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Electronic logging devices to combat driver fatigue

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A new era in highway safety regulation begins in Canada as electronic logging devices that track a driver’s hours behind the wheel become mandatory in semi-trucks traveling between provinces. The electronic logging devices (ELDs) replace the use of paper log books and effective June 12 are a requirement under a federal regulation aimed at preventing fatigue in commercial drivers. The …

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Digital communications rolled out across forestry operations

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A new digital radio system from Motorola Solutions and communications partner Central Radio Services (CRS) is helping New Zealand’s City Forests to work more safely and efficiently while complying with COVID-19 work requirements. Initially deployed to replace an outdated analogue radio network, the system delivers many additional benefits. Among them are contact-free communication and social distancing in the field, replacing …

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European charging network for electric trucks

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Leading European commercial vehicle manufacturers have signed a non-binding agreement to install and operate a public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty, long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe. The agreement lays the foundation of a future joint venture (JV) – equally owned by the three parties; the Traton Group with its brands Scania and MAN, as well as Daimler Truck …

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Re-imagining the forest products supply chain

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In the latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast series, listeners will hear about a research project that took an in-depth look at the various elements of Australia’s log and woodchip export supply chain, and how it can most effectively be managed. The team behind the comprehensive FWPA-supported study reviewed optimum conditions for logs during storage, haulage and at ports. Their …

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WorkSafe reminder on forest safety

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(WorkSafe) Health and Safety Paramount On Forestry Sites. A tragic forestry fatality on the East Coast could have been avoided if industry guidance had simply been followed, says New Zealand’s WorkSafe. Businesses are being reminded once again to make sure work is being done correctly, safely and to higher industry standards or risk seeing their workers injured or killed. Two …

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NZ forest roading update to international audience

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School of Forestry staff members Rien Visser and Campbell Harvey recently gave a presentation on “Forest Roads in NZ” to an international audience. The presentation includes an overview, details current construction practices, as well as highlights issues and research of forest roading. It was part of a Webinar series on ‘Forest Roads around the World’ coordinated by IUFRO (International Union …

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Work with WorkSafe

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WorkSafe New Zealand are reminding people that they are obligated to comply with WorkSafe inspectors exercising their compliance powers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. If people fail to comply with WorkSafe inspectors, they run the risk of facing legal enforcement action.  The reminder comes after a 2019 incident where Scott Larsen, obstructed WorkSafe inspectors from carrying …

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C3 opens new checkpoint at Port Nelson

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C3 Limited, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has officially opened its new checkpoint facility at Port Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island. The new facility is a complete upgrade of the site’s original facility that had been used for more than 25 years and was no longer fit for purpose. The new facility spans more than 1,000 square metres …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 21

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This month we highlight a number of stories of companies working to and being recognised for their efforts in improving wood harvesting and log transport. Post harvesting, we’ve included an article of a new project on New Zealand’s East Coast, where permanent forest ‘barriers’ are being planted around waterways and on steep and unstable …

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Waratah: Trio of New Harvester Heads

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Waratah Forestry Equipment has just announced the new H425, H425HD and H425X – a trio of rugged harvester heads built for tough jobs. With a powerful control valve and four roller feed arm geometry, each high-performance head is productive on wheeled or tracked carriers. “These models are built for durability and performance,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. …

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Smart-tech for forwarders makes it simple

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Did you know that a forwarder operator spends as much as 70% of their working day operating the crane? This means there is much to be gained by finding ways to optimise crane operation. The most ergonomic work environment possible is also key to ensuring high and constant production throughout the working day. Komatsu Forest is now introducing Komatsu Smart …

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NZ-first riparian project to stabilise forestry land

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Native forest barriers will be planted on New Zealand’s East Coast in a game-changing initiative to protect waterways against forestry slash and silt in future storms. East Coast landowner Aratu Forests has signed a 90-year agreement that gives environmental land use business eLandNZ the right to plant and manage areas that are no longer suitable for production forestry. It follows …

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Contractors hurting after salvage operations cease

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The Australian Forest Contractors Association wants Federal and State governments to assist contracting businesses on New South Wales’ South West Slopes. AFCA general manager Stacey Gardiner said that the forest industry recently celebrated the last load of fire salvaged wood hauled to a mill in the South West Slopes. But for forest contracting businesses and their workers, this symbolised a …

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EV opportunities revealed for NZ fleet operators

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New web service shows real-world scenarios for fleet operators to consider commercial EVs – Critchlow Geospatial has launched SwitchMyFleet, a free-to-air website for fleet operators who are considering switching to electric vans and trucks and could be the catalyst to give New Zealand businesses the confidence to switch to EV fleets and reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. Most New …

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Excellence in safety and collaboration recognised

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C3 New Zealand, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has won the prestigious Best Collaboration Between PCBUs Award at the 2021 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. Announced at a gala dinner in Auckland, hosted by Safeguard Magazine and supported by WorkSafe New Zealand and ACC New Zealand, C3 New Zealand beat an impressive collection of finalists to claim …

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Northport investing in container-handling capability

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Northport is to invest NZ$8m in infrastructure needed to support the growth of container traffic through the port. It is buying container-handling equipment and a simulator module to train staff in its operation, expanding its container storage area and upgrading its lighting to enhance safety during 24-hour operations. The NZ company is forecasting a 15 percent year-on-year increase in the …

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks launches Level 2 automation programme on local roads

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks is set to launch an Australian and New Zealand validation programme for an Actros that can help steer itself. The active drive assist technology will be showcased at the upcoming Brisbane Truck Show. It enables SAE Level 2 partially automated driving capability which is a first for New Zealand heavy trucks The Mercedes-Benz Trucks validation programme will consist …

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Log theft being seen in Chile

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Authorities in Chile’s southern province of Arauco have intercepted a string of trucks carrying massive loads of stolen pine wood, revealing just how common it for timber traffickers to pilfer wood from legal plantations in the heart of the country’s logging industry. In mid-May, police revealed they had seized seven trucks loaded with 161 meters of stolen pine wood, worth …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 20

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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

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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 system for the forest industry. This project will combine Robotic Research’s proven expertise as a global leader in self-driving technology with FPInnovations’ knowledge in forestry and transportation to adapt the …

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Woodlot harvesting videos now on-line

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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 of this phase of the woodlot management cycle. The 15-video series, “How to market and harvest your woodlot for profit”, attempts to provide woodlot owners with sufficient information to help …

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Komatsu to grow forestry machine sales

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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 and material demand. Komatsu intends to fulfil its goal by offering a stronger lineup of equipment such as feller bunchers and forwarders for the North American market. The U.S. has …

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Trial of world’s first electric log trucks

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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 log truck solutions appropriate for the terrain on Vancouver Island. The BC forest sector has a significant role to play in addressing climate change. The working forest captures carbon as …

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Connecting forest operations planning

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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 redirect the wood that was being collected on the dozens of active harvest units in the area to alternative mills. Can the transport contractors cope with the new requirements? Will …

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15 months of salvage harvesting and milling finishing

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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 over 1.6 million burnt plantation pine logs processed at the Hyne Mill alone. 75.5 million linear metres of timber has been processed from salvaged logs which would almost wrap around …

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New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse

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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 the leading global manufacturer of harvester heads. “This new harvester head has been developed together with our customers, based on their feedback. We wanted to introduce an even more powerful …

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Green machine delivers safety, productivity gains for Pedersen Group

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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 and productivity outcomes. Following an intensive and extended design consultation between Sennebogen, Pacific Materials Handling and Pedersen Group, the new purpose-built material handler arrived onsite at Maryvale, Victoria from Germany …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 19

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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. This was also the first time that HarvestTECH was streamed live to attendees outside of New Zealand. This enabled all our Australian and International readers the chance to take in …

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HarvestTECH 2021 Summary

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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 the largest gatherings seen in New Zealand. After the lockdowns over the past year with Covid-19, an industry meeting like this was long overdue. Around 350 forestry managers, wood transport …

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NZ company on target for ambitious safety goal

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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 Logging Ltd and DC Equipment, set a 20-year plan for his company to reduce work accidents to zero – in an industry where logging crews on steep slopes faced challenging …

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Leading logging and haulage firm celebrates 60 years

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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 1961 by Bert and Monica Mangan, the business has grown from one trucking unit to 25, along with numerous harvesting units, two mechanic workshops, a 24-hour breakdown service and a …

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China and Finland to find alternative wood supplies

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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 are traditionally China and Finland, importing around 90% of the total Russian export volumes. Based on the announcement of President Vladimir Putin last year, instructing the country’s government to ban …

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Powering data exchange & wireless weighbridge integration

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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 the release of LOGR Air. LOGR Air is a Multi-Party System that allows the whole supply chain to exchange data in real-time through a sophisticated set of APIs. Starting in …

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WorkSafe’s reminder about truck safety

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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 WorkSafe. The trucking induction video gives an overview of things to consider when route planning, cab safety, on-site traffic management and loading and unloading. Whether you are a trucking operator; …

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Smooth Boom Control for Tracked Feller Bunchers and Harvesters

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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 global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, the SBC system instantaneously responds to operator input while smoothing out the acceleration and deceleration of hydraulic functions …

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Forestry contractors reducing downtime on hydraulic assets

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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 and products with comprehensive training and inventory management support to enable forestry workers to repair and assemble hydraulic hoses onsite. This solution is helping contractors reduce their unplanned downtime by …

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Digital transformation in the fibre volume measurement

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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. In the last few years, the leading companies in the forestry industry have incorporated technologies into their supply chain, specifically in their wood fibre measurement processes. One of the pioneering …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 18

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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 2021 events officially launch in Rotorua, New Zealand.  To date, over 350 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, log transport operators, foresters, H&S Managers and equipment and technology suppliers into the log transport and harvesting industries will be enjoying the opportunity to learn, to …

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Logistics companies merge to create $1.2b business

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Asia Pacific freight giants VISA Global Logistics and Mondiale Freight Services have announced they will be merging to form a significant international transport and logistics entity. The merged company will have a combined annual revenue of A$1.2 billion, with operations across Australia, New Zealand, North Asia, South East Asia, Indian Sub-Continent, and Europe. Both companies have made large investments in …

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John Deere realigning its forestry technology

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The advancement of forestry equipment has typically focused on generating more powerful machines. Now, John Deere has launched a new tech-driven initiative that will marry strength with intelligence. Through the Precision Forestry initiative, Deere will reorganize its technology portfolio and increase its efforts in delivering solutions designed to increase efficiency and productivity in the woods. “It’s not about getting bigger …

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Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous

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An Australian mining group has advanced the future of mobility (in mining at least) with the deployment of a fleet of fully-autonomous Ford Rangers at one of its mines. Fortescue Metals Group has retrofitted four Rangers at its Christmas Creek mine in Western Australia with autonomous systems created by the company’s Technology and Automation team, to remove the need for …

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Sprinklers start at log water storage

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Sprinklers have been activated at the dam on its Macgill property where KIPT plans to store more than 100,000 tonnes of pine. The pine logs, harvested from the fire-damaged Gosse West plantation will be preserved in preparation as the company awaits approval and construction of the Smith Bay export facility. KIPT plans further storage facilities on other properties it owns …

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Tigercat goes big with new 875E logger

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The no-compromise 875E logger introduces several new features, including an updated operator station, two undercarriage options, and various grapple configurations to tailor the machine to your specific needs.The 875E logger is a multi-purpose carrier with two boom options for loading or processing applications. The machine can be equipped with the Tigercat FPT N67 Non-certified, Tier 4f or Stage V engine, …

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ForestFit training program pilot launches

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Leaders of New South Wales (NSW) forest contracting businesses came together last week for the launch sessions of the ForestFit training program pilot (training pilot) in Tumut (16 March) and Grafton (18 March). Ms Stacey Gardiner, General Manager, Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) said “The training pilot is designed specifically to meet the needs of leaders of small and medium-sized …

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Human drivers still key to haul logs

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A pilot project that we reported on recently aiming to address a severe shortage of logging truck drivers through telemetric wizardry may lead to new jobs being created, not their elimination, the proponents say. When the $700,000 project by Marathon-based Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC) and Ottawa-based Provectus Robotics Solutions became known, some assumed truck drivers would no longer be …

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

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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 Maraetaha, Gisborne, meant an innovative solution was required to allow Aratu Forests Limited to carry out its harvest operations. Existing fords across both streams did little to provide reliable day-to-day …

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WorkSafe: Trucking Induction Video

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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 safe. The video shows how to avoid or minimise the risks associated with: Route planning Cab safety On-site traffic management Loading and unloading We want everyone involved to feel empowered …

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Real deal for hydraulic servicing of forestry machinery

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Anyone who knows machinery understands the value of proper hydraulic servicing – especially now. It is a fast moving and demanding field of expertise, currently evolving ever faster and in terms of machinery sophistication that might astound its founding fathers, starting with the child prodigy, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal. Pascal (for whom KPA is named) gave us in his …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 17

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. Another packed issue this month. Excitement is building for HarvestTECH 2021, which is running in Rotorua on 13-14 April 2021. We can confirm that the exhibition spaces have now been booked out – both inside and outside the venue. Space for delegates also is expected to sell out before the event runs. Already, around …

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Forest Engineering student put forward for major award

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PhD student in forest engineering, Campbell Harvey, is this year’s New Zealand nomination for the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations Blue Sky Award. Campbell has been using drones and flight control programmes to capture imagery of landing slash piles – followed by image processing and then overlaying outputs with engineering survey software to automate volume/shape calculation. He is …

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New John Deere bogie skidder packs performance

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John Deere introduces the new six-wheel 768L-II Bogie Skidder, a true woodland warrior designed to conquer wet conditions and steep slope terrain. Incorporating the proven, durable features found on the John Deere L-II skidder lineup, the new 768L-II maximizes productivity, performance, and comfort when carrying hefty loads over long distances in challenging conditions. “Profitability and productivity are critical in the …

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Euro $2m to develop autonomous planting machine

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Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, together with the forest industry and researchers, invests 20 million SEK (approx. 2 million EURO) on development of an autonomous planting system, the Autoplant. The project is expected to improve forest planting with regard to precision, environmental impact and working environment. Autoplant is the second step in a research program that aims to solve societal challenges …

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Further investment in Robotics Plus technology

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ACC’s Impact Investment Fund has taken a share in one of the world’s top 50 innovative robotics companies in a partnership to improve the wellbeing of those working in some of New Zealand’s most dangerous industries. Tauranga-based Robotics Plus is the first successful opportunity for ACC’s new Impact Funds which has twin objectives – to improve the health, safety, and …

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Forestry company’s $3m bill wiped

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A forestry company has had a NZ$2.89 million debt set aside by the NZ High Court after failing to harvest on deadline for a contract written on bad advice from the Marlborough District Council. Zindia Limited signed the contract in 2016, to harvest pine trees on Arapaoa Island, previously known as Arapawa Island, between Tory Channel/Kura Te Au and Cook …

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Full house of exhibitors for HarvestTECH 2021

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With a couple of exhibition spaces becoming available, two new exhibitors have just been added to the record turnout that’s expected in Rotorua in a few months as part of this year’ s major log transport and wood harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2021. It runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 13-14 April 2021. Full details can be found on the event …

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Ponsse´s new full simulator

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Ponsse has announced that it’s responding to the need for the development of training by modernising its simulator product range. The new PONSSE Full Simulator is a full-range training system. Its realistic forest environment and detailed graphics create a perfect platform for professional training. The upgraded simulators offer a modern learning environment for harvester, forwarder and PONSSE Opti information system …

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Autonomous logging trucks for Ontario

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Robot trucks are coming to Northwestern Ontario in 2021 Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation says it plans to use a pair autonomous logging trucks, led by an experienced driver in a third vehicle, on logging roads, to bring felled trees to nearby mills in the Pic and White River Forests, in partnership with Provectus Robotics Solutions Inc. Testing is expected to …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 16

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. As the first issue of the year goes out, we’re reminded that COVID-19 still has a big part to play in 2021. At the time of publication, Perth has just entered a 5-day lockdown, as mutated strains of the virus create headaches for the teams attempting to stop the spread. New Zealand has just …

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New cradle containers revolutionise log transport

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A leading shipping container supplier Royal Wolf and New Zealand’s KiwiRail have jointly developed a bespoke logging container that significantly improves efficiencies and capacity when transporting logs to the Port of Tauranga for export. The 484 logging cradle cassette containers, built by Royal Wolf’s Intermodal Business Unit, were specially designed as a replacement for KiwiRail’s old log wagons which were …

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Calling young harvesting students and operators

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Very rarely do you get anything for free. Here is one offer though. The offer was eagerly picked up by students for the ForestTECH 2020 event that ran in Rotorua, New Zealand in mid-November last year. We were in fact blown away by the number of applicants. This unique opportunity comes with a free conference registration for two days, refreshments …

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Trimble Forestry integrates LIMS and CFX

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Trimble Forestry has announced that its widely used Log Information Management System (LIMS) now integrates seamlessly with the Connected Forest™ Xchange (CFX). The integration allows load ticket information from LIMS to sync to the cloud-based CFX portal, which can be accessed from any device, any place. With CFX’s flexibility, easy-to-view dashboards, and mobile accessibility, key operational data, such as electronic …

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NZ student excels in forest engineering

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Jacob Allum, who completed his degree in Forest Engineering last year, has just been co-awarded the Civil Contractors New Zealand Prize in Pavement Engineering for 2020. “The University of Canterbury has a strong Civil Engineering programme that attracts very academically talented students, so it is great to see one of our forest engineers at the top of their class”, notes …

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Additional workshop added to HarvestTECH 2021

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For all harvesting contractors and harvest planners who’ll will be in Rotorua, New Zealand for the major HarvestTECH2021 event that will be running in mid-April, an extra workshop (no charge to HarvestTECH 2021 delegates) on the afternoon before the event runs on Monday 12 April has been set up. It’s titled “Developing an Intelligent Roadmap for Harvest and Wood Flow …

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Contract awarded for harvesting fire affected logs

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Australian forestry services company Harvestco has been awarded the contract to harvest, store and stockpile the first 200,000 tonnes of pine in the Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers estate. Harvestco started work on the Island in December 2020, clearing rows of trees alongside powerlines, as part of KIPT’s fire prevention work in conjunction with SA Power Networks. Soon the harvest proper …

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From log to LOGR, tracking logs in real-time

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The evolution of forestry practices has greatly evolved over the last decade. One of the leaders in innovation is SFM Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of independent plantation management across Australia. SFM has implemented a new software platform that has elevated their chain of custody tracking giving their customers peace of mind- in real time. LOGR is a haulage and …

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Enhancing safety innovation in New Zealand

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In line with the eagerly awaited Forest Safety event that is running in New Zealand, Forest Safety & Technology 2021, on Tuesday 13 April, attached is an article that recently appeared highlighting a workplace health risk, the impact on someone working in a manufacturing environment and the steps he’s taken to highlight the often-overlooked issue and develop a device that …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 15

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. December is finally here and what a year it’s been. COVID-19, the biggest pandemic in 100 years, has seen countries shutdown, borders closed and economies severely impacted. It’s also reinforced the importance of family, our colleagues and our connections throughout the sector. With vaccines now on the horizon, it will be interesting to see …

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Preview of new Tigercat logger

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A purpose-built logger, the Tigercat 865 will offer many advantages over excavator conversions, including better service access, stronger swing torque and superior operator visibility. The Tigercat FPT N67 engine delivers 165 kW (221 hp) at 1,900 rpm. The 865 logger can be configured as a loader with boom options for various grapple types, or as a high capacity processor, capable …

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John Deere: Technology extended to Waratah

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John Deere expands job site visualisation to include Waratah H-16 production data John Deere will now offer TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ as a standard offering for tracked harvesters or forestry swing machines with a factory-installed Waratah H-16 Measuring System. The move will enable the onboard TimberMatic™ Maps and cloud-based TimberManager™ programs to incorporate production data from the Waratah H-16 Measuring …

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First ELD certification body named in Canada

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FPInnovations will be the first body to certify Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as Canada prepares to mandate the technology. Federally regulated carriers will need to equip trucks with certified ELDs beginning June 12, 2021. While U.S. regulators allow suppliers to self-certify that equipment meets underlying technical standards, Transport Canada requires third-party certification to help ensure the devices are not prone …

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Russia plans to ban log exports

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Softwood log exports from Russia have been in steady decline for the past 15 years and could reach zero in 2022 if President Putin’s new log export ban is implemented. In a recent statement, the Russian President Mr. Putin ordered the government to strictly control the exportation of roundwood and low-value forest products, and to clamp down on the illegal …

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TasPorts welcomes China Express to Bell Bay

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TasPorts has welcomed one of the world’s largest dedicated woodchip bulkers, China Express, to the Port of Bell Bay. Launched in early 2020, the 215 metre vessel is the first of its kind to call to Tasmania and has a total cargo capacity of 60,000 tonnes. The maiden visit signifies confidence in the forestry export sector and the criticality of …

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FMG selects Trimble Forestry’s solutions

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Forest Management Group, which includes Forest Management (FML), Tasman Forest Management (TFM), and Forest Management North Island (FMNI), has selected Trimble Forestry’s Log Inventory & Management System (LIMS) to manage its extensive forestry operations in New Zealand. FMG’s installation of LIMS includes access to the Connected Forest Exchange (CFX), a collaborative cloud solution that allows log load and scale information …

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Southland woman inducted to Road Transport Hall of Fame

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Anita Dynes is the first woman to be inducted in the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame for 2020. Dynes, originally from Balclutha, is credited as being crucial to the development of Tapanui-based Dynes Transport. Throughout her five decades in the transport industry, working alongside husband Jim, her substantive work ethic, tenacity and family values were pivotal in the company …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 14

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. We are pleased to announce that the HarvestTECH 2021 programme and registrations are now live on the website. The response has been amazing and there is already talk that this region’s premier log transport and wood harvesting event will, once again, sell out next year. HarvestTECH 2021 will run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 13-14 April …

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HarvestTECH 2021 attracting record interest

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If you’re involved in wood harvesting, you’ll remember well the major harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019. It ran in Rotorua, New Zealand last year and the event SOLD OUT well in advance of it actually running. It was the largest gathering of its type ever seen in New Zealand with close to 500 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forestry managers and equipment …

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Komatsu adds new head for eucalyptus

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Komatsu Forest presents a brand-new harvester head specially adapted for the harvesting of eucalyptus. The new model head is a Komatsu S162E, (E for eucalyptus). 20 years ago, the company launched the first harvester head adapted for eucalyptus, the 370E, which was equipped with a more robust frame construction and a felling link dimensioned for the power of an excavator. …

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Tasmania launches updated Forest Practices Code

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The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) released a new issue of the Forest Practices Code on 6 October 2020. The Forest Practices Code 2020 is the fifth version of the Code since it was first released in 1987. The changes are a result of the most comprehensive review in 20 years. FPA Chair, John Ramsay, launched the new Code saying, ‘The …

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Two million tonnes of fire salvaged timber sold

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Forestry Corporation of NSW has reached an important recovery milestone – two million tonnes of fire-affected timber has been harvested, hauled and sold from the organisation’s bushfire-affected Tumut and Bombala softwood plantations. Forestry Corporation’s Acting Snowy Regional Manager, Louise Bourke, said the milestone represents around 46,700 truckloads of logs and was a significant boost for communities recovering from the devastating …

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Forest company fined and council labelled ‘disgraceful’

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The forestry company has paid nearly NZ$400,000 towards the clean-up and a judge has labelled the local council’s lack of monitoring as “disgraceful”. But the Māori Incorporation that owns Paroa Station near Tolaga Bay still has piles of logs and debris that will cost it NZ$160,000 to remove at its own cost. The company managing the pine forest that was …

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Autonomous forest machine ready for testing

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In Sweden, researchers at Luleå University of Technology (LUT) have designed and built an autonomous forest machine that they say is now ready for in the woods field testing. “We have replaced everything that humans do with intelligence on the machine; with computers working together and controlling it. We have created conditions for the machine to be better than humans, …

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H&S pilot extended for forestry workers

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New Zealand’s forestry health, safety and wellbeing pilot, Toroawhi, has been given a six-month extension following COVID-19 restrictions. The joint pilot between WorkSafe and the Forest Industry Safety Council saw the appointment of two “roving reps” in the forestry sector to help increase worker representation in health and safety with an aim of ultimately reducing harm occurring in the sector. …

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Training course attracting women to forestry

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In New Zealand, an Eastland Wood Council forestry training programme aimed at keeping pace with the demand for forestry workers has had an unexpected boon — boosting diversity in a traditionally male-dominated industry. The Gisborne Herald takes a deeper look at the benefits of the EWC Generation programme with programme manager Siobhain Fyall and some of the women who have …

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RDO celebrates with Austimber Harvesting

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RDO Equipment delivers its 50th forestry machine since launching in Australia. RDO Equipment celebrated a big milestone in September, delivering its 50th John Deere forestry machine to loyal customer Austimber in Gippsland, Victoria. After what has been an unpredictable and extraordinary year, RDO and John Deere are both celebrating the success of achieving 50 sales in just over 12 months …

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Customising bridge design for Aratu Forests

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Time sensitive harvest operations and restricted road access were key factors in the decision of Aratu Forests to engage Bridge It NZ to deliver a customised bridging solution for their Gisborne site. The proposed site for the bridge necessitated engagement and approval from several stakeholders including Kiwirail, New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA), and Gisborne District Council. A high priority bridge …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 13

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. The response to those wanting to present at the region’s major log transport and wood harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2021 which will run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 13-14 April 2021, has been overwhelming. Thanks for to all of you that have been in touch with us. The programme right now is currently being designed with …

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Concerns raised on softwood log exports

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A South Australian regional timber processor has warned thousands of tonnes of softwood resource are bypassing mills and heading to China, despite long-term shortages facing some businesses. Softwood export volumes decreased during the start of the pandemic, but trade is again flowing through deep-sea ports in Australia. Photographs supplied to the ABC show softwood resource — sourced from the Green …

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Silvicultural work highlighted in new videos

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Silviculture workers are crucial to the success of New Zealand’s forestry industry. However sometimes the important work they do can be over-shadowed by the harvesting end of the business. But silviculture is where the forestry cycle starts. The planting, pruning, thinning and other work silvi crews do, has a huge impact on the crop as it matures. Good silviculture crews …

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Relocatable bridges a winning solution for Juken NZ

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A bridge designed to carry heavy forestry loads is a substantial capital investment – but what if you could relocate that bridge and use it across multiple harvests? That’s exactly what Juken NZ Ltd (JNL) decided to do when commissioning two new bridges. In a first for Bridge It NZ, both crossings are designed to be disassembled in the years …

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Forest company fined for RMA breach

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Forest management company PF Olsen has been fined NZ$198,000 for poor harvesting practices that contributed to the devastation caused by forestry waste at Tolaga Bay in June, 2018. The company was sentenced by Environment Court Judge Brian Dwyer in Gisborne on 15 September. It pleaded guilty earlier this year — a day ahead of a scheduled judge alone trial — …

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Deere plans expansion in Australia & New Zealand

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Tractor giant Deere & Co. plans to expand in Australia and New Zealand, with its one-time chief economist leading the charge. Luke Chandler, who has become managing director for the two countries, said he’ll target growth in construction and forestry, including road building and government infrastructure projects. The Moline, Illinois-based firm will also boost its business in precision agriculture — …

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Komatsu 845 in a new outfit for 2021

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The Komatsu 845 12-tonne forwarder is a versatile machine that performs well in thinning, but also in lighter final felling.The 2021 model has been updated with new components, including a new chassis, a new engine and a new control system, bringing it fully in line with the larger forwarders, albeit in a slightly smaller package. New Komatsu 845 options include …

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Risk posed by powerlines must be considered

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Any business conducting work near live powerlines must consider the risk they pose as part of its safety planning, says WorkSafe. Logging company Mike Harris Earthmoving Limited was fined $100,000 at the Rotorua District Court on Friday after a worker suffered burns from an electric shock that left them without full use of their right hand. In November 2018 Mike …

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HVP Selects Trimble Forestry to Implement Paperless Ticketing Solution

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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 the COVID-19 pandemic. The companies worked together to transfer a system that was reliant on paper ticket exchanges into a seamless, paperless exchange from harvest to delivery. Digital transactions are more …

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Volvo Autonomous Hauler Wins Red Dot Award

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The TA15 – part of the TARA autonomous transport solution from Volvo Autonomous Solutions – has won a coveted Red Dot Award for product design – the most globally-recognized mark for industrial design quality. The revolutionary TA15 autonomous electric hauler from Volvo Autonomous Solutions has wowed a panel of design experts in Essen, Germany, to win a Red Dot Product Design Award 2020 – …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 12

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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 wave …

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EOI to present – HarvestTECH 2021

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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 found on the event website. Background: If you’re involved in wood harvesting, you’ll remember well the major harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019 that ran in Rotorua, New Zealand last year. The …

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Log truck shutdown of Bunnings

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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. Four log trucks blocked the entrance to their local Bunnings’ car park in protest of Bunnings’ heartless and ill-informed decision announced earlier this month to stop stocking local hardwood timber …

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Automated log tagging project underway

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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 based on Swedish technology, aims to replace paper log tags with a unique punch code that will enable log identification and tracking from the time log is made in the …

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Automated robotic forest harvesting being explored

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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. Much of the forestry equipment in use dates from designs that originated in the 70s, with improvements made along the way. In an industry-leading move, the automated-harvesting team is developing …

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HVP selects Trimble Forestry for paperless ticketing

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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 the COVID-19 pandemic. The companies worked together to transfer a system that was reliant on paper ticket exchanges into a seamless, paperless exchange from harvest to delivery. Digital transactions are …

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European logs flood into China

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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 three quarters, deliveries already totaled more than 4.5 million sm³. The delivery volume of round softwood is 3.7 million sm³ or 534% more than Europe shipped to China in 2018. …

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Timbeter and Cind enter into new partnership

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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 a cooperation agreement and launched the first joint project for the automation of timber trucks measurement. Timbeter uses Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for timber measurement, combined with Cloud Computing …

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SME pilot underway with Remsoft Operations

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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. The first SME pilot implementation is underway with a leading producer of hardwood products in Canada. Research for the project is supported by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation’s (NBIF) Innovation …

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Two different harvesting systems compared

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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 extent of stem breakage associated with two different types of harvest system machinery. The study was conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast Forest Research Institute and focused on …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 11

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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 companies, we’ve built in a couple of stories to make you sit up and think. Out of China, contractors are using a fleet of unmanned road pavers and rollers to build …

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Low log prices hurting

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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, a Timaru-based director for Forest Management (FM) said “an estimated 30 per cent drop in price” will impact companies and contractors. “There’s not an abundance of optimism out there, and …

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China builds highway with unmanned machines

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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 (which are being featured in next month’s WoodTECH 2020 on-line webinar series that we have set up for dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations. This week, here’s one out of the …

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Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

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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 using drones, 360-degree cameras and an e-bike to “stitch together” images of forestry blocks and help the Marlborough District Council streamline compliance checks. Of the council’s 17 monitoring programmes, forestry …

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Debarker enhances Port Taranaki’s log operations

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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 new machine ensured the company’s export log operations were more efficient and ready to meet future changes to environmental standards. The debarker is owned by China Forestry Group New Zealand …

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Remsoft adds GM for Asia Pacific

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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 region. A seasoned business leader with a track record in delivering innovative solutions for complex problems, Corinne brings more than 20 years of experience in leveraging software and analytics to …

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Partnership to introduce Heavy Fuel Cell Electric Trucks

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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 network, and TR’s heavy fleet lease, rental, and maintenance management expertise. The companies will offer fuel-inclusive lease packages that offer greater flexibility to heavy vehicle operators and companies looking to …

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Logging: New Waratah harvester head

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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 our customers providing another configuration to suit their needs and bolster uptime within the size class of 400 Series model Waratah heads,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. …

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New President for John Deere

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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, to the position of president of Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems.  Stone will begin his new role on July 1. He will be responsible for the overall management …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 10

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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

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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 a high-level overview of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to health and safety. It will also help workers and businesses to better understand WorkSafe and our expectations of …

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Caterpillar acquires new robotics & automation skills

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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 Caterpillar’s automation and autonomy strategy and demonstrates its commitment to the next generation of jobsite solutions. Building on its leadership in autonomous mining, the company plans to leverage the deep …

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Klabin operates Brazil’s first folding truck

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Innovative truck designed by the company’s forestry area starts tests this month In mid-June, the first folding truck in Brazil starts operating at Klabin’s planted forests in Paraná. This innovative truck was built by the Forestry Unit, which brought the technology from Australia and, in partnership with a specialist company, deployed it in the company’s truck, adapting it to the …

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C3 ramps up operations in Portland

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C3’s Portland log marshalling operation has increased throughput by 300% since the deal was completed despite C3 purchasing equipment and commencing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic C3, one of Australia’s largest forest products logistics providers and part of the LINX Cargo Care Group of companies, has secured a multi-million-dollar deal to provide log marshalling services in Portland, Victoria. The deal …

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World-first log scaling robot earns global ranking

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A world-first robotic innovation that scans and measures export logs on trucks has landed its Kiwi developers on the 2020 RBR50, Robotics Business Review’s prestigious global list recognising the 50 most innovative and transformative robotics companies of the year. Tauranga-based agricultural robotics and automation company Robotics Plus has been named a Global Top 50 Robotics Company for its industry-changing Robotic …

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Fumigation update: log export markets at risk

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In 2010 regulations were introduced to reduce methyl bromide emissions to the atmosphere as part of NZ’s commitment to international agreements we are signatory to. The users of methyl bromide were given 10 years, until 28 October 2020, to find alternative fumigants or to recapture methyl bromide after the treatment. A requirement of 5ppm remaining in the headspace after fumigation …

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Spruce bark beetle and its impact on wood markets

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Between 2017 and 2019, over 270 million m3 of standing timber in Central Europe was damaged by a combination of factors: primarily, changing climate conditions that featured hotter, drier summers and warmer winters. In combination with frequent windstorms, this created ideal conditions for the spread of spruce bark beetles, especially at lower elevations. The damage is across many countries, including …

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Swire Bulk takes delivery of new bulk carrier

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Swire Bulk, the bulk division of The China Navigation Company, has taken delivery of its new, log-fitted bulk carrier into service. MV Singan is traded worldwide with a strong focus on the log trade in the Pacific and South Atlantic. The vessel was named in February 2020 by lady sponsor, Mrs Kaori Imoto, the wife of John Swire & Sons …

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Benefits of automated in cab driver monitoring

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Guardian, the in-cab fatigue management system from Seeing Machines, recently was part of a breakthrough study into driver behaviour at Monash University, the results of which are likely going to have a positive impact on the industry for years to come. In this article, Ron Finemore Transport consider it a mandatory investment. Automated in-cab driver monitoring and how it has …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 9

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. It’s welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren’t already operating, are now opening up again. This will be a slow recovery though, with domestic and international trade still uncertain at this stage. This is also a great opportunity for organisations to review and optimise their business …

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Silviculture subsidy to support Kiwi locals

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Silviculture in New Zealand got a boost with a support subsidy package announced last week from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) which will assist this sector to secure a workforce to meet the 2020 planting season labour requirements. Border closures as part of the NZ COVID-19 elimination strategy have meant the sector couldn’t rely on seasonal workers from the …

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First woodchip shipment for Eden after the bushfires

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Allied Natural Wood Exports (ANWE) has started loading the first woodchip vessel to dock since the bushfires forced the Eden facility to shut down in early January. The MV Cattleya arrived in Eden on 12 May and loading commenced on 13 May, making it the first of many vessels to return to Twofold Bay as the mill’s operation is temporarily …

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Tasmanian authorities investigating spikes in logs

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Tree spiking involves nails, bolts or other metal spikes or objects being hammered or drilled into trees to disrupt logging and milling. Two sawmills in Tasmania’s south have reported finding bolts in logs delivered to them by Sustainable Timber Tasmania from the Wentworth Hills area this week, and Tasmania Police and Workplace Standards are now both investigating. Wayne Booth from …

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Timber industry’s race against the clock

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Thirty thousand hectares of Forestry Corporation land burnt. Thirty-nine crews currently harvesting timber (up from 23 before the fires). Twelve to 18 months before the fire damage makes the logs unusable. The numbers surrounding Forestry Corp after the 2020 bushfire season are slightly grim, but Regional Manager Dean Anderson insisted he’s optimistic; “fairly,” he clarified. The fires last summer claimed …

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A 5G roading solution for forestry roading

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In New Zealand, there are many forests with thousands of km’s of roading spread widely across both islands, with many different types of soils and clays. Some are great for building roads on and others, not so great. Some of these roads require cut to waste and backfilling or thick pavement depths to bridge the poor sub-grades including the use …

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Jack Kuru – the legend road builder

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“Jack Kuru – the legend road builder”. These words are scribed on the wall of the Wairangi Whare as a reminder of Jacks time in Wairangi Forest road building in the early 2000s. I remember vividly the day Jack’s D8 bulldozer was on the transporter heading to Wairangi forest to embark on a new road line harvesting and road construction …

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TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment

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TracPlus has successfully closed a significant funding round with New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm, Movac, investing NZ$5m. TracPlus offers real-time tracking, communication and integrated solutions for those in the critical services sectors, including First Responders, Firefighting, Utilities, Military and Aviation sectors. Founded in 2007 and based in Dunedin, TracPlus’ global client base includes the likes of CalFire, San …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 8

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. The last couple of months has changed the face of the planet. COVID-19 has highlighted just how exposed we are to viral pandemics and how interconnected the global economy is. There are some positive signs though. Both the New Zealand and Australian Governments have responded to the crisis perhaps better than other countries. We’re …

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Forest Safety Conference goes international confirmed for June

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The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) announced today its annual forest safety conference will be going ahead in June – in digital form. The new program is online now at https://forestsafety.events/#Program “While lockdown conditions have forced enormous restrictions on all of us, we have a large loyal following of safety leaders in forest management and their contractors. We think they’ll …

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New harvester head launched by Ponsse

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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 diameter of eucalypt stems can be up to 50 cm (19.7 in). The new H8HD Euca is able to efficiently carry out the task of debarking. The geometry of the …

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Truck giants join forces on hydrogen tech

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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 and Volvo Group have announced they have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to establish the new joint venture. The intention is to develop, produce and commercialize fuel cell systems for …

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Southern Apprentice of the Year awarded

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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 operations has meant that unfortunately, annual regional celebrations to recognise business and training success have had to be put forward to 2021. It’s been a huge disappointment to all, particularly …

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Electronic logging devices next year for Canada

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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 few exceptions, anyone who currently uses paper logs to keep track of their hours behind the wheel will need to use ELDs beginning in June 2021. Transport Canada included the …

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New CEO for Komatsu Forest

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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 CFO and COO. Former CEO Mitsuru Ueno is now taking on a new role as Senior Fellow for the Forest Division of the parent company Komatsu Ltd. During his time …

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John Deere appoint NZ dealers

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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 operators and contractors across the country. From 1 July, the full line of premium forestry equipment will be available at AGrowQuip (AGQ) in the North Island and Drummond & Etheridge …

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Ponsse celebrates 50 years

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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 as Ponsse, which has become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of forestry machines based on the environmentally friendly cut-to- length method. This year, Ponsse is celebrating 50 years since …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 7

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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. Incoming passengers were increasingly being tested for COVID-19. There were also, of course, the very real issues in getting our logs into China’s congested ports so harvesting crews and those …

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Changes to HarvestTECH 2020

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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 in both countries and the uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead, it has been decided that the technology series has to be postponed.  The programmes had largely been completed …

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Positive messages for contractors during lock down

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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 uncertain times.  A local expert, Pio Terei, has been called in to produce a series of light hearted every few days while we’re all in lock down.  See below for the first in …

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Stay home, stay well, stay sane social media campaign

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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 videos and other resources on social media.  These aim to help you and your family look after your physical, mental and social wellbeing during the lockdown. They focus on ways …

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Video: Voice-operated heavy truck inspections

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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 interface to log inspection results in real-time. The HMT-1 includes a 16mp camera that can visually annotate inspection steps to provide thorough documentation of the inspection process. Upon a satisfactory …

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RDO Equipment delivers new support to Australia’s largest contractor

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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 one of Australia’s largest forestry contracting companies, while supporting them with a full-scope service and parts support package for their Hervey Bay operations. Queensland-based Sunchip Group has accepted a fleet …

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John Deere ends Cable Price agreement

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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 their distribution arrangement of Deere branded and manufactured construction, forestry, and compact machinery in New Zealand. As the joint businesses expanded over the years, so have each company’s priorities in …

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Waratah releases new app

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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, available as a free download on the App Store for Android and iOS platforms. It is intended to help with daily maintenance and other in-field procedures. The WaratahPlus app helps …

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Tigercat Releases 602 Grapple Skidder

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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 makes it ideal for selective felling applications. The machine can access high value timber in steep terrain, while minimizing damage to the residual stand. A fixed front axle with an …

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John Deere: New felling head for steep slopes

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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, more durable directional felling head solution. “Our customers are continuing to tackle more challenging terrain, and we want to provide reliable, durable equipment that is designed to meet their unique …

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Timbeter expanding to SE Asia and Latin America

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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 and New Zealand, has closed a seed round of approximately €920K. Timbeter, founded in 2013, is a global industrial timber measurement, logistics and reporting platform. Timbeter’s precision forestry platform eliminates …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 6

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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 Australia. Last year’s event in Rotorua, New Zealand, focussed on harvesting technologies and systems. It sold out – well before it ran. Close to 500 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forestry …

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Early interest: HarvestTECH 2020 – Wood transport

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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 OUT well in advance of the event being run. It was the largest gathering of its type ever seen in New Zealand. Close to 500 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forestry …

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Australian trucking industry driving diversity change

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The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Teletrac Navman are driving diversity change, announcing a ground-breaking initiative that will celebrate industry diversity, develop diversity champions, and improve industry image. “With the support of Teletrac Navman, the program will showcase diversity champions to the trucking industry and wider community, promoting positive perception of industry and encouraging new entrants into the workforce,’ ATA …

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MOU to advance logging automation

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Canada’s FPInnovations and the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Sweden-Canada Innovation Days symposium held in Montreal late last year. The signing creates an opportunity for the international exchange of research on automated harvesting and advances their respective interests in forestry innovation. The MOU also allows the organizations to combine their …

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Tigercat: Harvesting head product line expands

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Tigercat continues to expand its range of harvesting heads with the new 568, a robust, productive four-wheel drive harvesting head for roadside processing. The new Tigercat 568 harvesting head offers excellent productivity and reliability. Optimized harvester head hydraulics maximize performance and efficiency, while robust, high quality components provide long term reliability. Large diameter hoses and large capacity valves provide ample …

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Harvest residue assessment using Remotely Piloted Aircrafts

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Post-harvest forest residue surveys are crucial for assessing harvest efficiency; accounting for merchantable waste, marketable fiber for secondary use, or available bioenergy biomass; compliance of ecological objectives such as coarse woody debris or understanding carbon budgets. Conventional ground methods are intensive and could be considered demanding in terms of resources and cost. Democratization of new disruptive technologies such as remotely …

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New app for hydraulics industry

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BOA Hydraulics is giving forestry and civil workers more say and control in their daily work through an innovative new app.  For the past five years, BOA Hydraulics, owned by brothers Simon and Greg Boakes, has provided contractors with everything they need to repair and maintain their own hydraulic hoses on-site in a container setup or workshop. They then took …

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Getting to know our Toroawhi

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Safetree’s Toroawhi, Richard Stringfellow and Wade Brunt, have started their new jobs working to get New Zealand forestry workers more involved in health and safety decision-making. Richard is based in Taupo covering the Central North Island, while Wade is based in Gisborne covering the Gisborne/Tairāwhiti region. Richard and Wade will be offering practical advice based on their considerable experience and will …

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Timbeter to expand internationally

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Estonian forestry startup Timbeter collects $1 million to expand in Southeast Asia and Latin America – Timbeter, an Estonion startup working in precision forestry, has raised $1 million toward its goals of optimising forestry, securing legal trade and fighting illegal logging. The seed round was led by TMT Investments and Change Ventures, with EigenKapital, Contriber Ventures and Wiser participating as …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 5

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This is our first issue for 2020. To start the year, a heads up on two major technology events being planned this year for forestry, wood harvesting and wood transport companies across Australasia. The Forest Industry Safety Summit 2020 is being run in May of this year and registrations are already open and rolling in. In …

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Tigercat Releases 850 Processor

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Tigercat introduces the highly anticipated 850 roadside processor. The Tigercat 850 processor is a purpose–built roadside processor delivering outstanding performance and impressive fuel economy. Designed for high volume roadside processing, the Tigercat 850 offers many advantages over excavator conversions including better service access, higher cooling capacity and processor head optimized hydraulics. The Tigercat FPT N67 engine delivers 159 kW (213 …

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Plus.ai’s Autonomous Truck Crosses US in 3 Days

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Plus.ai (www.plus.ai), a leading provider of self-driving trucking technology, today announced that it has completed the first coast-to-coast commercial freight run with an autonomous truck on behalf of Land O’Lakes, Inc. Spanning 2,800 miles, Plus.ai’s L4 autonomous truck completed the hub-to-hub trip from Tulare, CA to Quakertown, PA in less than three days. This is the first L4 U.S. cross-country …

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New Cable Harvest Planning Software Released

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Softree Technical Systems Inc., a world leader in forest road and engineering software, announced the release of RoadEng Version 9.  This updated version offers a variety of new features for planning cable harvesting operations. Cable harvest planning and analysis using RoadEng 9 can help determine landing locations and road infrastructure.  Working off of a high-resolution digital terrain model (such as …

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How Fonterra stopped workplace fatigue

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When driver Malcolm Burkes first started at Fonterra it was all about getting out there, getting the job done and getting back as quickly as you could. “Now I don’t hesitate to call Fonterra up and tell them I’m going to stop and have a sleep. Fonterra’s whole attitude towards making me feel alright about managing my fatigue makes me …

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The benefits of drones in logistics

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Danish logistics and international shipping giant, DFDS, has been combining drones and AI to streamline terminal operations. DFDS provides transportation services, supply chain solutions and warehouse management, handling millions of trailers every year. The company has been exploring the potential for drones to be used to improve freight inspections at their harbour terminals. Locating individual trailers has long been a …

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AUSTimber2020 rescheduled to November

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Another casualty of the recent bush fires in Australia is the four-yearly forestry show, AusTimber 2020 that was scheduled for early April. It’s now being postponed to later in the year. The response and recovery efforts to the bushfire crisis are significant and many people and businesses from our timber industry have been directly affected or are working tirelessly to …

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Douglas fir felled early for wilding effect

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Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) announced a contract for the harvest of Coronet Forest has been awarded to Mike Hurring Logging Ltd last week beginning immediately. Established over several years between 1984 and 1996, Coronet Forest consists of 172.5 ha of Douglas fir and is a significant seed source contributing to the wilding pine problem on neighbouring indigenous tussock grassland. …

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Cat dealer launches new brand

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New Zealand’s Cat® dealer marked a new era at a special event in Auckland last week where Chief Executive Grant Whitelaw revealed a new company name, Terra Industrial New Zealand Ltd, and outlined a vision for a revitalised future based on new ownership, customer passion for Cat® products and expanded customer solutions. “We are building on a magnificent legacy of …

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Pilot to increase woodlot owner’s awareness

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WorkSafe New Zealand is working with industry to ensure woodlot owners are aware of their obligation to notify them when undertaking felling or logging operations on their properties. Sadly, the reality is that too many people are being killed or seriously hurt harvesting forests. The pilot focuses on small operators who are likely to have woodlots on their farm properties …

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Treemetrics launch innovative forestry App

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Treemetrics, the pioneering forestry software company, has announced the official opening of its new Global HQ on the South Mall in Cork city. An Tánaiste, Mr Simon Coveney, TD, Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade, marked the occasion, as guest of honour, by unveiling a commemorative plaque and also by launching Treemetrics latest mobile product innovation. The HarvestSync App enables …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 4

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. This will be the final issue for 2019. Whilst just set up following this year’s HarvestTECH 2019 event, HarvestTECH News has already grown to over 6,000 direct subscribers and more than 18,000 regular readers. As a reader, we appreciate your support. We aim to continue to bring you updates on breaking news, research results, reports, …

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Ponsse celebrate 15k machines built

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The 15,000th Ponsse machine was completed at Ponsse’s factory in Vieremä and delivered to Lespromindustria from Russia. The machine delivery also represented a step towards Ponsse’s 50th anniversary to be celebrated next year. Fifty years of logging will be celebrated by a global roadshow together with Ponsse’s customers and other forest industry professionals. The 15,000th machine is a Ponsse Buffalo …

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Two key acquisitions for RDO Equipment

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RDO Equipment is excited to announce the consolidation of its business interests in Australia and the appointment of Julie Whitcombe as CEO of the newly formed RDO Australia Group – The changes come as the business acquires 100% ownership of Queensland-based machinery dealer Vanderfield and Vermeer Equipment Holdings. It currently owns 50% of each of these businesses. RDO is a …

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John Deere: New steep slope felling model

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A direct result of the continued growth of the steep slope logging market, the new John Deere 959ML Shovel Logger is designed for felling and log handling in difficult terrain. Available in one of two configurations from the factory – shovel logger or directional feller – the 959ML machine boosts productivity, even in the most challenging of applications. “We are …

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Hyundai puts platooning self-driving trucks to the test

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Autonomous driving technologies could significantly shape the future of trucking over the coming decade, and as we’re continuing to see through various trials around the world, platooning may play a big part in this transformation. By sending a pair of self-driving trucks down a test highway in South Korea, Hyundai has now carried out a platooning trial of its own, …

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Commitment to training and people top priority

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Rosewarne Cable Loggers (RCL) was one of the big winners at the recent 2019 Northland Forestry Awards taking out the UDC Training Company/Contractor of the Year crown. Company health and safety coordinator Kerry Pellegrom says that the win demonstrates RCL’s successful and purposeful commitment to people development through industry training. “Our aim is to have a multi-skilled workforce as training …

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Tigercat introduce power clam grapple

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The new Tigercat power clam grapple series is here. Designed for use on the 875 and 880D loggers, the three models – PC08, PC10 and PC12 – are sized for load capacities of 0.8 m², 0.9 m² and 1,1 m². Using fatigue resistant welded construction, Tigercat power clam grapples feature durable box-style tongs fabricated from high strength steel. All weld-on …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 3

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. In this month’s issue, we cover the NZ-based harvesting company, Stubbs Contractors, who successfully overhauled their traditional business model and moved to ‘Lean manufacturing’, with some pretty impressive results. Both Robert Stubbs and Trev Hall spoke on the journey and impact that this change had on their contracting business at the recent HarvestTECH 2019 …

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Pedersen brings in Sennebogen 830 material handler

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The Pedersen Group has improved its efficiency and fuel consumption by bringing into Australia a first-of-its kind material handler from the Group’s long-standing German manufacturing partner, Sennebogen.  The Pedersen Group is part of the LINX Cargo Care Group, a diversified logistics infrastructure and solutions provider with over 4000 employers across Australia and New Zealand. The company consists of 150 employees …

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Rewarding times for forestry ‘family’

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A major focus for Lloyd Logging since it started in 2017 has been to invest in staff and training. It’s no surprise then that company staff member Channing Green took out the emerging talent award at last year’s Northland Forestry Awards and was up for the trainee of the year in 2019. “Channing has only been in the industry for …

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Austrian logging conference report

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The Symposium Formec “Forestry Mechanization” was held in Sopron and Forchtenstein (Hungary & Austria) from the 6th – 9th October, crossing over with the Austrofoma machine demonstration (held every four years). The conference is organised by Boku University, Vienna. The purpose of Formec is to combine experience from worldwide scientists, researchers and practitioners in forest operations and planning on close-to-nature …

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C3 secures five-year contract with FCNSW

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C3, part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has commenced operations under a five-year softwood clearfell harvest contract with Forestry Corporation NSW (FCNSW) in the Walcha Management Region in NSW. This is the first contract that C3 has secured with the company and C3 is looking forward to delivering on its promise to FCNSW in Walcha and furthering the new relationship …

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Family spirit at heart of logging firm

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Love, care and a true family spirit are at the heart of Subritzky Clark Logging’s successful Northland operation, New Zealand. Winning last year’s Forestry Family of the Year at the Northland Forestry Awards was proof of the pudding that family does matter. Owned by Willy and Bronwyn Subritzky Clark, the logging business operates a four-man crew, including the couple’s twin …

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Making it ‘Lean’ pays dividends

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Implementing a series of management principles made famous by the Toyota Motor Company has helped turn a NZ East Coast business into a “lean logging machine”. Since Stubbs Contractors overhauled its traditional business model for a new approach based around “Lean” manufacturing principles, owner Robert Stubbs said the company was now winning accolades, attention and new business. Robert Stubbs and …

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Logger Rhythms Video

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When Kaingaroa was the biggest – In the early 20th century forests of fast-growing exotic pines were established in the North Island, making one of the world’s largest timber plantations. This short film explores timber work in Kinleith and Kawerau: from planting to felling to finished product. Directed by NFU veteran Hugh Macdonald, Logger Rhythms is notable as the first …

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New harvester from Tigercat

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Tigercat introduces the highly anticipated smaller wheel harvester – The 1165 is a mid- sized harvester well suited for thinning, selective cut and final fell applications. With strong swing and levelling capabilities that exceed the competition, the 1165 is well suited for steep slopes. The machine is available in both six-wheel and eight-wheel drive configurations. Powered by the Tigercat FPT …

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HarvestTECH News Issue 2

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. I hope you all enjoyed our first monthly issue of HarvestTECH.News sent out last month. Thanks to all of the positive comments sent back to us. As outlined, the aim is to complement annual technology events being run by FIEA and to more regularly communicate with harvesting contractors, harvest planners, wood transport operators, forestry …

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RealWear for forestry or wood products?

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Company-X has become the first and only Australasian reseller for head-mounted tablets from established global innovation leader, RealWear. The agreement, covering Australia and New Zealand, adds additional capability to Company-X, which purchased augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) expert Pepper Creative in June. RealWear is a leading manufacturer of head-mounted tablets. The lightweight headset has a narrow “boom arm” with a …

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A contractor’s guide to electronic logging devices [Part Two]

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This is the second of a two-part series by Kamloops, B.C., log hauler and logging contractor Greg Munden, sharing his company’s experience implementing electronic logging devices (ELDs).  Part one was added to this site a month ago. Part 2 covers implementation and driver buy-in, ways to harness the power of an ELD telematics system, as well as telematics features and …

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Videos added for local harvesting operations

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HarvestTECH 2019, run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 26-27 June 2019, was sold out. Details on the event can be found on the event website. As well as an outstanding array of exhibits and equipment on display, presentations were given throughout the two days by leading equipment providers, technology specialists and logging contractors – both local – and international. Details on how …