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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 …