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40 40 FELLER BUNCHERS Reliable machine solutions built with loggers’ needs top of mind

44 44 MACHINE INFORMATION SYSTEMS The forestry industry continues to evolve and to help loggers keep up with increasing demands and job site challenges

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USNR is proud to partner with Angelina Forest Products supplying two new UniFlow dry kilns at their sawmill in Lufkin, Texas. USNR’s patented new UniFlow kiln uses the same automated approach as Counter-Flow kilns, but lumber tracks move in the same direction instead of opposite directions, achieving further increases in throughput and improved lumber quality.

The UniFlow kiln acts as a combination pre-dryer, kiln, and equalizer that dramatically smooths and reduces the energy required to dry lumber, allowing its moisture content to equalize and achieve a low standard deviation comparable to the Counter-Flow kiln. The uni-directional process requires fewer hydraulic units and provides an ergonomic mill flow.





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SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 583 Annual Subscription UK and Europe £160, €230 Rest of the world US$270 EDITORIAL T: +44 (0)1442 877 583 F: +44 (0)1442 870 617 2 Claridge Court, Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 2AF, UK Editor Chris Cann Editorial Board Dr Patrick Moore – Chairman and Chief Professor Piotr Paschalis-Jakubowicz – Warsaw Agricultural University (Poland) Mr Kim Carstensen Director General Forest Stewardship Council Eduardo Morales South American Forestry Consultant

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONS International Forest Industries Ltd Advertising Manager Phil Playle +44 (0)1442 87 77 77 Associate Editor Robin Peach Advertising Production Enquiries Emma Smith

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EDITOR’S COMMENT Forest protection still the highest priority


s a technical magazine, we spend most of our time look at the most effective ways to make money from forests as natural resources, principally through the application of the latest technology and equipment solutions. The focus is on raising revenues and saving on costs through minimising downtime, increasing the ease of maintenance, improving productivity and sharpening efficiencies. These must all be done with increased comfort for the operator to ensure high levels of staff retention. When we look up from the stand every now and then, it’s often to see the place of forest resources in the context of the climate challenge, or the ‘rebuild green’ stimulus packages being rolled out globally. Such talk has become habit for us, and most likely for our readers. But it often overlooks the overall and fundamental value of global forests. I was reminded of this last month when I was browsing my forestry newsfeed and came face-to-face with a World Economic Forum educational piece reminding people why forests are worth protecting. What was striking was the diversity of reasoning. Yes, there was a strong environmental and conservation angle but the value of forestry products – both those familiar to our readers and others slightly more tangential – to economies and health really hit home. Given everyone loves a list (and I’m hard up against deadline), I’d like to share the WEC top-eight reasons for maintaining our forestry reserves. 1. “Healthy forests mean healthy people” The WEC reckons forests provide fresh air, clean water and nutritious foods, plus a place to stretch our legs. On top of this, forests provide medicines (25% of all medicinal drugs in the developed world are plant-based and this rises to as much as 80% in developing countries). 2. “Forest food provides healthy diets” Indigenous communities eat 100 types of wild food, many from forests, while forest-based food systems are linked to dietary diversity. On the flip-side, nearly a third of emerging infectious diseases are linked to land-use change.

3. “ Restoring forests will improve our environment” Deforestation means more greenhouse gases and threatens species. At least 8% of plants and 5% of animals in forests are at “extremely high risk of extinction”. More forests put more shoulder into the climate-change battle and encourage biodiversity. 4. “ Sustainable forestry can create millions of green jobs” This one is close to our hearts. Forests support more than 86 million green jobs and plus millions of other livelihoods. Sustainablymanaged forests support a range of industries, including paper and construction. 5. “ Degraded lands can be restored at huge scale” The Great Green Wall project sought to “create a 8,000 km green belt across Africa’s drylands and restore 100 million ha of degraded land”, while creating 10 million jobs and improving food security. It would be the largest living structure on the planet. 6. “Every tree counts” Urban forests in megacities have a value of some $500 million based on clean air delivery, food production and energy reduction. 7. “ Empower people to sustainably use forests” Communities need to “manage and govern the land on which they depend” for a healthy environment. This has the added opportunity to rebuild forest landscapes that are equitable and productive. 8. “ We can recover from our planetary, health and economic crises” Ecosystem restoration has huge benefits for all. The UN is set to target a halt, then reversal, of ecosystems degradation by planting and restoring forests on a “massive scale”. Something to thing about when you’re next in the forest. Enjoy Chris Cann




The new Scorpion is here. The best features are the same as before, only further improved. Good visibility, high stability and excellent ergonomics make the Scorpion a popular choice. A roomier interior and high-quality materials raise the comfort to an entirely new level. Once the door is closed to the outside world, all is quiet, elegant and in the right place. Active Crane is like an arm that can reach for the trunk without needing to think through every motion. It makes the crane easier to use, helping new operators in particular to work more economically and without stressing the machine’s structures. The boom’s end damping prevents shocks in extreme positions. This reduces the stress on the crane and improves comfort. The solution is technically simple and remains reliable even in extreme conditions.


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John Deere unveils it’s powerful, purpose-built 768L-II Bogie Skidder

John Deere introduces the new six-wheel 768L-II Bogie Skidder, a true woodland warrior designed to conquer wet conditions and steep slope terrain. Incorporating the proven, durable features found on the John Deere L-II Skidder lineup, the new 768L-II maximizes productivity, performance, and comfort when carrying hefty loads over long distances in challenging conditions. “Profitability and productivity are critical in the woods, and as loggers take to new areas for jobs, they need dependable machines that are built with these niche applications in mind,” said Matthew Flood, product marketing manager, John Deere. “With our new 768L-II Bogie Skidder, we’re delivering a purpose-built machine

that navigates tough terrain, such as swamps or steep slopes. Providing distinct features, the John Deere bogie skidder helps loggers maximize their potential, regardless of the conditions.” The 281-horsepower 768LII features heavy-duty bogie axles, which incorporate large components to maximize durability and stability for long axle and tire life. The heavy-duty axles are purpose-built for tough applications, effortlessly pulling heavy loads and maneuvering tough terrain. The smooth, stable operation results in reduced machine vibration, ultimately minimizing operator fatigue. Another key feature is the excellent tractive ability and floatation. When combined with the bogie


axles, ground pressure is reduced, allowing the 768L-II to work in wet terrain not accessible with a four-wheel skidder. As a result, the harvesting window is extended, adding more working days to the calendar. The new arch design provides the operator with an expansive rearward view of the grapple and work area, providing excellent visibility. Improving maneuverability, the long wheelbase and boom-arch envelope boost reach and lift capability for the boom and grapple, increasing dexterity in the woods. The tight turning radius enhances agility at the landing. “The John Deere bogie skidder is hands down twice as good as a regular four-tire skidder. It’s just all-around better in my book for productivity and ground disturbance,” said Jason Dawson of Triple J Logging. “With the 768L-II, you can carry twice as much of a load, especially in wet conditions and on the steep terrain, without tearing the ground up.” The 768L-II retains the other customer-favorite features introduced on the L-II product lineup. Streamlined and redesigned electrical and hydraulic systems result in improved uptime and increase guarding and protection

of key components. An increased grapple squeeze force and twospeed winch further increase productivity, while articulation steering sensors improve the operator experience. Highly regarded by customers, all L-Series II models feature a spacious cab, including ample storage space, configurable controls, and an effective HVAC system. Armrest-mounted electrohydraulic controls offer accessible, hand-finger operation of all machine functions, and joystick steering provides smooth control of steer, direction, and ground speed. The industryexclusive Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) marries the efficiency of a direct-drive transmission with the smoothness of a hydrostatic drive. As a result, CVT provides more power to the ground by sensing the load, increasing torque and tractive effort as needed to maintain the desired speed.

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WORK, EVEN WHEN IT RAINS. With incredible stability in soft or sloped terrain, the new John Deere 768L-II Bogie Skidder efficiently retrieves timber in hard-to-reach places. The bogie axles on this six-wheel skidder combine excellent traction and flotation with reduced ground pressure helping you move big loads long distances no matter the conditions. Add one to your fleet and get ready to OUTRUN.



Komatsu celebrates 100 years One of the world’s leading manufacturers of forestry, construction and mining equipment celebrates 100 years on May 13, 2021. At the same time, the company celebrates 60 years in the forest. Established in Komatsu City, Japan, Komatsu has committed to quality and reliability and during a century worked to nurture the trust of customers, shareholders, distributors, suppliers, business partners, and all other stakeholders. Komatsu is represented through a large number of companies around the world. Since 2004, Komatsu Forest has been part of the Komatsu Group but has

for 60 years been synonymous with innovations and solutions for sustainable forestry. When Komatsu celebrates 100 years, it does so as one Komatsu by agreeing all Komatsu companies in a common corporate identity. Komatsu’s values are made clear through a new visual identity and the promise to create value together for a sustainable future. With “Creating value together”, Komatsu wants to highlight the

partnership needed to translate the needs of society, customers and other stakeholders into solutions that create value for future generations as well. In the coming year, Komatsu

will celebrate its 100th anniversary through a series of activities related to the company’s values. Looking into the next 100 years, Komatsu will continue to move forward with its stakeholders as it creates value through manufacturing and technology innovation to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses and our planet thrive together. Contact : Annelie Persson Press Officer +46 90 70 97 32

FAE once again raises the bar for excavator forestry mulchers with the new UMM/EX/VT/HP FAE is expanding its line of excavator forestry mulchers with the introduction of the new UMM/ EX/VT/HP. It is the perfect solution for managing and controlling vegetation in wooded areas, maintaining green spaces, and for any job where a large mulching capacity is required. The UMM/EX/VT/HP mulches vegetation and trees with a max diameter of 40 cm and is compatible with excavators from 30 to 36 tons. It has a hydraulic capacity of 180 to 300 L/min. Compared to the standard model, the new HP has been designed to fit the most powerful

excavators and meet the most challenging tasks. It comes standard with a 160 cc VT hydraulic motor, heavy-duty transmission components and added side-frame reinforcements. The VT automatic variable displacement hydraulic motor offers increased torque for heavy duty work. The Poly Chain belt transmission guarantees optimum power transfer and reliability over time. The bolted-on counter blades work to finely mulch the material being processed and make maintenance easier. Its strong steel structural frame guarantees excellent reliability over time. The

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mulching chamber also features welded protections made of an anti-wear material. The large type “C” rotor that comes standard lets you attach different tooth models for various types of vegetation and uses. The rotor also comes with side teeth, which help keep the crushing chamber clean at all times.

Creating value together

Forestry provides the valuable essentials we all benefit from – material for housing and fencing, packaging for goods and consumables, energy to heat our houses, or printing paper for our children’s books. It is your hard work that makes it possible. Thank you. We want to be the partner to rely on when creating those values.

E Solving cooling problems Clogged radiators place a heavy strain on agricultural machines & significantly increase fuel consumption. With the Cleanfix reversible fan, machines work longer, more productively, & more efficiently

IFI can confirm how this Cleanfix agricultural report has equal benefits for the forestry and biomass industries.

ach agricultural season comes with its own challenges. To ensure that agricultural machines are 100% operational at all times, farmers must make the right investments. The strain on agricultural machinery during dirty and dusty work such as plowing, mowing, and harvesting is enormous. Grass, dust, and dirt clog the radiator. To continue meeting the engine cooling requirements, the fan needs more drive power, which leads to higher fuel consumption. What’s more, the risk of overheating the engine increases. Tractors with front power take-off applications are particularly

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The Cleanfix reversible fan offers the perfect cooling solution

875 Logger represents E-Series upgrade Tigercat’s so-called “nocompromise” 875E logger introduces several new features, including an updated operator station, two undercarriage options, and various grapple configurations to tailor the machine to specific needs The 875E logger is a multipurpose carrier with two boom options for loading or processing applications. The machine can be equipped with the Tigercat FPT N67 Non-certified, Tier 4f or Stage V engine, producing 210 kW (282 hp). The undercarriage is designed and built to withstand rigorous, full-time forest duty applications. Two options are available. The F7-150 undercarriage is standard. The larger footprint F7-162 undercarriage provides additional

vulnerable to cooling problems. The farmer must regularly interrupt work and manually clean the radiator to prevent a machine breakdown. The Cleanfix reversible fan offers the perfect solution. The Cleanfix blade profile provides high cooling capacity with low flow resistance and thus efficient cooling. The fan switches from cooling to cleaning at regular intervals. To clean the radiator, the blades rotate on their own axes to face the opposite direction. When the blades have rotated fully, the fan changes the direction of the air flow and blows the contamination from the radiator.

stability for heavy timber applications. The 875E can be configured as a loader equipped with various power clam, butt-n-top, live heel, pulpwood and log grapple options. The carrier can also be configured as a high-capacity processor capable of running large harvesting heads in demanding duty cycles. The spacious cabin has a new operator’s seat with builtin heating. Controls are now integrated into both sides of the joystick pods, eliminating the need for any bolt-on control pods. The optimally positioned controls and a large touchscreen display improve ergonomics and machine monitoring. Reduced in-cab noise levels help the operator enjoy the auxiliary audio input port,

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Bluetooth audio and hands-free calling. Additional new features include a standard equipped rearVIEW camera system, emergency stop button, and a key FOB to turn on exterior lights remotely when entering the cab in the dark. Some of the many advantages of the 875E over excavator conversions include better service access, higher cooling capacity, a better operating environment, more robust undercarriage components and extremely efficient hydraulic circuits. The result is higher production, uptime and fuel efficiency.


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Supersaw Series “Today we have a SuperSaw family of several different models. There are saw units available with .404” or 3/4″ saw chain and optional saw bar lengths. Saw motor sizes from 10cc to 40cc. So, I would say that we have an alternative for every need of cutting logs or bundles of logs as well as biomass. The tree care industry is also a growing market for our lightest saws”, explains Jörgen Hultdin.

Hultdins 90 Years of Experience


ince 1928, the forest has been central to Hultdins, and from those early days there has been refinement work that is constantly present and permeates their business. For more than 90 years, they have developed forestry products for the whole world. To constantly develop both the company and the products is part of Hultdins DNA. Therefore, they challenge the market and themselves to continuously improve their products that make it easier for contractors to work smarter and not harder.

Tobias Åman, Hultdins, CEO

Hultdins recently appointed CEO, Mr Tobias Åman, with many years of experience in the industry says. “- I am honoured to take over as CEO and to be given the opportunity to lead a company with such a strong brand, expertise and innovative power. I look forward together with both employees and customers to take the next step in the company’s development and to continue creating innovative and sustainable solutions for efficient forestry.” Hultdins headquarter is in Malå in northern Sweden, where the counties of Västerbotten and Lapland meet. This is also where they have their manufacturing plant with a machine line-up of the highest international standard. With NC-controlled edge presses and milling machines, as well as welding robots and painting facility. Brantford, Canada, is home to their wholly owned sales company Hultdins Inc. Today Hultdins product program include SuperCut saw units, SuperGrip log grapples, MultiGrip multiuse grapples, SuperGrip RG purpose-built rail industry grapple, SuperSaw attachments and hydraulic damping systems- HDS.

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Grapples Hultdins SuperGrip forestry grapples are the industry standard on forwarders, and commonly used also on timber trucks. They are divided into three series of grapples designed to meet different market demands around the world.


Damping System (HDS} Hultdins damping system (HDS) enables you to work faster and improves the machine’s service life – as well as your health. Hydraulic oil is an excellent means to use in cylinders to transfer force because it is so incompressible.

Hultdins MultiGrip, multi-use grapples are for fixed mount use on excavator-based machines. They incorporate over 50 years of experience from Hultdins log grapple designs. The MG grapples are offered in configurations optimized for Indexator XR rotators and all tiltrotator brands and coupler types.

Supercut Series

Supercut 100s “Every other tree in the world is harvested with a Hultdins SuperCut – and that says a lot about the knowledge we have accumulated over the years. Our goal is to make your work as painless as possible.” Anders Strömberg, Hultdins sales department.

But this incompressibility also means that it transmits vibrations and jolts that fatigue both the machine and the operator. The dampers from Hultdins reduce these undesirable forces without decreasing the machine’s performance, on the contrary the productivity increases. For more information:



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PONSSE wins esteemed Red Dot product design award The new Future Cabin included in the PONSSE Scorpion launched in February has won a product design award in the internationally acclaimed Red Dot design competition. The award in question was the Best of the Best award in the Product Design category, granted for the cabin’s innovative design. This was the highest recognition that could be achieved in the competition, granted to the best products of the various award categories. In February, Ponsse introduced to the market a thoroughly modernised Scorpion harvester range that meets all the requirements of today’s forestry work. The Scorpion’s characteristics include its excellent visibility and handling. One of the most prominent changes is the new one-piece windscreen that extends to the roof of the cabin, offering even better visibility and work safety under all conditions. In addition, the unique crane solution

offers an excellent visibility in every direction. The new Scorpion raises productivity and ergonomics in harvesting to an even higher level, and sets a new standard for the operator’s working environment. “The starting point for the development of the new Scorpion’s cabin was once again forest machine operators and their feedback. This discussion is extremely important to us, and we engage in it continuously as part of our everyday work. The cabin workspace, for which we received this great award, was modified to make it more practical and to develop it into a quiet workplace with a view to support the operator’s comfort and well-being. The operator’s wellbeing during work is key to the machine’s productive operation. It is great that the cabin has received such an esteemed award for innovative design as well. Thanks for this award go to our customers, partners and all Ponsse


Juha Inberg, Technology & R&D Director

employees”, says Juha Inberg, Technology and R&D Director at Ponsse.

The Red Dot design competition is one of the most highly regarded design competitions in the world, with a history of more than 60 years. This was the second time that Ponsse received the esteemed product design award: the PONSSE Scorpion harvester of the previous generation was awarded in 2015 in the same category. More information from Ponsse Plc: Juha Inberg, Technology & R&D Director Ponsse Plc Ponssentie 22, 74200 Vieremä, Finland

Eacom’s Elk Lake sawmill to get new continuous dry kiln EACOM Timber Corporation has announced an investment of $8.9M to equip its Elk Lake sawmill with a new, state-of-the art continuous dry kiln (CDK). Expected to be fully operational by early fall, the CDK will allow for continuous drying of lumber, reducing production bottlenecks and energy consumption. This will be the second such installation for EACOM, the first having been installed in 2017 at its Timmins sawmill. “This significant investment in Elk Lake is a testament not only to EACOM’s commitment to technological innovation and being best-in-class, but also to our longterm vision for this region. Built over 50 years ago, this mill has thrived alongside the community thanks to sustainable forestry practices, and now, with this latest addition, we are confident it will be an important partner for many more years to come,” EACOM President

and CEO Kevin Edgson. In addition to being more energy efficient, the new system will eliminate the use of both diesel fuel and propane which are currently being used as part of the energy mix for heating the buildings on-site and two kilns. Going forward, all building heat and the new CDK will be exclusively powered by direct fired natural gas, a much cleaner energy source. “The pandemic and subsequent demand for our essential products highlighted the need to fast track some of these investments and maximize our production capacity. We are proud that the fiber we harvest sustainably around Elk Lake is turned into homes for families across North America, as well as paper, cardboard, sanitary masks, and is even used in medication,” explains Mr. Edgson. The Elk Lake sawmill is an economic driver for the town and surrounding area, supporting over

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140 workers directly, a further 210 jobs in woodlands operations, and hundreds more via vendors, contractors and transporters. Since 2016, EACOM has invested nearly $100M across its 9 facilities to maintain and upgrade equipment. Kevin Edgson, President & CEO, EACOM

John Deere further enhances GP-Series Motor Graders with industry-exclusive features Adding industry-exclusive features, John Deere further demonstrates the precision of its Grade Pro (GP) Series motor graders. Building upon the releases of Machine Damage Avoidance and exclusive Blade-Stow added in November 2020, two additional industryexclusive features, Auto-Pass and Auto-Shift PLUS, further enhance machine capability. These fully programmable, intuitive and versatile features are ideal for any job, and help increase productivity with new and seasoned operators. “The John Deere motor grader lineup has a legacy of technological and mechanical innovation, dating back decades, with the notable introduction of the industry’s first mastless 3D grade control system in 2019,” said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager, John Deere. “Fast forward to today, and we’re still striving to deliver industryleading capabilities that allow any operator — new or experienced — to work more efficiently on the job site. The latest features build upon that legacy, allowing us to put even more power and precision into the

hands of the operator.” The industry-exclusive AutoPass feature programs machine movements at the beginning and end of grading passes. While adjusting the speed of these movements and rotating the blade 180 degrees, the machine will simultaneously place the blade on the ground while preparing for the next pass. Available as an option on the GP-Series models and standard on the SmartGrade™ motor graders, this feature can also be programmed to raise and rotate the blade at the end of a grading pass, mirroring the finished angle. Building upon the success of last year’s launch of the AutoShift transmission, Auto-Shift PLUS, also an industry–exclusive feature, removes the need for using the inching pedal. This enables the operator to use the throttle and brake, offering increased control of the machine. Auto-Shift PLUS allows for the machine to come to a complete stop without stalling, helping reduce fatigue while cutting smoothly around obstacles or structures. Another standard feature

John Deere enhances GP-Series Motor Graders with industry-exclusive features now included on all GP-Series machines is Configurable Float. With this feature, float switches can be programmed to control any auxiliary function, allowing programming of up to three float switches through the monitor, which adds versatility in applications where auxiliary functions are used often. Now a standard feature on the SmartGrade motor graders, SmartGrade Remote Support connects the dealer to the machine, even from miles away. The dealer can troubleshoot

machine issues and update grade control software from the dealership, reducing downtime. For customers, SmartGrade Remote Support enables the remote transfer of project files, eliminating the need to visit the machine in person. Additionally, any machine issues can be addressed from a remote location, providing an efficient solution for equipment fleets of all sizes.

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Deere enhances Dozer Lineup Deere unveils various changes to its largest dozers, the 950K and 1050K models Delivering improved ride quality and increased productivity on the industry’s toughest and most challenging job sites, John Deere announces enhancements to its largest dozers, the 950K and 1050K models. Enhanced with the customer in mind, the updates improve productivity, durability and operator satisfaction. Including a suspended doublebogie undercarriage, new Extended Life undercarriage options and updated blade offerings, the upgraded 950K and 1050K models add to the already strong history of productivity and innovation in the John Deere dozer lineup. “Our time spent on customer sites has allowed us to confidently design an undercarriage for the 1050K that drastically improves operability and productivity on rough terrain,” said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager, John Deere. “With the updates to the

950K and 1050K machines, such as the Extended Life undercarriage life option, we’re delivering increased machine uptime while also significantly enhancing the operator experience.” The suspended double-bogie track frame on the 1050K improves ride quality. Featuring a second layer of bogies, new isolators and refined geometry, the 1050K delivers increased durability and a smoother ride that reduces fatigue for operators on long shifts. Another update for both the 950K and 1050K models is the Extended Life undercarriage option. A successful option on the smaller dozer models, the Extended Life undercarriage features the John Deere-exclusive SC-2™-coated track chain bushings. Produced using a proprietary coating that forms a hard shell, the SC-2-coated bushings deliver up to twice the wear life of standard bushings, significantly increasing machine uptime. Also, the 1050K Semi-U blade now features a more productive

profile. The new profile delivers several benefits, including increased capacity with improved roll performance and standard cast end bits. As a result, the Semi-U blade reduces material plugging and carries more dirt where it needs to go with every pass, boosting machine productivity. Other updates include a 950K stockpiling configuration addition and exterior hose upgrades. Intended for coal handling and wood chip applications, the new factory stockpiling configuration for the 950K provides specialized sheet metal guarding to increase protection from material spilling over the blade and falling through the horizontal hood perforations and grille. This configuration also includes a special high-debris

Matt Goedert, Solutions Marketing Manager, Roadbuilding cooling package. Finally, the exterior hoses on both machines have been upgraded, offering improved flexibility and extended durability in cold-weather environments.


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John Deere realigning its forestry technology - ‘Precision Forestry initiative’ The advancement of forestry equipment has typically focused on generating more powerful machines. Now, John Deere has launched a new tech-driven initiative that will marry strength with intelligence. Through the Precision Forestry initiative, Deere will reorganize its technology portfolio and increase its efforts in delivering solutions designed to increase efficiency and productivity in the woods. “It’s not about getting bigger and stronger in the woods all the time,” said Graham Hinch, Deere’s sales and marketing director for the western hemisphere. “It’s about delivering more intelligent, connected machines that address our customers’ needs.”

Smart Industrial The forestry tech initiative aligns with Deere’s overarching Smart Industrial operating model. The operating model, announced last summer, aims to accelerate its success via the integration of smart technology innovation with its legacy of manufacturing. Precision Forestry is a more descriptive term for what customers can expect from the John Deere technology suite, including real-time, map-based production planning and tracking capabilities, along with new and evolving operator assistance capabilities. “With technology, we believe that loggers need to embrace working smarter, not harder. The logging industry is built on hard work – it’s part of the industry’s DNA,” said Matthew Flood, product marketing manager for skidders and the

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Precision Forestry initiative at John Deere. “We want to complement that work ethic with machine intelligence and system-level integration, delivering the tools loggers need to increase efficiency and performance in the woods.”

A game changer Flood explained technology is a game changer for the forestry industry. While forestry machines have become more powerful, there remains a 40 per cent variation in productivity on Deere’s machines. “That variation comes specifically from the operator sitting in the seat. It comes from their experience level and the efficiency they have to offer on that machine,” Flood said. “We need to start to focus on having our machines easier to operate, and really allow an inexperienced operator to get the same productivity out of that machine as an expert operator.” Machines will evolve to become smarter, and capable of adapting to various situations, regardless of who is seated in the cab. “We look to have machines that provide feedback and guide operators. Potentially, someday, they can prevent operators from making a poor decision,” Flood said. As well, Precision Forestry will see an era where more accurate data can be harvested from machines. “As we have this accurate information and data, we can look at our machines as a system, rather than just individual machines and individual machine efficiencies,” Flood said.

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Södra purchases sawmill and timber treatment facility – strengthens long-term member value Södra is acquiring Ture Johanssons Trävaru AB and AB Tenhults Impregneringsverk. The new sawmill and timber treatment facility will provide a better market for wood in a prioritised area and strengthen Södra’s customer offering in the Swedish building trade. It will also improve Södra’s ability to implement its Group strategy. “We look at specific needs and criteria when we develop our industrial structure. We are therefore delighted to welcome Ture Johanssons Trävaru and Tenhults to Södra. The companies will strengthen our operations and be an excellent complement along the E4 motorway. They have a long history in the area and will enable us to grow more together with our customers. We are looking forward to continuing to develop the operations together with the employees in Klevshult

and Vaggeryd,” said Peter Jhaveri, Interim President of the Södra Wood business area.

Lotta Lyra, President and CEO Sodra

The sawmill produces 100,000 m³ per year

Lennart Johansson, CEO Ture Johanssons Trävaru AB

Peter Jhaveri, Interim President of the Sodra Wood business area

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Ture Johanssons Trävaru is a sawmill located in Klevshult in the southern region of Vaggeryd Municipality, with 55 employees. The sawmill produces approximately 100,000 m³ of sawn timber annually. Production mainly focuses on the building materials trade and offers a range of planed and primed timber products. AB Tenhults Impregneringsverk is located at the Götafors industrial site in Vaggeryd and comprises four impregnation autoclaves. More than 100,000 m³ of timber are pressure treated at the facility every year. Tenhults has seven employees and is known for its environmental and NTR certified processes. Södra currently has six sawmills and two timber treatment facilities in Sweden. The newly acquired facilities are located in an area where Södra already has a stable raw material supply, but where it does not conduct its own industrial operations. These acquisitions will now help to strengthen the market for wood in central Götaland and improve Södra’s position in the Swedish building trade. This, in turn, will further strengthen the organisation by increasing the overall capacity and creating synergies with Södra’s existing production units. “Södra is to ensure a market for its members’ raw materials and increasing the value of their wood. Having relevant industrial operations in relevant central locations is a key part of this. These acquisitions will allow us to do just that.


Get more out of the chipping process with WSM WSM’s unique no-knife re-sizer allows operators to replace highcost shears, knife chippers, and chip crackers to get more out of the chipping process by reprocessing overs. This cost-effective approach is proven to deliver substantial value by expanding the sources of wood fiber, reducing handling costs, and substituting high-cost fiber with low-cost fiber. WSM’s no-knife re-sizer easily

converts chip overs into useable fiber while minimizing fines. Materials typically processed include chip overs, chip over thick, shaving, hogged wood, in-woods chips, and urban wood. Field proven in pulp mills and high volume fiber preparation applications. Low maintenance features include WSM’s exclusive pivot case for easy and quick access to

routine wear parts, with infeed components remaining in place to further increase savings. Optional replaceable hammer tips eliminate the need to pull hammers and pins. The no-knife re-sizer is a proven performer at rates up to 75 t/h. Rates climb to 150+ t/h with a WSM pre-screen to screen out acceptably sized material prior to grinding, further reducing maintenance costs.

Ture Johanssons Trävaru and Tenhults will strengthen Södra’s customer offering and market for wood in an important geographic area. This is in line with our Group strategy and will provide us with better conditions for sustainable and profitable growth,” said Lotta Lyrå, Södra’s President and CEO.

The acquisition will take effect following approval Ture Johanssons Trävaru was established in 1950 and has operated in Klevshult since 1957. Lennart Johansson, son of the founder Ture Johansson, is CEO of the company. “Södra will create opportunities for the continued development of the operations. It feels great to be handing over the reins to a member-owned association – with solid local roots and a long-term ownership horizon. Together, we will make our customer offering even stronger,” said Lennart Johansson. The acquisitions will take effect immediately following approval by the Swedish Competition Authority. This process is expected to take up to six weeks.

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SPRINGER wins major order in New Zealand

Pan Pac & SPRINGER continue long-standing partnership with new, earth-quake-proof, heavy-duty, sawmill feed system


he SPRINGER Group has landed a major new order in New Zealand. Pan Pac is owned by the Japanese OJI Group and is New Zealand’s leading specialist in sustainable radiata pine products. The company has now picked SPRINGER’s cuttingedge technologies and innovative solutions once again. Together with local partners like Lakeland Steel Limited and Design Manufacture & Installation in Rotorua, the Austrian, family-run company will be the main contractor for the new, earthquake-proof, heavy-duty sawmill feed system at Pan Pac’s Whirinaki (Hawke’s Bay) site. The investment totals around NZD 13 million (approx. EUR 7.8 million). “The investment in the replacement of the sawmill feed system, which was originally installed in the early 1980s, underscores the continued commitment by OJI Holding, Pan Pac’s shareholder. These types of strategic investments have helped turn Pan Pac into New Zealand’s biggest exporter of high-quality premium appearance lumber throughout Asia”, explains Pan Pac managing director Tony Clifford. The order was issued following several years of in-depth project work geared to the customer’s highly specific requirements. However, SPRINGER had already started to help Pan Pac develop the new heavy-duty sawmill feed system back in 2017. “Over the past few years, the SPRINGER Group has established itself as the world’s leading supplier of innovative solutions

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for the wood industry. The order again proves that SPRINGER is a reliable, quality-driven partner when it comes to technologically demanding projects. We’re delighted that this project allows us to continue the long standing collaboration between Pan Pac and SPRINGER,” comments Timo Springer, Springer Maschinenfabrik GmbH’s CEO.

Facts and figures about the project: • S ystem capacity: 15 cycles/ minute, unsorted mixed operation, length of the log 3.4 - 6 metres, LED 0,9 metres and max. log envelopes of up to 1.1 metres. • A nnual log feeding capacity 950,000 tonnes/1,100.00 m³ p.a. • R adiata pine logs supplied by the company’s own forestry enterprise and from its own forests • H eavy-duty sawmill feed system with 2 parallel double-feed decks (deep pile 2.5 m)

Michael Reaburn General Manager Lumber at Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd

“Its expertise, position as industry frontrunner and competitiveness were key reasons why we picked SPRINGER. Pan Pac has always harnessed international technologies to improve processes and our first-class product range’s lumber quality for our customers worldwide,” explains Michael Reaburn, Pan Pac’s general manager of lumber. In order to minimise downtime, system integration, commissioning and project handover are scheduled during a planned shutdown of the plant at the end of 2022.

• C onsecutively alternating log feed from the two 2-stage feed decks to ensure seamless feed to the saw line according to the production specifications, as well as symmetrical utilisation of the sorting systems. • L OGEYE 301 with WiNLOG recording at the saw infeed, sorting, production data capture/ logging/statistical analyses etc. • T he new generation of screw conveyor technology as a heavyduty version. • S mart sensor technology: continuous fill level scanning of the feed decks as well as constant log position detection in the whole separation and infeed area. • E arthquake-proof design of all the system and control technology • M odular system and control concept guarantees

uninterrupted assembly and partial/pre-commissioning without additional downtime.

Tony Clifford, Managing Director Pan Pac

Timo Springer MBA Managing Director & CEO of SPRINGER Maschinenfabrik GmbH

About Pan Pac Pan Pac is New Zealand’s leading specialist in sustainable, highquality appearance, radiata pine (Monterey pine) products and the biggest exporter in Asia. The company is headquartered in the Hawke’s Bay region and has its own forestry enterprise with approx. 33,000 hectares of pine

plantations. It has more than 400 full-time employees and belongs to the Japanese OJI Group, a leading pulp and paper producer worldwide. For further info visit:

Microtec receives first type examination certificate for a round timber measuring system in Germany On February 10, 2021, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig issued a type examination certificate according to module B for the round timber measuring system of the type Logeye-DE-700 from Microtec. This creates the prerequisites for using this type of measuring device for legally compliant invoicing of logs according to the new MessEG/MessEV in Germany. Since 01.01.2015, the new Measuring and Calibration Act (MessEG) and the new Measuring and Calibration Ordinance (MessEV) have come into force in Germany, which newly regulates the calibration system. On the basis of this law, the new measuring device type “round timber measuring systems” was introduced on 12.02.2020 by the PTB’s Rule Determination Committee (REA). In addition to the proven “Fixed Angle” (FW) method, this measuring device type enables diameter determinations of round timber with the “Variable Angle”

(VW) method. With the “Fixed Angle” method, even with the new type of device, it is possible to continue to invoice roundwood according to common practice (in the sense of continuity of existing “roundwood measuring systems”). The measuring method “Variable Angle” has the advantage of measuring logs independent of their position and thus enables highest repeatability. Within the scope of the type examination according to Module B, extensive measurements were carried out on logs under practical conditions using a mobile fringe projection measuring system specially developed for such reference measurements by PTB in Braunschweig. In addition, measurements were performed under extreme environmental conditions such as temperatures ranging from -30°C to +45°C. Due to the outstanding cooperation with PTB, it could be proven that the new log measuring system meets all requirements for a log measuring system.

The measuring device type Logeye-DE-700 from Microtec measures logs with and without bark without contact. The measurement is based on the principle of laser triangulation, whereby the measuring points on the log are recorded with a total of 8 cameras. The use of dual camera technology, which captures the measurement points from two different angles, minimizes shadowing and thus significantly

increases measurement accuracy. “With the newly approved measuring device type LogeyeDE-700, our customers from now on have the possibility to use a measuring device according to the current state of the art for legally compliant billing of logs and at the same time they can rely on the proven Microtec quality,” emphasizes Arianna Giudiceandrea, CSO at Microtec.

Lucidyne announces new sales team representative Lucidyne has announced the addition of Taylor Trammel to its sales team as Sales Representative focusing on the West Coast region. Trammel joined Lucidyne in 2018 working as a Grading Support Specialist, working directly with customers on using Lucidyne’s system technology and grading optimization. He has extensive

experience working in sawmill and planer mills, having held internships in both quality control and safety procedures at Hampton Lumber and Roseburg Forest Products. In conjunction, he studied Wood Science and Business at Oregon State University. Lucidyne is the premier manufacturer of scanning,

optimization, and automation systems, delivering unparalleled results to the wood products industry. Trammel is based in Lucidyne’s Corvallis, Oregon headquarters and will be traveling extensively through the region.

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The efficient layout affords ample room for the new technology in a very productive operation

Montrose Forest Products: Expanding fortunes The bottleneck at this Colorado plant is gone and in its place is an efficient operation focused on a new line of high-value production


ontrose Forest Products recently added a new planer mill to its operation in Colorado, to expand its product mix and align it with its sister mills. Through this investment the mill also planned to ease the bottleneck that was constraining production at the sawmill. Today the new line is hitting the targets Montrose set out, and several more that were unexpected. The Montrose operation comprises a sawmill, planer mill, and two lumber dry kilns, and prior to this latest project it was strictly processing Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pine into stud length lumber. The Neiman team wanted

to expand the scope of this mill’s products to more closely align with its other three operations that produce 1x4, 1x6, and 1x8 lumber products. The team contacted the US Forest Service and came to an agreement to include green ponderosa pine in the Montrose mill’s mix. This paved the way to add 1" products to the Montrose operation.

The vision The existing planer mill technology had long become outdated, and was causing bottlenecks that adversely impacted the sawmill’s production and the overall

efficiency of the operation. Mike Kusar, Montrose Mill Manager explained: “With newer technology at the sawmill we were making more lumber than the planer mill could keep up with, so we knew we were losing out on opportunity. We were also interested in what automated grading technology could do for us.” Another Neiman mill, Devils Tower Forest Products in Hulett, Wyoming, had recently invested in a USNR Transverse High Grader (THG) for its dry mill, so the team was familiar with the benefits of this technology. Mike said USNR was chosen to supply this project on a turn-key basis because of recent successful projects at the Neiman mills. In addition, his team traveled to

We had great communication and collaboration throughout the design and execution phases of the project John Jacques, USNR Turn-Key Project Manager several mills with USNR’s planer mill technology to see how it was benefiting those operations. Service and support was another big factor in the decision making process, and the many positive business dealings the Neiman mills had with USNR was a strong motivation to trust USNR for this latest major investment. Mike reiterated: “That’s one of the reasons we chose USNR. We know we can get in contact with USNR folks any day of the year for phone support, parts, and service scheduling.”

The new line

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The new planer mill line is designed to run at speeds of 180 lpm and above, depending on product size. The supply begins with the planer infeed featuring a Continuous Tilt Hoist, stick and dunnage collection, planer, Quad Cam lug loader, Multi-Track Fence,

With newer technology at the sawmill we were making more lumber than the planer mill could keep up with, so we knew we were losing out on opportunity Mike Kusar, Montrose Forest Products

back-to-back lineshaft multi-saw trimmer with P.E.T. saws on a second shaft downstream from the trim saws, 30-bin pusher lug sorter, low profile stacker with magazine lath placer, and quad paper feeder and cutter. The low-profile stacker is a real high speed design, operating at speeds in the range of 23 tiers per minute. Included in the project is USNR’s THG with Deep Learning technology for the best automated grading capability available today. The THG features an end grain scanner used to locate a board relative to its parental log. This provides the optimizer with data for use in knot projection and pith location. The THG integrates USNR’s WinTally system for management of sorts for targeted products the mill wishes to produce.

USNR’s MillTrak machine visionbased system manages the flow of boards at the planer infeed, and the MyMill mobile sorter control monitors and controls the sorter from any location within the mill’s network. The turn-key portion of the project contributed overall project management; site engineering for foundations, civil work, new metal building, and support steel; geotechnical soils reports and recommendations; electrical wiring; data and communications wiring; site utilities; excavation; residual systems; dust and shavings extraction; planer room; mill air system; embeds; grounding grid permits and inspections; construction management; and installation of all machinery. John Jacques, USNR turn-key Project Manager: “We did not encounter any serious challenges during the construction phase. It was a pleasure working with

the Montrose Forest Products and Nieman team. We had great communication and collaboration throughout the design and execution phases of the project.”

Results Mike commented on the results the mill is experiencing with this project: “The new planer mill has improved our overall efficiency and relieved our bottleneck, resulting in a reduction of over 20% in planer mill run hours. In the new planer mill we are able to process all the products from the sawmill in 40 h/ week, and we are able to run our sawmill full out now. Our packages also look better and neater. “Before the project I had concerns with the switch from human graders to the THG, but USNR did a great job of training our quality control staff prior to the startup.” Mike also talked about the reduction of labour and increased

employee satisfaction: “Through attrition we’ve lowered our headcount in the planer mill by more than 10 people. Our new facility has also resulted in improved overall employee satisfaction with a nice new building, new workstations, and everything automated. This will help with employee retention. “Lastly, with this new technology we look forward to being able to offer more products to our customers than previously. That’s one of the key goals for taking on this investment. It will contribute to a safer, more efficient, and more profitable operation.”

The Transverse High Grader shares the same Deep Learning optimization platform with all other USNR vision grade scanning products: Lineal High Grader, BioVision for green mill grade scanning and AddVantage chop and rip scan products for the secondary manufacturing sector. Recent additions to this platform are the NV4g and GSc2000 for green and dry veneer grade scanning. This technology is proven on a variety of species and wood processing sectors.

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Examples of water pocket detection displayed in the optimization software

Using AI makes sense Integration of artificial intelligence technology can be easily achieved to boost sawmill performance


ID Group’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be integrated with existing scanners and across most existing sawmill equipment in the market today. That is certainly the case for bark detection, split detection on

logs, wood species detection, and wood defect detection. “AI is here to stay,” BID Group stated. “We’ve made it easily accessible so you can take advantage of the accuracy, speed and high-performance AI offers.”

Example of a Bark Detection Summary report

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AI bark detection with lineal scanners Traditionally, bark detection required someone to observe stems and logs, or analyze wood chips. This time-consuming task can now be replaced with a bark detector. BID Group’s Bark Detection with AI identifies the percentage of residual bark on a stem or a log. This information can be used to determine the performance of the debarker. The Bark Detection software can

be integrated either to the scanner used for the bucking optimizer or the primary breakdown scanner. The existing 3DPro laser heads capture images that are analyzed for bark and this information is displayed in the software interface to show the areas of wood and bark on the log.



In this example, several images display the residual bark detected by AI on one log. In the yellow frame on the left, the blue areas identify the bark detected by AI The information is also sent to the Bucking optimizer database. The bark detection data is then organized and displayed in the debarker report (by diameter and position) and in the primary breakdown dashboard. This information is always available and can be accessed from a computer or any mobile device.

Split detection with bucking or OLI scanner The split detection on logs was recently improved with AI. This functionality can also be integrated either to the scanner used for the Bucking optimizer or the OLI. The split detection data is used to find the best optimization solution for your products. This is a valuable feature when processing very dry wood.

Wood species detection with AI The SpecPro can be integrated to an existing Comact transverse EdgExpert or TrimExpert in the sawmill, a GradExpert in the planer mill, or installed independently. It is also possible to add it to another manufacturer’s scanner. The

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upgrade and commissioning are simple to execute, and excellent results are obtained quickly. The SpecPro offers the most accurate wood species detection in the industry. Its efficiency is not affected by any level of moisture content in the wood and it also works very well with frozen wood. This system is based on Deep Learning (artificial intelligence). It was designed to optimize wood drying but it can also detect species once the wood is dry. The SpecPro uses color vision then analyzes boards of different widths/thickness. There are no maximum board dimensions. The SpecPro is low maintenance and the system can detect multiple species simultaneously with consistent results over 98%. Note that the SpecPro can also detect and process crayon marks (grade marks, trim marks, cut-intwo marks, etc.) on boards.

Integrate wood defect detection with AI on a TrimExpert Wood defect detection with AI was developed extensively for the Comact GradExpert and

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all detections are available on the TrimExpert and transverse EdgExpert, namely the detection of wood species, knots, rot, water pockets, and crayon marks. Note that it is also possible to integrate rot detection on a Comact Trimmer without vision, using the SpecPro.

WeighPro scale The WeighPro scale can be installed before or after a transverse trimmer scanner. It is used to determine the weight of a board that allows to calculate the wood density. With this data, it is possible to categorize the wood by density to optimize the drying. The WeighPro can handle any board width, length, or thickness. This scale is compatible with dry, humid, or frozen wood and all wood species. The weight precision is around 5% from 0-200 kg (may vary depending on the chain noise and vibration).

Determine optimal wood drying solutions BID Group created a winning combination to determine optimal wood drying solutions. When

using the wood species and water pocket detection with AI, combined with the WeighPro scale, data is obtained for specific and optimal wood drying solutions. Based on this information, wood pieces can be grouped according to drying requirements to ensure uniform bundle drying. This saves energy and avoids loss of wood quality (splits, shakes, and warp when the wood is too dry or downgrading when it is too wet, and eventually mold development).

Artificial Intelligence offers endless possibilities These examples demonstrate how our AI platform can be integrated easily in a mill. In the short and medium term, our complete range of machines will benefit from developments in applications that go beyond optimization. BID Group’s objective is to meet the client’s current and future needs in an outstanding manner with its brand portfolio and offer a return on investment unparalleled by competition. All of this is supported by BID Group’s renowned 24/7 service.

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Hi-Tech/Baxley vintage transverse scanner upgrade with JS-50 WX heads by Timber Automation

Blake DeFrance, Senior Business Development Manager, JoeScan

New Joescan 3D scanner - JS-50 WX Sawmill scanning experts JoeScan have officially launched their latest JS-50 WX model scanner. A successful beta program saw scan heads put through their paces in mills across North America


S-50 WX is being praised as a do-it-all sawmill scanner, with current installations covering machine centers from bucking lines to transverse edgers to trimmers. “In order to facilitate the greatest range of options we tested the JoeScan’s against a number of other considerations and decided to standardize on the JS-50 WX as part of our core offering,” says Joe Korac, President at Automation and Electronics USA. “With our optimizing platform’s current projects requiring Log Merchandising, Whole Log Breakdown, Gang, Edger and Trimmer optimizers; the JS-50’s unique attributes made it an excellent fit for all our customers’ needs.”

Early adopters have also been impressed by the next-gen performance and JoeScan’s wellearned reputation for reliability. “The new scan head delivers accurate high-density range data, quality ‘Laser Imaging’ data for inspection of visual defects and knots, and scan rates sufficient for high-speed systems,” says Steve Fletcher, Director of Optimization at Timber Automation. “JS-50 WX provides us all this in a compact, reliable package. There is built-in redundancy with two cameras, and the 5-year warranty gives peace of mind to our customers.”

A fresh face To help introduce their new scanner to the industry at large, JoeScan has hired a new Senior Business Development Manager, Blake DeFrance. Blake brings with him over 20 years of industrial automation experience and a passion for forging partnerships. “I’m thrilled to join such a dedicated and talented team,” says DeFrance. “My #1 goal at JoeScan is to help our optimizer and OEM partners get sawmills the scanning solutions they need.”

The road ahead Indeed, the JS-50 WX is just the latest innovation from a company that has dedicated itself to the sawmill industry for the last 20 years. JoeScan views JS-50 WX as the herald of a new age in sawmill scanning.

Simplicity is the big advantage Making scanners easier to install and maintain is the primary focus of the newest member of the JoeScan family. Sawmill-first features like Power over Ethernet single cable connectors and an intuitive new mounting bracket are aimed at simplifying the scanning experience for installers and operators alike. The API interface has been re-designed from the ground up to make the task of integrating JoeScan hardware with optimizer software as quick and easy as possible.

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JS-50 WX scanners serve the bucking line at Pollard Lumber in Appling, Georgia (integration by Cecil Company)


“The reception has been great so far, and we’re really excited to expand the benefits of this platform through the parts of the mill not covered by our new WX model,” adds DeFrance. “If someone is scanning it in a green mill, planer mill, or veneer mill, we want to find a way to make that process simpler and more reliable for them.”

Work has already begun on developing a single camera variant of the JS-50 WX that will offer many of the benefits in an even smaller package. JoeScan invites anyone that shares their vision of simpler, more reliable sawmill scanning solutions to contact Blake DeFrance at Blake.DeFrance@ Automation & Electronics have been utilizing JoeScan JS-50 heads as part of the development of their NextGen Platform for Geometric Optimization, including this optimized trimmer

Capacity and quality in focus when Högland invests in Valutec kilns

David Marcusson, CEO, Höglands Såg & Hyvleri, Höglands Såg & Hyvleri has invested in two continuous kilns from Valutec for its sawmill at Anundsjö, Sweden. After the investments, the company’s drying capacity will reach 375,000 cubic meters (158,916 MBF) annually. “With the sawmill in full operation, we have experienced the lumber drying kilns as a limiting factor. This investments main benefits are the improved flow on our production line and the increased quality of the finished product,” says David Markusson, CEO of Höglands Såg & Hyvleri. Höglands Såg & Hyvleri is a family-owned company comprised


of the sawmills, Höglandssågen and Anundsjösågen, in addition to the grading department located at Domsjö. The sawmill saws both fir and pine, mainly for use as construction lumber and primarily sold on the Swedish and UK markets. Together, the sawmills produce approx. 320,000 cubic meters (135,608 MBF) of lumber products annually. “Valutec has a long-standing collaborative relationship with Höglands and has previously supplied kilns to both Anundsjö and Höglands. It’s an honor for us to be able to supply the new kilns for Anundsjösågen. It’s an excellent testament to our collaborative relationship and we look forward to starting the project,” says Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec. Anundsjösågen invested in two similar kilns from Valutec as late as in 2015, which helped facilitate their choice of supplier this time around. “The kilns we bought in 2015 have worked well and, of course, the operators having experience in using and operating the machines has its advantages,” says David Markusson. “We know Valutec and how they work, while at the same time we feel a sense of security in knowing that the company, like us, has its headquarters up in the north of Sweden.” The kilns Anundsjösågen

invests in are FB continuous kilns, built in stainless steel with an annual capacity of approx. 50,000 cubic meters (21,118 MBF) per kiln. They are equipped with pressure frames, for minimal deformation of the uppermost lumber layer, and Valutec’s heat recovery system. The delivery also includes the Valmatics 4.0 control system. Installation of the new lumber kilns will begin in August 2021.


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Ambient light no barrier

Scanmeg releases TS5 The latest development from the Scanmeg portfolio of products is an upgrade on the hugely successful TS4 scanner


he TS4 has been on the market for a while and is a key part of Scanmeg’s scanning range, representing one of the most advanced sensor systems and scanners available to sawmillers, regardless of the specific production challenges being faced down. The 3D Laser technology is the described as the most efficient developments from Scanmeg, exceptionally proficient in working

on digital profiles and shapes of objects. The product series traces and applies a laser line to the object. Using an array camera, points are detected along the line to describe the profile and shape of the object. The TS5 is a single-laser line canner that is fast, compact and robust. This line of products is ideal for measuring the shape of a tree, cant, boards or any dimensional object by the principle of triangulation.

New identity – for a stronger Holmen You may have noticed that Holmen has changed colors, icons and a new logo in their digital channels, in the annual report and in social media. It is part of Holmen’s new brand identity and affects how they look and communicate. The new identity is based on the interplay between nature and technology. Holmen creates a sustainable future for customers and society, and it is through nature and technology that they

make it happen. The story of Holmen begins in the forest, in the meeting between the power of nature and man’s curiosity and engineering. To clarify its story, they have developed a new brand platform and visual identity. The new identity draws inspiration from this duality – the meeting between nature and technology. Soft shapes meet sharp corners and earthy tones contrast with energy-rich,

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stronger colours. A living brand that can proudly represent the whole of Holmen – from Forest and Energy to Wood Products, Cardboard and Paper. “The entire group is part of our circular business and our new sharp brand expression that clearly reflects Holmen today; a futuresmart, circular business with the power to make a difference and which drives the transition to a sustainable society. ”

The TS4 was a highly advanced product but limited when the process was exposed to ambient light. The next logical step for Scanmeg, therefore, was to offer that same quality product without the light-issue barrier. “Scanmeg’s TS5 is that new generation of products we were aiming for,” the company stated. “With our innovative technique, this product improves the results with ambient light immunity. “Quality results and accuracy; you can operate this new TS5 in all kinds of light whether natural or artificial. You can operate the product in sunlight, if necessary. This means you no longer have to shield the line from sunlight by blocking windows or keeping doors closed.” Triangulation technology means the projection of a laser line on an object allows the Type TS scanner to precisely measure the XY coordinates of the intersection of the laser line with the object. This allows the collection of all the necessary data, which is stored in it a digitized format that can be sent on demand to other devices to optimize the application. “The TS5 could improve the processing line at many sawmills, adding a layer of convenience and resilience, while at the same time building on the fundamental scanning technology that has proven itself in the market over so many years.”


Autolog introduces R-TRAC rotation tracking The latest innovation from scanning expert Autolog is a step-change in technology


utolog has launched a “revolutionary” sensor called R-TRAC. This new sensor is taking live degree measurements while the log is rotating. R-TRAC is a fully autonomous system that is independent of the log optimizer geometric model. It works with all types of log turners, no matter which optimizer brand is installed. No mechanical modifications


are required to the log turner or to the infeed chain. It is easily integrated with any control system (PLC), as R-TRAC allows the use of a closed loop feedback to control the position of the log turner cylinders based on the rotation instead of their linear movement. The R-TRAC system maintains a continuous reading of the rotation angle while the log is in the field of view as opposed to applying a rotation correction after the rotation is complete. The working principle is quite simple: a set of data is acquired for every inch the log advances; each set of data contains images of the log’s surface and geometric data; a rotation measurement is calculated for each pair of consecutive sets of data that gives a rotation value per inch of traveling. The cumulative log rotation measurement is sent to the PLC and the PLC uses these measurements to control the log turner positions using a PID loop to turn the log “perfectly” each time. R-TRAC has a precision better than 5° of standard deviation using all data (no outliers removed as many do in their calculation). It comes with advanced statistical tools to help track the performance of the turners. At this time, the

maximum speed is 600 ft/minute and it can measure logs from 4 in to 24 in. The figure included here shows the results of a test on 50 logs in a sawmill where the R-TRAC system is currently installed. The blue represents rotation error of a log turner system without the use of R-TRAC. The red is the same system but with the R-TRAC. The curve is a lot narrower with the R-TRAC. This can give users high gain on their recovery. R-TRAC standard deviation in this test was 4.2° compared to 9.8° without it. This is more than 5° gain on the log rotation error. An important point to note is the mean value. With the R-TRAC, it is practically at 0° compared to 1.1° without it. In summary, R-TRAC is a realtime system that is compatible with all types of log turners without requiring any mechanical modification to the log turner. It turns the log perfectly each time without the need to correct the turning at the end. The standard deviation on the error is less than 5° using all data .

Results of a test on 50 logs in a sawmill where the R-TRAC system is currently installed

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Wood optimization with 3D laser and color scanning Ring layout of Gocator® 2880 laser line scanners scanning a log travelling along a lineal transport system

Margins for sawyers across the world are getting tighter, making it more imperative than ever to get every cent of value out of each log processed at the mill


ncreasing pressure on pricing and processing costs requires that lumber manufacturing extract maximum volume and value from every log. As a solution, 3D laser and colour scanning are able to deliver dramatic improvements in yield and value recovery.

Log optimization Logs are cut into semi-finished boards (flitches) at up to 30 logs per minute, requiring a large amount of data to be collected and analyzed in a short time. When logs travel on a sharp chain into the mill, the typical scanner configuration mounts three, four, or more laser-line scanner heads in a ring layout spaced to provide full coverage. As the log moves through the scan plane, a full 3D map of the log surface is generated using 3D

laser scanners. Cutting patterns are then computed and sent to a downstream gang saw that strips away the outer flitches and produces a center cant. In headrig carriage systems (a moving platform that positions, rotates, and transports the log through a single bandsaw), multi-line laser scanner heads are mounted on one or two sides of the carriage along the entire log length, such that a single capture produces profile data every 6 in. The snapshot data is used to make decisions on the next cut for the current opening face. Moving the platform just 6 in produces even greater shape detail. Cutting decisions are an accumulation of multiple scans and back and forth passes through the bandsaw until the final cant

is dumped for downstream processing. Once logs are reduced to flitches and cants, secondary operations are required to edge pieces for width then trim to length at two different machine centers— an edger and a trimmer optimizer.

Board optimization In both edger and trimmer machine centers, transverse 3D scanning is used to digitize each wood piece and generate 3D shape, 2D surface colour, and tracheid (i.e. laser scatter effect in wood) data. This information is used to determine optimal cutting patterns to yield maximum value recovery for varying dimensions and grades. Transverse conveyor systems use multi-point laser scanners

Gocator profile+tracheid scanner with bolt-on color scanner and one white LED lightbar /4

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mounted above and below the wood flow to build fully stitched 3D models based on the principles of laser triangulation and colour imaging running at 3 kHz. Speed of data acquisition is critical in handling typical unit rates between 70 to 300 boards per minute.

Modular board scanning systems for finished grading With Gocator® 200 series multipoint scanners, a modular board scanning system can be easily configured to mix 3D profiles, tracheid, and color data. Color is used only on the wane-up surface, while profile and tracheid is used on both top and bottom board surfaces.

Multi-point scanning for tracheid Not only do multi-point scanners minimize scanner frame space and capture both edges of a board, they also achieve another critical capability: Measurement of tracheid effect. When a laser spot is projected onto healthy tracheid wood cells, laser light scatters into the cells in the direction of cell growth. If the wood fibre is dead (as in a knot), then the laser light does not scatter. This effect can be measured to identify quality wood from defective wood and even determine grain angle. HALCO AD:Layout 3


Bank of Gocator® 200 series multi-point scanners in a transverse board scanning application

Adding colour vision for defect detection Colour scanning identifies surface defects such as knots, splits, rot, speck, beetle damage, and more, resulting in powerful grade-based recovery optimization (i.e. where lumber is cut into boards to obtain the highest grade as opposed to extracting the highest volume). Higher grade output leads to

higher dollar returns from the input wood fibre. Colour scanning requires the addition of white light to illuminate the board surface and megapixel colour cameras to build high resolution colour images. Resolutions down to 0.25 mm are typical in today’s high-performance colour scanners. The bolt-on Gocator 205

vision module (along with a white LED light bar that is strobed to maximize efficiency and lifetime) provides Gocator® 200 scanners with color vision for detection and measurement of surface defects including knots, splits, and rot.

The future of lumber optimization with Gocator The Gocator smart sensor feature set offers onboard processing to configure triggering, exposure, resolution, board detection, filtering, stitching, measurement, built-in communication protocols to other factory equipment using PLC protocols. With an open source SDK, customers can build sophisticated, modular scanning solutions and deliver unique capabilities that are specific to mill requirements.

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Flexibility & versatility top priorities Big brands continue fight for market share in chipper sector


eterson, Jenz, Precision Husky and Komptech – these are four of the biggest and most respected names in the biomass chipper supplier game, and they span the globe in terms of origin and reach. This year once again sees these key suppliers drift further from their roots as purveyors of raw power and more toward suppliers

of multiple business opportunity for the contractors buying these units. These opportunities take the form of a greater range of options in terms of chipping quality, mobility and efficiencies/ serviceability. That is not to say power isn’t the first consideration for buyers of chipping technology and therefore for the brands supplying

that market; it remains the chief requirement for those in the chipping trade. But the race to the top of the raw-power tree is now

LOAD SPOUTS All models come standard with an end-load spout, the 4310B, and 4310B Highwalker are available with an optional topload spout.

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6310B-Drum Chipper

The 6300-series drum chippers are suited for high volume biomass producers who have a wide variety of feed material, from logs up to 36″ (91 cm) in diameter, to brush and small feed stock. so tightly fought and the rates of processing so impressive that the greatest opportunity to take market share from a rival is around the margins – namely flexibility of a range or of a specific machine.

More Power, More Applications 4300-Series Peterson 4310B biomass drum chipper in action

Peterson 4310B Drum Chipper Cutaway

For applications needing more production, Peterson’s popular 4300-series machines pack a Caterpillar 755hp (563 kW) engine to get the job done. Popular with


Powered by a Caterpillar engine, Peterson drum chippers boast high torque for high volume production.


Increases output density and decreases chip truck load times.

both biomass and land clearing applications, the Peterson 4300B-series machines are being used in a variety of terrain and feed stock jobsites. “Peterson has had a tremendous amount of success with the 4300B-series for pipe-line right of way contractors who need the extra mobility in tough terrain” said Michael Spreadbury, Director of Marketing for Peterson. The 4300B-series machine is suited for high volume biomass producers who have a wide variety of feed material from brush and small feed stock to logs up to 24 inches (61 cm) in diameter. At 58,500 pounds (26 535 kg), the track mounted 4310B Drum Chipper is designed for operations


Knives are easy to access on all drum chipper models with our patented safety latch system and prevents the drum from moving during knife changes.


Large, aggressive feed roll smoothly feeds material into the chipper.

requiring high production and frequent moves between jobs. The 4300B, which comes on wheels, weighs in at 52,000 lbs. (23,586 kg.) The chipper utilizes a 36 inch diameter by 44¾ inch (91 by 114 cm) wide drum with either 6 or 12 knife pockets. Traditional Babbitt type knife systems are standard equipment. Chip length can be set from 1⁄8 to 1¼ inch (3 to 32 mm) depending on rotor and knife configuration. Other key features include a hydraulic clutch, sloped feed deck for ease of feeding the chipper, and wear resistant AR 450 wear surfaces on the drum pockets and shell. Optional material sizing grates further reduce oversize



Three strands of WHD 120 feed chain, paired with an aggressive feed roll makes loading easy for all types of material.

The sloped feed deck minimizes double handling of feed material by the loader.


Peter's anvils are made from AR400, for long life and accurate chip sizing.



Provides ultraconsistent chip sizing; twigs and small stems are easily fractured.

Helps eject chips, and can include breaker bars to further assist with sizing for microchips.

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The 6300-series machines performance is really inspiring—we have seen these machines utilized on land clearing jobs in orchards, or just making biomass microchips, and their throughput is amazing Michael Spreadbury

twigs and branches in the chips, and an optional chip accelerator helps with loading. The 4310B Drum Chipper comes equipped with a wireless remote transmitter, putting control in the palm of your hand. The end load spout is standard, and an optional top loading spout is available.

6300-Series For those needing even higher production, or have large diameter feedstock, the C27-powered 6300-series drum chippers are an industry-leading solution. Available in both wheeled and tracked options, the 6300-series drum chippers can get the job done. “The 6300-series machines performance is really inspiring—we have seen these machines utilized on land clearing jobs in orchards, or just making biomass microchips, and their throughput is amazing We always advise our

customers to have plenty of trucking lined up with these machines, as they fill up a traditional chip van fast!” said Spreadbury. The 6300-series drum chippers are suited for high volume biomass producers who have a wide variety of feed material, from logs up to 36″ (91 cm) in diameter, to brush and small feed stock. The 6300-series machines are powered by a 1050 HP (772 kW) C27 Caterpillar engine. At 85,000 pounds (38,555 kg), the 6300B was designed for operations requiring high production and frequent moves between jobs. The tracked 6310B weighs in at 86,000 lbs. (39,010 kg). The 6300-series drum chippers have two drum configurations, an 8-pocket drum to make standard biomass chips, or a 16-pocket drum to make microchips. An optional grate system has been redesigned to allow for adjustment from a microchip to a 1¼” chip with the same grates. Traditional Babbitt type knife systems are standard equipment, or an optional Key Knife system is available. Peterson’s chip accelerator system, adds load density, or throws chips well away from the machine for land clearing operations. The chipper utilizes a 50″ (127 cm) diameter by 60″ (152 cm) wide drum. Other key features include a sloped feed deck for the ease of feeding and wear resistant AR450 wear surfaces on the drum pockets and shell. The feed chain has been upgraded to WDH120 for improved strength and long life.

In an age where machine owners want real-time data about their machines, Peterson has developed Peterson+ to enhance the customer experience with Peterson products. Peterson+ was designed from the ground up to enable an integrated team to work together by sharing machine data; helping provide customers the information they need to ensure successful grinding and chipping operations. “Peterson+ is a unique communication network and information system connecting Peterson machines, customers and dealers with Peterson’s cloud-based machine monitoring, diagnostics and information systems,” said Michael Spreadbury, Peterson’s Director of Marketing. “The system will help improve customer profitability through higher machine utilization, productivity and increased uptime.” Peterson+ equipped machines, such as Peterson’s 4710D horizontal grinder, provide streaming machine data, including a GPS locator. Customers can have live access to the machine’s on-board display and operating information on their office computer, laptop or mobile phone. Statistical historical data can also be used to track important information such as fuel consumption; engine rpm’s and oil temperatures giving owners and operators better efficiency, increasing profits through

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productivity. The wireless display feature uses a local area network to allow machine operators to use their smart phone as a wireless display mounted in an excavator, loader, or control booth. Peterson+ also makes a great troubleshooting tool. The operator, dealer, and Peterson technicians can all see what is going on with the machine’s control system – similar to having a technician on-site working through a potential problem. Machine documentation, parts information, and support services are also made easily accessible through the Peterson+ portal via Peterson’s website.

Peterson+ is a unique communication network and information system connecting Peterson machines, customers and dealers with Peterson’s cloud-based machine monitoring, diagnostics and information systems Michael Spreadbury, Director of Marketing, Peterson

even the most difficult materials can be shredded quickly and efficiently.

Efficient work with high throughput

The highly efficient Terminator xtron shredder processes a wide variety of materials with adjustable grain sizes


he highly efficient Terminator xtron shredder from Komptech processes a wide variety of materials with adjustable grain sizes. Whether waste wood, green waste or household, bulky and commercial waste, with its high roller teeth and a powerful motor in the latest emissions standard, the newcomer in the Terminator series “masters various shredding tasks”, according to the manufacturer. Companies and service providers who want to react more flexibly and economically to changing order situations should benefit from this.

New V-shredding unit The Terminator xtron has a newly developed shredding unit to ensure powerful shredding with constant processing quality when changing materials. Its features are 16 specially shaped and significantly elongated roller teeth and a respectable outer diameter of 1,170 mm. The high teeth ensure a constant throughput even with bulky waste or green waste. The enlarged outer circumference prevents process interruptions from being wrapped around the roller. The shredding work

is supported by 17 teeth on the counter comb. The kerf between the roller and the comb is hydraulically adjustable and keeps the selected distance constant. In this way, the degree of comminution can be optimally adjusted to the following process steps and a constant grain size is guaranteed.

torque for materials that are difficult to shred. The load-dependent speed control automatically adapts the roller speed and shredding force to the material to be shredded. This increases the torque by 40% in the high-load range, which means that

The hydraulically foldable hopper is a real unique selling point. It enables a precise adjustment to the respective loading device. This ensures efficient work with high throughput and minimal leakage. Thanks to the extensive shredding area, even loading by large wheel loaders is problem-free. Mobility on the road, such as is required for inter-company work, is provided by the Terminator xtron with a three-axle central trailer with air-sprung axles and an optional drive-up device. Further mobility options are a hook lift platform or a crawler chassis.

High throughput through hydraulic configuration Compared to its brothers in the Terminator series from Komptech, the Terminator xtron is equipped with a more powerful hydraulic drive for the roller and optimized control technology. The power comes from a powerful Caterpillar diesel engine of the latest emissions standard. The standard equipment with a double-sided roller drive ensures the necessary

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The new HEM 922 has a real infeed height of 900 mm and an optimised draw-in which is extremely useful when chipping impact debris and pruning shrubs. 1,100 hp system power are providing an enormous performance potential

Optimised draw-in The Jenz Chippertruck hybrid is the flagship among the manufacturer’s suite of mobile chippers. Equipped with powerful dual engine technology and more than 1,100 hp system performance, the high power Jenz Chippertruck is a premium unit. The new HEM 922 is the successor to the previous HEM 821. The new chipper has been optimised across its functions from the feed area to user-friendliness, making it more flexible in applications.

Among other things, the new Chippertruck hybrid scores points with increased intake height, now 900 mm, and noticeably more aggressive draw-in behaviour. Many changes were made to the draw-in: table geometry and

inclination of the draw-in table; draw-in speed; and top and bottom roller geometry and position. “Overall, the machine is now easier to feed and chews better. We call this effect ‘drop and forget’. This means that the driver puts the material down (“drop”) and can

fetch new material more quickly,” explains Hermeier. In addition to easier feeding, the woodchip quality increases because the material is fed to the drum in a more controlled manner. “The changes made have a very positive effect, especially when

“When people think of large chippers, they often think of huge wood piles in heating plants,” explains Hans Heinrich Hermeier, Product Manager and Junior Manager at Jenz. “We know that our customers are often caught between maximum throughput in the heating plant and the greatest possible flexibility in the forest or on the road. This is precisely the point we have addressed with the new HEM 922 chipping unit, which has been specially built for the selfpropelled chipper.” Maintenance made easy: The Maintenance accessibility has been optimised and includes many details like the fully integrated tool concept for daily cleaning and maintaining 36 International Forest Industries | APRIL / MAY 2021

For high and even more off-road mobility: Single agricultural tyres on the drive axles (optional) and suitable for motorways up to 80 km/h top speed

chipping impact debris and pruning shrubs,” summarises the Product Manager, who is himself an active test driver.

Maintenance made easy Maintenance accessibility has also been optimised: “We have focussed not only on the fully integrated tool concept, but also on daily maintenance and cleaning of the machine in a similar way to the single-engine Chippertruck.” In detail, this includes the professional tool concept with swivelling toolbox and many tool holders, and also various access ladders and storage space options for safe work on the.

Overall, the machine is now easier to feed and chews better Hans Heinrich Hermeier, Head of Product Management

Performance without end The most powerful Jenz mobile chipper has 1,100 hp of system power through dual engine technology. The drive concept has been taken over from its predecessor, which impresses not only with unbridled power but also with simplicity. “The Caterpillar auxiliary engine has only one task: chipping. It passes on almost all of its torque of approximately 3,500 Nm to the drum via a 10-groove drive belt. The complete machine hydraulics and the propulsion drive are supplied via the HGV engine. That means the Cat is only running when it is chipping, not otherwise,” says Hermeier.

Agricultural tyres for even more off-road mobility The off-road mobility required

in practice can be ensured by single agricultural tyres on the drive axles. This means that the self-propelled vehicle is now completely on single tyres. “The elimination of the dual tyres eliminates the need for cleaning when switching to road travel, and the self-cleaning agricultural tyres give the machine unimagined off-road capabilities,” says Hermeier.

holders and light, practically positioned directly at the rotor For a quick screen change without tools with a crane • H ydraulic opening of the screen cover for screen replacement without tools • S creen tray hydraulically lockable on the engine compartment cover For even more off-road mobility and high mobility

Licensing without special permit

• S ingle agricultural tyres on the drive axles (optional)

There have also been some changes in the area of licensing: “Even with a full tank of 900 litres of diesel we are below 32 t and therefore do not need a special permit. With truck driving comfort and corresponding consumption and up to 80 km/h, the HEM 922 is therefore extremely flexible on the road.”

• S uitable for motorways up to 80 km/h top speed For even more support: Assistance systems • P ractical assistance functions such as forward drive or superstructure assistants: ready to chip in less than 1 minute

At a glance

• I nnovative CFA and CFA 2 draw-in regulating systems for maximum wood chip quality

Optimised draw-in for even more aggressive draw-in behaviour and improved chip quality

• M odern hardware with touch display and fast online error analyses

• M odified table geometry and inclination of infeed table

For the best working conditions

• O ptimisation of the draw-in rollers and repositioning of the lower draw-in roller • Clear 900 mm draw-in height Ergonomic maintenance for daily servicing and cleaning

• P remium easyLight lighting package for optimum illumination of the work area • A cool head and protection from damage thanks to rooftop air conditioner and pipe cage

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Even after half a century, industry leader Precision Husky never stops innovating its line-up of whole tree chippers, flail debarkers and knuckleboom loaders. “Most of us came up in the logging industry and we know what it takes to win at this game. Customers all over the world recognize this commitment in the equipment we sell,” Smith said. The latest achievements in Precision’s quest for forest industry perfection are accomplished with the remarkable design experience

see production from the top or at insertion in real time and adjust accordingly. That’s like having an extra man in the crew. Complete system diagnostics come at the touch of a button, making trouble shooting simple when it used to take hours of downtime. The new 2366 chipper brings 25% more anvil control to the table to prevent slapping and turning. This results in smoother slicing and more uniform chips, with less

feed speed of up to 200-plus linear ft (61 m)/minute. An operator can generate over 100 t/h of clean chips. The 2600-4 is also highly flexible. Because it allows for multiple individual solutions, it consistently receives the highest efficiency rates in the world. It

can operate along with our mobile chipper or as a stand-alone debarker. Bark and limbs are removed in enclosed housing, protecting the system from damage. The 2600-4 flail removes waste with an oversized hydraulic pusher, keeping the chamber clean.

The new 2366 chipper brings 25% more anvil control

Precision is more than our name. It’s our number one goal Scott Smith, Precision Husky

and application of ever-changing technology in the digital age. From the top down, the Precision line is better engineered, built heavier, smarter and stronger for more fruitful logging and less costly downtime than previously. “Precision is more than our name. It’s our number one goal.” Precision Husky did not invent the whole tree chipper but it does make one of the best chippers available today as the more than 5,000 crews that use Precision products every day and have access to an unbeatable parts inventory and service technicians would likely attest. The latest generation of Precision-built chipper pushes the envelope of technology to include a 66 in, five-knife option, which allows the chipper disc to operate at a slower rate. This not only saves wear and tear, it produces the most valuable chip quality available. Year after year, Precision chippers, operating with the 2600-4 flail debarker gives operators the highest production, lowest bark content and cost per tonne in the industry. Plus, through messagebased CAN bus platform with its easy to use three wire system, a remote operator can monitor infeed through the HD colour control panel. The operator can

horsepower. The unit comes with a fully adjustable hydraulic system, which provides limitless control of feed rate. The patented PT Tech HPTO Hydraulic Power Take-Off is a totally enclosed wet hydraulic clutch that requires no adjustment through its wear life. During a torque spike, the clutch will act as a torque limiter by slipping to absorb the shock load. A microprocessor controller provides remote operation. The industry-leading XL-175 knuckleboom loader comes standard in the 2366 Precision chipper. They are professionally engineered to be highly responsive and balanced with a smooth, powerful swing. These workhorse loaders have central hydraulic pressure checks and are the largest available with super heavy-duty sub frames. “With its 3-axle spring suspension, our Precison chippers are tough to beat,” Smith said. “Choose the engine strength that suits your operation – up to 1,200 hp. We also offer a popular new radio remote controlled trackdriven chipper that goes where the big rigs can’t and are favoured by many of our international recycling operations. The new FD 2600-4 debarker can easily process logs from 3-26 in (76-660 mm) in diameter with a

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Precision Whole Tree Chippers Capabilities All four sizes of Precision Whole Tree Chippers have rugged frame construction, over-sized stabilizers, air compressors, trash separators and more powerful fans that pack more chips per van. Power options range from 400 to 1050 horsepower [298 to 783 kw]. Because Precision Whole Tree Chippers are built stronger, have more standard features, with a reputation of trouble-free service, it is the choice of experienced operators and owners. The optional Husky Loader, manufactured by Precision Husky in the same plant as the Whole Tree Chippers, the Husky XL-175 is standard on the Model 1858 and 2366. The larger XL-245 loader is included for the model 2675 and 3084 Whole Tree Chippers. Husky Knuckle-Boom loaders are engineered to be highly responsive with a smooth powerful swing and perfect balance. Routine service is fast with an easy access design, like centralized hydraulic pressure checks and turntable bearing greasing from the operator’s cab. Husky booms are the largest available with super heavy-duty sub frames.

Performance Precision is one of the best known chippers in the world. The Precision chipper design allows 25% more anvil contact, preventing wood slapping and turning. This produces a smoother slicing acti on ensuring uniform sized chips while using less horsepower. Knives are positioned in the disc in such a way as to allow 10 to 15% more roundwood capacity than others the same size. Our discs are made from high quality steel and stress relieved prior to machining and all bearings are heavy-duty double spherical rollers. For ease of maintenance, wear points are protected by easily removed and replaceable components.

Options End Loading Discharge Top Loading Discharge Bed Infeed Chain Conveyor Knuckleboom Loader Trailer or Track Mount Radio Remote Control

thinning, corridor clearing, crane corridor thinning and clearing along roadsides, fields and power lines.

Service and follow-up program

Bracke C16.c Silviculture & Biomass head Bracke C16.c is an accumulating felling head for silviculture and biomass applications. The head has a high accumulating capacity and a unique patented cutting solution that provides a very high harvesting capacity.


racke C16.c can be attached to harvesters, forwarders, and other machines equipped with a boom or crane.

Design The cutting solution consists of a cutting blade with a ¾” saw chain.

The disc’s design always keeps the chain tensioned. Bracke C16.c has a hydraulic piston engine that provides higher production, longer life and lower fuel consumption than the earlier generations.

Efficient silviculture The Bracke C16.c combines highly efficient clearing with the ability to make use of biomass. This makes the head suited for mechanized felling, such as in sapling clearing,

With Bracke C16.c, a service and follow-up program is included. The program simplifies service, offers the ability to count the number of accumulations and bundles, and gives the operator information on the head’s functions. Adjustment of parameters and trouble shooting can be carried out remotely by service personnel connecting directly to the software in the Bracke C16.c. The program assumes a PC with an newer Windows operating system and an Internet connection.


Harvesters, forwarders, excavators and other machines equipped with a boom or crane.


625 kg

Saw disc diameter

795 mm


260 mm

Saw chain

3/4” chain

Hydraulic requirements Pressure

170 bar


140 l/min

Electrical system

24 V

Control system




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Feller Bunchers

803M Tracked Feller Buncher

959ML Shovel Logger

From the L-Series wheeled machines to the 959ML and M-Series Tracked models, the John Deere feller bunchers deliver productive, reliable machine solutions built with loggers’ needs top of mind.

The 959ML Shovel Logger tackles steep slope applications with ease. Equipped with industry-leading leveling technology, the 959ML provides exceptional stability in challenging terrain. “Our 959ML has been a game-changer for us. It is very maneuverable in the extreme conditions we work in, and its ability to reach down into a deep ravine and grab timber amazes me. Operators love the spacious

803M Tracked Feller Buncher

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cab and impressive visibility. And it delivers the same uptime, reliability, and dealer support I’ve come to expect from John Deere machines,” said Andrew Johnson, owner of Wolf Lake Logging Ltd. This smooth-functioning machine features standard walkways that provide access to all areas of the enclosure without climbing down. The 959ML offers convenient access to service components, allowing for quick and frequent maintenance checks. Additionally, the machine comes with several optional features such as a weldon, tether-ready hitch field kit, slope monitoring system, and four-point seat harness. When paired with the FL100 Felling Head, the 959ML delivers outstanding

grapple strength, arm durability, and rotate and tilt power.

M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers Ongoing input from customers has helped to make the 800M- and 900M- Series Feller Bunchers more productive and user-friendly. The spacious operator station was designed by loggers for loggers and includes ergonomically designed controls. Other features include fully adjustable armrests with mounted keypads, a sealed touchpad allowing longer switch life, and floor-to-ceiling front windows to improve visibility. “The guys in the cab, they can see so much better off of the visibility. And that visibility should equate to better productivity… if the guy can see better, he can do a better job,” said Cory Isley of D&J Isley and Sons. The 800M- and 900M- Series are equipped with a Final Tier 4 engine, increasing overall performance and reliability by minimizing fluid consumption. This latest Final Tier 4 engine meets EPA regulations in emissions without sacrificing power or torque. The optional Rapid Cycle System (RCS) allows for faster, low-effort joystick control of all boom functions. This helps operators of 800M- and 800MH-Series machines to be more productive by combining automated felling head arm cycling with simple boom controls. RCS significantly reduces operator fatigue while increasing efficiency and productivity.

843L-II Wheeled Feller Buncher

643L-II Wheeled Feller Buncher

L-Series II Wheeled Feller Bunchers The L-Series II Wheeled Feller Bunchers were designed based on extensive customer input, resulting in a lineup of machines that improve operation, maintenance, and reliability. The simplified L-Series II models incorporate several part changes to reduce complexity. Changes to the electrical and hydraulic systems and improvements to component placements enhance the logger experience when servicing the machines. “The two-piece wiring harness makes it easier to work on the machines,” said Wayne Sugg of Sugg Logging. “Wiring is rerouted, so it is not bunched up in the machine, which reduces rubbing wear. The cylinder guards protect the hoses from falling limbs. These changes help make the machine more reliable, which saves time and money on maintenance.” The heavy-duty axles on the 643L-II and 843L-II Wheeled Feller Bunchers provide the operator with the stability and hill-climbing power they need to navigate

643L-II Wheeled Feller Buncher challenging forest conditions. The higher-ply tire options are available from the factory, increasing tire strength for carrying heavier loads and powering through rugged wood conditions. New steering sensors enable operators to control articulation speed for frameto-frame contact, cushioning impact during full articulation, and improving operator comfort. Further enhancing operation, the

electrohydraulic controls can be configured to personal preferences for the operator. The optional joystick and foot controls deliver smooth, low-effort control to decrease operator fatigue over long shifts. The TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ map-based production planning and tracking systems are available for the M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and the L-Series II Wheeled Feller

Bunchers. Optimizing productivity and efficiency, TimberMatic Maps helps eliminate guesswork for operators related to routes and the location of the timber. TimberManager provides complete visibility to the operation from the land harvested to the machines at work, allowing operators to streamline communication and increase efficiency.


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A Tigercat 2000 shear bunching eucalyptus in Australia

Tigercat builds a full line of innovative felling attachments designed to match the high performance and productivity of Tigercat carriers. The product range includes disc saw and shear felling heads, fixed wrist and directional bar saw felling heads, and a growing line of harvesting heads. Tigercat felling attachments are used around the world and can be matched to virtually any type of mechanized felling application from small diameter pulpwood and biomass clear fell applications to selective felling of oversized, high-value hardwood.

2000 bunching shear The original Tigercat bunching shears were designed in the mid-1990s for North American pine thinning operations. Over the years, the evolution of the 2000 series shear has made into what is considered the premium plantation eucalyptus felling head for the blue gum applications in highly abrasive

soil conditions and rocky terrain. With fast shear cycles, the 2000 has proven to be highly productive, and extremely reliable. Compared with a disc saw, maintenance requirements are less and bushfire risk is minimized. The shear arm pivot bearing design is extremely strong and reliable. The chassis is constructed with hardened steel, with bronze alloy bushings installed in the grab and accumulator arms. The shear blades are the toughest on the market and replaceable hardened steel wear strips are available for very sandy soil conditions. The massive 0.62 m2 accumulation pocket allows for larger bunches, subsequently boosting skidder production and reducing fuel consumption as the skidder can more quickly accumulate a load. The shear improves the flow of the entire harvesting system.

5300 Bunching saw The Tigercat 5300 bunching saw boosts feller buncher productivity in smaller diameter plantation wood under 405 mm (16 in). It has greater accumulating capacity

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The Tigercat 5195 for performance when cutting and shoveling than the 5000 bunching saw but the added weight of the additional trees and extra steel in the structure means that the 5300 is only suited to the full-sized Tigercat 870 series track carriers. Feller buncher productivity and efficiency improves because more trees are cut per cycle, reducing unnecessary machine travel. Skidder productivity and efficiency improves because the bunches are large, well aligned and easy to pick up.

5702-26 felling saw Tigercat’s 5702 felling saw has been a highly successful workhorse on Tigercat tracked and wheeled feller bunchers for almost two decades and now Tigercat has introduced an important evolution – the 5702-26 for tracked bunchers. The 5702-26 shares the same arms, horn, wrist and asymmetric geometry of the 5702 with a larger saw housing and blade to increase single-cut capacity, throat width and accumulation area. The 5702-26 features a 1,625 mm (64 in) diameter blade with 20 teeth spun at up to 1,050 rpm (max rated speed) delivering up to 30% more blade energy than the regular 5702. The single-cut capacity is 660 mm (26 in) for the 5702-26 compared to 580 mm (23 in) for the 5702. As with all Tigercat felling heads, the 5702-26 is designed for durability, long life and easy maintenance. It features durable, well-guarded, cushioned cylinders and strength-to-weight optimized frames. Hardened wear plates and replaceable liners are installed in critical areas. Heavy duty spindle and bearings in saw drive system can take the punishment from harsh forestry conditions.

The 5702-26 is best matched to Tigercat 870 series feller bunchers.

5185 fixed felling saw and 5195 directional felling saw Tigercat’s 5185 and 5195 felling saws are steadily increasing in popularity globally in large timber and steep slope operations. Contractors in native hardwood and other oversize timber applications are seeing benefits from the 5195 coupled with the LS855E shovel logger due to the excellent shovelling performance on steep slopes. This significantly decreases the amount of side cut skidder trails required to access the timber which is a big advantage in forests with strict regulations and stringent oversight. The 5195 can efficiently top the trees within the cut block. With continuous rotation, the head is quickly and easily repositioned and double cuts on steep slopes are performed quickly without moving the carrier. This makes the head versatile for oversized timber over 1 m in diameter. The 5195 has full 360° rotate with through-the-link central hosing for enhanced hose protection and extended hose life. Oversized twin grapple cylinders deliver high performance and control when felling cutting and shovelling. The fully fabricated chassis and grapple arms design provide strength and added longevity. The 5185 shares the saw performance and strength and longevity characteristics of the 5195. Where the 5185 excels is in its ability to control fell and place high value trees, avoiding breakage. In timber stands with Continued on p48

The new XT465L-5 sets high industry standards of excellence for Track Feller Bunchers Improved service access, reliability and durability means increased productivity for the Komatsu XT465L-5 feller buncher. Built for ease of serviceability, a gull-wing style engine hood folds down, providing an elevated service work platform. Four additional service doors provide easy access. The innovative hydraulic tank design features two tanks, requiring 55% less total hydraulic oil. Operator comfort and convenience are premium with a state-of-the-art cab, which has been relocated to the left of the boom. The design changes provide superior lines of sight to each track. The intuitive IQAN-MD4 digital control system puts machine control at the operator’s fingertips. The rugged undercarriage significantly increases service life, including rugged, stronger track chain links that resist twist and longer-wear track roller and idler bushings. The new triple labyrinth floating seal housings protect the final drive seals against mud packing. Fuel consumption is up to 5% lower due to advanced engine and hydraulic system control designs with the 331 peak hp (247 kW) Cummins QSL9 9-liter engine. Lift capacity at full reach has been significantly increased and the XT465L-5 now readily operates the Quadco 24-inch (610 mm) cutting capacity disc saw heads.

Features Gull-Style Engine Hood Gull-wing engine hood folds down providing an elevated service platform. Hydraulically-actuated with backup manual hand pump. Robust design provides a secure footing with 500 lbs (227 kg) load capacity.

• T rack rollers & idler bushings are made of high-density material

• C rawler Box improvements include: • R emoveable track guards have larger roller side openings to reduce mud packing

Offers excellent visibility and access to all engine-related components. Provides full access to engine oil filter, air filter, fuel filters, coolant, DEF fluid and hydraulic filters. Relocated Operator’s Cab Increased Track Visibility State-of-the-art cab relocated to the left side. Tracks are now highly visible through the side door and boom side windows • L arger Door window has an “L-shaped” flat bottom • E ngine/pump compartment is set-back; top 2/3 portion is indented rearward Rugged New Undercarriage Rugged new Komatsu undercarriage provides longer service life due to: • H eavier 8.5“ track chain links have a thicker bushing strap which is stronger at resisting “twist”

Built for ease of serviceability, a gull-wing style engine hood folds down, providing an elevated service work platform

• N ew track sliders have a reduced angle providing 30% lower contact • F inal drives use a new triple labyrinth seal to protect from mud-packing

• A dditional set of steps has been added to each crawler box 16% Greater Lift Capacity Increased lift capacity at full reach vs. XT-3 due to improved boom & arm geometry and larger cylinders. Provides better balance between boom lift & arm holding capacity. Broad line of Quadco high speed disc saws available.

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TimberManager allows me when I have multiple crews, I can be 50 miles away and I can see what they’re seeing in realtime… it keeps me from having to be at each job, I feel more secure Dillon Stratton, President, DM Stratton LLC

Machine Information Systems The forestry industry continues to evolve and to help loggers keep up with increasing demands and job site challenges, manufacturers are delivering improve machine solutions to increase efficiency and productivity


s a leader in forestry, John Deere offers a full range of technology solutions designed to help maximize profitability for logging professionals and improve performance on the job site.

TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager are the streamlined John Deere software solutions for loggers designed to enhance machine connectivity and communication. With this tandem solution, John Deere is providing an option that enables the industry to view full-tree and wheel cut-to-length operations in a single system and platform, opening the door to increased communication and connectivity. The TimberMatic Maps solution includes mapping software for use in the field, which utilizes a mobile network to share realtime production information between operators and back to the office. Data is collected through the sensors on the equipment while the production location is gathered through GPS technology. Information is then transmitted to the TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager systems. Managers can access the data using TimberManager, a web-based solution for PC, tablet, or mobile phone, allowing them to follow the progress of the work site remotely. “TimberManager allows me, when I have multiple crews running, to be 50 miles away and see what they’re seeing in real-

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time. It keeps me from having to be at each job. I feel more secure,” said Dillon Stratton of D.M. Stratton LLC. Additionally, the map allows all operators to add markings, pointing out challenging terrain factors, such as an area with soft ground, a land boundary, or an overhead hazard. The real-time updates provide on-demand visibility to the entire crew. This software is particularly beneficial to loggers working close to the government and privately held land, as boundaries can quickly and easily be set-up digitally to

alert loggers to boundary lines while they are working. Particularly on wheeled cut-tolength machines, one of the key benefits of the software solutions is the ability to efficiently plan the work that needs to get done on the job site. The map provides the precise location, volume, and species of timber within the network of logging routes. As the timber is transported the operator can mark the map to indicate it has occurred, providing an exact volume count of the timber taken to the landing. This ultimately assists in simplifying planning for trailer transports and the onward movement of timber. “TimberManager and TimberMatic Maps has helped my operators.

TimberManager and TimberMatic Maps has helped my operators. One thing, when we first put it in use, within the first month, we noted a two load a day increase out of my skidder operator. Thomas Johnson, Thomas Johnson Logging

One thing, when we first put it in use, within the first month, we noted a two load a day increase out of my skidder operator. And since then, I’ve trained probably four different operators using TimberManager and TimberMatic Maps. Just the technology as a whole improves operator training, especially for new operators. I can pull anybody off of the street right now, and if they can drive a pickup truck, I can put them in a skidder and, for my application, I can have them up to speed within seven operating days,” said Thomas Johnson of Thomas Johnson Logging.

Intelligent Boom Control John Deere makes operators tough jobs easier with its Intelligent Boom Control (IBC)

offering, available for the G-Series Forwarder lineup and select G-Series Wheeled Harvesters. With IBC, the operation of the boom is accurate, fast, and easy to operate. The operator now controls the boom directly instead of controlling each of the independent boom joint movements manually. The IBC system automatically adjusts the entire boom movement

and operation to that of the grapple, creating smoother boom movements and increasing operator comfort. Through IBC, unnecessary extra movements are limited, extending boom component wear life and allowing for faster cycle times. Additionally, for new operators, IBC accelerates the learning curve, increasing operator productivity.

Tom Reynolds of R&H Logging describes his experience with IBC on his 1210G Forwarder as seamless. “[With IBC,] it’s like the grapple is wired to your brain. It becomes part of your body — it’s as simple as reaching for a cup of coffee. You don’t have to think about it. It’s smooth, effortless, quick, and productive.”

[With IBC,] it’s like the grapple is wired to your brain. It becomes part of your body — it’s as simple as reaching for a cup of coffee. You don’t have to think about it. It’s smooth, effortless, quick, and productive Tom Reynolds , R&H Logging

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The fully upgraded Opti 5G user interface together with the recently launched Opti8 computer sets a new standard for the usability of Ponsse forest machine information system Markku Savolainen, Ponsse Plc, Product Manager, Equipment Automation

Ponsse launches new generation Scorpion harvesters

P The latest range represents improvements in both productivity and comfort through varied innovations

onsse has launched a completely modernised range of Scorpion harvesters, which meets all the requirements of forestry today. The new Ponsse Scorpion takes harvest productivity and ergonomics to the “next level” and “sets a new standard” for the operator’s working environment, according to the manufacturer. The Scorpion harvester was first introduced to the general public in 2013 and has since become Ponsse’s flagship product. Soon after its launch, the Scorpion became a global sales success and an international symbol of responsible forestry. Over 1,200 Scorpions have already been made and can now be found in more than 25 countries around the world. Now, eight years later, the Scorpion has shed its skin. The stability of the Ponsse Scorpion is “in a class of its own” and provides power and productivity on environmental terms with small surface pressure. In product development, attention has been paid above all to even better work ergonomics, safety, cabin visibility and usability. “As earlier, development of the new Scorpion range has been based on feedback from forest machine users, which we have utilized to put the upgrades now being introduced into production,” says Jan Kauhanen, Product Manager, Harvesters, at Ponsse.

“The cabin workspace is now more practical, and the quiet Scorpion landscape office has been developed specifically with the operator’s comfort and ability to keep working in mind.” The Scorpion is characterised by its visibility and manoeuvrability. One of the most visible improvements is the new one-piece front window, which reaches all the way up to the cabin roof to offer even better visibility and safe working in any weather condition. In addition, the unique crane solution provides excellent visibility in all directions.

Fifth generation Ponsse Opti information system Among numerous new features, Scorpion and Scorpion King harvesters have been fitted out with an advanced fifth generation Ponsse Opti 5G information system and a completely upgraded user interface. The user-friendly information system is one of the most modern on the market and its smoothness and speed make for an exceptional user experience. “The fully upgraded Opti 5G user interface together with the recently launched Opti8 computer sets a new standard for the usability of Ponsse forest machine information systems,” explains Markku Savolainen, Product Manager, Equipment Automation at Ponsse.

“It’s also quick and simple for operators who have used the earlier Opti generation to switch over to using the new Opti 5G system.” The Opti 5G information system also enables the Ponsse Harvester Active Crane management system, which gives the harvester a new way to control the crane and work more efficiently. The operator can use Active Crane to control the movement of the harvester head instead of individual crane functions. This allows the operator to concentrate on timber processing rather than crane work. Active Crane is easily controlled using two levers, one of which controls the harvester head height from the ground, while the other controls the direction of the movement. The system also ensures that the crane’s functions slow automatically before the range of movement ends, thereby preventing irritating hits to the mechanical structures and operator. When the operator indicates the required location, Active Crane performs the lift and uses the boom and extension automatically. The PONSSE Opti 5G information system will initially be available at PONSSE Scorpion harvesters at Finnish and Swedish markets, with other areas to follow later.

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Made for the job “See this,” says Tina Mertens, pointing to a patch of milky fluid dribbling down the trunk of a spruce, “It looks as if someone’s daubed white paint on this tree, but this is actually the work of bark beetles. The females burrow into the bark to lay their eggs, and the sap oozes out of the holes they make.” Bark beetles are a persistent problem in northwest Germany, where Tina and partner Arne Mertens run a tree management company, Baumpflege Mertens. The firm has been called in by the owners of a woodland adventure park near Surwold, where the insects are creating concern. “Last winter, we had to take down a significant portion of the park’s trees to get rid of the beetles, but now they’re back,” explains Tina. The park offers various attractions, including climbing platforms and zip line rides amongst the treetops. Visitor safety, therefore, depends on strong, healthy trees, and that implies dealing swiftly with bark beetles whenever they’re detected. “Once a tree’s got beetles in it, there’s not much choice but to take it down,” Tina continues. “The larvae feed on the soft wood just under the bark, loosening it and gradually killing the tree, so it pays to nip the problem in the bud if you can.” With buildings, healthy trees and elevated structures nearby, logger-style felling of whole trees by cutting at the base isn’t an option. Infected trees have to be

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And it’s really easy to operate – when we got it, I barely needed to practice with it because the joystick controls are so intuitive Tina Mertons, Baumpflege Mertens

taken down in sections, starting from the top. “Arne goes up in the cherry picker and takes off a few meters at a time with a chainsaw, then lowers it down. My job is tidying everything up at ground level using the skid steer,” adds Tina. Mertens’ machinery fleet includes two Vermeer CTX100 mini skid steers. As Tina explains: “They’re ideal for this kind of work. Although the park has good access, it’s another matter in amongst the trees. The body of the CTX100 is less than a meter wide and we

opted for the wide configuration rubber-drive tracks. “I can take almost anywhere in a setting like this. It gets 10 out of 10 for maneuverability. And it’s really easy to operate – when we got it, I barely needed to practice with it because the joystick controls are so intuitive. Plus, the chariot-style wraparound platform means I can always see what I’m doing when operating the attachments.” In the adventure park, Tina is using the mini skid steer with a log grapple and with a brush grapple. “A felled tree that’s got bark beetle in it has to be taken offsite for destruction. Otherwise, the infestation continues to spread,” she said. “We take all the limbs and foliage off the trunk sections with a small chainsaw. That creates a lot of brush, which needs to be gathered up for chipping. “Using the brush grapple, I can shift a lot of material on my own in a short space of time. Without it, we’d need additional labor to move all the brush, which would be much more expensive. Once the brush is out of the way, the trunk sections need to go on the trailer for removal. All in all, there’s a lot of to-and-fro, and switching the grapples over for the different jobs. So being able to change attachments quickly and easily onsite is an absolute must for us.” Pest control is by no means Mertens’ only field of activity. “We’re all-around tree care and forestry contractors,” confirms Arne. “As well as business-to-

it’s also a question of business economics: turning a profit depends on getting work done within fixed time frames.” Understandably, therefore, Arne found his new 26-kW SC362 stump cutter a real asset, with its top-end torque of well over 70 Nm. The 43-centimeter high-speed cutter wheel also features AutoSweep control system monitoring which continuously adjusts engine speed and sweep rate for maximum efficiency.

Having a maneuverable, small-footprint machine meant that everything outside the island was virtually untouched Arne Mertons business services, we do work for local authorities and for private households. It’s very varied: we fell trees, and we do site clearance, crown cuts and pruning, chipping and stump cutting.” Until 2016, Mertens used to subcontract the stump cutting. Then Arne made a strategic decision to invest in a Vermeer SC362 stump cutter. “Private households want a contractor who can take care of everything. So, adding stump removal to our capabilities has really paid off. For example, just after we bought our first stump cutter, we got hired to deal with a number of overgrown trees that were threatening a property in Westoverledingen. “A mixture of broadleaf and evergreens: beautiful trees, but they’d been allowed to get out of control. They were shading the whole garden with their roots extending right up the foundations of the house, not to mention the risk of a large limbs or even a whole tree coming down in a gale.” In a single day, Mertens was able to take down a spruce, remove several spreading boughs from a chestnut, reduce the crown of a beech and prune back several other trees. The firm also chipped all the brush and took out the spruce stump. “Speed and efficiency are really important,” stresses Arne. “For one thing, customers don’t like disruption, so being able to wrap things up quickly goes well. But

“It was one of the first times we used the stump cutter,” recalls Arne. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow! It packs quite a punch!’ Especially for its size. In our line of work, access is often an issue. On one job, the only way in was through a narrow gap between the customer’s carport and the neighbor’s house. Not many stump cutters would have fitted.” Being petrol-driven, the SC362 is also light: a real advantage when turf damage needs to be minimized. “The spruce was standing in a little island at the edge of the lawn. Having a maneuverable, small-footprint machine meant that everything outside the island was virtually untouched. When we were done, you would barely know that there had ever been a tree there.” Another important field of activity for Mertens is dealing with storm damage. “We’ve been offering a 24-hour emergency response service for some years now,” says Arne.

“Trees that have come down on buildings, trees that are blocking roads, trees that are fouling overhead cables … you name it. You never know what to expect. You’ve got to be ready for anything.” Accordingly, Mertens has an impressive fleet of vehicles and machines. “We’ve invested a lot in the machinery park,” confirms Arne. “But we don’t have capital to burn. Every machine has to pay for itself by reducing the time and labor needed to get the job done. That’s why we love the Vermeer mini skid steers: we’ve got two, because they’re so versatile. We use them on all sorts of jobs, mainly with the grapples, but also with bucket attachments, for moving spoil, brush and logs, and they can do a lot more besides.” Arne and Tina are both sociable, outgoing people. And they run Baumpflege Mertens in their own image. “Communication is very important, both for marketing and

for networking within the industry,” says Tina. “We use Facebook, YouTube and Instagram,as well as the website, of course. We promote our services, we give advice on things like processionary moth infestations and we exchange information with other arborists. We like to have a bit of fun with some of the photos and videos, but in the end, it’s about profiling the business and promoting expertise.” Against that background, Arne really appreciates the support Mertens gets from Vermeer. “We have a strong relationship with the German Vermeer dealer. It’s a very customer-focused company, always ready to talk issues over, provide support with maintenance and training, discuss ways of improving productivity.” Mertens’ motto is ‘Made for this’. It certainly seems that Arne and Tina were made for the work they do. And Vermeer for them.

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John Deere adds smooth Boom Control Technology for Tracked Feller Bunchers & Harvesters • John Deere announces the release of Smooth Boom Control for its M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and MH-Series Tracked Harvesters. • Developed in global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, Smooth Boom Control ensures full and responsive hydraulic function actuation, improving overall machine reactiveness and controllability. • Smooth Boom Control is available as a standard feature on new tracked feller bunchers and harvesters or as an upgrade for existing M- and MH-Series machine owners. Further enhancing the machine operation in demanding forestry applications, John Deere adds its Smooth Boom Control (SBC) technology to its M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and MH-Series Tracked Harvesters. Developed in global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and Full-Tree Forestry teams, the SBC system instantaneously responds to operator input while smoothing out the acceleration and deceleration of hydraulic functions on the machine, improving overall control. “Machine response is important to efficient machine operation, especially when working in challenging conditions day in and day out,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John

Deere. “With SBC, we’re improving machine functionality, making operation easier on both the operator and machine. As a result, operators can control the machine movements more effectively, especially when reversing motions. SBC delivers a smoother experience for the operator and less wear and tear on the machine over time.” The SBC software further refines the motion of the boom, swing and travel functions using advanced signal control to keep the machine ready to go. This results in a significant improvement in overall joystick and foot pedal response, reducing the signal delay at the start and end of each operator command. “One operator told us during our evaluation, it made a really good machine even better,” said O’Halloran. The SBC software is now available as a standard feature on new tracked feller bunchers and harvesters or as an upgrade for existing M- and MH-Series machine owners. To learn more about Smooth Boom Control as well as the John Deere lineup of forestry equipment, visit www.JohnDeere. com or your local John Deere dealer.

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Deere enhances Dozer Lineup - See page 16

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The Peterson 4300B-series machine is suited for high volume biomass producers who have a wide variety of feed material from brush and small feed stock to logs up to 24 inches (61 cm) in diameter. At 58,500 pounds (26 535) See Page 32 58 International Forest Industries | APRIL / MAY 2021

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The Jenz Chippertruck hybrid is the flagship among the manufacturer’s suite of mobile chippers. See page 36

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average diameters that are approaching or beyond the limitations of a disc saw, contractors are seeing excellent productivity with the 5185.

An added benefits is the ability to top and cross-cut as well as shovel the timber uphill within reach of the skidders and pre-bunch for skidders or yarders.

Made for the job “We’ve invested a lot in the machinery park,” confirms Arne. “But we don’t have capital to burn. Every machine has to pay for itself by reducing the time and labor needed to get the job done. That’s why we love the Vermeer mini skid steers: we’ve got two, because they’re so versatile. We use them on all sorts of jobs, mainly with the grapples, but also with bucket attachments, for moving spoil, brush and logs, and they can do a lot more besides.” Read the Mertens story in IFI’s April - May Digital Magazine

meet the industry’s stringent quality requirements in all working conditions. Harvester head testing is part of John Deere’s product testing process. Each harvester head model has been field-tested for thousands of hours before the start of serial production. John Deere harvester heads are designed and manufactured in Finland.

The new SuperCut 100S saw unit for all John Deere harvester heads. In 2020, all John Deere harvester heads had the new SuperCut 100S saw unit. The saw unit’s next-generation chain tensioning unit, automatic chain tensioning, and mechanical bar locking give it added efficiency and reliability. The improved chain release makes it easier to replace

John Deere releases new CTL heads Head range upgrades add greater versatility and replace existing models


he H423 harvester head has been designed for thinnings and small-size trees. The more robust H425 and H425HD harvester heads are designed for final fellings and big trees. The new harvester head models replace the previous H413, H415 and H415HD models. A firm grip, four-wheel feed and high-performance delimbing ensure high productivity. Feeding is efficient and fast, thanks to the harvester head’s unique four-wheel drive and the mechanical locking of the differential. The changes made based on customer feedback improve ease of use, durability, performance, and economy. Customers have been impressed with the robust structure, increased durability, carefully routed hoses, and easy access to service points of the new harvester head models, according to the manufacturer. The PEVO valve improves the harvester head’s performance, adjustability, and economy compared to the predecessor model. Improved hose routing from the boom to the harvester head and from the valve block to feed motors improves hose durability. The new, hinged valve block cover makes daily maintenance easy. Grease points and the saw chain oil tank are also easier to access, and the greasing interval is longer than before. Also these models are equipped with the new SuperCut

H423 HARVESTER HEAD • First thinnings, thinnings and early regeneration felling • Maximum cutting diameter 580 mm • M aximum opening of feed rollers 500 mm Ideal for thinnings and other fellings where the tree diameter at chest height is 150-350 mm • Feeding force 27 kN • Maximum feeding speed 4.3-5.3 m/s • Weight starting at 955 kg • Base machines 1070G, 1170G, 1270G.

H425 HARVESTER HEAD • Maximum cutting diameter 710 mm • M aximum opening of feed rollers 630 mm Ideal for final and other fellings where the tree diameter at chest height is 250-500 mm • Feeding force 27 kN • Maximum feeding speed 2.9-7.0 m/s • Weight starting at 1,360 kg • Base machines 1270G, 1470G.

H425HD HARVESTER HEAD • Feed motor guards • H D tilt handle Expander pins in the upper tilt cylinder, feed motor arms, and lower delimbing knives • Weight: 1,390 kg

100S saw unit. John Deere harvester heads are known for their productivity, reliability and measuring accuracy. John Deere harvester heads are high-performance tools that

the saw chain. The new saw unit enables also a bigger selection in terms of saw motors and saw bars.

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TIMBER CRANE PALFINGER EPSILON M12Z & TIMBER CRANE PALFINGER EPSILON S280L94 in action. The development department at PALFINGER EPSILON has always been open to new customer requests and is able to come up with a lot of ideas for their requirements. Since autumn 2015 the cable yarding systems manufacture Mayr-Melnhof Forsttechnik is the proud owner of the first Syncrofalke with PALFINGER EPSILON S280L94. Since then the system has proven itself and more than 50 units have already been delivered.

After the Storm


Hurricane Michael devastated areas in the Southeastern United States in 2018. Ceres Environmental Services Inc. share their process of what it’s like to help clean up communities and remove green waste after a natural disaster.

Built for land-clearing and pipeline right-of-way operations, the HG6800TX horizontal grinder offers a high-horsepower engine on a tracked machine with a compact design. Featuring 950 hp (708 kW) in a 92,000 lb (41,730.5 kg) class, and an infeed design designed specifically for feeding larger materials, the new grinder is built to power through tough materials with less operator interaction.


Vermeer and the people who make mulch

As the push toward alternative fuels accelerates, governments and industries are recognizing the advantages of using wood chips as a source for power generation. Now with a CAT C-13 Tier 4 Final engine with 440 hp (328 kW) of power, the WC2300XL whole tree chipper offers a powerful solution for producing wood chips.

We know you need industry-leading solutions to get the job done. Whether you are working on right-of-way preparation, commercial land clearing or storm clean-up, Vermeer horizontal grinders, tub grinders and trommel screens are designed to help you conquer your next job.