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 the wealth of information available across the two days.

The most highly ranked presentations came from Nigel Brabyn, Process Improvement Leader with OneFortyOne and Steve Saunders, Founder of Robotics Plus.

Nigel spoke on the lessons they learnt from implementing a new system of electronic log docketing across their forestry business. This practical example highlighted the many operational and financial benefits of digitalising and automating key processes through the wood supply chain, from the forest through to the mill or port operation.

While Robotics Plus has its roots within the horticultural sector, the company’s automated robotic log scaling solution has made huge inroads to log scaling operations in New Zealand. This was the first time that Steve has presented their technology to local forestry and wood harvesting operations. The interest in this innovative new technology goes now well outside New Zealand.

Other stories this month include another look into Dale Ewers operation, Nelson-based Moutere Logging and their longer-term plan to reduce on-site accidents on the hill to zero. As Dale has outlined at previous HarvestTECH events, the process has included the development of the Falcon Grapple Claw and the design of a new carriage system that fells trees remotely.

New innovations from LOGR eDockets, the Logmeter from Woodtech, a hydraulic solution from BOA Hydraulics and John Deere’s Smooth Boom Control technology are also covered in this issue. Finally, congratulations go out to the well-known Australian-based contracting operation, Mangan Logging & Haulage, who recently celebrated a pretty impressive milestone, 60 years of operations within our industry.

Remember to send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider wood harvesting and log transport community. 

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