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 250 have registered, so it is going to be another huge turnout for log transport and wood harvesting companies.
HarvestTECH 2021 is also being held alongside another FIEA event, Forest Safety & Technology 2021. We are expecting both events to be at capacity and look forward to an event that, under the current global climate, will be watched with envy worldwide. For those unable to get into Rotorua from outside the country, live streaming of the HarvestTECH 2021 event will also be taking place as well which will enable you to join the industry live – or watch the presentations at a later date.
Automation and robotics are continuing to see massive investment within the forestry and transport sectors. One logging company in Canada is planning to use autonomous logging trucks to move harvested logs directly to local sawmills. While we’ve highlighted the development of autonomous trucks in the past, including a prototype autonomous logging truck and early trials undertaken on test tracks, we’ll certainly be following these trials on forestry roads with interest.
Another area where autonomous vehicles will be making a mark is forest planting. In Sweden, Vinnova, Skogforsk and Bracke Forest are continuing to develop a new autonomous planting machine that may add to the mechanised and autonomous planting options being developed and trialled operationally in this part of the world.
In New Zealand, Robotics Plus has designed an automated robotic log scaling system that has generated a lot of interest. This home-grown technology has successfully launched in New Zealand and will be a highlight at HarvestTECH 2021 this year. And finally, don’t miss the stories on Ponsse’s new harvesting simulator and John Deere’s recently introduced Bogie Skidder.
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Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- Forest Engineering student put forward for major award
- Full house of exhibitors for HarvestTECH 2021
- Ponsse´s new full simulator
- Autonomous logging trucks for Ontario
- New John Deere bogie skidder packs performance
- Euro $2m to develop autonomous planting machine
- Further investment in Robotics Plus technology
- Forestry company’s $3m bill wiped
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