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The new 768L-II maximizes productivity, performance, and comfort when carrying hefty loads over long distances in challenging conditions

Vermeer grinding technology is breathing new life into griefstricken region of Italy

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

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COVER - USNR - BioVision BioVision is a proven solution for sawmill grade scanning with over 140 systems installed worldwide processing a multitude of species and grading challenges. BioVision is powered by the same robust Deep Learning AI optimization platform as all other USNR visionbased grade scanning products, including THG, LHG, and AddVantage chop and rip scanners. The system combines color vision

technology with high-density geometric scanning to make value decisions driven by the accurate detection of biological and geometric defects. Now with Deep Learning AI, BioVision brings a new level of accuracy to your grading solutions, along with faster start-ups. www.usnr.com

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LIMAB’s fourth iteration of this proven scanning system is available in four versions: block control, edger, trimmer and now, the classifier

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SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 583 emma@internationalforestindustries.com 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 www.internationalforestindustries.com 2 Claridge Court, Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 2AF, UK Editor Chris Cann chris@internationalforestindustries.com 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

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EDITOR’S COMMENT Climate shines light on foresters’ responsibility The world is in turmoil over the climate challenge. When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, it signalled a sense of urgency not previously present. That was thought by many to have been a step change in the priorities for governments around the world but regulation and voter-driven rhetoric and action have continuously escalated. The Paris Agreement called for policy that would keep temperatures rises to 1.5 degrees and no more than 2 degrees. Less than six years later, policies from government and industries that aim for anything above 1.5 degrees are not seen as credible. We have visited this topic in these column inches before, but it is worth a second trip across the climate terrain based on its relevance, but also with the COP26 meeting in Glasgow scheduled in a couple of months, which is likely to see leaders confront the reality that too little is being done for countries to meet legally binding commitments. COP26 conversations will feature the forestry sector heavily. For a start, forestry and agriculture from a land-use perspective are major emissions contributors, admittedly this is largely from industrial agriculture requiring mechanised harvesting and land clearing – essentially the problem created by clearing forests. Most forestry conversations will rather point to the need to preserve large carbon sinks such as the Amazon and the continued shift toward sustainable and renewable construction materials – namely wood – and away from carbon intensive steel making – the mining sector with its bulk mining of iron ore and metallurgical coal for the steel-making process, and then the steel making process itself, contribute some 12% of global emissions. For responsible forest owners and contractors, this is an overwhelming opportunity. Very little felling of old-growth forests is still carried out today; at least from a legal perspective. Meanwhile, progress is being made at an impressive speed to improve the durability and strength of wood products so they can be

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substituted into buildings that would usually use steel. The challenge for forestry is therefore a difficult one – how does the industry respond to a likely increase in demand over the next 30 years so it can play its part in the road to Net Zero, while not increasing its own emissions profile in line with that greater activity? Better engines, will of course, play a key role and the forestry sector’s leading suppliers have made admirable progress in this regard over many years, now. Not only are engines releasing less harmful emissions per litre of fuel consumed, but the overall efficiency means less fuel is used in the first place. This achieves the handy double of fewer emissions and lower costs. But from an International Forest Industries perspective, I can’t help wonder whether we should be doing more. When you look around the world at the changes being made in some key climate-sensitive areas, forestry appears to lag. I’m thinking primarily of electric vehicles (EV), where even the traditionally slow-moving mining sector can point to operations that are running completely on battery-operated haulage, loading and drilling units. I will stop short of a call to arms for industry suppliers, but nothing would give me greater pleasure than to have just cause to run an EV harvesters or feller bunchers or forwarders or skidders or chippers technology review. I can’t imagine we are too far away from that reality, as governments increase carbon taxes making investment in EV technologies a necessity. Until then, my pen will remain poised.

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One of the largest solar parks in the Nordic region on the roof of Komatsu Forest Long-term sustainability is a central focus area when Komatsu Forest builds its new factory outside Umeå, in Sweden. An important piece of the puzzle in this work is the 19000m2 solar park on the roof of the factory, which will contribute to carbon neutral production. In connection with the summer solstice on 21 June, the installation became operational. In Umeå and northern Sweden there are good conditions for using the sun as an energy source. The city had 2,053 hours of sunshine last year and solar radiation is high without it being too hot, which could mean energy losses. “We have actively strived to find a long-term sustainable energy solution for our new property where solar cells are an important component in achieving a production that is CO2-neutral,” says Martin Ärlestig, Global Production Manager at Komatsu Forest.

The supplier of the solar park is Svea Solar. “The green transition is a must, and the sun is an obvious part of the solution. We are very pleased to be a part of the fact that Komatsu Forest is now getting one of the largest solar parks in the Nordic region, and that solar energy production is also growing in northern Sweden. We are convinced that interest in solar energy will continue to increase now that more people see that it actually works here in our more northern parts of the country as well,” says Erik Martinson, CEO and founder of Svea Solar. The solar park on Komatsu’s roof consists of 7154 solar panels covering almost 19000m2, i.e. about two thirds of the roof’s surface. This also makes it one of the largest in the Nordic region. The solar panels tilt 10 degrees and stand in both an easterly and

westerly direction to also capture the morning and evening sun. The stands for the panels are held in place on the roof of a total of 65 tons of ballast and a total of as much as 60 km of electrical cable rings on the roof. From the roof installation, the power goes down to 22 inverters located in the installation channel under the roof. The power is then diverted into a switchgear before entering the general power rail for the factory. The impressive installation is estimated to produce 2,625,000 kWh of solar electricity, covering much of the total demand for the Komatsu Forest factory. With the new solar park, the surplus will also help to increase the share of sustainable energy production in the electricity grid. Positive from a sustainability perspective is also that the solar cells have a long lifespan and are estimated to be able to produce electricity for over 30 years.

The official start of production at Komatsu Forest’s new factory is 9 August.

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New Forestry mulcher | TMC CANCELA TFT-225

According to the manufacturer; “You’ve always wanted to be ahead, to never stop, to dare to change, to go beyond the highest demands. So, now you can achieve all your expectations with the new forestry mulcher TFT.” The new forestry mulcher TFT stands out for its aggressive design. This forestry mulcher is

suitable for high power tractors from 200 Hp to 360 Hp. It allows you get Superfinish in forestry mulching of branches, wood, stumps, brush and soil, thanks to the advanced design of its mulching chamber. The new forestry shredder has a chassis built with high strength steel which incorporates a series of replaceable

counter blades in the mulching chamber and in the hydraulic hood. As well as a rotor with fixed hammers that can be configured according to the needs of the forestry work. This is the new forestry mulcher TFT, powerful and resistant for the most demanding works.

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John Deere now offers JDLink™ connectivity service at no additional charge Beginning July 14, 2021, customers with active JDLinkä connectivity will no longer be required to renew their subscriptions. Moving forward, customers will be able to activate any compatible machine in their fleet at no additional charge, unlocking access to valuable machine data. By increasing access to JDLink™ connectivity, John Deere is helping to streamline fleet management while also maximizing machine uptime, ensuring customers can focus on what’s most important, their business. John Deere is improving the ability for customers to maximize machine performance and uptime through updates to the JDLinkä platform. Starting July 14th, 2021, customers will no longer need to renew their JDLink™ connectivity service subscription and can enable their JDLink™ service on any compatible machine in their organization at no additional charge. Additionally, once customers enable JDLink™ connectivity, they can select to automatically activate all future

JDLink™ compatible models, further streamlining fleet management. With this update to the JDLink service offering, it is easier than ever before for customers to maximize machine productivity and minimize downtime. “John Deere has offered telematics for well over a decade and the boost in machine monitoring and machine uptime has been an overwhelming benefit to our customers, “said James Leibold, product marketing manager, connected solutions, John Deere. “With the next phase of our JDLink™ offering, we are making it easier for customers to manage their fleets. Instead of needing to keep track of renewal dates by each machine, owners and fleet managers can look at monitoring their equipment holistically and can focus on what’s important – keep their job sites running.” Available on most new models, John Deere’s JDLink™ telematics solution delivers valuable fleet insights directly into the hands of the machine owner or fleet manager. The JDLink™ service

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enables customers access to vital data, such as machine location and utilization, time in idle, fuel level, upcoming maintenance, machine alerts, and more, all from a web or mobile platform. Beyond machine monitoring, the JDLink™ solution also enables John Deere Connected Support, enabling the dealer to remotely identify critical issues and take action minimizing potential downtime or by remotely sending software payloads to ensure the machine is running efficiently.

The updates to the JDLink™ offering will be available July 14th, 2021. To learn more about JDLink™ features as well as the full line of John Deere construction equipment, visit http://www. johndeere.com/ or contact a local dealer. The specific services, tools, and features available may vary depending on location and machines.


The 17,000th PONSSE forest machine has rolled off the production line in Vieremä. The milestone machine, a PONSSE Elk built in mid-August, will start its career in the sure hands of Kuusmoto Oy

Ponsse manufactures its 17,000th forest machine

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t is a special privilege to hand over the 17,000th PONSSE machine to the Finnish Kuusmoto Oy. I wish to thank Kuusmoto for their trust and fantastic cooperation as we continue our journey together,” says Sales, Service and Marketing Director Marko Mattila. Founded in 2014 and hailing from Posio in Finland, Kuusmoto Oy

currently employs 17 people. They operate in seven municipalities in Finnish Lapland. The company has a total of nine PONSSE machines. “We are happy to receive this excellent machine and its plaque. Our current plan is to put the birthday boy to work in Posio or Ranua. It will be a fine addition to our fleet,” says Tomi Kuusela, managing director of Kuusmoto Oy.

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

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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.

Ambient light no barrier 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

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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.”

Segezha’s modernization of Karelian Wood Company In order to streamline the integration of the enterprise into the Group, a modernization schedule was drawn up for the main production lines, including the replacement of selected wornout components and assemblies. Technical specifications for the renewal of the dry sorting area and main sawmill equipment were drawn up as well. By the end of 2020, all the major automation components of the enterprise’s key production areas—the sawmilling and packaging areas—had been updated. A number of selected worn-out components and processing line assemblies were replaced. The transport loaders were replaced with in-house equipment. More than RUB 100 million ($1.3 million) has already been invested in the plant’s modernisation. Moving forward, the company plans to expand its production capacity and secure further investments to the tune of RUB 350 million ($4.8 million). The details of the contracts pertaining to this process are currently being worked out by the parties involved. The majority of the work involved is scheduled for May–June of 2022: the first group of sawmill machinery, step conveyors for log feeding, and the waste transport system will be replaced.


Sawmiller AB Karl Hedin invests in six batch kilns In order to increase its drying capacity while maintaining a high level of quality, the privately-owned sawmill group AB Karl Hedin is investing in six batch kilns for its Swedish sawmills in Säter and Krylbo. The investment increases the group’s drying capacity by approx. 77,000 cubic meters (32,630 MBF). “We have had good experiences working with Valutec on previous deliveries. They offer a well thought-out design and an excellent control system. By continuing with Valutec as our main kiln supplier, the total solution is the most cost-effective”, says Michael Forsberg, project manager at AB Karl Hedin. AB Karl Hedin is one of Sweden’s largest privately-owned sawmill groups with three sawmills in Bergslagen and two in Estonia. The group’s sawmill in Krylbo is Sweden’s largest producer of small diameter logs. The refined range is called “Krylbokubb” and is a small diameter range with a standard length of 3.05 m. Säters Ångsåg saws pine lumber of the highest quality. The raw materials are thick pine lumber, Säter blocks, and veneer pine for the production of furniture and paneling of high quality. “Our cooperation with Hedin goes a long way back. They are renowned for their quality and the way they take care of their timber. It’s both an honor and a pleasure to accompany them on their journey”, says Jon Lindberg, sales manager for Valutec.

frames, for minimal deformation of the uppermost lumber layer. They are delivered with Valutec’s control system Valmatics 4.0. To facilitate handling for the kiln operators, AB Karl Hedin is upgrading its control systems to Valmatics 4.0 on ten existing kilns in connection with the investment. Valmatics 4.0 is the only control system for lumber drying that combines simulator technology with adaptive control, and enables

optimization of the capacity, quality and energy consumption simultaneously. The assembly of the new kilns and the upgrading of the control systems will start in March 2022.

Michael Forsberg Project Manager AB Karl Hedin Sawmill Tel: +46 (0)70-349 41 87 mikael.forsberg@hedins.se

For more information, contact: Jon Lindberg Sales Manager Valutec Tel: +46 (0)910 879 50 jon.lindberg@valutec.se

With this investment, the annual total capacity in Krylbo is increased by approx. 36,000 cubic meters (15,255 MBF), and in Säter by approx. 41,000 cubic meters (17,375 MBF). The increased capacity ensures a high drying quality also in the event of a future increase in saw production. The lumber kilns are built of stainless steel with pressure

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Sierra Pacific Industries & Seneca plan to combine forest products businesses Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and Seneca has announced that SPI plans to acquire Seneca and affiliates, combining two complementary, family owned forest products businesses with strong historical roots on the West Coast. Founded in 1953, Seneca operates a 175,000-acre sustainably-managed tree farm, sawmills, and a biomass plant in Oregon. SPI, a leading lumber producer that manages over 2.1 million acres of timberland in California and Washington, as well as manufactures millwork, windows, and renewable energy. The combination of two highly complementary businesses with deep expertise in forest products will result in increased efficiency and significant benefits to employees and customers. “Aaron Jones and Red Emmerson are both icons of the wood products industry. They were also friends and had a deep mutual respect for each other as industry leaders,” said Seneca CEO Todd Payne,

in reference to the founders of their respective companies. “This proposed transfer makes so much more sense given the companies provide complementary products, and have shared family values and company culture.” Both SPI and Seneca have a strong focus on sustainable tree management, also managing their timberland for thriving wildlife, healthy watersheds and soils, and worldclass recreation. As Payne explains, “At Seneca, we grow more than we harvest annually. We have 92% more timber on our land today than we had 25 years ago. SPI also grows more than they harvest. Under their forest management plan they expect to have more large trees on their timberlands 100 years from now than they have today.” The companies also share a company culture that recognizes employees as their most valuable asset, values the support of the communities they operate in and serve, and gives back by

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being dedicated to education and administering scholarship programs. “Seneca is known for its commitment to its people and communities, sustainable forest management, innovation in manufacturing and quality wood products,” said SPI President George Emmerson. “As a familyowned forest products company with similar values, SPI appreciates the opportunity to continue the legacy started by Aaron Jones and carried on by the Jones sisters. Seneca’s culture and operations are a natural complement to Sierra Pacific. We look forward to bringing together our shared expertise which will result in increased efficiency and benefits to employees and customers.” The transaction is subject to continuing due diligence and customary regulatory approvals, with the sale expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2021.

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LSAB Suomi to supply Metsä Group’s Rauma sawmill with blades “LSAB is a long-term partner of Metsä Fibre’s sawmills, and the agreement with the Rauma sawmill continues this partnership. LSAB Suomi will deliver the sawmill built in Rauma the blades it needs and will take care of necessary services. The company is committed to our common safety targets, and we’ve been able to develop our operations together. We’ve cooperated with LSAB Suomi for a long time. It delivers blades to all our sawmills and takes care of their maintenance,” says LiisaMaija Perävainio, Mill Manager of Rauma sawmill, Metsä Fibre. “We’re proud of the trust placed in us. Our long-term partnership is continuing and deepening at Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill. It’s inspiring and challenging to be involved in building this new sawmill, which is unique in the world, with the

best experts. We bring all our knowledge to this project. The cooperation also strengthens our own professional skills,” says managing director Mika Rahko. The value of Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill investment amounts to approximately EUR 200 million, and the new unit will produce around 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber annually. The new sawmill will be a worldwide forerunner in technology and efficiency. For example, the use of machine vision and artificial intelligence in different stages of the sawing process is a significant new development. Similar technology is not yet in use anywhere in the sawmill industry. The construction of the sawmill is progressing as planned, and production will begin in the third quarter of 2022.


LUMBER PROCESSING NEWS

Resolute Forest Products invests $50 million in its sawmills Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced additional capital investments of $50 million in its wood products operations to support its continued growth, and it confirmed the repayment of all amounts outstanding under its revolving and term credit facilities, reducing debt by $180 million in the 2Q. “The cash generated with our lumber platform in these strong lumber markets provides the opportunity to share benefits directly with shareholders,” said Remi G. Lalonde, president and CEO. “We’re also enhancing long-term value by improving our company fundamentals with investments in high-return and quick payback lumber projects in three key regions for Resolute: the Abitibi in Quebec, Northwestern Ontario and the Southeast U.S. What’s more, we’ve removed a

material amount of debt from the balance sheet with the further $180 million repayment in 2Q, leaving as our only remaining debt the $300 million of unsecured 4.875% senior notes due 2026, and our liquidity stands at around $850 million.

The additional $50 million in wood products investments include: • $  22 million to modernize equipment at the Senneterre (Quebec) sawmill, which will enhance overall efficiency and productivity of the Abitibi regional operations; • $  13 million at the Thunder Bay / Fort William First Nation (Ontario) sawmill to increase capacity by up to 40 million board feet with new equipment and modifications to the fiber flow; and

• $  15 million at the Glenwood (Arkansas) and Cross City (Florida) sawmills to support fiber optimization and overall efficiency. The Cross City investment will also increase capacity by up to 20 million board feet. Each of these projects will serve to generate additional value from Resolute’s wood products segment across market cycles. The improvements at the U.S. sawmills build on the previously announced investments associated with the restart of the El Dorado (Arkansas) sawmill. The company anticipates completing all the projects by the end of the 3Q 2022. Accordingly, it is raising its 2021 capital investments guidance from $100 million to $125 million.

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More space for sawmill technology: Serra Maschinenbau GmbH undergoing major expansion Serra Maschinenbau GmbH in Rimsting on Lake Chiemsee supplies mobile and stationary sawmills around the world. The successful company is growing steadily and is gaining further production space with a new hall, in order to efficiently realize all future orders. An old warehouse on the company site had to make way for this. The ground-breaking ceremony for the 560 m2 production hall took place on June 1, 2021, with Serra anticipating investments in interior fittings and machinery of around 430,000 euros. “The new building will allow us to increase our production capacity by roughly 50 % and achieve sales in the 2-digit million range. The welding, machining, electrical assembly, and logistics teams will all be housed in the new hall,” explains Managing Director Andreas Doubrava.

This plant expansion has secured the essential framework conditions needed for the growth plan of the coming years. The new building has been designed in such a way that it can be extended in a further construction phase. For over 30 years, the innovative company has been known for its high-quality, “Made in Bavaria” sawmill machines, which are already in successful use in over 80 countries around the world. From small mobile sawmills to complete sawmill lines, Serra offers tailor-made solutions for every requirement in a wide range of climate zones. The product range includes mobile and stationary band sawmills, saw blades, and service equipment for sharpening, resaws and trimmers, forestry machines, and equipment such as the CutCoach clamping simulator. Serra has been part of the Austrian WINTERSTEIGER AG

Breaking ground at Serra. From left to right: Franz Hofmann (Head of Production), Christian Mayer (Sales Director), Andreas Doubrava (Finance & Technology Director) and Johann Fritz (building owner and former company proprietor)

since the beginning of 2019 and complements the product portfolio of the Division Woodtech.

Segezha Group increases production of premium plywood Segezha Group, (“Segezha Group” or “the Company”, MOEX:SGZH, a Sistema Company), a leading Russian vertically integrated holding company in the forest industry performing a full cycle of operations from logging to advanced wood processing, produced almost 98,000 m³ of plywood in the first half of 2021 at its Vyatka Plywood Mill, up 2,000 m³ YoY. The premium birch plywood segment saw the highest increase in production volumes – up 38% to 7,500 m³. Within this segment, a new addition to the Segezha ClearPly product range demonstrated the most significant production growth - laminated plywood offered in two coating options: transparent and semi-transparent. The second option features a hint of opal white guaranteed to brighten any interior. This product was developed and launched in 2019. In 1H 2021, Vyatka Plywood increased its production of laminated plywood by a factor of 11.6 YoY.

Segezha ClearPly’s protective film will neither blister nor flake, deform when drilled or cut, nor change colour when exposed to moisture or sunlight. ClearPly can be used to make furniture or wall plates without needing any additional treatment. Distinguished by its enhanced durability, the product is not only ideal for interior finishing but also for outdoor solutions, be it external cladding, or decorating a street café, recreational area, or children’s playground. The company supplies its high-quality plywood to Russia, Europe, Asia and the United States, while sales in China, India, Japan and South Korea are growing. The company exports nearly 80% of its products. The mill is equipped to produce 193,000 m³ of plywood. Large-size sheet plywood is ideal for use in construction, furniture making, the automotive and shipbuilding industries, and as a flooring or decking material. Birch plywood also performs

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excellently as a finishing material, thanks to its moisture resistance nature, durability, lightness, and resistance to abrasion and rot. Alexey Stepanov, Vice President of Segezha Group, Plywood and Panels: “Vyatka Plywood Mill aims to increase the production of premium plywood products, making quality assurance its top priority across the entire production process, from raw birchwood to finished products. Before plywood is shipped to customers, it undergoes ultrasound scanning using state-of-the-art equipment, as well as sheet-by-

sheet surface quality control. We value the reputation Vyatka Plywood’s products have earned and approach every order with the utmost attention to detail.” In addition to the ClearPly product line, Vyatka Plywood Mill also produces Segezha Creative (laminated plywood with tinted film coatings), Segezha Art (paint-ready plywood with no priming needed), Segezha PlyForm (improved plywood for decking applications) and Segezha Anthracite (plywood for flooring in light commercial vehicles).


A Proven Leader in 3D Scanning for the Wood Industry with the industry-leading Gocator® platform, LMI has created a highly configurable, easy-to-use solution for transverse board scanning that offers new possibilities for value recovery.

LMI Technologies has been trusted worldwide for more than 30 years to design and deliver the many specialized laser scanners that operators rely on for accurate, efficient, high-speed log and board breakdown optimization under the harshest mill conditions

LMI’s cost-efficient wood scanning solutions deliver all the keystone capabilities your mill needs at performance levels that consistently outscan competing technologies. From proven chroma+scan multipoint laser scanners to their latest Gocator® modular smart 3D multipoint scanners, they have the solution to suit your volume and grade-based optimization needs.

Complete 3D Scanning Solutions for Lumber Applications

rotation angle and cut depths before passing through primary bandsaws. chroma+scan 2430 and Gocator® 210 are used to scan cants and flitches lineally as they are transported into the edger or gang saw to produce boards. chroma+scan 3155/3350 and Gocator® 210/230 scanners are used to scan for shape and color to maximize value recovery based on grade, resulting in optimal length and width cutting decisions. chroma+scan 3250/3350 and Gocator® 230/250 scanners are used to inspect each board for shape, surface color, and tracheid grain angle for final sorting by grade.

chroma+scan 2125 and Gocator® 2380/2880 scanners are arranged in a ring that logs pass through to determine their exact 3D shape and 2D surface characteristics, such as the presence of bark, splits, outer knots, and debarker tear-out.

Smart 3D Innovation - Unique Wood Scanning Capabilities

chroma+scan 2440 scanners are used to determine optimal cut lines. They are also used to determine optimal log

Gocator® 200 Multi-Point Scanners By combining the success of their patented chroma+scan technology

Get the Modular Edge With Gocator® 200 series multipoint scanners, you can create a scanning system based on a modular design that allows you to mix 3D profiles, tracheid detection, and color vision to deliver solutions that better meet the unique requirements of your saw or planer mill. • Fast 3D profiling speeds (up to 3 kHz / 300 FMP) • Tracheid detection at 1.5 kHz for grain angle and knot detection • Bolt-on module delivering color vision at 0.5 x 0.25 mm for surface defect detection • Supported by SDK for user driven configuration • Driver- and OS-independent

Machine Monitoring Solutions Gocator® 3D smart sensors can also be used for monitoring mill machinery itself. These applications include (1) Gang lumber size machine monitoring, (2) Lumber width and thickness monitoring on the outfeed of lineal edgers and planers, and (3) Opening-face monitoring on log breakdown machine centers. Gocator® offers a compact and reliable solution to: • M  onitor sawing variation, saw kerf, and bandsaw performance • Monitor lumber sizes at outfeeds of various machines • Detect wane up • Detect grain or color for sorting • Automate lumber palletization

200 Series The Leading Solution Provider for Lumber Scanning Applications LMI Technologies is a world-leader in the advancement of 3D scanning technology for log and board breakdown optimization applications, with a proven thirty-year track record of industry success.

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When you need to maximize volume and value recovery, turn to LMI’s 3D wood scanning products for the best in lumber size and shape profiling, high-resolution color imaging for defect inspection, and full tracheid measurement for optimal knot detection.

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A log is dogged at each end prior to being fed through the side and bottom chip heads. The 2 conical canter heads and drum style bottom head create a cant with 3 smooth sides upstream from the Quad Arbor Saw Box and VSA Gang.

NEW ADVANCES FOR HARDWOOD PROCESSING SPEEDING UP PRODUCTION, PARING DOWN COSTS, IMPROVING RECOVERY When orders are flying in and production is limited by a highly manual process, the solution is to invest in automated systems that will meet the demand, as well as reduce the overall cost of doing business for the longer term. This was the situation for Bois CFM when it decided to up its game with a new, advanced processing plant. Today that vision has become a reality, and in spite of the difficult market conditions (driven by COVID-19), the mill is getting the benefit of new technology while moving closer to its production targets.

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ois CFM is a sawmill located in Sainte-Florence, Quebec that processes aspen, larch, spruce, and birch into components for pallets. The pallet products that are typically 40” to 54” (101 cm to 137 cm) in length with differing thicknesses and widths, are custom green rough sawn for direct sale to North American pallet assemblers. Its old mill operated with a very manual process resulting in high production costs. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic customer demand was high and growing, so it made sense to invest in new, highly automated systems to move its production to the next level. After consulting a variety of vendors and other wood processors, the mill chose USNR


SAWLINES – USNR

based on expectations for better material yield and return on investment.

The new supply The new mill incorporates a complete new optimized primary and secondary line. The line includes an optimized End-Dog Carriage system with Lasar2 scanning, canter heads, a Quad Arbor Saw Box, and a Vertical Sawing Arbor (VSA) Gang. Sideboards are routed to a new optimized edger system comprised of USNR’s Maximizer infeed to a Saw Boss edger box with BioLuma 2900LV sensors. The system features BioVision grading with Deep Learning AI technology to further improve the decisionmaking process. The mill’s trimmer was also equipped with USNR optimization and BioLuma 2900LV sensors for geometric and vision scanning, along with Deep Learning technology.

LUMBER PROCESSING

Challenging species All this technology might seem like overkill for a pallet mill, but there is much more to the story and it begins with the log diet: mainly aspen. Aspen is a lowerquality hardwood species with few high-value products, which is why Bois CFM produces pallets in high volumes. Another challenge with aspen is its difficult log characteristics; gnarly shapes, lots of knots, extreme sweep, and other defects. Sometimes there are 3 different sweep curves in one log. The challenging characteristics of aspen are a major reason Bois CFM chose an end-dogging solution over a sharp chain. Because the end-dogger holds the log in place at each end, there are no physical restrictions limiting rotation, compared with a conventional quad roll log turner. The system provides full control of rotation, skew, and tilt on every log. More control leads to better accuracy, which in turn leads to better recovery.

25% less fiber per 1,000 bf; 33% improvement in recovery Enhanced recovery is another big advantage of the end-dog system. Between the old process and this new advanced system, the automated system requires 25% less fiber to produce 1,000 bf of products, thus yielding 33% improvement in recovery. As trees get smaller, hardwood producers could change their approach to processing. USNR Account Manager Martin Vaillancourt

said, “We believe the end-dogger system has a bright future in hardwood processing. It could replace up to half of the existing conventional log carriages in these types of applications.” For customers processing small to medium diameter hardwood logs who want to increase piece count, this system will do it and achieve higher recovery at the same time. Conventional carriages have limitations. It’s basically a manual operation with the

We believe the enddogger system has a bright future in hardwood processing. It could replace up to half of the existing conventional log carriages in these types of applications

Enhanced recovery is another big advantage of the end-dog system. The automated system offers a 33% improvement in recovery compared with the old manual process.

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The End-Dog Carriage system features two Lasar2 sensors that are positioned to capture the complete profile of the log. The sensors are mounted at both sides of the carriage to scan the front and back sides of the log as it is rotated on the “knees” prior to being dogged. The drawing at right identifies the sensors’ field of view.

We’ve increased the range of our products by staying flexible, and our product mix continues to evolve daily

still in the commissioning phase, these systems are having a big impact on recovery.

A new processing paradigm

The edger line boasts vision-based scanning for accurate defect detection utilizing Deep Learning technology.

operator controlling the carriage speed, whereas an end-dogger is automatic. It loads the log automatically and sends it through the saws, with no back and forth. The end-dog process is closer to the philosophy of softwood where operators don’t have as much of an impact on recovery. USNR’s EndDog Carriage system is a complete high-tech solution when combined with modern PLC controls,

advanced scanning, optimization, and automated grading.

High-tech hardwood processing Bois CFM is a very high-tech mill in this market. One major focus for the mill was a system that could accurately process the complexity that aspen presented with its multitude of defects: knots, pith, splits, sap stain, bark pockets, rot,

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grub hole, and insect hole. The fact that they utilize vision at both the edger and trimmer is extremely beneficial. It allows the system to get the highest value from every piece by accurately finding defects, and using each board to its best suited purpose within the pallet based on its grade. Deep Learning helps the system decide where to put the waste within the pallet components. Although the mill is

The biggest challenge the mill faced was integrating the new technology into its operation both from a human resource as well as management mindset, going from highly manual to highly automated processing. After several months of operation, management responded, “There is still a ways to go to reach targeted capacity, but integration has gone very well. Our staffing level has gone from 16 down to 10 on the production line. our support and maintenance by specializing resources in mechanical, filing room, and electrical engineering.” Management also said, “We’ve increased the range of our products by staying flexible, and our product mix continues to evolve daily.” Mill personnel who were instrumental in the success of


Edger vision scanning solutions highlight the benefits of BioVision with Deep Learning technology. Defects are identified highly accurately, and the optimizer fits the highest value board products into the flitch for processing

the project include Mr. Sébastien Tremblay, project manager, and Mr. Jean-Yves Roussel, financial manager who made it possible to complete the project on schedule. Mill management also noted, “This was a very good start-up and aftersales service, with good follow-up HALCO AD:Layout 3

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and communication with a very competent team from USNR.” The mill is enjoying the benefits of advanced technology in its process, and now focused on increasing its capacity. While demand has slowed due to the pandemic, all indications are that 17:22

it is ramping up once again to respond to a manufacturing climate that is gearing back up.

Deep Learning Deep Learning is a subset of machine learning, where neural networks learn from large amounts

of data similar to how humans learn from experience. This allows for faster start-ups and increasingly accurate grading solutions. USNR has sold over 60 systems to date that use Deep Learning technology.

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Overview of the “Optidrive” edger optimizer installation installed in December: From the right, the side material is fed from the pre-cut of the chipper line via the equalisers onto the cross conveyor in front of the enclosed control stand. After the end cross-cut and the scanning in the transverse pass, the board is aligned before the second scan in the longitudinal pass. Behind it, the closed feed (yellow cover) to the edging circular saw, at the back left of the image.

High yield, productivity and reliability Holzindustrie Losheim (Hilo) has replaced its hard working EWD ‘Optimes’ edger after 28 years of service. In its place is the new EWD ‘Optidrive’ highperformance edger

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ith its processing speed of 28-30 bd/min, the EWD ‘Optimes’ board edger at Hilo Holz in Losheim, Germany, had become a bottleneck. Last December, in a first step toward upgrading the existing sawline, the Optimise unit was replaced by an ‘Optidrive’ board edger from EWD and its TAE edger with skew and slew function of for circular saws, giving higher performance and better yield. Founded in 1992, the family business is managed by Thomas Perings. The sawmill cuts about 220,000 m3/y of logs, mainly Spruce, but also Douglas fir and a mix of the other softwoods available in the region for packaging lumber. The round timber is purchased as long logs and cut to lengths of up to 5.1 m and diameters of up to 55 cm. The company employs 45 people in the sawmill, operating an EWD chippercircular sawline, in single-shift operation. Producing mainly green sawn

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Matthias Koch (EWD), responsible for the planning and implementation of the project, and the two owners Pascal and Thomas Perings (from left). Not pictured is Hilo production manager Rouven Schmaus

lumber for pallet and packaging, Hilo also offers KD lumber and value-added lumber, planed and available in numerous profiles. For garden and outdoor use, lumber is available impregnated. Important customers for the

company are packers and pallet manufacturers, horticulture and, increasingly, gluelam producers.


EDGERS – OPERATION FOCUS

We have to continue to develop as a company Pascal Perings, Hilo

Successful collaboration For Hilo managing director Perings, the most important factors when deciding to invest in the future of the plant were the highest possible yield, the productivity and the reliability of the system, because one thing is very clear to him: “We have to continue to develop as a company.” To this end, the reducer circular sawline had been partially updated more than 10 years ago. About one-and a-half years ago, together with EWD, they began planning the replacement of the Optimes edger supplied in 1993. It was clear that the new optimizing board edger should be located in the same place as its predecessor and that the loss of production due to the conversion had to be limited as much as possible. That was achieved in close cooperation with the manufacturer, which was praised by the brothers Thomas and Pascal Perings: at the beginning of December last year, Hilo employees, with the support of an EWD technician, removed the old edger and then, without delay, the new optimizing board edger was delivered to the sawmill and installed for a smooth transition. The hall roof had to be opened for this purpose and closed again in time for the onset of winter. Hilo was able to put the new edger into operation at the end of December after a total of three weeks of production downtime, even while taking the Christmas days off and not working on the installation. The new EWD edger – model Optidrive TAE – has since been running without any problems, though at the still limited capacity of 30 bd/min. Limitations are centred on the downstream trimmer, which allows the company to run the OptiDrive at a feed speed

LUMBER PROCESSING

of just 200 m/min. Nevertheless, the new edger has already increased the edging performance. In the summer 2021, after a second conversion phase, the current trimmer behind the edger will be replaced so that the edger can be operated at full speed of up to 420 m/min, which corresponds to 50-55 bd/min depending on board widths and lengths.

‘Skewing and slewing’ improves yield The Optidrive edger is special, because of the skew and slew function of the circular saws, which can be moved and swiveled during the edging cut. In the process known as ‘skew and slew’ or diagonal edging, the circular saws are moved transversely to the feed direction by up to several millimeters per linear meter during the cut, mind you at a feed rate of up to 7 m/sec. This way, the yield can be increased, especially in the case of irregular board contours. According to EWD’s experience with the edgers already installed, an increase in yield in the order of up to 2% over all is possible, depending on the products to be produced and the raw material. The lateral movement of the saws, the ‘slew move’ during the cut exerts transverse forces on the circular saw blades. The thicker the boards, the higher the forces that occur. At present, Hilo’s side

Integrated Microtec measuring system for longitudinal scanning

Cross-cutting station and measuring beam for board scanning in cross-feed (material feed in image from left

Swiveling on the horizontal plane of the edger saw box, the ‘skew move’ avoids these lateral forces for all board thicknesses, thus eliminating wear and tear on the saws and loss of quality in the edging cut Pascal Perings, Hilo

The two mobile mounted units of the “TAE” circular saw are swivelled on the horizontal plane for “shifting”. Photos: J. Härer

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Two-stage board separation with intermediate screw roller conveyor for alignment at the zero line

boards have mainly thicknesses of 17-22 mm. In the near future, board thicknesses of up to 55 mm are also planned. Swiveling on the horizontal plane of the edger saw box, the ‘skew move’ – not only of the saw blades but also of the entire swivelmounted machine unit – avoids these lateral forces for all board thicknesses, thus eliminating wear and tear on the saws and loss of quality in the edging cut.

Precision and high feed rate To achieve a high yield with optimized quality at such high feed rates of up to 420 m/min and piece counts of up to 55 bd/min, additional components in the plant are indispensable. This starts with the two-stage separation of the side boards coming from the reducer circular saw line. Via a first, S-shaped pre-unscrambler, the boards are fed onto a horizontally arranged screw roller conveyor, at which point they are already aligned with the zero line of the cross transfer system. The subsequent second unscrambler separates and transports the boards onto the chain cross conveyor in front of the control cabin, where they can be visually assessed by the operator and then transferred to the cross-cut station. The two-staged separation and the alignment to the zero line in that course, provides a good lumber flush line, allowing a faster charging of the

boards onto the infeed system. On the chain cross conveyor, the operator has the possibility of turning the boards for assessment, discharging unusable pieces downwards into the disposal area and removing slabs through cross-cutting. At the cross-cutting station, any length of slab can be cut off using a cross-cut saw on the zero line by moving the boards lengthwise on rollers that can be lifted. On the plant in Losheim, the cross-cut lengths 10 cm, 30 cm and 50 cm are predefined and can be started up automatically at the push of a button. In the further process, manipulation time is gained by scanning the individual board twice: the thickness of the crosscut boards is scanned from above and below using optical sensors in the transverse pass and then automatically pre-aligned for the edging cut according to the contour determined before they go into the subsequent precision scan in the longitudinal pass – accelerated by way of lateral and top-engaging pressure rollers. Depending on the program specification or the operator’s choice, the boards can be aligned centrally, according to the ideal board axis or asymmetrically at the left or right wane. An optical scanning system from Microtec is integrated into the line for linear scanning. Two cameras and four laser units scan the board on both sides. Some 800 scans per

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second and a width resolution of +/- 1 mm allow precise scanning of the board even at high feed rates. Pre-positioned pressure rollers and an upper pressure chain behind the scanning area enable the boards to be transported exactly lengthwise to the edging circular saw without changing their position. During the longitudinal transport, the scanning data is transmitted and the edger circular saws are positioned accordingly.

User-friendliness Pascal Perings, who was the project manager at Hilo for this investment, was very satisfied not only with the performance of the plant but also with its operation: for an employee who has already worked on an edger, little training time was needed on the Optidrive unit. An aspect that is all the more important because there are no trained woodworking mechanics to be found and every employee in the company has to be trained for their jobs. The plant operates at a high cycle rate in automatic mode. However, the operator can intervene from the enclosed control stand if necessary or adjust the settings. In addition to the relief for the operator in automatic mode, there are also clearly lower crosscutting losses during production.

Further conversion in summer This summer, the trimmer will be dismantled at Hilo in a second

conversion phase. The edged boards will then run directly into the newly configured automatic sorting system, for which Springer Maschinenfabrik, has been commissioned. The new grading will also include a Microtec wane scanner and a full trimmer. This then eliminates the bottleneck and the EWD edger can be run at its full capacity. The rights of text and photos in this article belong to Holz-Zentralblatt

In the process known as ‘skew and slew’, the circular saws are moved transversely to the feed direction by up to several millimeters per linear meter during the cut, mind you at a feed rate of up to 7 m/sec Pascal Perings, Hilo


SCANNING & OPTIMISATION – AUTOLOG

LUMBER PROCESSING

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

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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 Drying Technology

Valutec gaining new ground

Prestigious TC-kiln order from Maine sawmill group represents milestone for technology group

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alutec is supplying another TC continuous kiln into the North America market. The customer is the sawmill group Pleasant River, which has previously invested in TC continuous kilns for two sawmills. The group is now purchasing a similar installation for their third sawmill in Enfield, Maine. “This proves that our kiln technology is very competitive for North American sawmills,” Robert Larsson, CEO of Valutec, said. “The fact that Pleasant River is choosing Valutec again is a particular honour. They are making this choice based on what they have seen our installations deliver for them, which of course represents a positive signal to the markets in the US and Canada.” The TC continuous kiln that Pleasant River is investing in will have an annual capacity of 46,000 MBF and will be delivered to the sawmill in Enfield, which began construction a few years ago. The lumber sawn in Enfield has previously been dried at Pleasant River’s unit in Dover, Maine, but as demand for the company’s products has increased, it is now choosing to invest in a kiln facility for the sawmill that is targeted at smaller dimensions. “We received quotes from other suppliers but, in the end, it wasn’t a difficult decision,” says Jason Brochu, co-owner of Pleasant River. “We are really happy with the TC continuous kilns at our sawmills in Dover and Jackman, and wanted to continue working with Valutec.”

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Valutec holds itself out as a world leader when it comes to continuous kilns, and the TC model has been a success on markets all around the world. It is characterized by high capacity and quality combined with the flexibility to mix dimensions, which provides the conditions for a high utilization rate. “This is a faster and better way to dry lumber, particularly when

We are receiving many requests from the US and Canada at the moment, and the future is looking very bright Robert Larsson, Valutec it comes to quality and energy consumption. The consistent load on the boiler represents a huge advantage,” says Brochu. The TC continuous kiln that is to be built in Enfield will be used to dry Balsam fir to a 15% final moisture content, and is divided into five double zones. It will be equipped with Valutec’s Valmatics

Jason Brochu, Co-owner of Pleasant River 4.0 control system, and the start of assembly is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022. “We will also be investing in a new boiler, which will produce enough power to run two continuous kilns of this type. We might have another Valutec kiln here in a few years,” says Brochu. Valutec built the first modern TC continuous kiln in Sweden more than 10 years ago. “We are receiving many requests from the US and Canada at the moment, and the future is looking very bright,” says Robert Larsson. “A large part of our success is based on the fact that we have developed alongside the sawmills, and have seen the challenges they have to deal with on a dayto-day basis. This has driven the development of our kiln models and control systems. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see the difference we can make for customers who want to take advantage of and develop the use of wood products all over the world.”


SCANNING & OPTIMISATION – LIMAB

LUMBER PROCESSING

The fourth iteration of the – BoardProfiler 3D – is the upgraded model, the ’Classifier’ and is already being distributed in four countries

Limab BoardProfiler 3D still pushing boundaries The fourth iteration of this proven scanning system is available in four versions: block control, edger, trimmer and now, the classifier

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he Limab BoardProfiler has been sold for more than 30 years, with more than 250 systems supplied to customers all over the world. The system measures the dimension and shape of boards on existing or new, longitudinal or transverse, board conveyors. It uses at least one ProfiCura sensor or suitable combination of ProfiCura and/or PreciCura sensors, depending on the requirements and application.

The fourth iteration of the – BoardProfiler 3D – is the upgraded model, the ’Classifier’ and is already being distributed in four countries. The Classifier calculates to which product a board is best suited and delivers that product type. It is best applied for: • Block control • Shape measurement

All BoardProfiler 3D versions uses the same Limab sensors. Limab sensors can also be used in other systems and have been applied to tailormade software solution around the world. Meanwhile, the Limab software is flexible and easy to use so operators are able to easily apply all four versions of the BoardProfiler 3D at any mill.

• Gluelam production • Floor production

Millar Western orders new USNR BioVision edger line Millar Western at Whitecourt, AB is investing in a new transverse edger line that will feature BioVision scanning and optimization with Deep Learning A.I. This is a replacement for an older line, and the mill’s goal is to increase productivity and reliability to match the production targets of the mill.

At the same time the mill wants to utilize top-tier vision technology and maximize the value from its production. The supply will begin at the edger unscrambler through to the Model 625 positioning infeed, 4TA top arbor edger with reman head, and flying vee tailer. The MillTrak

lumber flow management system will control the flow from the unscrambler through the scanner transfer. The new scan frame will feature BioLuma 2900LV sensors, and USNR’s PLC control system will control the complete line from the unscrambler incline through the slow down belt.

This new line is scheduled to be commissioned later in 2021.

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SKIDDERS

John Deere’s powerful new purpose-built 768L-II Bogie Skidder

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ohn Deere recently introduced 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

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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 Jason Dawson of Triple J Logging

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


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 Matthew Flood, Product Marketing Manager, John Deere

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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H-series skidders enjoy facelift The 635H is built for extreme duty and super high production logging operations

Tigercat’s advanced, efficient and refined skidders just got a whole lot better

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he Tigercat H-series skidders introduce a new, larger cab, while also improving serviceability, reliability, and efficiency. The new skidder line will see the release of the 620H, 630H, and 632H four-wheel skidders, as

well as the 625H and 635H sixwheel skidders. The newly designed cab on the H-series skidders is 20% larger than the previous E-series design. Window area has been increased to provide unmatched visibility on

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all sides. The rear windows have been lowered, and front lower windows have been added to provide a better line of sight to all wheels. The updated interior uses a mix of molded plastic panels and removable steel panels. The


molded, easy to clean rubber floor mat has durable checkered aluminum plates at the high touch points. The new and improved Turnaround system for H-series lets the operator rotate the seat 220°. “Effortless” pushbutton controls lock and unlock the seat in any position in the range, according to the manufacturer. The operator has full control of all machine functions including drive controls. The 220° seat rotation improves operator visibility, greatly reduces neck strain, and allows the operator to easily exit either side of the cab. A durable, heavy duty air ride suspension seat with state-ofthe-art heating and cooling keeps the operator comfortable all day long. The reclining seat is fully adjustable with seat angle and seat extension adjustment. Tilt up adjustable armrests along with adjustable lumbar support all contribute to operator comfort. A secure five-point harness comes standard for improved safety.  A completely redesigned HVAC system provides greater cooling capacity and 50% more air vents for improved comfort. The larger intake filter keeps the cabin air clean. The fan speed control is now infinitely variable from zero to 100% and a new defrost option is available which cycles the A/C on and off automatically to keep the windows clear. A climate-controlled cup holder is connected to the system to heat or cool drinks. Operator controls are located on the armrests and include many new features. Differential lock buttons are on the joystick and can engage front and rear separately. LED lights above the buttons illuminate when they are active. A cruise control button maintains the current engine speed allowing the operator to release the pedal. The grapple constant pressure button also turns on an LED indicator on the joystick alerting the operator

that the constant pressure is activated. Other features of the H-series cab include a tire pressure monitoring system, bright LED interior lights, a lunch box storage area, cell phone storage with charging port, and hooks for a

capacity has increased 20% for improved steep slope system performance, and includes improved level detection and more robust mounting. The 620H, 630H and 625H models have been equipped with larger arch, boom, and steer cylinders to better handle

The H-series cab with 20% interior space and 19% more window area

The 635H is the industry’s highest production four-wheel drive skidder jacket and hardhat. Horsepower has been increased on the 620H, 630H, 632H, and 635H models, and all H-series skidders feature load-sensing hydraulics with larger, more efficient valves. Hydraulic tank

large loads. The new 635H swing boom skidder is the newest addition to the skidder line up. With a 210° rotation, the swing boom increases the working envelope of the skidder, which means the operator

spends less time manoeuvring the machine. Tethering device set-ups are reduced due to the wider working range. Dual rotate motors and a large swing bearing make gathering and moving bunches effortless on steep slopes. Engine enclosure doors have been reinforced to resist impacts and use T-style compression latches to keep them securely closed. The access doors are bolted on for easy replacement. Inside the engine compartment, an improved component layout locates all of the fuel filters on the left-hand side of the machine. A new high capacity crankcase ventilation filter is mounted on the right-hand side of the machine will all the oil filters. Front chassis hydraulic hose routing has been greatly simplified to eliminate leak points and improve serviceability. All flat front chassis belly doors use a pivot bolt so they will swing to the side when service is needed. The angled belly door is keyed to prevent it from dropping when bolts are removed. Within the angle door is a small service cover which provides access to the engine oil, coolant, and hydraulic tank drain plugs. When tilting the cab is necessary, new ‘quarter turn’ locking pins are used to lock the cab in the down position. To tilt the cab, simply loosen the locking plate bolts, slide the locking plate down, and turn the pins to the unlock position. Removing and installing the sweep bolts is easier with a new two-piece design. Fine adjustments can be made by loosening the additional sweep bolt. New keyed washers further simplify the assembly.

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Shredders & Grinders Size-reduction technology is looking more and more profitable as a secondary revenue stream or primary business

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he argument goes that any forms of green product, particularly green and renewable energies, will be favoured as governments use increased stakes in enterprise to force the environment to the front of the business agenda. This is likely to be a boon for forestry in general, but particularly for biomass production. And while high-level chippers may be the primary recipient of this new favour, all size-reduction technologies could potentially have an angle into new business. Here, we present some of the leading products in this technology space that could turn forest waste into money for entrepreneurs.

Peterson, a brand of Astec Industries, is an industry leader producing a full line of grinders, disc and drum chippers, flail debarkers, and blower trucks. A history of innovation and reliable manufacturing has established a reputation for equipment of the highest quality. Peterson equipment is manufactured in Eugene, Oregon, where each machine is engineered and built to exact standards.

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KEY FEATURES Peterson was the one of the first to develop portable horizontal grinders as wood waste recycling machines. This industry-changing

innovation made sustainable forestry practices more attainable. Using horizontal grinders to process bark waste from in-field

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Heavy duty and mobile, the 1710D Horizontal Grinder can readily reduce a wide range of materials

chipping into a value-added product means leaving less waste and site clean-up. Grinding slash into hog-fuel or nutrient-rich forest bedding can lessen logging impacts to an operation site. Reducing materials before it leaves the job site can increase payload and reduce truck traffic, fuel usage,

and road erosion. Peterson’s continued commitment to sustainability and innovation has developed specialized delivery and processing equipment that turns low-grade organic materials into high value products. The company’s strong foundation of innovations, one

built upon the next, culminate into a premium product. “Not only are they built to withstand the harsh conditions of forestry operations, but they also offer the lowest operating cost per tonne,” the company said. Peterson’s three-stage grinding process starts with its patented upturn rotor, drawing material into the grinding chamber. The anvil is positioned for optimum sizing and the large grate area offers highproduction. The upturn process provides better material fracturing, and Peterson’s four-grate sizing system makes it easy to produce the size material customer demands. This grate system offers unparalleled customization to tool the machine to fit output needs. Grates are removed through an easy-access door on the side wall. Combined with Peterson’s heavy-duty bits, and robust anvil,

their horizontal grinders have an exceptional wear life and accurate product sizing. All Peterson grinders feature an adaptive feed system. This system monitors the grinding load and varies the speed of the feed system to keep the engine working at the top of its power curve. A patented Impact Release System allows contaminants to be ejected from the grinding chamber to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage from ungrindable objects like rocks and metal, a system unique to Peterson.

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The Astec Industries Peterson 4710D Horizontal Grinder is a track mounted horizontal grinder designed for high-volume producers with very demanding end-product specifications

DURABILITY & PERFORMANCE

3-STAGE GRINDING PROCESS The machine uses an upturning rotor in combination with a down-force compression roll to grind the feed material in a three-stage process, resulting in more accurate and consistent finished products.

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Peterson+ is a telematics system that is now available on all new Peterson grinders. It gives the owner and operator a live view of their equipment performance, and GPS location details. Loading operators can see common machine analytics right from their cab. Peterson+ includes a host of other features, including maintenance log, directions to the machine site, and historical machine data. Optional features increase the grinders flexibility between jobs. Work lights, cold weather kits, magnetic cross belt conveyor. The company’s liquid injection system is a high-flow water option that’s great for mulch coloring and dust control, and an optional transportation dolly is available on many Peterson grinder models. With an eye on innovation, Peterson has added several new models to the lineup.

1700 Series Horizontal Grinders Peterson’s most significant addition to the of horizontal grinder lineup brings big power in a small package. This compact grinder has a 44 ft 1 in (1,344 cm) operating length but packs an impressive 455 hp (339 kW) Caterpillar C9.3B Tier IV engine and a large feed opening of 54 ft x 27 in (137 x 69 cm). The 1700D Horizontal Grinder is available with wheels, while the 1710D Horizontal Grinder is a tracked model. The 1700D has a pintle hitch and can be transported between job sites with a dump truck.

4700D Horizontal Grinder The most recent model release, the 4700D Horizontal Grinder, is designed for high-volume producers with very demanding end-product specifications. The 4700D is powered by a Tier IV Caterpillar C18 engine rated at 755 HP (563 kW).

2750D Horizontal Grinder Peterson’s new 2750D Electric Horizontal Grinder is powered by a single 600 HP (450 kW) electric motor. An on-site electric machine may be the answer for grinding mill residuals to increasing profits since electric power costs are typically much lower than diesel fuel costs. With a feed opening of 60¾ in x 32 in (154 cm x 81 cm) combined with Peterson’s high lift feed roll for an optional opening up to 44 in (112 cm) high, the 2750D can reduce a diverse range of raw materials. While Peterson brought the industry-changing horizontal grinder to the marketplace to process wood waste from in-field chipping operations, sustained growth and a focus on customeroriented products continues to keep the manufacturer at the forefront of the market.


Equipment manufacturer Rawlings describes itself as a “proven leader” in size reduction technology that specializes in helping business owners with the design of custom wood-waste recovery systems for specific processing needs and budgets. Rawlings states it can handle every aspect of configuring, building, installing, and supporting a complete materials processing system. Its electric stationary systems come in all shapes and sizes – indoor/outdoor; from simple stand-alone vertical hogs for saw and paper mills, to complete multi-dimensional systems. “Add a wide variety of available options, and you’ve got the flexibility to customize the perfect wood waste recovery system,” the company stated. Each system can be designed with work platform decks, choice of belt, chain or vibrating in-feed and out-feed conveyors, metal or magnet protection, product screening and separation all customizable for specific operations. Markets for wood waste start with feedstock for engineered woods, landscape mulch, soil conditioner, animal bedding, compost additive, sewage sludge, and boiler fuel. All these end uses have similar processing requirements in that the wood waste has to be separated from other wastes, cleaned by removing contaminants and fasteners, and, in some cases, processed through grinding or chipping. The final use of the wood waste often determines how clean and consistent the feedstock must be (California Integrated Waste

Management 2001). “During our 40 years designing wood waste grinding systems we have found that most of our clients are looking to get the smallest end particle size on a single pass, onestage pass through the grinder,” Rawlings said. “We often suggest that this is not always the most economical option in the long run. “Running the grinder and related equipment at full surge capacity results in higher consumption of spare parts and maintenance costs. And depending if you’re using electricity or diesel fuel these costs add up over time.” During the preliminary design there are many factors that should be considered. Such factors include species of wood, moisture content, diameter and length of incoming wood waste, metal contamination and most importantly the required end product size. For high volume high capacity wood handling operations that typically receive a large variety of contaminated materials such as railroad ties, pallets, construction,

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demolition and hurricane waste, Rawlings recommends wood waste systems to incorporate a combination of equipment. This could include both horizontal and vertical feed grinders. Horizontal grinders or slow speed grinders are often utilized as the primary grinder while the vertical grinders are used to produce a smaller more consistent particle size. Using metal protection, product screening and separation allows the customer to protect their investment while producing a high-quality consistent end product. If the wood handling system is designed to receive a steady stream of bark or sawmill waste a vertical feed hog is the preferred option. Typically in this scenario most of the incoming material is preprocessed further upstream and it already sized to be processed through this type of grinder.

Rawlings Vertical Grinders Each unit is equipped with the Rawlings Super Hi-Inertia Solid

Steel Rotor. With the increased inertia of the solid steel rotor our machine runs at lower RPM’S than many competitors, resulting in overall savings of electricity and maintenance costs. The Rawlings wood hog is recognized in the industry as a ‘Green monster hog’ and provides the crushing and shearing power needed to handle really tough jobs like green waste, cypress, redwood, cedar, black spruce, poplar and a wide range of other stringy and fibrous material. The machines are also tolerant of contaminants, rocks and metal without catastrophic maintenance costs if metal enters the grinding chamber. “For over 40 years, we’ve assisted our customers in utilizing renewable resources while reducing and recycling a wide variety of wood waste into valuable wood fiber products,” Rawlings stated. “We offer a complete line up of seven different sizes of both vertical and horizontal hogs to fit any application.”

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Tub Grinder v Horizontal Grinder 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

Industry leading supplier examines the all-important question of what’s the right grinder for a given operation

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hen it comes time to add or replace a grinder in your equipment fleet, one of the first questions an operator should consider is: “Do I need a tub grinder or a horizontal grinder?” It is important to compare the two grinder designs and features for yourself and then determine which is right for a given operation. Here is a brief overview of things to consider during the buying process.

Safety considerations According to David Steege, recycling account manager at RDO Equipment, properly trained and experienced operators know that if they are working with material that may contain non-organic contaminants (i.e. metal), they need to spend a bit of time sorting and paying close attention to every load they feed into the grinder. This step will help mitigate the risk of thrown objects. “With tub grinders, features like the patented thrown object restrain system (TORS) found on Vermeer models, can help reduce the amount and distance of thrown objects,” explained Steeg. “The TORS system has a deflector plate positioned across from the hammer mill to help redirect loose material back inside the tub. Making sure the tub 36 International Forest Industries | AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2021

grinder’s bowl is filled to proper capacity – per your operator’s manual – also can help reduce the risk of the grinder throwing material. Since tub grinders use gravity to feed the hammer mill, a full tub can provide an additional layer of protection to help keep material where it belongs.” To help mitigate the risk of metal contaminants cycling through with organic material, Vermeer grinders (tub and horizontal) can be outfitted with the optional Vermeer Damage Defense System. When a metal contaminant is detected during operations, the Damage Defense system will alert the grinder control and automatically initiate the shutdown process.

Space available Some in the industry may have heard that tub grinders need a lot more room to operate. This is due to the distance thrown objects can travel, but Steege explained that there is more you need to consider on the topic of working areas. “Tub grinders will often be used to process a lot of different types of wood waste, and possibly in a setting where the incoming material may not be the cleanest,” he said. “Tubs can handle that type of material, but it’s always advisable to have more open area surrounding the machine.

Otherwise, the operational space needs for horizontal and tub grinders are similar.”

Material sizing Next on your list of considerations is which machine is going to size your material more consistently. There are several factors to consider when thinking about this area beyond the basic tub or horizontal grinder design. “Consistency of material sizing can be more related to the quality of the machine and how all of the moving parts work together than whether it’s a tub or horizontal grinder,” said Steege. “The Vermeer duplex drum system and screen configuration optimize the grinders’ performance to produce a quality end product.” Steege went on to say that taking a look at the size of the incoming material is a more important consideration. “When I’m in the field talking to contractors and facility managers about grinders, one of the first things I ask them about is the type and size of material they are going to be grinding. Horizontal grinders are more efficient than tubs at handling longer material because less cutting is required before it can be fed through the machine. “So, if they are going to be running long branches and tree trunks, a horizontal grinder will


With tub grinders, features like the patented thrown object restrain system (TORS) found on Vermeer models, can help reduce the amount and distance of thrown objects David Steege, Recycling Account Manager, RDO Equipment likely be their more efficient machine. However, if they are running a bunch of stumps and odd sizes of material, they are going to want a tub grinder.” For loose green waste, Steege said either grinder is fine, but tub grinders may be more efficient for their operation. “With horizontal grinders, the material is being force-fed into the drum, but tubs use gravity, so there are fewer moving parts involved with the process.”

The TG7000 packs innovation and power for large land clearing projects and organic/wood waste processing applications. It processes through wood waste quickly with the exclusive Vermeer duplex drum to minimize maintenance, a PT tech wet clutch with microprocessor to automatically limit torque when necessary, and a patented cutting system outfitted with 10 hammers and 20 double-bolt cutter blocks. without a loader are considerably lighter than that same horizontal grinder, which can help reduce transportation expenses.”

Preference As can be seen, both tub grinders

and horizontal grinders have helpful qualities to offer. So, when it’s time to add or replace a grinder in a fleet, it’s important to think about the needs and what type of grinder will deliver the best results for an organization.

If a business needs a little help along the way, recycling and forestry specialists can help weigh the pros and cons of each grinder type.

The TG7000

Transportability Depending on the line of work, hauling, or only moving a grinder around a facility is another factor to consider. If working on a big job or frequently needing to reposition the grinder, business owners are going to want to look at a grinder with tracks. If that’s a need, horizontal grinders like the Vermeer HG6000TX and HG6800TX are good options to consider. If moving from one site to another, it is important to review any DOT size and weight restrictions in the area to see which unit will be more efficient to haul. “The sides on Vermeer tub grinders fold in for transporting, which gives them a similar travel width as a comparably-sized horizontal grinder,” Steege explained. “However, tub grinders

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ProGrind 5200 - T - The special double-bolt hammer tips provide more durability and grinding ease, assuring high production rates, less wear on the hammermill and easy maintenance. It’s been called the most powerful, easy to use tub grinder in the industry, according to the manufacturer

“Whatever side of the fence you’re on these days, be sure to have Precision Husky with you,” the manufacturer states with just a touch of bias. “It’s one of those jobsite nobrainers; like wearing a hardhat. Why? Because Precision Husky has evolved into one of the world’s top providers of tough and tested forestry equipment. We keep getting better because we never stop to rest on our laurels. Our equipment is designed with your paycheck in mind and built to work as hard as you do.

“Today, our fuel-efficient, low maintenance and low noise grinders are being used all over the world to manufacture mulch, compost and boiler fuel and to clear and clean jobsites. “In this day and age, at least everybody can agree on high-speed productivity. Our industry leading horizontal and tub grinders will make you wonder how you ever got along without them.”

ProGrind Horizontal Grinders For working with long limbs, Pecision’s high-speed ProGrind horizontal grinders are difficult to beat. There are three models (H-3045, H-3060 and H-4060) to choose from, each with a rugged diesel engine and offering from 520 hp up to 1,050 hp, depending on requirements.

The Precision Husky H-3045 is one of three horizontal grinders from the ProGrind range

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The dual cutting surfaces at various depths eliminate frustrating jams. The 3045 offers a 30 in cutting diameter and a 45 in infeed width, the 3060 has a 30 in cutting diameter and a 60 in infeed width, and the 4060 has a 40-inch cutting diameter and a wide 60 in infeed width. ProGrind horizontal grinders are built with a down cut design, which allows operators to switch out the hammermill for a two or four-knife chipper drum. “Many of our customers find this feature a particular cost saver,” Precision said. “No need to buy a chipper when your grinder can do the job.”

ProGrind Tub Grinders Precision Husky also offers six popular models of ProGrind tub grinders, each built with ease of operation, cost and productivity in mind. “All of our tub grinders, from our PG 900 base model to our

powerhouse PG 5200, offer industry-leading user-friendly controls, clutch protection and different hammer options for grinding versatility,” the manufacturer stated. “The tub tilts 90° for easy access to the hammermill, screens and lower auger area. Feedback on the newest offering, the ProGrind 5200, has been “fantastic”. It contains one of the most aggressive hammermills in the industry. It can cut through mountains of green waste at production rates of over 100 t/h. The special double-bolt hammer tips provide more durability and grinding ease, assuring high production rates, less wear on the hammermill and easy maintenance. It’s been called the most powerful, easy to use tub grinder in the industry, according to the manufacturer. The 5200 also is a technological accomplishment. It is operated by


All of our tub grinders, from our PG 900 base model to our powerhouse PG 5200, offer industry-leading user-friendly controls, clutch protection and different hammer options for grinding versatility Precision Husky

a dust and water-resistant, shockmounted control box with a Sauer Plus 1 system, CAN+ radio remote controls and a smart display panel. The enclosed, wet hydraulic clutch is engaged from the control panel with fault indicators using a push button microprocessor. Many customers have chosen the knuckleboom-loader option, complete with air-conditioned cab (standard) and state-of-the-art joystick.

Dual cutting surfaces at various depths help the H-3060 eliminate frustrating jams

Profile More than 100 experienced, highly dedicated and motivated employees, many of whom are former loggers and wood processors, work from Precision’s 165,000 sq.ft manufacturing facility

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in Leeds, Alabama. Inside the plant, the manufacture is constantly working to innovate and improve. “Precision Husky is a clear example of the American Dream come true,” the company states. “Our President Scott Smith is a second-generation innovator like his father, company founder and CEO Bob Smith. Together they have seen Precision go from a small regional provider to a worldwide leader in timber processing technology, with customers in 120 countries.” ProGrind horizontal grinders are built with a down cut design

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Next Level Shredding BA 916 D and BA 926 D in comparison JENZ launched two new machines on the biomass processor market last year. The BA 916 green waste specialist and the flexible multi-talent BA 926 are part of the new shredder generation.

But how exactly do the machines differ and which shredder actually achieves which end product best? We compare the two newcomers in detail.

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• H  ydraulic support winch as standard for fast coupling and uncoupling operations

• Hydraulic support winch as standard for quick coupling and uncoupling

Draw-in • F ree loading length of 4.40 m, extension to 5m is possible • L arge intake opening of 900 mm • T o avoid idle time: Speed function catapults bulky material directly under the draw-in roller • N  ew hydraulic system: significantly increased cooling power and more aggressive draw-in behaviour

Draw-in • Free loading length of 4.25 m, extension to 5m is possible • Large intake opening of 900 mm • I ncreased draw-in opening + aggressive high-speed intake = remarkable increase in throughput • F aster material feed due to more force and electrically-adjustable pre-tensioning pressure • R  epositioning of the lower feed roller: more control when feeding logs and roots. Result: improved wood chip quality and additional machine protection

Rotor Rotor • Choice of freely-swinging or fixed tools for optimum use depending on the material or desired end product • Two speed ranges: Eco and Power Eco (960 rpm): sufficient for most applications Power (1100 rpm): for even finer fragmentation

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• C  hoice of freely-swinging or fixed tools for optimum use depending on the material or desired end product. • F our working speeds thanks to the proven TwinGear drive system (400 to 1000 rpm) · F ast (hare) Eco and Power respectively ·S  low (turtle) Eco and Power respectively


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Maintenance

Maintenance

• Ergonomic maintenance access in standing position

• Ergonomic maintenance access with additional handles and steps

• Professional tool system as standard: - swivelling toolbox - incl. compressed air connection and working light - direct access to tools and spare parts

• S  wivelling discharge chute provides plenty of space for maintenance work on the shredding system

• Screen changeover in under 10 minutes - by only one person - two-piece screen basket set (transport of additional screen basket set possible)

Outfeed • Folding outfeed belt with discharge height of 4400 mm • Side-swivelling discharge conveyor (operation at the touch of a button) • Magnetic roller optional: for the selection of smaller iron parts

Control system

• S  creen changeover in under 10 minutes - by only one person - optional screen basket holder at the rear for additional two-piece screen basket set

The green waste specialist BA 916 presents itself as perfectly adapted to the operator with a more aggressive draw-in behaviour at the same time. The BA 926 is based on well-founded chipper know-how and, thanks to the unique TwinGear system, it can be used as a shredder or chipper. Dominik Meden, Jenz

Outfeed

Innovative easy2 controller • Smartphone-like operation via easy2TOUCH display

• Large screening area ensures unhindered material flow

• Additional easy2HOTKEY-Box key control panel for fast machine operation

• E  ven more screening surface: optional installation of a screening floor with screening plates (recommended when processing woody biomass)

• Extended diagnostic options

• H  ydraulically-adjustable over-belt magnet -h  eight-adjustable from 150 mm (via easy2 control) - c an be moved out of the material flow into a parking position

Operator Info System • New easy2CONNECT radio remote control - control and monitoring of all functions from the loading vehicle (integrated display with status indication) - loading and stowing directly at the machine - additional 12V charging cradle on the charging vehicle

• Leakage belt as standard

Control system Innovative easy2 controller • Smartphone-like operation via easy2TOUCH display • A  dditional easy2HOTKEY-Box keypad control panel for fast machine operation • Extended diagnostic options

Operator Info System

• LED status flashing lights on the engine housing roof signal the machine status to the operator from a distance

• N  ew easy2CONNECT radio remote control - c ontrol and monitoring of all functions from the loading vehicle (integrated display with status indication) - l oading and stowing directly at the machine -a  dditional 12V charging cradle on the charging vehicle

Unique assistance systems

• L ED status flashing lights on the engine housing roof signal the machine status to the operator from a distance

• Set-up / dismantling assistant • GFA draw-in control system • Mode selecting system - factory-preset chipping modes for quick changeover when changing material - up to three programmes

Advantages:

Unique assistance systems • GFA assistance system for controlling draw-in speed • M  ode-Selecting system - f actory pre-set chipping modes for quick changeover when changing material -u  ncomplicated changeover between chipping and shredding mode

Advantages:

• Professional tool system

• TwinGear System (enables chipping and shredding)

• unique driver assistance systems

• larger engine with 625 hp available (BA 926 D Wotan)

• ergonomic maintenance access

• enlargement of the possible screen surface due to additional screen floor

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A second life for dead and diseased olive trees “

Vermeer grinding technology is breathing new life into griefstricken region of Italy

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hat you’re looking at here is a disease that has cost this region five thousand jobs,” says Cosimo Valente. He gestures to an olive tree whose glossy, arrowhead leaves have turned brown at the tips, as if singed by fire. “Sadly, once a tree has Xylella fastidiosa, there’s nothing you can do. First, its growth becomes stunted. Then, it starts dying back and becomes unproductive. But before that happens, the infection will have spread, devastating more plantations, putting more livelihoods at risk. So, you’ve got to act, and act quickly,” he says. Cosimo heads up Ital Bio Energy, a company that has developed an innovative, environmentally friendly approach to mitigating the economic damage caused by Xylella. This bacterial disease has hit southern Europe’s olive industry hard and nowhere more so than the Salento region of Italy that Cosimo calls home. Over a 10-year period, extensive damage has been done to the economy of the wider Apulia region, which until recently,

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produced about 40% of Italy’s exported olive oil. Countless trees have been lost, including many Ulivi secolari, ancient trees that, for centuries, underpinned the economy in a place where few other crops are commercially viable. Salento’s hopes of ultimately beating Xylella lie with the scientific community. A resistant cultivar, or a strategy for controlling the spittlebug that spreads the infection, may ultimately provide salvation. In the meantime, Ital Bio Energy aims to help the community offset the damage by putting the blighted trees to commercial use and supporting the circular economy in the process. “In the past, dead olive trees would have been used as domestic fire wood,” explains Cosimo. “But so many plantations have been destroyed that the supply of fire wood now far outstrips demand. So, we’ve developed a way of processing the wood to make it suitable for use as biofuel in power plants.” In line with the EU’s ambition of cutting carbon emissions to less

than half their 1990 level by the end of the decade, Italy is building up the proportion of its electricity generated from biomass. Rather than using fossil fuel, many of the country’s power stations now burn fuel crops and combustible waste. As a result, instead of increasing the amount of carbon in circulation, they form part of a closed carbon cycle. “We like to think of what we’re doing as giving a second life to dead and diseased olive trees,” Cosimo adds. “We’re taking something that would otherwise be a worthless waste product and turning it into a resource that can be reintroduced to the economy. That translates into much-needed income and jobs for a community that has suffered badly.” Ital Bio Energy is currently clearing an infected olive planation near Trepuzzi. A grove where once the chirping of cicadas would have filled the air is now alive with the sound of heavy machinery. The long, articulated arm of a 6-wheeled spider excavator is ripping boughs from the blighted trees with a grapple, then pulling


What you’re looking at here is a disease that has cost this region five thousand jobs Cosimo Valente, Ital Bio Energy the trunks from the dry soil like a gardener tugging weeds from a flower bed. It swings around and places uprooted trunks and brushwood into piles. A second excavator fitted with a grab claw then drops the stacked material into the intake hopper of a Vermeer HG4000 horizontal grinder, which reduces everything to fine chips. At the other end of the grinder, a conveyor feeds a steady stream of chipped wood into a waiting truck. More vehicles stand queued for loading, their movements muted by the constant throb of motors and crack of breaking timber. “Diseased they may be, but these trees are made of very hard wood,” says Cosimo. The dense and resinous structure of olive timber means that the viability of the biofuel production process depends on having the right machinery. “Without a grinder like the Vermeer HG4000, it would be almost impossible to produce combustion-grade chippings from this material. The HG4000 allows us to work fast and deliver a highquality end product. We looked carefully at a variety of machines and evaluated all our options before deciding which way to go. The HG4000 stood out in terms of both production rate and product quality.” Much of the grinder’s ability to chip such resilient wood is down to a high-torque Fiat Powertrain engine that delivers 384 kilowatts of power. The HG4000 also has an electric cooling fan array, meaning that cooling doesn’t draw power away from material processing. Infeed traction is optimized by a crush boost feature that allows

feed roller downforce to be briefly increased whenever a stubborn piece of timber is encountered. The efficient infeed system is coupled with a 9-hammer duplex milling drum to create a package capable of grinding about 35,000 kg/hr. With a typical olive tree weighing between 2,000 kg and 3,000 kg, Ital Bio Energy’s Vermeer HG4000 can process 300-400 trees per day. However, a high processing speed is only one of Cosimo Valente’s requirements: “It’s vital that we produce clean wood,” he explains. “The impurity concentration in the finished product has to be as low as possible. Biomass plants won’t take fuel that is more than 3% impure.” Therefore, the HG4000 horizontal grinder’s hinged, dual screens were an important plus in Cosimo’s eyes. The mesh screens surround the milling drum, allowing material of a certain size to pass through, while larger fragments remain until further reduced in size. Thus, the screens enable separation of wood from other material and control the grade and consistency of the finished chippings. “Being able to switch and reverse the screens to suit the material we’re processing is crucial. The Vermeer horizontal grinder has a really big screen area as well, which is good for the production rate,” says Cosimo. Ital Bio Energy supplies fuel to biomass plants throughout southern Italy. To make that possible, the company clears sites

at remarkable speed. “We work a three-shift pattern, so that we’re able to operate around the clock, seven days a week,” says Cosimo. The reliability of the company’s machinery park is central to the viability of its business model. “We’re very satisfied with the Vermeer grinder on that score. It’s an exceptional unit, and we’re glad to work with it. So much so, that we’ve recently added another Vermeer horizontal grinder to our fleet, the new HG6000.” While it saddens Cosimo to witness the damage caused by Xylella, he takes comfort in the fact that he and his company are able to help redress the balance. “We take a lot of pride in the role we play,”

he says. “Our strategy of turning diseased trees into saleable fuel has given the local economy a boost at a time of crisis. It’s also enabled us to contribute to the development of an environmentally responsible, circular economy.”

We like to think of what we’re doing as giving a second life to dead and diseased olive trees Cosimo Valente, Ital Bio Energy

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to key personnel. New Remote Troubleshoot allows the dealer to run diagnostic testing of fault codes from the office while the machine is operating, potentially saving a trip to the jobsite.

Next-level comfort and visibility

Built for performance, the New Cat® M320 Wheeled Excavator offers more swing torque, a longer wheelbase & extended service intervals The new Cat® M320 wheeled excavator optimizes performance and efficiency at the jobsite with up to 9% more swing torque than the Cat M320F to get work done faster. Its longer wheelbase increases operating stability and improves machine ride when roading to the next jobsite at speeds reaching 35 km/h (21.7 mph). From dirt to asphalt, this wheeled excavator meets contractors’ needs for efficient operation in a range of applications from utility work to trenching to waste handling.

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mprovements to the hydraulic system increase machine efficiency when working with a range of Cat attachments. Upgrades in machine design reduce the time it takes for daily maintenance plus extended filter life and longer service intervals maximize machine uptime availability at the jobsite while lowering ownership costs.

Power and performance Delivering performance and production, the new M320 is powered by the 129.4-kW (174-hp) Cat C4.4 engine that meets EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards. Efficiency increasing standard features like one-touch low idle with automatic engine speed control, auto engine idle shutdown and on-demand electric cooling fans combine to conserve both diesel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to lower operating costs. Capable of running up to B20 biodiesel, the machine offers a standard high-ambient temperature capability of 50˚ C (125˚ F) and cold-start capability of -18˚ C (0˚ F) for completing projects in a range of operating environments. More efficiently multitasking, the new M320 features a dedicated swing pump to provide consistent power. The advanced hydraulic system automatically balances power and efficiency to give operators more machine control for precise working requirements.

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Its unique heavy lift mode feature boosts lifting capacities to more efficiently handle heavy loads, increasing machine flexibility.

Longer service intervals The new M320 design saves owners up to 5% in maintenance parts with its new, longer-lasting filters. Offering a 50% longer service life than previous filter designs, the new hydraulic oil filter with anti-drain valves to safeguard from contaminating the oil during replacement delivers improved filtration performance and a 3,000hour replacement interval. Two fuel filtration levels better protect the engine from dirt particles in the diesel. All daily maintenance points are quickly and safely checked from ground level. Reducing service time, the M320 features centralized grease points with an available automatic lubrication system option for the implement and swing system. Providing easy extraction of fluid samples for analysis, all S∙O∙SSM ports are also positioned at ground level. The operator conveniently tracks machine maintenance intervals and filter life from inside the cab on a touchscreen monitor to improve maintenance planning efficiency. Standard Product Link™ technology on the M320 improves fleet management and excavator servicing by recording and reporting critical operating data and machine fault codes

Two larger Next Gen cab designs – Deluxe and Premium – are available for the new M320. All controls are positioned in front of the operator, within easy reach, to elevate comfort. The machine can be started in several ways: via pushbutton start; a Bluetooth® key fob; or the unique Operator ID function. Each operator can preset and store their own preferred machine settings using Operator ID, and the excavator remembers those settings each time the operator logs in. Operators intuitively navigate through machine functions with the new large, 240-mm (10-in) touchscreen monitor with jog dial. Delivering all-day climate comfort, internal cab temperature is easily adjusted to the ideal setting using the new monitor. Advanced viscous mounts found on the M320 cab decrease machine vibration feed-back, reducing operator fatigue. Its tiltup left console design simplifies cab ingress/egress for the new wheeled excavator. Reducing the number of actions required by the operator, auto axle lock detects when the service brake and axle need to be locked or unlocked, and it releases automatically when the operator presses the travel pedal. Boosting operating efficiency as well as safety, standard rearview and right-side cameras, along with large cab windows with small cab pillars, help to improve jobsite visibility for the operator. An optional 360◦ visibility system combines input from multiple cameras around the machine to give operators an unparalleled view of their surroundings. The excavator’s new flat engine hood design also improves visibility.


Waratah’s new HTH624C 4x4 LP delivers efficient processing & log manipulation

Waratah Forestry Equipment debuted the HTH624C 4×4 LP – a loader-processor built for increasing productivity to quickly clear tight landing areas and load trucks. The multiuse head features attributes of a standard processing head with extra capability for manipulating multiple logs – making it extremely efficient.

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he HTH624C 4x4 LP makes quick work of loading or processing,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “In addition to the benefits of a four-wheel-drive processor, it features large sawing capacity and an extra-large delimb opening for handling multiple logs to clear the deck fast. At Waratah, we’re always looking for ways to boost customer productivity and efficiency, and the HTH624C 4x4 LP delivers.”

Increased productivity This four-wheel drive, four-roller head also has a shorter tilt frame that helps loading trucks or extend reach with higher deck piles – working effortlessly to manipulate logs on carriers with or without live heels. Its larger delimb opening enables operators to grab multiple logs, clearing the yarder chute or

shovel more efficiently. With a wide maximum delimb opening of 939 mm (37 in.), the HTH624C 4x4 LP can manipulate large single logs and improve log deck picking. Likewise, the HTH624C 4x4 LP also features a large sawing capacity with an 815 mm (32 in.) maximum sawing capacity. It’s also fit for 27+ metric ton carriers, meaning that it can carry out large jobs.

Tight space workhorse One of the key benefits of the HTH624C 4x4 LP is its ability to work in tight spaces. As a multiuse tool, it can handle the jobs of multiple pieces of equipment – a key feature when space doesn’t permit several pieces of equipment. With a weight of 3560 kg (7,848 lb.), the HTH624C 4x4 LP provides added capacity and delimbing force to tackle the big jobs. Its minimum delimb close

of 120 mm (4.7 in.) allows it to process a wide range of diameter classes. “The HTH624C 4x4 LP’s fourwheel drive makes it powerful and efficient,” Fisher said. “We’re looking forward to Waratah customers taking advantage of this multi-use workhorse.” The Waratah HTH624C 4x4 LP is currently available to customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Asia Pacific, Brazil and Latin America. For more information about Waratah, please visit Waratah. com or contact Sarah Larson at slarson@mindfirecomm.com

John Deere partners with Tiltrotator Company John Deere has announced a preferred supplier agreement with engcon, a tiltrotator manufacturer. As a part of the agreement customers can purchase select engcon tiltrotators through John Deere construction and compact construction equipment dealers and Hitachi excavator dealers, starting in the U.S. and Canada in the second half of 2021. Tiltrotator models ranging from the EC204 up to the EC233 will be available – these tiltrotator models match with the John Deere 26G through 345G and Hitachi ZX26 through ZX345 excavator models. Tiltrotators have long been popular in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as some other countries in Europe, but their usage in North America has

traditionally been low. When equipped, a tiltrotator enables an excavator bucket or other attachments to rotate 360 degrees around the axis and tilt up to 45 degrees side to side. A tiltrotator-equipped excavator offers enhanced value for customers, especially those working in tight, challenging job sites or tackling applications that require precision and versatility, such as site development, underground work and landscaping. “We strive to provide our customers with product and technology offerings that improve their performance on the job site. When we launched our Smart Industrial strategic direction, we committed to investing our resources in solutions that deliver

increased value to our customers, such as this agreement with engcon,” said David Thorne, senior vice president, sales & marketing, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Our excavators are known for their multi-functioning capabilities and hydraulic control, and, with the addition of the engcon tiltrotators, we’re providing additional

solutions to help our customers increase productivity and efficiency on the job.

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Lower Operating Costs Longer service intervals contribute to up to 7 percent lower maintenance costs. Engine oil/ engine oil filter service interval has been extended to 1,000 hours*. Service intervals have also been extended on the air cleaner and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) pump filter. LED lights offer up to six times the life of halogen to save on parts cost.

Connect to Greater Efficiency

New Cat® D4 Dozer offers better visibility, more productivity-boosting technology choices, lower operating costs Get A Better View

The New Cat® D4 Dozer takes the value up a level with improved sight lines, reduced operating costs and the broadest choice of easy-to-use technology features to help get the most from the bulldozer. The D4 weighs in at 29,259 lbs. (13,272 kg), with a net power of 130 hp (97 kW). D4 LGP has an operating weight of 30,882 lbs. (14,008 kg).

A lower sloping hood line provides up to 30 percent better visibility to the area in front of the blade. The shorter sight lines mean the visual distance between the blade and the material pile is shortened by about 40 percent, so less time is spent backing up to get a full view of the material and the job gets done faster. In the cab, operators will find a more comfortable seat with improved suspension and multiple adjustments for personalized comfort. An easy-to-use 10-in (254mm) touchscreen main display, now common across much of the Cat dozer lineup, puts machine settings and features in easy view. A standard High Definition rearview camera shows prominently in the main display.

Unprecedented Technology Choices The D4 leads the industry with a variety of technology offerings that are easy to use and help get the most from an equipment investment. The D4 includes several standard technology features aimed at helping operators work more efficiently, regardless of experience level. The cab also offers optimal interior mounting locations that make it simple to install the grade control system of choice. • S  lope Indicate shows machine mainfall and cross-slope on the main display for easy reference. • S  table Blade works seamlessly with operator blade inputs for smoother surfaces. • Traction Control automatically

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reduces track slip to save time, fuel and track wear.1 • A  n optional technology package includes the standard technology features, plus: • C  at Grade with Slope Assist™ provides basic blade positioning assistance without added hardware or a GPS signal. Updated main display makes the system intuitive and easy to use. • F actory Attachment Ready Option (ARO) provides optimal mounting locations, brackets, and hardware and simplifies installation of any brand of grade control system. Customers can also add factory integrated Cat Grade with 3D. The system uses a GPS signal to automatically adjust blade movements – both lift and tilt – as the operator follows the design plan. Antennas and receivers are housed in a low-profile roofmounted spoiler. An intuitive 10-in (254-mm) Grade operator interface works like a smart phone, making it easy for operators to pick up quickly. Android OS platform allows installation of custom apps for more versatility. AutoCarry™ is also packaged with Grade with 3D, automating blade lift to help get more consistent blade loads with each pass and reduce track slip. Works seamlessly with Grade with 3D and Slope Assist. With the capability of installing 3D grade systems from Trimble, Topcon and Leica, the D4 can easily integrate into jobsites with existing grading technology infrastructures. All Cat Grade systems are compatible with Trimble, Topcon and Leica radios and base stations.

Cat Link telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing job sites – by gathering data generated by equipment, materials, and people – and serving it up in customizable formats. Product Link™ collects data automatically and accurately from equipment assets – any type and any brand – which can be viewed online through web and mobile applications. Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink®. Cat dealers can help configure a customized subscription, available with cellular or satellite reporting or both. The Cat App helps manage assets – at any time – right from a smartphone. Remote Troubleshoot saves time and money by allowing a Cat dealer to perform diagnostic testing remotely. Remote Flash updates on-board software without a technician being present, at a convenient time, potentially reducing update time by as much as 50 percent. Application Profile and Operator ID helps save time by saving preferred machine settings. Machine Security – Passcode provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start.

Equipped for the Job The D4 is available in Standard or Low Ground Pressure (LGP) configurations. A Variable Pitch Angle Tilt (VPAT) blade is standard, with an option for a foldable VPAT blade to reduce transport width. The D4 can also be ordered with specialized guarding to take on the challenges of Forestry/Land Clearing. In addition to machine protection against impacts and airborne debris, these specialty dozers can be ordered with an impact-resistant cab featuring polycarbonate windows.


Production start at Komatsu Forest One a historic event

Anna Fredriksson, Factory Manager, Komatsu Forest

Soon, forest machine production is to begin at Komatsu Forest’s newly built factory outside Umeå in northern Sweden. Here, assembly will take place on a single production line, around which the flows of both materials and people are optimised and automated to ensure high product quality and a high level of customer service.

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ork was begun during August to introduce and prepare roughly 220 employees to the new production system. Although many of them have worked at the company for a long time, there are new tasks and processes to get acquainted with. “Our new production setup, which entails, among other things, a single assembly line where we build both harvesters and forwarders, offers many advantages, including the ability to follow up quality, availability and safety in detail. Our customers will also experience greater flexibility and shorter lead times,” says Anna Fredriksson, Factory Manager, Komatsu Forest. The assembly line is driven by automated guided vehicles, or AGVs for short, which are driverless forklifts that automatically move along the production line at slow speed. The investment in AGVs will enable a new, safer way of working as the machines do not need to be lifted to move them along the line. In turn, fewer lifts means a safer work environment for assembly line staff. Everything is planned down to the smallest detail to optimise logistical flows and minimise movements, even those of staff. A brand-new inventory management

system tracks where each component is in the process and ensures its correct location in the flow. Moreover, most components are stored indoors in the warm, which ensures not only better quality, but also shorter lead times. Production staff have also been involved in the design and layout of their workstations – everything to ensure seamless integration with the production process. Internal quality control is better planned at the new factory, with any identified shortcomings in quality rectified as early as possible in the production process. There are also good opportunities to minimise all types of corrective and touch-up painting, which will lessen environmental impact and reduce chemical use, thereby also improving the work environment. Safety always comes first at Komatsu, and the new factory has been carefully planned to eliminate risks. The fact that all operations are now gathered in one place means, for example, that no forest machines need to be driven on public roads. Driving routes and roads, both inside and outside, are well considered and clearly marked to ensure, for example, that forest machines are kept separate from other traffic within the factory grounds.

“This is an important step in the history of Komatsu Forest. We are both happy and proud to be commissioning our new plant. At the same time, this is just the beginning – the office building will also be completed by the end of the year, and it will only be then that all employees are gathered in one place. This is where the fun begins, in our long-term efforts to manage all these new opportunities,” Fredriksson ends.

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design makes the Elk very agile, while its components, shared with larger machines, make it a powerful and durable tool with a first-rate load carrying capacity. The responsive engine, impressive torque and sturdy loader make working comfortable, especially when the operator can enjoy the most spacious cabin on the market, including ergonomic controls. Introduced into production in 2005, Ponsse has manufactured a total of 947 PONSSE Elk forwarders and delivered them to over 20 countries.

Kuusmoto Oy Founded in 2014 and hailing from Posio in Finland, Kuusmoto Oy currently employs 17 people. They operate in seven municipalities in Finnish Lapland. The company has a total of nine PONSSE machines.

Milestone machine completed in challenging circumstances Ponsse’s 17,000th forest machine was built to completion at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, plagued by global challenges in component availability and delivery. The company’s operations and growth have continued with success in spite of the exceptional circumstances. The Ponsse way has always been to work together, which is a great boon in difficult times and operating environments. Starting as the dream of Einari Vidgrén, Ponsse is a family-owned business that now operates in the harvesting markets of over 40 countries.

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John Deere intros 330-Horsepower Option for the 853M & 853MH machines

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This new horsepower option on the 853M and 853MH further enhances the functionality of the Dedicated Travel System, ensuring our machinery always surpasses expectations. Now, operators will have the option to further improve overall productivity and efficiency on their job site. Jim O’Halloran, Product Marketing Manager, John Deere.

ohn Deere has added a 330-horsepower option for the 853M Tracked Feller Buncher and 853MH Tracked Harvester, equipped with the Dedicated Travel System. The 10% increase in horsepower, combined with the optional Dedicated Travel System, allows for higher productivity, and enhanced overall machine efficiency. Other key features found on the 853M and 853MH machines include a comfortable operator station with excellent visibility, ergonomically designed controls, and the fatigue-reducing Rapid Cycle System (RCS). Looking to meet the needs of the most demanding forestry applications, John Deere now offers a 330-horsepower option for the 853M Tracked Feller Buncher and 853MH Tracked Harvester equipped with the optional Dedicated Travel System feature. The combination of the travel and horsepower options on the 853M and 853MH machines enables John Deere to deliver enhanced performance in harsh conditions. “We know that machine performance is critical for our customers, and we strive to find

new solutions that further enhance operation, even when working in challenging conditions,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager, John Deere. “This new horsepower option on the 853M and 853MH further enhances the functionality of the Dedicated Travel System, ensuring our machinery always surpasses expectations. Now, operators will have the option to further improve overall productivity and efficiency on their job site.” The Dedicated Travel System feature provides focused hydraulic functionality for the tracks, while providing independent hydraulic power and performance to the swing, boom, and attachment functions. This hydrostatic control of the travel function increases overall machine efficiency, especially during heavy multifunctioning. The additional horsepower is fully available for additional work, adding to the increased performance and productivity of the equipment. The horsepower update further adds to the customer-driven features found on the M-Series and MH-Series machines. The operator station was designed by loggers, for loggers, with maximum

comfort in mind. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximize visibility, and ergonomically designed controls further enhance the operator experience. The Rapid Cycle System allows for low-effort joystick control of all boom functions, considerably reducing operator fatigue and increasing productivity. To learn more about the 853M Tracked Feller Buncher and 853M Tracked Harvester, as well as the complete John Deere lineup of forestry equipment, visit www. JohnDeere.com or your local John Deere dealer.

International Forest Industries | AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2021 IBC


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.

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Elder Corporation takes grinding in house with their Vermeer HG6800TX horizontal grinder

Mike Shores and Tom Schultz of Elder Corporation walk through the benefits of taking grinding in house since they purchased a Vermeer HG6800TX. Watch their story.

HG6800TX

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.

WC2300XL

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. www.vermeer.com


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.

OUTRUNª JohnDeere.com/OneInTheWoods

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