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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 …

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World’s largest electric vehicle – the eDumper

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This story is probably timely considering recent announcements on encouraging more electric vehicles onto our roads. While a single computer used to take up a whole room, now they comfortably fit inside your backpack to be easily carried around. From computers to mobile phones, developments in modern technology mean everything has got smaller. But the “eDumper” is a very different …

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Bigger T-WINCH coming….with NZ in mind

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The T-WINCH traction assist machine was unveiled to local logging contractors at the HarvestTECH 2019 event in New Zealand few weeks ago. With the first cab-free T-WINCH machine already working in New Zealand, a new and larger model has just been developed which should be well suited to markets like ours. A forestry operation north of Gisborne has been operating …

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Improving the health of NZ forestry workers

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Improve the health and wellbeing of NZ workers and you also improve safety and productivity. That’s the thinking behind the pilot of a health programme for forestry workers being run by FISC and Rayonier Matariki that has now been extended – thanks to funding from the Forest Growers Levy Trust. The pilot involves the KYND mobile phone app, which enables …

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Trimble Acquires 3LOG Systems to Expand its Forestry Solutions

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Trimble (TRMB) announced, on 4 September 2019, that it has acquired 3LOG Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of timber management software solutions. The acquisition complements Trimble’s forestry business software portfolio and further expands the Trimble Connected Forest™ solutions, which offer a complete end-to-end ecosystem for forest management, traceability and timber processing. Financial terms were not disclosed. Headquartered in Vancouver British Columbia, 3LOG has …

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John Deere expands technology solutions

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Building upon the positive momentum of the original launch of TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™, John Deere announces the expansion of the technology offerings to full-tree equipment, including feller bunchers and skidders. These streamlined software solutions offer loggers enhanced machine visibility and communication for a productive work day.  “The addition of full-tree machines to the TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager offering is an example of …

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Plans for a Toroawhi H&S forestry pilot

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The Forest Industry Safety Council is looking for someone to be a health and safety forestry champion for a pilot project aimed at ensuring a strong workers’ voice in New Zealand’s forestry sector. Workers know what makes work successful on a day-to-day basis and they play an essential role in reducing work-related injuries and ill-health. Therefore, good worker participation is …