Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
We’re pleased with the interest that’s being generated right now amongst forest owners and harvesting contractors in the Residues to Revenues 2022 event that has been set up for early March next year. This long-overdue event will be showcasing innovations around harvesting, handling, drying and transporting biofuel or wood wastes. It will for the first time also be including workshops and exhibitions on in-field chipping operations.
Congrats to New Zealand-based, DC Equipment, on selling their 150th Falcon Winch-Assist machine. This innovative machine, which has featured at recent HarvestTECH events, removes vulnerable workers from dangerous tasks such as tree falling and breaking out.
On the technology front, we have stories on the world’s first automatic woodchip discharging crane in Japan and new designs for converting forestry trucks into hybrid diesel-electric vehicles. There is also new research on the use of harvesting simulators as a predictor of new employees’ future productivity and an announcement on funding which has been secured for AFCA’s Forestry Haulage Gap Analysis System.
And finally, an industry report has just been released on the future of NZ’s forestry sector. This report maps out upcoming supply issues, log exports and an increase in building industry demand.
Check out these stories and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue.
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Stories this issue:
- Falcon flies on the slopes
- Nobel Island comes to Tasmania
- Two pension funds acquire NZ forestry asset
- Log exports to drop by more than a third
- Forestry Haulage Gap Analysis System receives funding
- World’s 1st automatic woodchip discharging crane
- Selecting productive logging machine operators
- Quebec trucker designs a hybrid forestry truck
- Timber Haulage Academy to address driver shortages
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