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 the Panzhihua-Dali Highway between Sichuan and Dali provinces. The machines are using GPS positioning systems, microwave communications, millimetre wave radar and other sensing equipment to find their way along. With 5G technology, they’ve been able to co-ordinate remotely the unmanned driving systems and they’re expecting to roll out more unmanned intelligent construction sites across the country. Maybe autonomous road transport or remote felling operations aren’t that far off.
The other story that caught our eye is a new partnership that has just been set up offering heavy fuel cell electric trucks for the New Zealand market using a nation-wide hydrogen refuelling network. The companies behind the new move claim that green hydrogen will be able to provide a viable alternative to diesel trucks and vehicles that have high uptime requirements, travel longer distances or carry heavy payloads. The refuelling network is expected to be up and running for the major freight routes in both islands early next year.
That’s it for this month. Remember to send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider wood harvesting and transport community.
Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- New John Deere Construction & Forestry Dealers hit the ground running
- Low log prices hurting
- China builds highway with unmanned machines
- Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management
- Debarker enhances Port Taranaki’s log operations
- Remsoft adds GM for Asia Pacific
- Partnership to introduce Heavy Fuel Cell Electric Trucks
- Logging: New Waratah harvester head
- New President for John Deere
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