fuel efficient, the 602 grapple skidder is ideal for high value selective logging in tight or challenging terrain. The size and agility of the 602 grapple skidder ...
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John Deere: New felling head for steep slopes

John Deere: New felling head for steep slopes

With the continued growth of the steep slope machine felling, John Deere has announced its new large-class directional felling head, the FL100. The new model provides customers with a larger, ...
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Timbeter expanding to SE Asia and Latin America

Timbeter expanding to SE Asia and Latin America

Estonian company Timbeter, who have been involved in previous FIEA Technology events (and who have confirmed that they will be presenting in this year’s September series, HarvestTECH 2020 in Australia ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 6

HarvestTECH News Issue 6

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. Already, we have just started to pull together the programme for September's HarvestTECH 2020 series – this time running in both New Zealand and ...
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Early interest: HarvestTECH 2020 – Wood transport

Early interest: HarvestTECH 2020 – Wood transport

Early expressions of interest to present at this year’s HarvestTECH 2020 event are now, for the first time, being sought. The HarvestTECH conference and exhibition that ran last year SOLD ...
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