International Forest Industries October November 2022

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Cover - Ponsse launches new technology: an electric forest machine

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Ponsse and Epec introduced 17th of August 2022 the PONSSE EV1, an electric forest machine technology concept. While the forest machine will be commercially available later, Epec’s technology can already be used in electric or hybrid-electric commercial vehicles and nonroad mobile machines. Ponsse’s technological concept is a peek into the future, paving the way for technological development and sustainable harvesting solutions.

aims to lead the way in the development of forest machine technologies. Ponsse is part of sustainable forestry and seeks carbon neutrality in its operations and solutions. This launch of a new technology concept is part of the company’s strategy and a tangible step towards the goal of carbon neutrality. Sustainable development guides all the company’s operations.

Ponsse provides sustainable harvesting solutions by listening closely to customer needs, and it also

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Progress thanks to IoT: Sensolligent’s innovative software solutions get the most out of your machine data

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Moelven it is investing in five continuous kilns and the Valmatics 4.0 control system to three of its sawmills

USNR is to supply a new Shape Chipper Canter with profiling, Bandmill Monitoring Systems for 10 bandmills and a Multitrack Fence for the trim line at the Balcas Timber Mill

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Image System’s business area RemaSawco receives order of just over SEK 2 million from Moelven Timber This is the last order linked to the existing framework agreement signed between RemaSawco and Moelven Timber in June this year. This framework agreement, which has a term of up to and including September 2022, can result in a business volume of a maximum of SEK 27.4 million. The framework agreement covers the upgrade of measuring stations, sawlines, green sorting, and adjustment works at seven sawmills with RemaSawco’s system RS-715, RS-LogScanner3D, RS-FlexCon, RS-Opt optimization system, RS-ProSort, TopRot measuring system and RS-Con measuring system. This order has been placed by

the sawmill Löten and includes upgrading of several existing systems. In total, Moelven Timber has now ordered projects for a total of approximately SEK 28 million within the framework agreement (102%). “With these orders, we are now modernizing our sawmills to a higher and uniform standard, which ensures improved production and supportability of our existing systems” says Peter Rockedahl, Technical Director of the Timber Division within the Moelven Group. “It is very satisfying that we now have managed to close all the planned orders within the framework agreement, a real

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Peter Rockedahl, Technical Director of the Timber Division within the Moelven Group. milestone. Now we look forward to delivering and commissioning our systems” says Emilien Saindon, CEO of RemaSawco

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EDITOR’S COMMENT

Look after yourselves As we put the finishing touches on our October-November edition, the Autumn, or Fall, has well and truly closed in around our Northern Hemisphere readers. That means a few things.

Those already suffering from depression, and the increased proportion of society now vulnerable to more severe mental health conditions need support. And they need to know they can ask for that help.

The poets will draw inspiration from morning frosts and golden leaves. For those of us lucky enough to work in the forests of the world, we’ll also enjoy the change of season, but it is too easy to push aside some of the challenges this Autumn may bring.

Waking up to the dark and watching the nights close in early is already a tough time to manage your mood. My worry is the nature of forestry work combined with post-COVID challenges has made this Autumn a particularly dangerous period in our industry.

This is no ordinary shift into winter. The trauma for many wrought by the COVID -19 pandemic has changed the landscape. Perhaps not the physical landscape – the stands are still there, and the sawmills continue to hum – but the mood is likely to have changed. The world, including those who rely on the forests, has been scarred. As we deferred to advice almost solely from tropical disease experts, and politicians counted their success by the most confronting of immediate metrics – deaths – communities locked down for months on end. Some asked about the health challenges we were deferring by implementing this policy and the price we would be asked to pay in the future. They were reminded of the more pressing priority. The fallout from neglecting treatment of other medical conditions could play out over the next couple of decades, but one immediate consequence from both the pandemic and our means of fighting it has been the impact on mental health. Research published in The Lancet Psychiatry in 2021 was already showing up mental health problems for a third of those infected by COVID. This is before we consider the effects from lockdowns, loss of livelihoods and loss of loved ones. More recent research from mental health charity Mind found another third of people were reporting their mental health was “much worse” post-pandemic. As we welcome the opportunity to put COVID behind us, we mustn’t ignore its legacy.

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The forestry sector, though increasingly diverse, is still dominated by men. Though in many places the percentage of women in forestry is as high as 40%, this includes administrative and ownership positions. Though statistics range, we would speculate the percentage of women actually working in the forests is around 20%. The reason this is important is because research shows women are far better at managing mental health and seeking assistance when needed. The picture all this paints is a worker sitting alone in the cab of a forestry rig for long periods in an environment growing increasingly dark. That worker is likely to be more vulnerable to mental illness than prepandemic and in most cases will be reluctant to ask for help if struggling. We’re lucky in the sense our industry generally inspires comradery. There are also more mental health support networks than ever before, and contractors and employers are more aware and supportive than was once the case. But it feels like this is a very real challenge of which we should all be aware. We should be encouraged to ask for help when needed, and be on the look out for signs a colleague may be battling. Let’s look after each other.

Enjoy Chris Cann



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Tackle demanding forestry processing environments with the Komatsu PC230F-11 Your forestry crews need equipment that can deliver exceptional performance in difficult environments. Control downtime and drive productivity with the robust, dependable and fuel-efficient Komatsu PC230F-11 processor. Delimb and cut and stack timber with this powerful and maneuverable processor, designed specifically to meet the demands of forestry work. Large trees can be moved more easily thanks to a powerful swing system and a large swing circle. With exceptional reach of up to 29 feet (8,951 mm), the excellent maneuverability of the PC230F-11 helps drive productivity. Designed with a high and wide undercarriage, powerful swing motor and ability to withstand high-debris conditions, the PC230F-11 is backed by excellent service, easy access to parts and an industry-leading warranty. Built to tackle demanding forestry processing environments, the PC230F-11 has exceptional reach, a high and wide rugged undercarriage and a powerful swing system.

Quick specs for the PC230F-11 • N et horsepower: 197 HP (147kW) @ 2,050 rpm • O perating weight: 67,516 lbs. (30,625 kg) • S wing torque: 8,065 kgm (58,334 ft lbs.)

Engineered for high-debris environments When operators are working in high-debris conditions, the robust wide-fin radiator is protected by heavy-duty forestry screens and a variable pitch reversing fan helps improve airflow. Offering excellent ground clearance, the PC230F-11, provides reliable maneuverability in tough forestry environments thanks to a high and wide undercarriage designed with larger class-size components. Operators can adjust quickly to a sudden change in load weight without losing productivity with the Auto Power Max feature. It automatically senses the difference and reacts with a seven-second burst of additional horsepower to help pull the trees through, during the delimbing process.

Operator comfort supports productivity To reduce operator fatigue, the PC230F-11 provides a quiet, comfortable work environment. Cabs are climate-controlled and equipped with Bluetooth

Powerful and maneuverable processor can delimb, cut and stack felled timber technology. The cushioned airsuspension seat can be heated or cooled. An extra-rugged exterior protects against falling limbs with a 1.26 inch-thick (32 mm) polycarbonate front window and metal designed to withstand demanding environments. The PC230F-11 features heavy-duty service undercover guards and rear compartment doors, and a right corner guard with a standard tree deflector.

time on the job and less time refueling with the additional fuel storage on the PC230F-11. The tank is in the rear of the carrier and built into the counterweight, delivering double the fuel capacity. Because the fuel tank was moved to the rear, there is a large tool storage area on the side for the operator to store an extra five-gallon bucket of oil, extra chains and other tools.

Less refueling The Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 Tier 4 Final engine is more fuel efficient than the prior Tier 4 interim engines. Thanks to proprietary Komatsu engine technology, the larger size-class (PC290LL-11) factory-installed engine also powers performance. Your operators can spend more

New managing director for Ponsse’s subsidiary in Russia A new managing director has been appointed for OOO Ponsse, Ponsse’s subsidiary in Russia. Jaakko Laurila, the company’s current managing director, will transfer to another position in Ponsse Group, and Mihail Menshikov will start as the new managing director. In its release issued on 28 June 2022, Ponsse announced that it has signed a deed of sale

regarding the sale of all shares in OOO Ponsse to the Russian company OOO Bison. While the process to complete the transaction is continuing, it has not yet been approved by the Russian authorities. The delay is caused by a regulation entered into force in Russia on 8 September 2022, relating to the approval of sales of companies owned by foreign parties.

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Ponsse aims to complete the sale as soon as possible, depending on the approval process of the Russian authorities, The company has previously announced that it will complete the sale of its Russian subsidiary by the end of the third quarter of this financial period. Ponsse’s export and service operations in Russia have been suspended since 2 March 2022.

Mihail Menshikov, OOO Ponsse’s new managing director, has previously worked as the deputy managing director of OOO Ponsse and been a member of OOO Ponsse’s management team.


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Timber to make full time return to Welshpool railway

The railway through Welshpool is set to become a lot busier following confirmation that the timber trains will become a permanent addition reports My Welshpool. Following the successful April trial runs, Colas Rail has agreed a permanent contract to move raw timber logs from Aberystwyth to the Kronospan processing plant at Chirk, south of Wrexham, via Welshpool.

The company described the addition of a new service as “environmentally friendly” and has been made possible with support from Network Rail. It is the first regular locomotive-hauled freight service to utilise the scenic Cambrian rail route in over 25 years. A series of trials – hauled by Network Rail locomotives – took 800 tonnes of round logs, the industry term for freshly felled

timber, on the 100-mile (160km) trip to Chirk. The success of those trials has led to a permanent contract being agreed between Colas and the timber processing company. “The service removes 16 heavy goods vehicles from the road, saving a quarter of a tonne in carbon,” says a Colas statement. “After a successful trial in late April, with Network Rail’s Class 97 fleet operated by our Freight team along with support from our Class 37s, the service was rolled out a to haul of timber from Aberystwyth through to the Kronospan manufacturing plant in Chirk, North Wales on a weekly basis.” There are calls from all over Britain to relieve rural roads of timber trucks, and replace them with rail freight transportation. Other successful trials have been made. “This is a great opportunity to expand our freight business”,

Simon Ball Freight Director Colas Rail UK said Simon Ball, Colas Rail UK freight director said during the April trials. “We lead the field in the transportation of timber by rail. We provide a sustainable alternative by operating on rail, reducing the number of HGVs on the road, especially during the shortage of drivers. Working with the client and Network Rail, I’m convinced that we can move forward and build on the success of the trial.”

New west coast contract promotes timber transport by sea A new £2.6 million contract to move thousands of tonnes of timber by sea, instead of by road, aims to continue the Scottish Government’s commitment to help decarbonise the forestry sector. Scottish Forestry has signed a three year deal with Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, for the TimberLINK service to move the timber from a number of ports in Argyll. Over the course of the next three years, around 225,000 tonnes of timber will be shipped across the Firth of Clyde from Argyll’s forests to wood processors based in Ayrshire, instead of using timber lorries. This will save around 2.2 million lorry miles, and nearly 4,000 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions. The move will also result in 9,750 fewer lorry trips via the A83 trunk road. This will be of benefit to communities and visitors using this busy route, which passes the Rest & Be Thankful and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park area.

Welcoming the funding, Environment Minister Mairi McAllan said: “Scotland’s forestry sector is a success story, providing a great range of benefits. It generates over £1 billion to Scotland’s economy every year and supports around 25,000 jobs. “We want to help grow this prosperity ensuring that we have a sustainable timber transport resource to help achieve this. “Where practical, I am keen to see a modal shift to coastal shipping and away from using rural roads, helping to decarbonise the forestry sector and contributing towards Scotland reaching Net Zero. “I’m also pleased that this project substantially reduces the number of timber lorries having to use the A82, which is a key route used by rural communities.” Through the TimberLINK service, timber will be shipped from Argyll using ports at Ardrishaig, Campbeltown and Sandbank to ABP’s Troon and Ayr harbours, to be forwarded by lorry to wood processing plants in Troon,

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Auchinleck, Girvan and Irvine. Stuart Cresswell, ABP’s port manager of Ayr and Troon, said: “The TimberLINK operation out of the Ports of Ayr and Troon is a real success story and I am delighted that this forward-thinking service will continue. The sea route not only reduces lorry traffic on rural roads but also uses less fuel and produces fewer greenhouse gases. “This project has created many growth opportunities for local businesses, both in Argyll and Ayrshire, and I feel confident that they will only strengthen and multiply with this continued operation.” ABP has operated the service on behalf of Scottish Forestry since

2000. The funding is made through the Strategic Timber Transport Fund, which is run by Scottish Forestry and jointly financed by Transport Scotland. In the last five years, around £33 million has been invested through the Fund into over 180 timber transport projects, helping over 47 million tonnes of timber get to market.


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A recent survey shows that Rottne has the lowest total costs for labour and spare parts. The survey, carried out by TSG (Swedish Forest Agency’s Technical Collaboration Group), compared the repair costs incurred on machines made by Rottne and our competitors. With Rottne Xparts, the company’s unique replacement system for spare parts, the average cost for spare parts as reduced to a mere 60 percent of the price as new, meaning that repair costs are sunk even more for Rottne machines. We also provide twice as long warranty on Rottne Xparts compared to new spare parts. Can you afford not to drive Rottne?

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Ponsse launches new technology: an electric forest machine

Juho Nummela, President & CEO Ponsse Plc

Jyri Kylä-Kaila Managing Director Epec Ponsse and Epec are introducing the PONSSE EV1, an electric forest machine technology concept. While the forest machine will be commercially available later, Epec’s technology can already be used in electric or hybrid-electric commercial vehicles and nonroad mobile machines. Ponsse’s technological concept is a peek into the future, paving the way for technological development and sustainable harvesting solutions. Ponsse provides sustainable harvesting solutions by listening closely to customer needs, and it also aims to lead the way in the development of forest machine technologies. Ponsse is part of sustainable forestry and seeks carbon neutrality in its operations and solutions. This launch of a new technology concept is part of the company’s strategy and a tangible step towards the goal of carbon neutrality. Sustainable development guides all the company’s operations. “Technological development is fast and offers us excellent opportunities to develop our solutions further, even in unexpected directions. We have worked hard with our technology company Epec to enable this concept. At the same time, both companies have developed their capabilities, and we have gained significant new knowledge during this project. This launch of a new technology concept is a peek into

the future and one of the solutions offered by electric powertrains. Sustainable development is a significant future success factor for Ponsse. We want to strongly develop our solutions with Epec. Our strategy reform has been successful at Epec, and we’re very happy with Epec’s excellent development,” says Juho Nummela, President and CEO, Ponsse Plc.

PONSSE EV1 technological concept The PONSSE EV1 concept has been developed for forwarders with a 15-tonne load-carrying capacity, the most popular Ponsse forwarder size category. The concept machine features a fully electric powertrain, as well as Epec’s power distribution unit and hybrid control unit. The machine’s powertrain operates fully with battery energy. Batteries are charged using a Range Extender, which is a combustion engine at this stage of development. Testing and development are advancing

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continuously. This technology provides significant improvements in fuel economy in this size category. Ponsse has been studying and developing new technological solutions for several years now. The PONSSE EV1 concept took its first steps in 2019 when Ponsse and Epec started to investigate responsible power source solutions in line with sustainable development.

Epec Flow: a comprehensive electromobility system solution The PONSSE EV1 features Epec Flow, Epec’s electromobility system solution. The solution is based on the Epec Flow Power Distribution Unit (PDU), to which electric motors, batteries and various devices can be connected. The PDU’s integrated safety solutions enable effective manufacturing and maintenance of the machines, as well as their operations in

demanding conditions. The Epec Flow Hybrid Control Unit (HCU) controls the electric powertrain and includes software developed through simulations, enabling optimal energy consumption, productivity and usability. “The Epec Flow solution is at the heart of everything. It has been developed for the electrification of various commercial vehicles and non-road mobile machines. The software can be developed using simulation models, and the solution can be agilely developed for the needs of different machinery. The different systems, including the transmission and control system, work seamlessly together, enabling the manufacture of safe and efficient zero-emission machines in the future,” says Jyri Kylä-Kaila, Managing Director of Epec.


John Deere enhances Knuckleboom Loader visibility with cab upgrades

John Deere has updated its Knuckleboom Loader lineup with enhancements that improve visibility, precision and overall operator experience John Deere introduces the latest updates to its Knuckleboom Loader lineup, including visibility enhancements. Aiming to increase operator safety and accuracy, the 2022 models of 437E and 337E Knuckleboom Loaders feature a newly designed front window by removing the external mesh guard and replacing it with a clear, polycarbonate window for

uninterrupted view. “We are always looking for ways to increase operator comfort on the job while keeping a focus on machine safety and design,” said Jarvis de Groot, product marketing manager, Forestry Swing Machines and Knuckleboom Loaders at John Deere. “By removing the external window guard and redesigning the front window on the 437E and 337E

Knuckleboom Loader models, we are significantly improving visibility for the operator, making for a safer and more comfortable work environment.” The 2022 model-year upgrades also feature a new hood profile in the left-rear corner of the machine, which opens up the view behind the machine. The new design partners with the window updates to make for a safer, easier-tooperate machine. By offering enhanced visibility, these models enable the operator to be more precise, maximizing uptime. In addition to visibility enhancements, the latest models will offer optional satellite-ready radio, improving the operator experience in the cab. A new optional hydraulic vacuum pump can also be added to 2022 modelyear machines, minimizing oil loss and spillage during times of hydraulic maintenance and repair.

Jarvis de Groot, product marketing manager, Forestry Swing Machines and Knuckleboom Loaders

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New design for Komatsu MaxiFleet

MaxiFleet MaxiFleet digital service is a comprehensive tool that simplifies your working day - regardless of whether your fleet is comprised of one or one hundred forest machines. MaxiFleet helps you to keep track of your machines, collaborate with colleagues and make informed decisions based on facts. All of this is made possible by the MaxiXT control system, which processes vast amounts of data about your machine and its production. These data are then analysed in MaxiFleet, and the result is a number of help functions to simplify your working day and help you to make profitable and sustainable choices.

From 1 September 2022, MaxiFleet has a new look with brighter colours and more user-friendly graphics.

Machine information view, banner and Icons changed to new color scheme.

Area Management: Change of color scheme for area status and area reports for a clearer display and separation of data.

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Creating value together

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

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John Deere introduces new FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head • T he new FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head offers increased cut and accumulation capacity compared to previous models. • T he FR27 is now standard on the 953M and 959M models and is available as an optional enhancement on the 853M, 859M, and 903M with special boom and track option configurations. John Deere has announced its newest forestry attachment offering with the FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head. Now standard on the John Deere 953M and 959M feller buncher models, and available as an upgrade on the on the 853M, 859M and 903M feller bunchers,

this felling head attachment has a larger cut capacity compared to previous felling head models. Building upon the success of the FR24B, John Deere has successfully designed the durable FR27 as a solution aimed to increase productivity on the job. “We are always looking for ways to enhance operator efficiency and machine capacity. By introducing a larger felling head solution to our line-up with the FR27, we are providing our customers with a larger, more durable attachment to help increase their bottom-line,” said Jim O’Halloran, global product marketing manager, tracked feller bunchers and harvesters & disc saw felling heads, John Deere.

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“The newly designed FR27 enables loggers of all experience levels to tackle even the most ambitious jobs with confidence knowing their machines are built to endure larger timber and excel in a variety of forestry applications.” The FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head is designed to take on a variety of timber applications, from large single stem cutting to mid-sized accumulation, and boasts an all-new design­and overall rebranding from previous John Deere felling head models. In addition, this robust, high rotation felling head features excellent cut and accumulation capacity, offering top-of-the-line productivity compared to previous models. The FR27 features an impressive cutting capacity of up to 27.2 in. and an accumulation capacity of up to 7.5 ft, improving capability in the woods. Building upon the success of the field proven FR24B, the FR27 features an updated frame and wrist design, which includes a tall horn, long harvesting arms and continuous hose routings that promote easy machine clean-out. The hardened saw housing wear plates are now standard and offer improved saw housing wear resistance.

we are always looking for ways to enhance operator efficiency and machine capacity. By introducing a larger felling head solution to our line-up with the FR27, we are providing our customers with a larger, more durable attachment to help increase their bottomline Jim O’Halloran, global product marketing manager

Additionally, the FR27 offers bolt-on saw housing for improved serviceability, with three separate saw housing sections with integrated skis getting you back on the job sooner. The incorporated large side chip exhaust chute minimizes build up and plugging, keeping your machine up and running. The side chip exhaust chute also includes a cover that can be added or removed depending on application. Starting now, the FR27 are available for purchase on the 800 and 900 M-Series Feller Bunchers models. To learn more about the FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head or the full line-up of John Deere forestry solutions, contact an authorized John Deere dealer or visit www. JohnDeere.com/.


Ponsse is one of Finland’s most reputable listed companies According to the survey conducted by the Finnish Shareholders’ Association, the Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion and T-Media, the most reputable listed companies in 2022 are Kone, Ponsse and Vaisala. The survey evaluated the reputation of 81 listed companies in the eyes of Finnish private investors. The reputation of listed companies was studied in May and June 2022, with a total of 16,847 Finnish private investors

responding to the survey. Based on the Reputation&Trust model, the reputation of each company was rated on a scale from 1 to 5. In the top three, Kone’s reputation was 4.13, Ponsse’s 4.09 and Vaisala’s 4.04, each being an excellent score.

Responsibility and effective management influence investment decisions The survey shows that the best parts of reputation are considered

to consist of listed companies’ products and services, finances and management. Responsibility was also found to have a significant impact on investment decisions. The reputation was measured using the Reputation&Trust survey model, in which the evaluation is based on eight dimensions: governance, financial performance, leadership, innovation, dialogue, products and services, workplace, and responsibility. Considering all listed

companies included in the survey as a whole, their reputation is at a high level on average, while it decreased overall from the previous year. More information about the survey is available on T-Media’s website.

Torgerson’s takes Montana Early in 2022, Tigercat dealer Titan Machinery sold its Montana branches to Torgerson’s LLC, a Case IH and New Holland dealer in Montana. One of the affected branches in Missoula is an active Tigercat dealer location with full parts supply and service capability for Tigercat machinery. Torgerson’s is a privately owned family dealership that has been in business for 110 years. In regard to the Missoula location, fourth generation CEO, Brion Torgerson comments, “Torgerson’s has kept the forestry sales team and the parts and service support teams intact. We will maintain continuity of service in all aftermarket functions to the customer base. Torgerson’s has committed to the forestry industry and the Tigercat brand by expanding parts and

service. We have substantially increased our on-hand Tigercat parts inventory to support our area’s fast-growing customer base.” “We have hired additional experienced service technicians and added field service vehicles to assist us in fast and efficient responses to our customers’ needs,” Brion continues. “Tigercat factory training is ongoing and a very important part of supplying top-rate service and support. Tigercat is a core part of our business, and we look forward to growing with Tigercat and our Tigercat customers.” According to Tigercat district manager James Farquhar, “I have been very excited to work with the Torgerson’s group. The family business has a long, successful

Torgerson’s LLC, takes over Missoula, Montana branch and doubles down on forestry history. Brion and his team have been very proactive in entering the forestry market. The Tigercat family and I look forward to helping Torgerson’s support existing and new Tigercat customers.” Brion Torgerson, CEO, Torgerson’s LLC, ,

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SAWLINES SENSOLLIGENT time. We focused on the timber processing industry with a wide range of software products,” says Gruber. A strategic realignment then took place in 2021 due to the economic slump and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, amongst other things. Our product range was reduced and we focused on the development of our two software solutions, IoT Roots and IoT Trees. Since then, the company has been growing again and the number of employees has also increased. Sensolligent now has 19 employees. “The life of a start-up is shaped by many ups and downs. Having said that, our order position is more than good currently and in the foreseeable future, which means that we have been able to concentrate especially on the ups and downs of our IoT platform diagrams for some time now,” adds co-founder Martin Hrast.

Optimise production processes without disrupting running machinery and detect problems before they occur! Sensolligent’s two flagship solutions, IoT Roots and IoT Trees, allow customers to monitor their complete installation at all times and everywhere – regardless of from a desktop or mobile device. The Austrian company provides an all-encompassing IoT solution in an individual modular system and supports its customers throughout the entire digitisation process.

Progress thanks to IoT: Sensolligent’s innovative software solutions get the most out of your machine data

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ensolligent transports industrial installations into the digital world, regardless of whether new or old. Michael Gruber founded the start-up in 2018 and its shareholders include the globally operating SPRINGER. The business idea stemmed from his bachelor’s thesis at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. Sensolligent has its head office in the Lakeside Science & Technology Park in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. Alongside the University of Klagenfurt and non-university research bodies, Lakeside Park is a highly specialised centre of research and development for information and communication technologies.

Cooperating successfully: Sensolligent and SPRINGER “Renting parts of the Lakeside Park infrastructure was the right decision and an important one for Sensolligent. Moreover, a joint power unit was implemented at Lakeside with SPRINGER in 2021. Software engineers and mechanical

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engineering technicians not only share workstations there, but also the meeting and common rooms. This has made it possible to accelerate our dynamic and successful cooperation further,” reports Michael Gruber. SPRINGER is a family-owned business that plans, develops and produces machinery and state-of-the-art digital solutions for the timber processing industry. From transporting, sorting and qualifying wood through to automation, all processes implemented are at the cutting edge of technology. “Sensolligent is the digital partner of SPRINGER, which means that SPRINGER looks after the mechanical engineering and Sensolligent the digital products for our largely joint customers,” adds Gruber. Three co-founders supported Michael Gruber during the foundation process: Stefano Probst, Ferdinand Köppen and Martin Hrast. “Scaling the team for the realisation of large software solutions with SPRINGER was Sensolligent’s main goal at that

IoT data – recognising and harnessing the value Sensolligent’s innovative software solutions get the most out of your machine data, delivering live data analyses and visualisations, reports and alerts which are specifically tailored to the installation and needs of the respective customer. The Sensolligent team works with the customer to establish which data the respective installation provides and what added value that data can deliver. To begin with, it must be decided which data should serve as a basis. The most important data for the Sensolligent IoT platform are direct signals from the respective PLC control circuits of the customer’s installation. The possibility of data contamination is excluded. These signals are tapped via an OPC UA server and converted into intelligible metrics using edge computing. This defines


SAWLINES the interface between Sensolligent and mechanical engineering, making the close cooperation clearly visible in the case of SPRINGER installations at the same time. SPRINGER specialists can retrofit additional sensors to the installation, while Sensolligent can deliver any data required (e.g. for optimisation). A perfect environment for cooperation between SPRINGER, Sensolligent and the respective end customer is thus created.

The entire installation monitored at all times and everywhere Sensolligent IoT platforms make it possible to gain an overall impression of the customer’s entire installation and a comparison of several installations, even at different locations. This overall impression is presented to the customer on two levels: • real-time visualisation of the installation with one or more characteristics The metrics collected are visualised in real time for the customer on a smart dashboard.

The difference to many other IoT solutions is the flat display, i.e. only two levels to the last level of detail and the intuitive operation. This means that product training or tutorials are not necessary. “If the customer cannot operate our IoT platform without a lot of training, we have done something wrong. The end customer is closely involved in the project during development. We have contacts in machine operation, shift planning, supply chains, IT and management. Accordingly, we involve all areas of the customer from the very beginning of the project to the handover and the acceptance/subsequent use of our IoT solutions is given,” explains Michael Gruber. • d ata storage, reporting, analysis, simulation and planning All signals and data are stored and form the basis for the report system. The respective reports are developed with the customer and distributed cyclically (e.g. daily or order reports) or according to event, as required. Amongst other things, a separate push notification

system is available for distribution. Data from the IoT platform are also exported to the customer and/ or SPRINGER system. Interfaces are defined and implemented for this purpose. The data stored form the foundation for further IoT building blocks, such as the analysis of similar operations, the matching of microstops or the predictable planning of service and maintenance operations. It is sometimes difficult for the customer to map a complete installation because many different manufacturers are usually involved in large lines or complete installations. By using the so-called Senso Pipes, components of the installation that do not originate from SPRINGER, for example, are also built into the IoT platform. When using the Senso Pipe, the PLC data connection to the OPC UA server is dealt with by the PLC technicians of the end customers. A wide variety of solutions are available to customers for the physical implementation of the IoT platform and the associated data processing and storage servers. “Most of our key accounts do not want any data to go outside their

Even though the development costs must be covered by us or through various funding agencies, this shortens the time to market for new modules for our end customers Stefano Probst, Software Developer, co-founder of Sensolligent

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Usually, Sensolligent does not have permanent access to the customer’s IoT after the platform is handed over; rather, the end customer provides temporary access for service or update work Ferdinand Köppen, Technical Director & cofounder of Sensolligent

customer’s IoT after the platform is handed over; rather, the end customer provides temporary access for service or update work,” says Technical Director Ferdinand Köppen, co-founder of Sensolligent.

company; the customer provides us with the complete hardware (whether physical or as a virtual machine). This means that internal login systems can be adapted and data are distributed directly from the customer’s IT department to authorised users, for example. Usually, Sensolligent does not have permanent access to the

IoT Roots and IoT Trees – perfectly tailored software solutions

Predicted Order Sim – better and sparing use of resources through forward-looking planning

different viewpoints or rules and visualises it as a proposal for the end customer. Finally, the end user can rearrange individual sequences as required and receives the period needed for individual and total order processing in real time. The predictive simulation is intended to work up to three months in advance. One of the external partners brought on board for the project was Fraunhofer Austria (with its KI4LIFE innovation centre in Klagenfurt and expertise in visual computing in Graz), with Fraunhofer providing the AI resources.

The new Sensolligent research and development department’s first project is the Predicted Order Sim module, which will augment Sensolligent’s modular IoT system. This is a simulator that in the first step makes use of historical data. In a further step, these data – already sorted and labelled – are linked using artificial intelligence (AI). By specifying pending order parameters, the AI simulates the best sequence according to

Sensolligent’s two flagship solutions, IoT Roots and IoT Trees, allow customers to decide whether they want a standardised IoT platform designed for SPRINGER installation parts and geared to operation and maintenance or an

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IoT solution that has been tailored specifically for their requirements. The standardised solution is called IoT Roots and has been supplied with all new SPRINGER installations since 2022. IoT Roots forms the foundation of the IoT platforms. Data can also be managed, stored and distributed cost-effectively and securely via the AWS Cloud according to customer requirements. IoT Roots is optionally linked to SPRINGER’s customer app. “IoT Trees is the standardised IoT solution with a wide variety of features (such as availability and bottleneck visualisation/analysis,

material-related order evaluations, comparisons and reconciliations), which runs in the background and is tailored to the needs of the customer in the foreground,” explains Michael Gruber. IoT Trees is an individual modular system that grows constantly. Any challenges are discussed with the customer. As a result, further strategic partnerships – with Egger Sägewerk Brilon GmbH, for example – have already been or are in the process of being entered into, from which both parties (i.e. the end customer and


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Sensolligent is the digital partner of SPRINGER, which means that SPRINGER looks after the mechanical engineering and Sensolligent the digital products for our largely joint customers Michael Alexander Gruber CEO at Sensolligent GmbH

Sensolligent) benefit. Sensolligent has also had its own research and development department since April 2022 which addresses the challenges faced by customers and implements ensuing solutions as a standardised module alone or with the partner. “Even though the development costs must be covered by us or through various funding agencies, this shortens the

time to market for new modules for our end customers,” says Software Developer Stefano Probst, cofounder of Sensolligent.

Outlook “Sensolligent’s engines are running at full speed and we are all looking forward to new and exciting challenges,” is the unanimous tenor of the Sensolligent team. A branch in Frankfurt with two employees was also recently established so as to provide customers in Germany with optimum support. “IoT platforms will continue to be the main area of business for Sensolligent, although the focus on the timber processing industry will remain dominant for some time to come due to the accumulated expertise in this area alone,” reports Gruber. Moreover, Sensolligent’s goal for the future is to acquire new customers from the textiles and paper industry, for example, as the processes for conveying and working with products are similar and the standardised modular IoT Trees system can also be used with other raw materials.

About Michael Gruber, CEO at Sensolligent Michael Gruber, 43, founded Sensolligent in 2018. The qualified coachbuilder read information technology through second-chance education at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria and met the three co-founders during his studies. “We all struggled through our studies together and were a closeknit team even before Sensolligent was founded,” says Gruber. Thanks to the Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund’s promise of support, the four were able to focus on the development of a prototype. SPRINGER was brought on board during this period and the foundation of Sensolligent was no longer just a goal, but rather the beginning of the Sensolligent story in February 2018. Michael Gruber lives in Styria’s Murtal region in Austria and has been a proud father for two years.

Sensolligent’s latest offering is the distribution of the Microsoft HoloLens with a software bundle including Remote Assist, where the hardware is certified for industry. “Our main goal is to pool the resources of Sensolligent and the SPRINGER Group further so as to be able to offer our customers an

all-encompassing traffic solution, both mechanically and digitally. Sensolligent is not me, but rather all Sensolligent players as well as the outstanding cooperation in our extended family,” Michael Gruber concludes.

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Tommi Sneck, Director Koskisen Sawn Timber Industry

Koskisen has an investment in Kärkölä worth EUR 48 million, with production scheduled to start up in summer 2023. The new unit’s annual production will initially be 400,000 cubic metres of softwood sawn timber. The investment is a continuation of the further processing capacity expansion carried out in 2020 and the power plant investment in which heat production was converted entirely to biofuel.

Construction of Koskisen’s new sawmill in Kärkölä moving at pace

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he starting point for Koskisen’s integrated mechanical wood processing operations in Järvelä is high ecoefficiency and the highest possible utilisation of the wood material.

The investment project will involve moving the sawmilling operations from the centre of Järvelä to the sawn timber finishing and further processing operations, 4 kilometres away from the current

location. This will create synergies in production and significantly reduce the emissions from the sawmill’s internal logistics. “The new production line will increase sawmilling productivity by up to 40% and enable the utilisation of a broader range of log diameters. This will allow us to offer our customers new products, and the wood raw material can be used even more effectively for end products that store carbon for a long time,” explains Koskisen Sawn Timber Industry Director Tommi Sneck.

A sawing line that looks to the future

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oskisen’s future sawing line represents world-class product development that also takes into account future needs. Tuomo Kauppinen, sales manager with HewSaw, the company that delivers the line, is nothing less than shocked at how good Koskisen’s new sawmill will be. Discussions concerning Koskisen’s and HewSaw’s joint project started back in 2015, when boosting the sawing line’s yield was set as a main goal of the future investment. The plans were to build a sawmill with a movable saw assembly, and North American sawmills were the place to start looking for an example. “The intention was to check out references in other places too, but those plans were cancelled due to Covid,” recounts Kauppinen. Although six years have already

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passed since the first drafts were drawn up and the investment is running full steam ahead, the final plans are still not locked down. Kauppinen speaks of the company’s continuous product development and about the upgrades that are to be introduced in the machinery currently in production and which will be applied to the line to be delivered to Koskisen. “I believe that the line, equipped with the latest bells and whistles, will be perfect for Koskisen. Looking at all the drawings, I’m almost afraid at how good it will be,” says Kauppinen with a laugh.

All the bells and whistles At the heart of the plan is the large-log SL250 sawing line, which

includes three machines: a chipper canter, cantsaw and ripsaw. The sawing line is 85.6 metres long in total, and so far no other sawmill has a setup that compares. Kauppinen lists all of the line’s productivity-enhancing features, such as Prologic’s sorting and optimization scanners, log spacing control, log rotators, curve sawing, optimized edging, high feed speeds, movable saw assembly and fast setting changes. “The chipper canter’s chipper heads has also been made from special steel for some time now. The blades used to be made of the steel used in aircraft landing gear, but nowadays a better material


SAWLINES is used,” says Kauppinen with a chuckle. The sawing line also comes with the DX option, which makes it possible to ramp up the line’s speed and use thinner kerf saws. “More efficiency can also be achieved by adding circular saw blades to both the cantsaw and the ripsaw. Thinner kerf saws result in either a higher yield or a longer interval between blade changes. In Koskisen’s case, this would mean a production increase of as much as

200,000 cubic metres. The line’s maximum speed is 180 metres per minute, but with DX sawing, the speed could even reach 230 metres per minute. However, faster speeds are not the goal, since Koskisen’s line is meant for sawing larger logs. Pioneering projects that use the latest technology, like this investment, are important not only for the sawmill, but also for the machinery supplier. “It’s great to be able to make a

sawing line for a Finnish sawmill. It is a combination of Finnish work and expertise, and the product development will be easy to continue even after the line is delivered, since we’re working on home ground. This finely tuned sawing line is also an important reference for us globally,” Kauppinen sums up. TUOMO KAUPPINEN Hewsaw Sales Manager

UAB “Juodeliai” installs a tomograph for use in the evaluation process of raw wood In the Marijampolė production unit of the wood processing company UAB “Juodeliai”, and at the same time, for the first time in the Baltic States, a tomograph has been installed, which will allow raw wood to be used even more efficiently - each log will be assessed not only by its exterior, but also by its internal structure, using X-rays. This investment of >3 million euros is implemented

together with a long-term partner from Italy, Microtec. The technology, called CT Log, will help shorten the production process. Due to its unique function of determining the geometric parameters of wood under the bark, the technology will significantly contribute to the improvement of the quality of wood products.

It is also interesting that “CT Log” can distinguish the type of wood without human intervention in order to meet very specific needs of customers.

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Moelven’s record order to Valutec – invests in five continuous kilns to three sawmills

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oelven it is investing in five continuous kilns and the Valmatics 4.0 control system to three of its sawmills. It’s the most extensive single order the Moelven Group has ever placed with Valutec. “It’s an honor to be entrusted with this delivery now that Moelven is shifting its lumber drying operation up a gear,” says Jon Lindberg, sales manager at Valutec. Moelven sees opportunities for major synergies by using Valutec’s technology. “Everyone using the same system in the future will bring many advantages. It will mean we can offer each other great support,” says project leader Ylva Kleiven at Moelven. The new continuous kilns will allow Moelven to raise both quality and capacity in the drying process, and the latter is something Moelven needs at its Våler and Mjösbruket sawmills in Norway and Notnäs in Sweden. “We have reached the very limit of our drying capacity. Because lumber drying has become a bottleneck, finding a solution is essential if we are to continue developing. So we decided to make a joint effort, partly to safeguard our ability to continue production

at the current level, and also to take the next step towards an increased production,” says Ylva. Valutec will deliver two FB model continuous kilns each to the Våler and Notnäs sawmills and one to Mjösbruket. Våler already uses Valutec batch kilns as well as the Valmatics control system. As project engineer, Ylva also managed the project when the sawmills analyzed their requirements and how they would proceed. “Our experience of Valutec is excellent, and they’re a fabulous team to work with. They also put in a lot of effort when it comes to further the development of lumber drying, so it’s natural that we purchased more Valutec kilns,” says Ylva. The FB model continuous kilns have two separate zones with individual climate control in each. “We evaluated our requirements and those presented by Moelven, and the FB model continuous kilns proved to be the best solution. We look forward to starting work on this project,” says Jon Lindberg. Moelven also sees opportunities for synergies during project planning, construction and operation.

Ylva Kleiven, Project Leader, Moelven

“This will be new for the sawmills have not used Valutec, so I think it’s a great idea to make this investment together and procure the same sort of kilns and control systems. Because it always takes time to learn something new, I’ve started a group where we bring the kiln operators together so that we

Jon Lindberg Sales Manager Valutec

can support each other and get to grips with any issues that come up,” says Ylva Kleiven.

Glennon Brothers & Balcas Timber invest in equipment upgrades at the Enniskillen mill

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SNR is to supply a new Shape Chipper Canter with profiling, Bandmill Monitoring Systems for 10 bandmills, and a Multitrack Fence for the trim line at the Balcas Timber mill in Enniskillen, Nothern

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Ireland. This mill is now owned by Glennon Brothers and the new equipment will improve processing accuracy, produce more volume, and facilitate delivery of higher quality products to market. Glennon Brothers has been

manufacturing high-quality timber products since 1913 in Ireland and the UK. The Glennon Brothers mills in Longford and Fermoy, and now the Balcas Timber mill in Enniskillen, along with Windymains Timber and Troon in Scotland, supply the Irish and UK markets with products for the construction, pallet wood, and fencing industries.


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Red Stag purchases TimberLab to create one-stop-shop for mass timber structures

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urging interest in sustainable construction has seen one of the country’s oldest mass timber businesses combine with one of the youngest. After 64 years in McIntosh family ownership TimberLab Solutions has joined the Red Stag group following a share sale completed last week. TimberLab has been the company behind many of the iconic large-scale glulam and laminated veneer lumber projects in New Zealand’s history. The company also has a significant portfolio of impressive projects internationally. Recognising the need from external investment to develop and grow TimberLab, discussions were initiated with Red Stag in late 2021.

“The purchase of TimberLab was a logical fit”, says Red Stag group CEO Marty Verry. “In many ways, it brought the missing pieces of a puzzle that Red Stag has been building over the last two decades.” Red Stag runs the country’s largest sawmill, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) factory and a frame and truss operation, whilst TimberLab brings mass timber glulam, LVL and CLT capacity and expertise. Whilst TimberLab has been operating in Auckland since 1958, Red Stag only opened its CLT factory in Rotorua last year. “The merger allows Red Stag to get a jump start on its growth

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path by combining two very capable teams and leveraging off TimberLab’s long history and institutional knowledge in the mass timber space. “This is an exciting merger for the New Zealand building design and construction community,” adds Verry. “It means building designers and developers will be able to work with a single source for the entire building structure, and benefit from early supplier engagement to fully optimise the engineering of wooden structures to maximise advantages. “This will make design and supply far simpler and more efficient than dealing with multiple suppliers.” Verry says the group is seeing strong uptake of mass timber, driven by the desire by government and private developers to address climate change and build sustainably. “The property sector is starting to recognise the damage caused by high-emission building materials such as steel and concrete, and take a lead in doing something about it. For a developer, nothing says “I care for the planet” more than building in wood.” There are other considerations driving uptake also, says Verry. He points to the imminent Building for Climate Change regulation which will require buildings to measure

Marty Verry CEO Red Stag group

and reduce their embodied carbon emissions. Embodied carbon from building materials makes up an estimated 10 percent of New Zealand’s emissions. He notes that steel prices having increased 58% in the last two years is also helping. “One of the really exciting factors also driving the mass timber uptake is the data and recognition of the advantages of ‘biophilic design’ on people’s health, stress levels, and productivity rates. “At Red Stag we aim to be at the forefront of these trends and be the first choice for mass timber solutions.” The name of the company will become ‘Red Stag TimberLab’.

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Stick-stacking plant ready to serve new sawmill Sometimes even a solution that seems a bit unusual can prove to be effective. A case in point is the construction site of Koskisen’s new sawmill, where the old stickstacking machine made way for a new one in July. Construction at Koskisen’s Tarhanmäki site has been brisk throughout the summer. Besides the yard area, the sawmill building itself, including the equipment foundations, is proceeding on schedule, and while there have been some delays, they have been resolved without a hitch by changing the order of the work. “When the war started, suppliers warned of possible delays, but they have not materialised. Materials have been available as usual,” says the head of the project, Lassi Santala of Koskisen. The work has also gone according to plan on a practical level. Despite the high number of machines on the construction site and the different operators from different work cultures, Santala says occupational safety has been top-notch. There has not been a single work accident leading to sick leave, only a few close calls causing nothing more than a startle. “Ensuring occupational safety is a high priority in the project. Safety is monitored closely at the worksite and is part of every workday,” Santala stresses.

Out with the old, in with the new The first new machine was installed during the summer shutdown period, when the Tarhanmäki stick-stacking plant that was built

The external feed option will also remain in use when the new sawmill is completed. This will allow us to feed batches that need to be dried again directly to the sticker-stacker if necessary, Lassi Santala, Head of the project, Koskisen in 1996 was updated with both new machinery and software. In order to ensure continuous production, the 45-metre-long stick-stacking line delivered by Renholm was initially built outside, next to the hall, and then moved indoors when the shutdown period started. “The wall on one side of the hall was opened up, the old stickstacking line was dismantled and a new one was hauled in. It took over five days to dismantle and move the equipment, after which we could begin the electrical work and secure and equip the new facility. The line was ready to go when the shutdown ended,” recounts Santala. The new line is 40 per cent

more efficient than the old one, which means it is also longer. This required foundation work also at the front end of the stick-stacking line before the line could be installed. The line is now in the ramp-up phase and is already running in three shifts. In addition to speed, the line was improved also in terms of disturbances, as, thanks to the machine vision system, broken or damaged drying sticks are automatically removed and thus do not cause problems in the stick-stacking process. Until now, the stick-stacking line has been fed from outside, but once the line is integrated with the new sawmilling line, sawn timber will make its way from

ARAUCO Board approves construction of a new MDF line in Zitácuaro, Mexico The project considers an estimated investment of US$235 million and incorporates leading edge operational, environmental and safety technology. The project is expected to begin operating during

the second quarter of 2025 reports Industry Intelligence inc. ARAUCO is the primary producer of plywood in Mexico and this project is expected to add about 300,000 cubic meters of

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MDF production per year, of which half would be melamine coated to meet the growing demand of the furniture, construction, and interior decorating industries in Mexico. The plant will employ 220

dimension sorting to stick-stacking all under the same roof. Until the dimensioning plant’s access point is ready, however, the stickstacking line will continue to be fed from outside. “The external feed option will also remain in use when the new sawmill is completed. This will allow us to feed batches that need to be dried again directly to the sticker-stacker if necessary,” explains Santala.

workers during its operation. In addition, its supply aims to promote a circular economy model, driving small local forestry producers and protecting the ecosystem values of its surroundings.


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EGGER boosts recycled content through investment Wood-based material manufacturer, EGGER UK Limited, has invested over £15 million into recycling operations at its site in Hexham. The investment reinforces the company’s commitment to make More From Wood, by improving the quality of recycled wood used to make EGGER’s chipboard panels. Employing the latest technology, the new recycling plant will segregate, clean, and chip waste wood that would otherwise be burnt or sent to landfill. Recycled material maintains the carbon stored in the wood and benefits the environment. Thanks to the new, state-ofthe-art processing facilities and the high quality recycled material processed, EGGER is able to increase the amount of recycled wood in each chipboard panel it produces. By improving its recycling processes to get a better quality raw material, EGGER can guarantee that the quality of the panel is not compromised. Alex West, Product Manager at EGGER UK, said, “Increasing our recycled content answers the demand from the interior design, HALCO AD:Layout 3

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so it’s important that we lead the way when it comes to sustainable product innovation.” Alex continues, “Not only does this investment strengthen our closed loop production cycle, but it also demonstrates the importance and commitment the company places on a sustainable supply of raw materials.” Plans for the project started in 2019, with breaking ground taking place in October 2020. Led by Andrew Shepherd with EGGER’s dedicated UK project team, installation was supported by the wider EGGER Group, Cubby Construction, Mibex Ltd, Garwen

Enterprises, and Parkgate. The team has collectively spent over 130,000 hours on this project and navigated many external challenges during the build, including COVID-19, skill shortages, and material availability. After commencing commissioning in August, chipboard production with increased recycled content is underway.

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Drax Group - Acquisition of 90,000 tonnes Canadian pellet plant Drax Group has signed an agreement with Princeton Standard Pellet Corporation (PSPC) to acquire its pellet plant in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada. The plant, which has been operating since 1995, has the capacity to produce 90,000 tonnes of wood pellets a year, primarily from sawmill residues. Around half of the output from the plant is currently contracted to Drax. The plant is located close to the Group’s Armstrong and Lavington

plants and the port of Vancouver, and has 32 employees, who are expected to join Drax. Following completion of the acquisition the plant is expected to contribute to the Group’s strategy to increase pellet production to 8 million tonnes a year by 2030. The acquisition is expected to complete in Q3 2022. Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO said: “We look forward to welcoming the Princeton pellet plant team

to Drax Group as we continue to build our global pellet production and sales business, supporting UK security of supply and increasing pellet sales to third parties in Asia and Europe as they displace fossil fuels from energy systems. Drax’s strategy to become a world leader in sustainable biomass, supports international decarbonisation goals and puts Drax at the heart of the global, green energy transition.”

Drax CEO, Will Gardiner

Hancock Lumber to acquire Madison Lumber Mill Two of New England’s top performing eastern white pine manufacturing facilities will join forces reports LBM Journal, as Hancock Lumber has announced its plans to acquire Madison Lumber Mill. Hancock Lumber’s eastern white pine operations will expand to four mills with its first sawmill acquisition in over 20 years. While Hancock Lumber will be purchasing Madison Lumber Mill following an expected Sept. 30 closing date, the Madison, New Hampshire based location will continue to operate under the Madison Lumber Mill name. The plan is to keep Madison Lumber’s employees, manufacturing systems, customer relations, and products unchanged. “The addition of Madison Lumber is filled with synergy for both companies. The current

owners, Kim Moore and Jim Smith, have built an exceptional company. When you find caring owners that are looking for an exit strategy that can preserve and perpetuate their love for their business, employees, industry, and customers — well, it’s a win-win,” said Hancock Lumber CEO, Kevin Hancock. “Hancock and Madison combine to offer a dynamic set of capabilities within the eastern white pine industry for log suppliers, customers, and employees. This is a rare opportunity, and we are excited to maximize its full potential for the benefit of everyone associated with both companies. Our commitment to eastern white pine takes a long view and this partnership enhances that view.” Located an hour west of Hancock Lumber’s headquarters in Casco, Maine, Madison Lumber Mill

is estimated to be the sixth largest manufacturer of eastern white pine. In addition to producing pine boards and products, the company operates a significant wholesale division. Current co-owners, Kim Moore and Jim Smith purchased the former International Paper mill in 2001. Hancock Lumber last acquired an eastern white pine operation when the company purchased the Chadbourne Sawmill in Bethel, Maine in 2000. Adding this fourth mill to its portfolio will make Hancock Lumber the largest eastern white pine producer in the United States, the company says, expanding not only their manufacturing capacity, but also their talent with the addition of Madison Lumber Mill’s sales, operations, and log procurement teams. General Manager John Fuller, along with

Kevin Hancock, Hancock Lumber, CEO

all of Madison Lumber Mill’s employees, will remain part of the team while current owners Moore and Smith will remain during a transitional period.

Stella-Jones agrees to purchase wood pole business Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX: SJ) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all the assets employed in the wood utility pole manufacturing business of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (“TEC”) for a total purchase price of US$28M plus inventories of approximately US$4M. TEC produces southern yellow pine utility poles using Creosote and CCA preservatives at its wood treating facility in Jasper, Texas.

Wood pole sales for the year ended December 31, 2021, totaled US$28 million. “This acquisition, which adds a 43rd manufacturing facility to our network, will enhance Stella-Jones’ offerings and expand our capacity to supply the growing needs of North America’s utility pole industry, while optimizing the overall efficiency of our continental network”, said Eric Vachon, President and CEO of Stella-Jones. “We look forward to welcoming the Jasper facility employees to

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our team of over 2,400 employees across North America.” The transaction is scheduled to close prior to the end of 2022 and is subject to customary closing conditions. Stella-Jones intends to finance the transaction with its existing credit facilities. Eric Vachon, President & CEO, Stella-Jones


BID to deliver new state-of-the-art Turnkey Composite Pallet Block Facility for ArbaBlox Inc. BID Group has announced a new partnership with ArbaBlox Inc. to build its first state-of-the-art turnkey composite pallet block plant in Winona, Mississippi. Through its industry-leading wood processing integrated solutions offering, BID will manage, design, build, install, and provide startup services for the $53 million project, the largest of its kind in the country. The new operation will incorporate BID’s OPER8 platform, the only purpose-built, out-of-thebox industrial IoT solution in the wood processing industry. Wood panel expert, IMAL-PAL Group will provide the equipment and technology for the project.

“ArbaBlox is pleased to have BID Group as its turnkey partner for its new state-of-the-art composite pallet block manufacturing facility. We chose BID because of their excellent track record in delivering integrated projects within the wood processing industry and we are delighted to have them on the Winona project with us” said Ed Milburn, CEO at ArbaBlox. Work on site will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 and commissioning of the facility is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. Fiber supply for the plant will come from Biewer Lumber’s Winona, MS facility which commenced operations in January 2022.

ArbaBlox and the BID Biomass team will begin the development phase of a second project late in 2022. “We would like to thank ArbaBlox for their trust in our people and integrated solutions. We are humbled that they have chosen to partner with us for their significant capital investment strategy” said Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at BID. “The ArbaBlox projects will be the first of many for the BID Biomass Division which intends to deliver value-added solutions for sawmill residual products.”

Travis McDonald, Executive Vice President, Integrated Solutions at BID Group

USNR sells Dynastar™ maintenance management software to DrekiTek™ Software Solutions WOODLAND, WA AND COURTENAY, BC September 6, 2022 – USNR announced they have sold the DynaStar™ Maintenance Management Software to DrekiTek™ Software Solutions Ltd. USNR looks forward to a long-term relationship with DrekiTek™ Software Solutions Ltd as it continues the development and support of the DynaStar™ system. DynaStar™ customers will continue to receive the excellent support they expect along with ongoing development of the product. Existing Software Support

Agreement (SSA) customers will continue to receive product support through the DrekiTek™ organization. Jeffrey Taavettilan-Davis, CEO & Founder of DrekiTek™ Software Solutions Ltd said: “Our team is looking forward to further enhancing the existing software’s functionality and transitioning the DynaStar™ Software into a fully web-based product. We plan to take this premier software package, now our flagship software product, to new levels while retaining its robust features,

functionality, and easy-to-use interface. We will be honouring all existing Software Support Agreements and existing Sales Contracts with clients, many of which are already excited about the takeover and looking forward to a new and modernized DynaStar™.” USNR is now a Referrer of the DynaStar™ Software Package.

Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The company CEO and Founder, Jeffrey Taavettilan[1]Davis, is the leading expert on DynaStar™, having over eighteen (18) years with USNR performing installations, conversions, training, sales demos, report writing, problem solving and ongoing support of the DynaStar™ Software for all clients around the world, in multiple industries. Learn more at www.drekitek.com

About DrekiTek™ Software Solutions Ltd. DrekiTek™ Software Solutions Ltd. Reconnect with the entire wood products is a new software development manufacturing community. company, located in the Comox

SAVE THE DATE NOW Investment in USNR equipment upgrades at the Enniskillen mill (see page 22)

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Hiab announces second next generation Loglift Forestry Crane & Panorama Cabin Hiab, part of Cargotec, announces the introduction of the next generation forestry crane, LOGLIFT 18S, with greater and safer performance, and improved uptime. The company will also show a prototype of the PANORAMA cabin in Pavilion P35 from 20 to 25 September at IAA TRANSPORTATION in Hannover, Germany. The PANORAMA cabin and the LOGLIFT 18S will be available to order in Q1 2023.

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he S boom crane LOGLIFT 18S has a maximum outreach of 11.2 metres and a lifting capacity of 18 tonne metre. This is the second next generation LOGLIFT forestry crane following the launch of the Z boom model LOGLIFT 18Z. “Forestry is a tough business that requires tough equipment like our reliable LOGLIFT 18S crane that is suited for extreme weather conditions, rugged environments and remote locations. The new crane will help operators lift more timber comfortably and without unexpected downtime,” says Davide Pernice, Director, Global Product Management, Forestry, Hiab. The next generation S boom has a longer outreach with improved hosing, fully protected oil distribution and cables to reduce the chance of unexpected downtime. It also has a new modular design for speedier installation of the new cranes, which can be installed with forestry crane accessories. Like the LOGLIFT 18Z, the crane has an improved high seat with better ergonomics and sturdier ladder access. Once seated the operator has an improved field of vision and several new safety features like an illuminated emergency stop button and better illumination. Providing full weather protection, Hiab’s new PANORAMA cabin offers market-leading

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visibility and improved ergonomics, providing operators with safe and comfortable working conditions. The cabin has double glazing on the side windows and better insulation to give the operator a quieter working environment. Operators will benefit from more feedback about the forestry cranes’ conditions, customisable output and safety features such as overload protection indication and stabiliser activation with the operating system SPACE X4 that is customised for forestry cranes. Customers can benefit further from Hiab’s digital and service offering that is available for the LOGLIFT 18S. Hiab’s HiConnect™ service and ProCare™ service agreements are available to enhance performance, safety and improve uptime.

Forestry is a tough business that requires tough equipment like our reliable LOGLIFT 18S crane that is suited for extreme weather conditions, rugged environments and remote locations. The new crane will help operators lift more timber comfortably and without unexpected downtime Davide Pernice, Director, Global Product Management, Forestry, Hiab.


Harvester Heads

Power meets Precision

The H8 head can be mounted on Ponsse’s Ergo and Bear, the strongest harvesters in its product range. The saw box area is wider than before, making the harvester head a good choice for trees with a high butt diameter.

Harvester heads equipped with smart technologies enable more accurate results in all kinds of forestry.

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he European harvesting model has always been led by the most sophisticated technologies. The idea of having what is essentially a robot as an attachment is a little bit of science fiction. To be able to connect to a computer on board the carrier that is communicated to by the demands of the sawmill that the rig is feeding revolutionised the industry when it was introduced. That communications software has therefore always been a key driver of harvester head technology. Control systems dictate how accurately heads can execute on orders from the mill and directions from the operator. This year’s harvester head review sees that computer-based technology advance coupled with a renewed concentration on capacity. Perhaps it is the need to ‘build back green’ or a lightening fast response to the squeeze on wood

supply, but this year equipment suppliers have taken a purposeful step toward greater cutting power and volumes.

Ponsse has a long history of manufacturing harvester heads. The first PONSSE harvester head was made in Vieremä in 1986. PONSSE harvester heads have been designed to withstand even the toughest conditions.

They are characterised by a simple and solid structure which enables them to be used in various harvesting applications from harvesters to track-based solutions. Each harvester head model is designed on the basis of efficiency, durability and ease of use. Harvester heads must withstand

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extreme conditions while operating accurately and as gently as possible without damaging the trunk surface unnecessarily. All PONSSE harvester heads are manufactured and designed at the Ponsse factory in Vieremä. The design process is comprehensive and covers, in addition to mechanical parts, operating controls and software. The manufacturing process is highly automated to ensure high quality and measuring accuracy. The frames of harvester heads are machined from a single piece after the welding

assembly. This guarantees the highest quality with excellent precision. Durable hoses and delimbing knives form an important part of reliability. Ponsse’s selection includes 10 different harvester heads for different conditions from thinning to regeneration felling and processing. The basic product features in all models include powerful feeding as well as quick and efficient sawing. The harvester heads can be adjusted according to the trees harvested and the base machine used, ensuring smooth operations and

a long service life. Their strong grip and accurate measuring system ensure excellent measuring accuracy.

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he PONSSE H7 HD is a very robust 4 T and strong harvester head primarily for large wheeled harvesters and tracked based machines. The structure is based on the popular H7 model, but it has been reinforced for the special operating conditions of track-based machines. 5 PONSSE H7 HD Euca is designed for processing and debarking eucalyptus trees. Thanks to its excellent geometry, the H7 HD Euca works well with big trees. Suitable for both wheeled and track-based machines.

1 The PONSSE H5 is a multipurpose harvester head especially suited for efficient thinning. he PONSSE H6 is praised as the best 2 T multipurpose harvester head on the market. It’s suited to a variety of uses, ranging from thinning sites with small trees to regeneration felling. he PONSSE H7 is a compact, robust 3 T and powerful harvester head for demanding regeneration felling and later thinning work.

ew sturdy PONSSE H8 harvester 6 N head represents the largest and most powerful harvester head range for wheel-based Ponsse harvesters. Its solid structure and advanced functions make H8 an extremely durable and economical tool, with which harvesting is efficient. Thanks to it´s shape it also features superior winter features with minimized snow packing. The Ponsse H8 is available with Active Speed variable feeding speed system. he PONSSE H8 HD is a robust 7 T harvester head with high power and excellent geometry for demanding

conditions. The H8 HD is designed for demanding use on large track-based machines with a powerful hydraulic system. Also available with a top saw. he Ponsse H8 HD Euca harvester 8 T head has been designed for the PONSSE Bear harvester, but especially it is ideal solution for track-based machines. The H8 HD Euca is an effective tool in forests where the diameter of eucalyptus stems can be up to 50 cm. 9 Strong power, reliable structure and accurate control in the same package. PONSSE H9 is excellent in processing but suits felling and multi-stemming processing very well. PONSSE H9 head is a real multifunction head. Fast, effective, rational and most important productivity. A harvester head of this size class has never been this versatile. he PONSSE H10 is the largest 10 T harvester head in the selection, suitable for processing large diameter trees. With a very robust structure, the H10 is designed for track-based machines weighing over 25 tonnes. In spite of its size, the H10 is not only suitable for processing but also felling.

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Deere’s new H425 for trees up to 500 millimetres in diameter also comes in an H425HD version with an HD tilt handle, feed motor guards, and expander pins

John Deere introduces H423 & H425 Harvester Heads

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his fall, John Deere introduced the new, smallsize H423 harvester head and the large-size H425 and H425HD. These new attachments replace the previous H413, H415 and H415HD models. Like its predecessor, these heads have 4WD feed. The H423 harvester head works on the 1070G, 1170G and 1270G base machines and is ideal for thinnings and other fellings, where the tree diameter at chest height (BHD) is 150-350 mm. With improved hose routing from boom to harvester head, and from valve block to feed motors, this attachment offers improved durability, easy hose replacement and improved hose protection with modifications to the frame. It has an operating range of minimum diameter at chest height (BHD) 40 mm to a maximum 500 mm. The H425 harvester head for the larger size class is available on the 1270G and 1470G base

machines. This attachment is ideal for final fellings and other fellings where the tree diameter at chest height (BHD) is 250-500 mm. Also including improved hose routing from loader to harvester head and from valve block to feed motors, the hoses are routed through the frame and well protected within the structures, improving durability. Additionally, the H425HD harvester head added to the H425 model offers an HD tilt frame, expander

pins in the upper end of the tilt cylinder, feed motor arms, and lower delimbing knives. “The new harvesting heads provide excellent performance, durability, measuring accuracy and economy,” said Sakari Suuriniemi, product marketing manager Wheeled Harvesters and Heads at John Deere Forestry. “So far, we’ve received great customer feedback on the latest updates and can’t wait to see the updated harvester heads in action this season.” A wide selection of saw motors and saw bars are also available for the H425 and H425HD harvester heads. For more information on the H423, H425 and H425HD models or the full portfolio of John Deere products, visit johndeere.com.

The new harvesting heads provide excellent performance, durability, measuring accuracy and economy Sakari Suuriniemi, John Deere

The new Deere H423 harvester head can make short work of trees with a chest-height diameter of 150 to 350 millimetres

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Series-III model delivers what our customers expect and need from Waratah,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “Additionally, with new twin diameter measuring and improved hose routing, servicing and guarding, we’re looking forward to delivering another head that is truly Built To Work®.”

Increased productivity

Waratah Forestry Equipment’s new HTH618C Series-III Waratah Forestry Equipment debuted the HTH618C Series-III – a new generation of its HTH618C harvester head built for increased productivity, reliability, uptime and more. With a variety of new features paired with a compact and

durable design, this agile thinning head is well-suited for mixed diameters. “The HTH618C Series-III is highlighted by a new valve that delivers more responsiveness and operating efficiency. This

The HTH618C Series-III features twin lower delimb arms and a high-performance valve to ensure superior delimbing with agile and responsive log control – tackling a wide range of harvesting jobs. The maximum delimb opening of 660 mm (26 in.) can handle larger stems. Improved cutting performance and tilt control also contribute to increased productivity. Low-powered base carriers will have improved processing output and productivity with improved feeding performance and feed motor options.

Simple servicing With a new valve that simplifies serviceability, the HTH618C SeriesIII features improved hose routing, enhanced valve cover assembly and easier access to make quick work of servicing. Likewise, hose protection helps keep the head running and increases durability. Easier access to the rear of the valve near the head module as well as inlet hoses also helps increase uptime while a larger oiler filler improves ease of filling bar and chain oil. Benefitting from direct customer input, the HTH618C Series-III has improved access and serviceability to help lower daily operating costs. The Waratah HTH618C Series-III is currently available to customers in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Brazil and Latin America.

Waratah Forestry Equipment H225E debarking head Waratah Forestry Equipment recently announced the H225E – a new generation of its H215E head purpose-built for single-pass eucalyptus debarking. Designed for use on large, wheeled harvesters and excavators, the H225E is a powerful, high-capacity debarking head that productively dominates in the harsh application. “The H225E redefines what it means to be a workhorse, with improved features that facilitate enhanced debarking productivity and durability,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “Building on the high-performing H215E model, the H225E is built to work with unparalleled excellence and efficiency.”

Increased productivity With a weight at 1690 kg (3,720 lb.), this new 200 Series head features a higher performance valve that allows for better oil flow and greater hydraulic working pressure capabilities (35 MPa or 5,076 psi) for more feed power. It also boasts reduced frame friction for straight or curvy trees. Improved measuring wheel log

contact enables more accurate measuring while a new find-end laser sensor reduces the need to saw. The H225E also includes patented variable angle feed rollers for better bark separation cutting as well as debarking initialization and efficiency, improving debarking for varying diameters. Redesigned swept cast arms improve delimbing in harvesting or processing applications with lower knife improvements for reverse delimbing. The H225E features Waratah’s TimberRiteTM H-16 measuring and control system for increased efficiency, accuracy and productivity.

Improved durability Built to master debarking, the H225E features new delimb arm profiles, which improve delimbing and durability in plantation stands of consistent diameter or variable diameters of big timber. The length measuring system has been improved for more durability and placement on the log – or with optional measuring from the feed motors.

The new valve includes anticavitation protection for feed motors, and additional guarding protects the main frame and roller arm cylinders. Additionally, a new hose bulkhead bracket reduces hose wear and interference on tracked carriers. Extra protective elements have been added to the rear knife hose routing and tilt cylinder base-end bearing for increased part durability.

Lower operating costs With more efficient hydraulic operation, the new H225E valve design allows for higher working pressure to reduce oil flow needs and provide more torque with

reduced fuel consumption. This also decreases the need for hydraulic oil cooling. Additionally, an improved hose layout promotes uptime by minimizing potential hose failures. Easier serviceability access to the roller arm cylinder, new valve bank and hose layout, also contribute to enhanced uptime and lower daily operating costs. The Waratah H225E head is currently available to customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Brazil and Latin America.

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og Max is a Swedish company based in Grangärde, located in the heart of the Swedish forest district, and has been designing and manufacturing machines for mechanized forestry operations for almost 40 years. They have become one of the most significant manufacturers of single grip harvesting heads and have 13 customizable cut-to-length heads in their product range. All heads are built using the same design philosophy for high reliability and durability and are suitable on all kinds of carriers. Log Max produces between 500-600 heads every year, and over 70% are exported. The largest markets are in North and South America, as well as Europe and Scandinavia. The Log Max heads are distributed in over 30 countries all over the world.

machines and gives great flexibility. The heads also have a low weight, which is essential to the Cut-ToLength-system”. The most common Log Max heads working in Brazil are the Log Max E6, Log Max 6000 and Log Max 7000XT.

Log Max E6 Log Max E6 is a harvesting head that is specially developed for eucalyptus harvesting. It’s designed to work in eucalyptus

Unlike the other Log Max heads, E6 is the only head that needs to debark while operating,

The Log Max E6, therefore, has some unique features: • S pecial feed rollers that have angled edges that are mounted at the most optimal angle. • F ive delimbing knives, instead of four like the other Log Max heads. • Specially adapted hydraulics

hours running time, the head is “heavy duty”- equipped from the factory. It comes with cast felling link, thicker wear plates, replaceable knife edges, and extra protection plates. The head weighs about 1500kg and fits tracked carriers between 18-25 tons.

Log Max 6000V Log Max 6000V is a very popular head, where V stands for Versatile. The unit is a top seller, not only in Brazil but all over the world. Log Max has made many changes to 6000V to increase durability and improve measurement and make the customers even more satisfied.

Here are some of the changes: • T he length measurement function is updated to deliver the best possible measurement results; for example, the construction of the measure wheel cylinder is updated, and the measuring wheel arm is reinforced.

Log Max in Brasil For more than 20 years, Log Max has been present in Brazil. Currently, over 700 Log Max heads are operating in the country. Back in 2018, Log Max set up a new subsidiary in Pinhais (PR), in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba. The local General Manager, Rodrigo Contesini, says that the new location makes it possible for Log Max to even better understand and help the customers with a faster response to their demands. - “We know that fast service and getting professional help is important for our customers, and our goal is to be the best option for the customer when choosing our brand. We think that the new structure of the company will help us achieve those goals”, says Contesini. There are also many other reasons why Log Max is an excellent choice in Brazil. Rodrigo Contesini explains: - “The Log Max head fits the Brazilian environment well. It’s robust and simple, with easy access for service. They also have many different types of heads to meet the needs of all kinds of customers. One other good thing is that the heads can be mounted on many different kinds of base

Log Max E6 has been developed to meet the requirements placed on heads that will harvest eucalyptus within the diameter 4-26cm

6000V is a versatile head, which has a wide range of applications, mainly focused on final-cut. The head is powerful and fast with excellent length measurement results

plantation with trees between 4-26 cm in diameter. The head is built to meet the particular demands of eucalyptus harvesting, like being able to debark the stem or to deal with environmental conditions such as sand and heat.

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Log Max 6000V on a Rottne H21D

• T he frame has been reinforced to increase durability and extend 6000V’s life span.

provide the logging industry with a productive and durable head for the most extreme applications.

• New hydraulic cylinder for the main knives with link bearings and stronger rod/piston.

Some of the special features for the heads in the XT-series:

• Replaceable pins for felling link cylinder to simplifying service and maintenance.

WHAT MAKES THE 2020 7000XT TOP SAW SPECIAL:

• T he head is equipped with the fast saw 218/318 TrueCut that maintains an almost constant chain speed of 40 m/s throughout the cutting cycle. The 6000V weights about 1300kg and fits carriers (both tracked and wheeled) between 18-25 tons.

Log Max 7000XT Top Saw Released in 2020, the new 7000XT Top Saw is a part of the XTremeseries from Log Max and is a heavyduty harvesting head specifically designed for tracked carriers. The XT Series has been developed to

DURABILITY The frame is reinforced in many places to withstand the toughest jobs and increase lifespan. CUTTING PERFORMANCE 7000XT Top Saw as new saw valves for both units that have been optimized to offer fast, trouble-free cutting.

SIMPLICITY & EASE OF ACCESS It’s now even easy to perform regular maintenance and service on the head. Improved accessibility, well laid out hoses and grease nipples makes life easier. The Log Max 7000XT Top Saw can be delivered with or without top saw and weights about 2000kg and fits tracked carriers between 25-35 tons.

We know that fast service and getting professional help is important for our customers, and our goal is to be the best option for the customer when choosing our brand. We think that the new structure of the company will help us achieve those goals Rodrigo Contesini, Logmax Brazil, Local General Manager

THE MEASURING RESULTS There is a high requirement for today’s harvester heads to deliver precise measurement results. The 7000XT measuring unit has been redesigned to meet these requirements.

Log Max 7000XT has been designed to be extremely durable and withstand the toughest conditions. It is a powerful unit developed for tracked carriers.

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A ground-breaking eucalyptus head - the Komatsu X164E Komatsu Forest is recently introduced a Komatsu X164E, a robust head specially developed for efficient eucalyptus harvesting. A high-performance feed system ensures high productivity which, combined with smart solutions for reducing maintenance time and costs, makes the X164E a profitable head. The standout feature is the fact that the conventional chainsaw is replaced by hydraulic shears, which also benefit production and safety, such as with the absence of a chain to maintain.

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ith its brand-new design, the Komatsu X164E has been specially developed to efficiently harvest eucalyptus. When developing this head, Komatsu Forest’s engineering team put aside all existing head designs for softwood trees and instead focused solely on the needs and conditions of eucalyptus harvesting. “To minimise losses in production time, we established strict requirements for the debarking function. With the Komatsu X164E, the ambition is for at least half of the stems to need only be fed through once, from felling cut to the end of the stem, also known as one-pass debarking,” says Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager at Komatsu Forest. The effective debarking is due in part to the head’s specially designed feed system, which has a very high degree of contact between the debarking knives and the stem. The design is based on four angled feed rollers which cause the stem to rotate inside the feed path, efficiently debarking and delimbing the stem at

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the same time. The head also shreds the bark into shorter lengths, minimising process disruptions at sawmills and greatly benefitting the growth of new stands. The main difference compared to Komatsu’s other heads is that the X164E slices rather than saws through the stem. The head is equipped with extremely powerful hydraulic shears, with broad, sturdy blades, that easily and effectively slice through each stem. “This solution reduces service and maintenance costs, including downtime, while the hydraulic shears also offer great advantages in terms of machine and operator safety,” says Tobias Ettemo. For excellent reliability, the Komatsu X164E is equipped with several smart solutions, such as protected hose routing all the way from crane tip to head valve and from head valve to roller motors. This means less downtime and reduced spare parts costs, greatly boosting profitability. The underlying concept of using hydraulic shears instead of a saw bar also helps to keep

maintenance costs down, as there are no chains, bars, sprockets or saw motors to replace, and no need for saw lubrication either. The Komatsu X164E can be mounted on an excavator or a wheeled machine. “All the development that we have put into this new head had had the primary focus to reduce the total cost of ownership, that is what really matters in the end. And we are very happy to say that we have seen proof of substantial reduction of TCO with the X164E.” Ettemo concludes. With the Komatsu X164E, eucalyptus harvesting is taking an innovative step forward. New technology combined with a robust design and well-proven advantages result in a head that truly comes into its own in demanding plantation environments. Add to this the smart solutions for improved reliability, such as the protected hose routing, and the Komatsu X164E is clearly a highly profitable alternative.

This solution reduces service and maintenance costs, including downtime, while the hydraulic shears also offer great advantages in terms of machine and operator safety Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager for Harvesters & Heads


Improved Constant Cut for all C-units Recently the cutting unit on all C-heads, Constant Cut, received an upgraded design. The upgrade contains no less than 25 points and represents a number of improvements for customers, both in terms of increased productivity and better flow in the production.

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onstant Cut, Komatu’s intelligent cutting unit, ensures that the head has a constant and efficient saw chain speed throughout the complete cutting cycle. This ensures efficient cutting and limits problems with cutting cracks. Now the cutting unit has undergone a major upgrade, which means that all C-units get a new, fresh Constant Cut with productive benefits. Below are some of the biggest new features. The improvements come from customer feedback and the manufacturer then implemented product development. In this way, it represents an important team work where together products are developed, in this case heads, says Tobias Ettemo, product manager for Harvesters and Heads.

Less unplanned stops The chain tensioning of the Constant Cut function is improved, this reduces expensive downtime for the contractor. Another advantage of a better and smoother chain tensioning is that both chain and saw bar can be used longer. The saw bar mount has a more robust design for increased service-

life. The mechanics around these components have been optimised to ensure that the saw bar is more stable inside the saw box. -Customers who have tested the new cutting unit feel that they get a straighter cut, and that the saw bar does not sway as much. Another advantage is that the chain lubrication has improved, as the oil is better steered into the lubrication groove and out to the bar. Better chain lubrication also extends the life of the saw bar, explains Tobias Ettemo.

Better protection and stronger material A new protective cover has been introduced for the auto-release feature, which protects the saw bar mount from sawdust and debris. This means that when changing the chain, the operator does not have to clean the saw bar mount and the saw bar clamp as often as before, thereby reducing downtime. Several components of the cutting unit have been upgraded with a stronger and more durable material, which increases the service-life of the entire cutting unit.

Customers who have tested the new cutting unit feel that they get a straighter cut, and that the saw bar does not sway as much. Another advantage is that the chain lubrication has improved, as the oil is better steered into the lubrication groove and out to the bar. Better chain lubrication also extends the life of the saw bar. Tobias Ettemo, Product Manager for Harvesters & Heads

The bearing between the swivel housing and the saw motor has a better fit to reduce unwanted movements, providing a more stable cutting unit and also less abrasion on the swivel seals. The material in the swivel seals has been replaced with one that is more flexible during movement and less sensitive to abrasion, which reduces the risk of oil leakage. The new swivel seals are also much easier to install as they do not damage as easily when installed. In addition, no special tool is needed to change them, which facilitates service in the field.

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Keto continuous 360° plus rotator

Unlimited 360 ° Plus Rotators are now available The following models can be ordered with the CONTINUOUS 360° Plus rotator; Keto-51 Eco LD3 Keto-100 Karate Keto-150 Keto-600+ Keto-800+ series Keto are in the process of gradually including this rotator to other models

CONTINUOUS 360° PLUS ROTATOR This is the newest updated addition to the Keto head family. It enhances the efficiency significantly in every day operation. Kone-Ketonen has filed a patent application for the rotator as it incorporates new and unparalleled features.

Feedback There are already a number of these unlimitedly rotating Keto­ harvesters in use in Finland, Germany and North-America since last three years. Contractors have given very positive feedback of new innovation. One of them is from entrepreneur Hannu Siukola, Finland, expressing his satisfaction with the new rotator.

The 360° Plus continuous rotator expedites the felling work. The tree can be approached from any direction. The felling head can be rotated unlimited in both directions without damaging the hoses or trees. The 360° Plus continuous rotator also facilitates maintenance work, whit the easy access to the hoses and fittings. This new rotator increases the service interval for hoses, which saves the service costs. The hoses are not moving and wearing out and they are much shorter.

We have been involved in this Keto’s continuous rotator project since day one. We are running them on a bunch of Keto heads, each getting 100h per week, over 4000h per season. Sure, we had some hick-ups in the early stages, but Keto took care of them quickly. Today we have the total of over 30000h on these rotators, and they work very well. No more old hose issues, more rotating power, fool proof electrical swivel, simple and compact unit - there is no way going back to the old setup. Desmond Major, Major’s Logging Limited, Deer Lake, NL, Canada:

Rotator for smaller models: Suitable for

0 45 links & 0 45 swing dampers

Benefits

Rotator Max Torque

1050 Nm(@ 100 Bar)

The 360° Plus continuous rotator provides significantly more rotational force: up to 1050 Nm at a pressure of 100 bar. In forest thinning, this also increases the efficiency.

Rotar Max Static Load

146 kN (15 metric ton)

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Rotator for large models: Rotator Max Torque

1800 Nm(@ 100 Bar)

Rotar Max Static Load

450 kN (46 metric ton)


Everything passes through the rotator All hydraulic hoses, electrical cables, stump treatment liquid and urea, are passing through the rotator. The urea hose has its own isolated channel in the the rotator. Therefore, even in the case of any failure, the urea and hydraulic oil will never get mixed.

Forestry contractor Hannu Siukola introduced his Keto-51 LD3 with unlimited rotating rotator and SampoRosenlew HR46x harvester at Forest Machine Demo Day, in Kangasala.

Helping drivers work The 360° Plus continuous rotator revolutionizes the usability of the harvester head. • Trees can be approached from any direction • Dangling hoses cannot be cut or damaged by the saw • Hoses cannot be twisted anymore around the tilt • No more pulled out electrical cable or wires • Increased service life for hoses and fittings • More powerful and precise rotational motion • Built-in sawing feature • Easy ad well designed service access

The hose bundle does not interfere with trees. It is faster to rotate the head to the next tree. I will not go back to the old, limited rotators. This is a keeper! Hannu Siukola,

KETO500 EcoProcessor and 360º PLUS ROTATOR UNLIMITED 360º PLUS ROTATORS ARE NOW AVAILABLE Have You heard about this innovate product?

The following models can be ordered with the CONTINOUS 360º Plus rotator:

Keto-51 Eco LD3, Keto-100 Karate, Keto-150, Keto-500 and the largest Keto-600+ and Keto-800+ series heads.

We are in the process of gradually including this rotator to the other models.

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SP Harvester Heads in the LF and E- series are designed according to the SP Low Friction concept SP 661 LF The SP 661 LF is the latest design from SP. It is a compact and strong high performance harvester head designed according to SP’s Low Friction concept for minimum friction and maximum productivity. The SP 661 LF is designed to be able to offer highest productivity in both small and large diameter harvesting. In large diameter harvesting the proportional angled feed rollers in combination with SP’s patented knife control system LogHold, ensures an impressive capacity and productivity. When harvesting smaller diameter trees the compact and agile design is a great asset. Equipped with the optional Multi tree handling equipment the SP

661 LF is able to reach highest productivity also when harvesting very small tree dimensions. With a protected and robust design in combination with state of the art hose routing ensures highest reliability and uptime regardless of tree size and harvesting condition. Thanks to a vast array of options customers are able to customize the 661 LF to perfectly fit their individual needs and to match their operation requirements. Thanks to this the 661 LF has been equally at home on a rubber tyre harvester in Europe as on a tracked harvester in Canada or on an excavator in the Southern Hemisphere.

The latter being the latest development to better suit installation on tracked carriers and demanding operations.

SP 661 E The SP 661 E is designed for one task only – one pass debarking of plantation grown eucalyptus. Highest debarking quality and productivity is achieved through

The options list includes: • • • • • • • • •

Top Saw Processing knives Multi speed feed motors Work light in saw box Color marking Multi tree handling equipment Find End sensor ¾” saw unit A daptation to various control systems • HD Tiltframe.

SP 661 E

a unique combination of specially designed debarking knives, replaceable bark deflectors and high-speed feeding capabilities. Thanks to the proportional pressure function on knives and feed rollers the debarking process can easily be perfectly adjusted for different conditions, resulting in the best possible debarking quality and a minimum of fiber damage. The SP 661 E shares the same state of the art hose routing and protected design as the SP 661 LF and because of this is also able to offer an unrivalled reliability and uptime. The SP 661 E truly is a productive and reliable debarking

harvester head. The SP 661 E was released in the end of 2018 and is today to be found working in eucalyptus plantations all over the world. The latest development on the 661 E head model is the addition of the HD tilt frame making it ideal for installations on tracked carriers and demanding operations.

SP 561 LF - compact, broad and versatile The SP 561 LF is a highperformance all-round harvester head. It is designed according to the LF principle for maximum productivity. The SP 561 LF is specifically designed for varied jobs and offers very good characteristics all the way from first thinning to medium final cut. The compact measurements in combination with a perfect delimbing down to 30mm make sure that the first thinning can be done fast and efficient with the highest quality. In final cutting, i.e. when handling large diameter trees, the smart SP patents LogHold and proportionally angled feed rollers turns the SP 561 LF into a harvester head with an impressive capacity/weight ratio and unrivalled productivity. The SP 561 LF is without a doubt both compact, broad and versatile. SP 561 LF reaches top performance in stands with a diameter of 12 to 43cm dbh but is thanks to the LF principle also capable of efficiently working with larger tree sizes.

P 661 LF high speed feeding spruce

The SP 561 LF is specifically designed for varied jobs and offers very good characteristics all the way from first thinning to medium final cut

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SP 661 LF

A compact and strong harvester head with high productivity A little more than thirty years ago, Benny Lundmark founded Mano Skog AB, a company working out of Fromheden/Norsjö, about 80 km west of Skellefteå in northern Sweden. Over the years, the company has got through many machines and harvester heads, the latest combination being a John Deere 1470 equipped with an SP 661 LF, which, according to Tobias Lundmark, is the best head they have ever used. Benny and Tobias Lundmark

’’ I think that the best things about this SP head are its productivity, its fast feed, and that it’s easy to find the cutting window,” Benny Lundmark Watch the film and read the full story at: spmaskiner.com/en/sp-stories/


C275 Forestry Mulcher

C120 Forestry Mulcher

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he C275 is a mid-sized forestry mulcher that delivers 275 hp (205 kW) in a compact, low ground pressure package. This mulching machine is suited for clearing small trees, underbrush, and a variety of unwanted vegetation across a wide range of environments. The heavy-duty steel undercarriage and powerful final drives allow operators to tackle difficult terrain with confidence. Rayco’s exclusive elevated cooling design keeps engine and hydraulic temperatures within their limits in the harshest of environments. To minimize maintenance, a reversing fan can be activated from the cab to clear the limbriser debris screens. This helps to extend service intervals even when operating in hot, debrisfilled environments. When manual cleaning of the debris screens is necessary, they are easily removable and the rear door opens to allow unrestricted access to the debris screen and engine radiator.

The cabs are climate controlled and sealed from dust and debris to maintain operator comfort. Operators appreciate the high-backed, heated seat with adjustable armrests and air-ride suspension. For safety, the cab is certified to meet ROPS, FOPS, and OPS specifications and is equipped with a roof-top escape hatch. High-output LED work lights and a backup camera enhances rearward visibility.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS • Powerful 275-hp CAT diesel engine • Rayco-exclusive elevated cooling system • Reversing fan for upper coolers • Heavy-duty undercarriage • Remote track tension system with tension monitor • 2-speed ground travel • Hydraulic rear winch • Hydraulic cab tilt • Certified ROPS/FOPS/OPS Cab • Rear view camera • Heated seat w/air-ride suspension • Roof-top escape hatch • High-output LED work lights • Available with Predator mulcher head or Hydra-Stumper cutter head.

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ayco’s C120 Forestry Mulcher is the answer if you’re looking for a purpose-built mulcher but need the versatility of rubber tracks. It rides on a 17.7-inch (450 mm) wide steel-imbedded rubber track. A reliable, 120-HP (89.4kW) Cummins diesel engine supplies power, while Rayco’s exclusive Super Flow, closedloop hydrostatic system delivers mulching power not found in ordinary Compact Track Loaders. Purpose-built for mulching, the C120 features a heavy-duty rear door, hydraulic winch, and Rayco’s exclusive elevated cooling design, which places engine radiators in both the rear of the engine compartment and in the limbriser for maximum cooling performance in the harshest climates. The cab is certified ROPS/OPS/ FOPS with escape hatches in the roof and rear window.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS • 120-hp Cummins QSF3.8L T4F diesel engine • Super flow hydrostatic circuit for mulcher head • Mulcher head with 6-foot cutting width • High/low flow aux hydraulic circuit for attachments • Purpose-Built Forestry Mulcher • Hydraulic cab tilt for easy access to critical components • Rear mounted hydraulic winch • Elevated cooling system for hydraulics and A/C • Reversing fans (engine & limbriser) • 17.7-inch rubber tracks (C120R) • Steel tracks (C120S) • High/low travel speed with optional 7mph FAST Track (FAST Track option only available on C120R) • 3-Bar street pads optional on C120S


Prime Movers & Mulchers

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FAE has upgraded the PT-300 to be more productive and efficient FAE has upgrade the PT-300 tracked carrier with the debut of two technologies that increase productivity and improve uptime in any working condition: Sonic and Active Power Management

ombined with the 200/U/ SONIC and 300/U/SONIC heads, FAE’s exclusive Sonic technology enables the forestry mulcher to work at maximum capacity at all times. The Sonic technology adjusts the torque in real time according to the force required, for up to 30% higher productivity. The 2022 model can also be equipped with Active Power Management, an intelligent FAE system that automatically manages the machine’s travel in relation to resistance absorbed by the rotor. This feature also helps the machine automatically adapt to the contour of the terrain allowing the operator to concentrate on the job at hand, ensuring higher productivity. The FAE PT-300 tracked carrier can stand up to any challenge, whether managing woodlands and forests, creating firebreaks, or working near electrical lines or oil and gas pipelines. Its solid structure and oscillating undercarriage make it compatible with a wide variety of FAE hydraulic

units, including forestry mulchers and tillers, stone crushers, stump cutters and dozer blade. The PT-300’s powerful engine and lighter operating weight allow it to work on steep slopes and soft ground. The hydraulic system guarantees reliability and efficiency. The spacious cab is unrivaled when it comes to comfort, ergonomics and operator safety.

Barko 930B Industrial Tractor

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he Barko® 930B Industrial Tractor delivers far more hydraulic horsepower to the attachment than competitive products States the manufacturer. Highly maneuverable and built to withstand rough terrain, the 930B rips its way through the most demanding right-of-way land clearing and site prep jobs. The 930B consistently provides better fuel efficiency, increased productivity, and low total cost of operation for large commercial and municipal applications.

FEATURES & OPTIONS

POWER

Electronic hydraulic pressure diagnostics Climate controlled air conditioning & heating with defroster

Model/Power 320 HP (239 kW) Cummins® QSL9 Tier 4 Final @ 2,200 RPM with SCR aftertreatment

OPERATOR CAB • E rgonomic design for comfort, ease of control, sound insulation • S ealed & pressurized with cyclonic filter. Deluxe adjustable bucket seat with 4-point harness Dual joystick controls Buttons for horn, front differential lock, low lock, float on/off, float override, gate, push bar, manual fan reverse, plus extra button to suit end-user Pilot operated double foot pedal for travel Foot operated hydraulic service, emergency brake

Mounted cab lights: 3 frontmounted, 2 front side, 2 rear side, 2 rear

Tinted Lexan® glass on all windows Air knife on front windshield Engine diagnostic port Overhead console storage

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Bandit BTC-300 - Track Track Carrier

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he BTC-300 is the next evolution for Bandit highperformance land-clearing track carriers with interchangeable forestry mowers and stump grinding heads. It features a deluxe, climate-controlled operator’s cab that tilts for easy maintenance access. Cabs are fully ROPS/FOPS/OPS certified and comfortable, with all machine functions controlled from an air-ride captain’s chair. The BTC-300 rides on a proven CAT 315 steel-track undercarriage for exceptional all-terrain capability. The 90” mowing attachment easily clears brush and small trees, or switch to the 44” diameter stump grinding attachment for aggressive stump removal. Customers can choose from a John Deere 300 or Caterpillar 321 horsepower engine providing ample power to either attachment.

• 9 0” wide mulcher attachment with 46 teeth

KEY FEATURES & OPTIONS

A Caterpillar 315L steel track undercarriage with single or double grouser track pads are available. The wide track stance enhances turnability and with a travel speed of 3.3 MPH the unit can get to the worksite quickly and efficiently. The BTC-300 has two

• CAT 315 steel track undercarriage • Climate-controlled with air-ride captain’s chair • ROPS/FOPS/OPS certified operator’s cab • John Deere 300 or Caterpillar 321 horsepower engine options

• 4 4” diameter stump grinder attachment with 64 teeth

OPERATOR COMFORT The ROPS/FOPS/OPS certified cab on the BTC-300 provides ample room and visibility giving operator’s high comfort while mulching or stump grinding. The air ride suspension seat with adjustable armrests accommodates operators of various sizes. Ballisticgrade polycarbonate glass ensures protection from debris that may accidently hit the window. Thermal insulation reduces outside noise keeping the inside of the cab quite while regulating air temperature. A heating and air conditioning system comes standard as well.

POWERFUL TRACK UNDERCARRIAGE

PRINOTH M650H

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he M650h is a mulcher for medium-heavy applications on hydraulic carrier vehicles with 200 to 400 hp. It is a universal mulcher with a rotor diameter of 25.6 in (650 mm), that can be mounted on all carrier vehicles from 200 to 400 horsepower with a hydraulic drive. This machine has been developed according to PRINOTH “Made in

Germany” standards and offers a variety of individual equipment options. The closed design of the housing prevents dirt deposits and simplifies cleaning.

Benefits + Protected hydraulic hoses + Reduced power demand + Easy to use

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separate hydraulic systems (one for the attachments and one for the tracks) so if an issue arises with an attachment the track system will work.

MAXIMIZE YOUR UPTIME The BTC-300 is designed to be easier to work on with all common maintenance items easily accessible. The cab tilts to the side for easy access and serviceability. Each attachment uses quick coupler hydraulic lines so switching between attachments can be done in under 10 minutes.

HIGHLY EFFICIENT The hydraulic system on the BTC-300 is designed for maximum productivity during mulching or stump grinding. The mulcher

head features holders with a raker regulating the cutting action ensuring a smooth, aggressive cutting action. The large diameter stump grinder attachment features a wide array of teeth and the proper cutter wheel RPM to power through stumps with ease.


Cat® D3K2 Mulcher features durable, productive design with operator safety & comfort as priorities

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he factory-built Cat® D3K2 Mulcher combines the solid foundation of the D3K2 dozer with the ruggedly designed Cat HM518 mulcher to take on a mix of small-to-medium-diameter material in a wide range of applications, including right-of-way construction/maintenance, site development, tree management, and fire-break clearing. Available with either a conventional long (XL) undercarriage or a low-groundpressure (LGP) undercarriage, the machine works efficiently in soft underfoot conditions, on slopes, and in rough terrain. For added utility, the mulcher can be removed and an optional Cat VPAT (variablepitch/angle/tilt) blade installed. The D3K2 Mulcher now comes standard with a reversing fan

which automatically changes air flow direction periodically to purge debris from the radiator and enclosures. The reversing fan is beneficial as it reduces the time required to clean debris from the machine and ultimately optimizes machine uptime. The width of the HM518 mulcher, featuring a 72-in (1822 mm) wide drum, is matched to the operating width of the D3K2 for optimum efficiency and productivity. Finished debris size depends on the type of material being processed and the time allowed for multiple passes. Operator safety and comfort are priorities in the design of the D3K2 Mulcher. The pressurized cab, with 360-degree visibility, is fitted with screens and “poly-carb” windows for added protection

when mulching. The pressure gauge mounted to the mulcher frame allows the operator to easily monitor mulcher performance, and the hydraulically adjustable push guard and hydraulically operated front hood provide an added measure of safety. An air suspension seat (with seat-mounted controls) reduces

operator fatigue and promotes high production. Caterpillar markets the D3K2 Mulcher as a complete model configuration, and the HM518 mulcher cannot be retrofitted to standard D3K2 dozer models.

New Cat D1 Dozer Mulcher gets updates to tackle tough Brush Clearing tasks

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aybe a little big for compact equipment but too cool not to cover. Complete with its high-performance powertrain, closed-loop hydraulics and upgraded screening, the new Cat D1 Mulcher is specially designed to optimize performance when clearing a mix of small- to medium-diameter materials. Design-matched with the rugged Cat HM518 Mulcher, the D1 Mulcher clears a 188.2 cm (72 in) wide strip on each pass, making it the right machine for right-of-way construction and maintenance, site development, tree management and firebreak clearing. The new mulcher is powered by the 77.6 kW (104 hp) Cat C3.6 Diesel Engine meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V emission standards. An alternate emissions package for the C3.6 is available to meet Tier 3-equivalent standards. The machine’s lower sloping hood line improves visibility to the mulching head, allowing the operator to better assess the jobsite from the cab. Standard auto reversing fan purges debris from

the radiator and enclosures, plus the hinged grill requires no tools to access the radiator for cleaning. Isolating machine vibration from the operator to reduce fatigue, the Cat HM518 Mulcher controls are mounted on the air-suspension seat. Inside the pressurized, heated and air-conditioned cab, an intuitive operator interface features a 25.4 cm (10 in) color touchscreen monitor with standard reversing camera display to help improve allaround visibility to the jobsite. An in-cab drum indicator offers quick glance of drum speed and direction to help the operator manage ground speed and mulching productivity. Featuring cladding material in high-wear areas, the new HM518 Mulcher frame offers increased service life. Bolt-on wear plates deliver long wear life and are quickly replaced. Offering a drum speed range of 2,150 to 2,450 rpm, the drum’s 38 fixed teeth feature a single-bolt carbide tooth retention design for simple replacement. Its closed-loop hydraulic circuit includes load-sensing hydraulics to

prevent rotor damage when hitting an obstruction. The HM518 Mulcher has a 78.7 cm (31 in) maximum lift height, 36.8 cm (14.5 in) maximum tilt and 25-degree maximum angle to either side. Standard sweeps, screens, windows plus rear guard help to protect both the operator and machine when mulching. With its specially designed tractor platform, the D1 Mulcher is balanced and rugged to increase efficiency when operating in challenging applications. Contractors can choose between the conventional (XL) or low-ground-pressure (LGP) undercarriage design, offering

40.4 cm (16 in) or 63.5 cm (25 in) track shoe widths respectively, to increase flexibility and efficiency for working in soft underfoot conditions, on slopes and in rough terrain. To increase machine versatility, the new D1 Mulcher can be equipped with an optional variable-pitch/angle/tilt (VPAT) blade in XL, LGP or Intermediate configuration.

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Nokian Tyres wheels complement the heavy tire offering

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ith premium tires and powerful machinery, the wheels cannot compromise the performance. Nokian Tyres offers a broad selection of premium wheels for forestry, agriculture, construction, and earthmoving work – all designed to match perfectly with the corresponding Nokian Tyres tires, complementing each other in a best way possible. With the march of technology, the tractors, excavators, and other machines get ever more powerful, efficient and sophisticated – just compare a few decades old tractor with any latest model. The tires evolve as well, to keep up with the latest machine capabilities and even drive them forward. The same applies for wheels – their support will bring out the best in tires as well as the machinery. “The way we see it, the tire and wheel combination should be looked as a whole – not just tire and a wheel separately, but as a complete wheel with perfectly matched properties” says Matias Salonen, Product Manager at Nokian Tyres. “Only this way we can be sure that the tire and wheel complement each other perfectly, reducing the risk of the tire slippage on the wheel, for example.”

The technical advance Wheels by Nokian Tyres are a result of long commitment to every aspect of wheel manufacturing. “For several years, Nokian Tyres made close wheel collaboration with Levypyörä Oy, a company with

six decades of experience in steel industry”, says Matias Salonen. “In 2019, it became a part of Nokian Tyres, making the synergy even more natural.” Besides being made to match the tires, the wheels by Nokian Tyres are designed without compromises – with premium Scandinavian steel, precision cutting, quality welding and impact and corrosion resistant double coating. “Our wheels have some unique properties such as advanced reinforcements. The Tube-Edge reinforcement, for example, is tubular rim reinforcement that is a seamless part of the wheel, adding rigidity and longevity”, Matias Salonen says. “But most importantly, when buying complete wheels by Nokian Tyres, you get a one-stop, more manageable whole, and all the support you need from one place.” Many Nokian Tyres wheels are also available as special Xtreme options, which are some of the sturdiest wheels available in the entire market.

Rugged reliability for forestry tractors, skidders, harvesters and forwarders Forest is an unforgiving environment with all the sharp rocks, tree stumps and steep slopes. With the perfectly matching quality tires and advanced, rugged wheels complementing each other, the risk of wheel slippage or impact damage is minimized while maximizing the load-bearing capacity.

“Complete wheels by Nokian Tyres are bolt-on solutions for skidders and CTL machines, making forestry work more confident”, Matias Salonen says. “They complement the Nokian Tyres forestry tires with their easy installation, resilient double powder coating, efficient knurling and a choice of reinforcements adding to wheel sturdiness.”

Strength and versatility for tractors, trailers and compact loaders Powerful tractors, heavy trailers and high speeds – agricultural, municipal and construction work call for heavy-duty wheels and tires. “Complete wheels by Nokian Tyres provide a perfectly matched wheel and tire that can cope with the heaviest loads and high-power tractors with their high-grade steel and different reinforcements”, Matias Salonen adds. “For stable and agile gardening or municipal work, the compact loaders benefit from the same quality.”

Stability for excavators and backhoe loaders In excavating and loading work, stability and impact resistance are important – both for the wheel and tire. “With the Nokian Tyres complete wheels for wheeled excavators as well as backhoe loaders, you will get the most out of your machine”, says Matias Salonen. “The rugged coating, optional valve guard and available reinforcements give the entire

FXT is the latest member of the Terra95/FX range of SUPER DUTY tracks.

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XT is the latest member of the Terra95/FX range of SUPER DUTY tracks. The FXT is a balance between durability and grip, and features equal extensions on both sides of each track plate for additional side protection, flotation and stability. . The FXT features the famous Rocky spikes, realigned for grip and maximising traction. Positioning the spike, with the point towards the ground gives superior grip on rocky, hard

packed or frozen ground. These tracks are built for endurance and performance in all conditions and are suited to the heaviest Forwarders and six-wheel Skidders working on the toughest terrain Skidder manufacturers have various rules relating to the fitting of traction aids (Tracks and Chains). It is the operators responsibility to ensure they comply with these rules prior to fitting traction aids.

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• D urable design and components for the most arduous terrain • C onfidence with supreme grip and flotation. • S uitable for hard-packed (Dry and/or Rocky) or frozen ground conditions • R ecommended for 6-wheel skidders • R ecommended for large forwarders

The way we see it, the tire and wheel combination should be looked as a whole – not just tire and a wheel separately, but as a complete wheel with perfectly matched properties Matias Salonen, Product Manager at Nokian Tyres. wheel an extended service life and stable properties.”


No one can do everything, but together we can make a difference “says Kjell-Erik Åström, Sales and Marketing Manager for Olofsfors forest products. “If we succeed, we are up to a total collection of 1 600 000 SEK, which would also be a new record for a single year. It would be nice if the money goes to a heartfelt and important cause.” Kjell-Erik Åström, Maria Öhman and Micael Olsson from Olofsfors, with the Pink Ribbon Forest Track, at Olofsfors’ open house and 260th anniversary

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his year’s fundraising for the Swedish Breast Cancer Association is already on going and in connection with Olofsfors’ open house and the 260th anniversary, the visitors raised almost 6,000 SEK. This money that goes to breast cancer research, cancer patients, survivors, and their relatives through Olofsfors fundraising at the Swedish Breast Cancer Association. Close to 50 people contributed almost 6000 SEK during our open house, and

“Pink October”, and our official fundraising had not started,” says Maria Öhman, Marketing Manager at Olofsfors AB. “No one can do everything, but together we can make a difference.” Since 2010 companies in the forest industry, through the Pink Ribbon fundraiser that Olofsfors created on the Breast Cancer Association website, contributed a total of 1 367 000 SEK to cancer research. ”If we can raise 233 000 SEK this year, we will be really satisfied,

About the fundraiser: To read more about how to donate money through Olofsfors “Pink Ribbon” Track fundraiser, go to www.olofsfors.com/pinkribbon

Breast cancer in numbers “Every hour a woman receives a breast cancer diagnosis, a diagnosis that also affects family and loved ones. The great commitment Olofsfors has shown over several years is important in the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to this effort, we can fund patient-centered breast cancer research and provide support to those affected. It means a lot to many”, says Marit Jenset, Secretary General of the Breast Cancer

Trelleborg boosts the eucalyptus forestry business with the launch of new T418 High Power tyres at Show Florestal

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relleborg gave the eucalyptus business a boost with the launch of its new T418 High Power tyre at Show Florestal, from May 24 to 26, 2022, in Tres Lagoas,

Brazil. T418 High Power tyres are designed to perform on the tough terrain found in eucalyptus forestry applications, with unbeaten traction and increased stability to increase productivity and support sustainability. Marcelo Natalini, President of Trelleborg Wheel Systems South America, says: “Our tyre expertise and innovation is embedded into our advanced solutions across the highly specialized range of tyres for the agriculture and forestry sectors. As a tyre expert, Trelleborg anticipates customers’ needs,

providing high performance, ecosystem friendly tyre solutions. We understand that eucalyptus trees play a major role in the Brazilian economy and cover more that 5.5 million hectares of land. Our new T418 High Power tyres, T410 Agroforest tyres and Twin Forestry 480 range of tyres are designed to support forestry professionals in this vital industry.” Specially designed for log skidding service with maximum cut and tear resistance, the T418 High Power tyre has armored plies and a steel belt that protect the carcass against stumps, boulders and rocks to provide longer tyre life under the most severe operating conditions. The enhanced product design is available in 35.5L-32TL, with a 30 ply rating and 30.5L-32TL, with a 32 ply rating. Visitors to Trelleborg’s stand were able to see the new T418 High Power tyre, along with the T410 Agroforest tyre that

Marcelo Natalini, President of Trelleborg Wheel Systems South America

provides optimal performance for agricultural and forestry applications and field use where comfort and traction are required, and the Twin Forestry 480 tyre range with its transverse grooves and wide flat profile for unmatched track grip and reduced impact on the forest soil.

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Komatsu PC230F-11

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Forestry crews need equipment that can deliver exceptional performance in difficult environments. Control downtime and drive productivity with the robust, dependable and fuel-efficient Komatsu PC230F-11 processor. Delimb and cut and stack timber with this powerful and maneuverable processor, designed specifically to meet the demands of forestry work. (See Page 6)

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The Ponsse H8 head can be mounted on Ponsse’s Ergo and Bear, the strongest harvesters in its product range. The saw box area is wider than before, making the harvester head a good choice for trees with a high butt diameter. (See page 31)

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SP 661 LF The SP 661 LF is the latest design from SP. It is a compact and strong high performance harvester head designed according to SP’s Low Friction concept for minimum friction and maximum productivity. The SP 661 LF is designed to be able to offer highest productivity in both small and large diameter harvesting. (See Page 40)

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Log Max 6000V Log Max 6000V is a very popular head, where V stands for Versatile. The unit is a top seller, not only in Brazil but all over the world. Log Max has made many changes to 6000V to increase durability and improve measurement and make the customers even more satisfied. (See page 34)

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John Deere H423 & H425 Harvester Heads Last fall, John Deere introduced the new, small-size H423 harvester head and the large-size H425 and H425HD. These new attachments replace the previous H413, H415 and H415HD models. Like its predecessor, these heads have 4WD feed. (See Page 32)

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Ponsse and Epec are introducing the PONSSE EV1, an electric forest machine technology concept. While the forest machine will be commercially available later, Epec’s technology can already be used in electric or hybridelectric commercial vehicles and non-road mobile machines. Ponsse’s technological concept is a peek into the future, paving the way for technological development and sustainable harvesting solutions. (See page 10)

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Rayco C275 Forestry Mulcher The C275 is a mid-sized forestry mulcher that delivers 275 hp (205 kW) in a compact, low ground pressure package. This mulching machine is suited for clearing small trees, underbrush, and a variety of unwanted vegetation across a wide range of environments. (See page 42)

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John Deere introduces Intelligent Boom Control on 800 MH-Series Tracked Harvesters (See IBC)

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A recent survey shows that Rottne has the lowest total costs for labour and spare parts. The survey, carried out by TSG (Swedish Forest Agency’s Technical Collaboration Group), compared the repair costs incurred on machines made by Rottne and it’s competitors. (See Page 9)

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3400x Wood Hog Horizontal Grinder

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Morbark offers a full line of Wood Hog Horizontal Grinders and specialist Tub Grinders in a range of sizes, on tracks or tires, diesel or electric powered. Add a wide variety of available options, and you’ve got the flexibility to customize the perfect grinder for your particular needs. (See IFC)

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John Deere has announced its newest forestry attachment offering with the FR27 Disc Saw Felling Head. Now standard on the John Deere 953M and 959M feller buncher models, and available as an upgrade on the on the 853M, 859M and 903M feller bunchers, this felling head attachment has a larger cut capacity compared to previous felling head models. (See Page 14)

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Newcomer BA 1016: The machine has a powerful CAT C18 engine with 812 hp, a large rotor diameter and a large inlet opening – an entirely new dimension in the JENZ shredder program. (See Page 11 & August September 2022 issue Shredders & Grinders)

Superlative shredder technology - New introduction of the largest JENZ biomass processor BA 1016 (See page 11)

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SPRINGER is one of the leading total providers of integrated solutions in the wood industry. (See page 21)

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FAE has upgraded the PT-300 tracked carrier with the debut of two technologies that increase productivity and improve uptime in any working condition: Sonic and Active Power Management

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Combined with the 200/U/ SONIC and 300/U/SONIC heads, FAE’s exclusive Sonic technology enables the forestry mulcher to work at maximum capacity at all times. The Sonic technology adjusts the torque in real time according to the force required, for up to 30% higher productivity. The 2022 model can also be equipped with Active Power Management, an intelligent FAE system that automatically manages the machine’s travel in relation to resistance absorbed by the rotor. (See Page 43)

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ADVERTISERS INDEX SALES OFFICES UK, Europe, South Africa, US East Coast CONTACT: Phil Playle International Forest Industries Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 777

CLEANFIX ���������������������������������������� 31 Opticom ����������������������������������������������� 23 www.opticomtech.com www.cleanfix.org FAE �������������������������������������������������� 31 Ponsse �����������������������������������������F/C & 5 www.ponsse.com www.fae-group.com

Fax: +44 (0)1442 870 617 Email: phil@internationalforestindustries.com

Japan CONTACT: Shigeru Kobayashi Japan Advertising Communications, Inc. Star Bldg., 3-10-3 Kanda Jimbocho

Halco Software Systems �������������� 25 Rottne ���������������������������������������������������� 9 www.rottne.com www.halcosoftware.com Jenz ������������������������������������������������� 11 Seppi m ������������������������������������������������ 15 www.seppi.com www.jenz.de Joescan �������������������������������������������� 17 Southern Forest Products Association ��� OBC www.joescan.com www.SFPAEXPO.com

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051 Tel: 81-3-3261-4591 Fax: 81-3-3261-6126

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Email: Shig-kobi@media-jac.co.jp

Western USA (AZ, CA, NV, UT) Australia, & New Zealand CONTACT: Bob Warren

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International Forest Industries Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 777 Fax: +44 (0)1442 870 617

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Email: bob@internationalforestindustries.com

Western USA (MT, ID, OR,WA) & Canada CONTACT: Bob Warren International Forest Industries Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1442 877 777 Fax: +44 (0)1442 870 617 Email: bob@internationalforestindustries.com

US Mid-West, Central & Mountain CONTACT: Kevin Lapham J.P.Media Inc 1163 E.Ogden Ave, Ste. 705-359 Naperville IL 60563, USA Tel: +1 (630) 420 9752 Fax: +1 (630) 420 9763 Email: lapham@jpmediainc.com

Next generation Harvesting Head Control

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here are two types of bucking control available for D7. Priority-based bucking logic utilizes a list of operator-entered log specifications sizes to determine how best to process the tree. D7 Optimization level uses a value-based logic. Using multiple layers of matrices correlating price, demand, and production limits to each log size under each tree species, the control system optimizes each processed tree to achieve the best value. These matrices are usually programmed by the timber buyer.

Reporting South America CONTACT: Editec S.A. Avda del Cóndor 844 Of. 205, Cuidad Empresarial Huechuraba, Santiago, Chile Tel: +56 2 757 4200 Fax: +56 2 757 4201 Email: editec@editec.cl

Both Tigercat D7 Priority and Optimization levels offer StanForD Classic, StanForD 2010, and PDF production reporting based on contracts, operators, species, and product groups. The reports provide total quantity and volume, as well as per species and product group quantities and volume. Reports can be viewed on screen, or exported for later analysis. D7 also sends production volume data to RemoteLog®, Tigercat’s optional telematics system.

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The Tigercat D7 control system combines a solid and field proven hardware and bucking control system with a Tigercat developed head control and user interface. The system offers powerful functionality, simplicity and intuitive operator navigation.

GPS integration D7 can be equipped with a GPS receiver and the GeoInfo software. This provides an active navigation application using the machine’s current position on a georeferenced map. Work site maps can be viewed on the in-cab display screen, allowing the operator to easily view the site layout, track the movement of the machine, and view production information. Restricted areas can be marked with boundary alarms. D7 is currently available for the Tigercat 534 harvesting head.


John Deere 803MH

The continuous product development, new features, and the updating of systems and solutions are an integral part of John Deere’s way of operating

John Deere Introduces Intelligent Boom Control on 800 MH-Series Tracked Harvesters What is Intelligent Boom Control? • Recently making its debut on the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester machines and now available on the 803MH, 853MH, and 858MH models, Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) technology is a boom tip guidance technology that improves consistent boom motion and speed throughout the harvesting envelope. • Operators can control the boom tip and attachment position directly with one joystick instead of each independent boom cylinder function. • T he automation logic commands boom and jib functions simultaneously by monitoring special sensors in the boom cylinders. • T his technology also helps the operator maintain constant boom speed during parallel motion at any boom reach. • IBC technology automatically adjusts swing speed and boom

Jim O’Halloran, global product marketing manager, John Deere

tip trajectory depending on working height, terrain, and work cycle requirements.

Intelligent Boom Control Benefits • I BC technology promotes a reduced learning curve for new operators by providing intuitive operator assistance. • T he faster cycle times and more precise control require less finesse and hand-eye coordination for the operator. • T ree damage is greatly reduced, especially during thinning applications.

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• T his technology also offers increased machine and attachment life by actively dampening all functions, protecting boom structure during operation. • I BC also provides precise positioning of cut stems for use in TimberMatic Maps.

Availability • 8 00 MH-Series Tracked Harvesters with Intelligent Boom Control technology are available for order now.

900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester

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