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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2014

March/april 2015

On the Cover:
A Cat 522B feller buncher was the most recent equipment purchase for logging contractor Mid-Boundary Contracting, which is based in the rugged B.C. Southern Interior. Read all about how the new Cat buncher is performing for Mid-Boundary in this issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journa. (Photo of Cat 522B buncher courtesy of Mid-Boundary Contracting)

The clock is ticking on the Softwood Lumber Agreement
There is a united front on the part of Canada’s lumber producing provinces for extending the Softwood Lumber Agreement, but the U.S. government—and the U.S. lumber industry—have yet to say where they stand, even though the agreement expires this October.

Upping lumber recovery at Lakeview
Tolko Industries’ Lakeview Lumber Division in Williams Lake, B.C., has recently seen some significant upgrades that are already delivering results in lumber productivity and recovery.

Safety in B.C.’s logging industry: a work in progress
Safety has always been a priority for logging contractor Reid Hedlund, of Mid-Boundary Contracting—who is also chair of the Interior Logging Association—and though the industry has seen success at reducing the number of accidents, it continues to take ongoing effort, he notes.

Top Lumber Producers – Who’s on Top?
Logging and Sawmilling Journal’s annual listing of Canada’s Top Lumber Producers, produced in co-operation with industry consultants, International WOOD MARKETS Group.

Canada North Resources Expo
Visitors to the upcoming Canada North Resources Expo, being held in Prince George, B.C. May 29 -30, will enjoy an extensive range of displays, an excavator rodeo, sawmill and wood processing equipment demos—and perhaps even a grapple skidder show.

Upgrades bring efficiency—and green power
Alberta’s Manning Diversified Forest Products has invested $30 million in sawmill upgrades, new equipment that delivers higher production and more efficiency—and green power.

Cat—through and through
B.C.’s Kineshanko Logging recently celebrated its 40th year in logging, and all through that time their equipment has only been one colour: Cat yellow.

Careful logging in Algonquin Park
A careful approach to logging by contractors such as Jessup Bros. Forest Products is yielding jobs, good quality timber and an ample wood supply from Ontario’s well-known Algonquin Provincial Park—timber that also helps to sustain jobs at local sawmills.

Focus on Filing
The upcoming B.C. Saw Filer’s Association conference in Kamloops, B.C., features a solid line-up of speakers—and the opportunity to see the latest in saw filing equipment from equipment manufacturers.

Plywood going up - literally
B.C.’s Thompson River Veneer Products Ltd is benefiting from the general upturn in the economy, and sees demand for its plywood growing with building codes now allowing an increase in wood structure heights.

The Edge
Included in The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and FPInnovations.

The Last Word
Tony Kryzanowski says a lack of joint ventures may be stunting the growth of the forest industry.



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By Tony Kryzanowski

Watch for it! New Deere skidders!

In the May issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal, our Tech Update will be on skidders and it will include information on John Deere's just introduced game-changing L-Series skidders.

John Deere collected invaluable input from loggers, and company engineers then devoted 250,000 hours designing prototypes based on these fresh ideas, and continued to refine the machines until they got them exactly right, says the company.

Watch for it in the May issue!

Timberpro C-SeriesTimberPro launches new C Series feller buncher

TimberPro now offers a new C Series feller buncher in three sizes, with both a leveling and non-leveling configuration. In a significant move, the cab has been moved from the right to the left hand side, allowing for easy access to critical components.

The 1800 rpm max engine speed increases fuel efficiency. It also comes equipped with an energy recovering hydrostatic swing pump and rubber belting protection to the boom and gullwing to reduce debris in the engine and hydraulic compartments.

Its feller buncher booms are designed for heavy attachments or can be outfitted with an optional 6’ squirt boom for dangle attachments.

USNR acquires Söderhamn Eriksson

USNR recently announced that it has acquired Söderhamn Eriksson and all of its subsidiaries from Cellwoodgruppen AB. Even before this acquisition, USNR was the world’s largest supplier of equipment and technologies for the sawmill industry, and the addition of Söderhamn Eriksson further cements USNR’s leadership position, the company says.

George Van Hoomissen, President and CEO of USNR, said that he was interested in the opportunity to acquire Söderhamn Eriksson because he felt Söderhamn Eriksson’s strong market position in Europe would complement USNR’s strong position in North America, and that both companies’ positions would be strengthened as a result of a combination in South America, Australia/New Zealand, Russia, and Asia.

“We believe that Söderhamn Eriksson’s extensive sales, distribution, and service networks in Europe will help USNR to more broadly introduce and support its products in Europe,” stated Chris Blomquist, vice-president of sales for USNR. “Lack of local support infrastructure can be a challenge, but now the combined organization has an extensive OEM support network spanning 15 time zones, three continents, 10 countries, and at least nine languages.”

Within the Söderhamn Eriksson organization, this acquisition is also viewed as positive and transformative. “We have products that are very well-suited to the North American style of sawmilling, and we are optimistic that with the support of USNR, we will be able to successfully introduce these products into the United States and Canada,” said Henrik Lefvert, managing director for Söderhamn Eriksson.

Lars Lindvall, international sales manager for Söderhamn Eriksson, said that they will be able to creatively package solutions that combine products from Söderhamn Eriksson with those from USNR. “We have of course been able to collaborate with USNR in the past, and have done so on a number of occasions, but we are now in a position to provide fully integrated, end-to-end solutions anywhere in the world.”

“The combination of USNR and Söderhamn Eriksson offers customers far more options when planning a project,” added Chris Blomquist. “By combining our product lines and our service and support operations, customers will be able to design the solution that best meets their needs.”

Forestry WinchNew forestry winch attachment for processing heads is first of its kind

GS Manufacturing’s new no-connection forestry winch enables any processor to clean up cut block corners, skid logs, pull vehicles or attach to a stationary position in order to help maneuver a processor safely into place. Powered by the processor feed rollers and held in place by the grab arms, this winch has been tested on the Log Max7000XT and can be adapted to other 3 and 4 wheel processor models. Because the winch is not connected hydraulically to the machine, it can be picked up quickly, used and loaded in a pickup box to be made available to other operators. Weighing in at 1200 lbs., it has a 10,000 lbs. maximum winch force and adjustable winch speed to 50 ft/min with between 200’ and 300’ of winch line.

BID Group of Companies names new CEO

Alistair Cook is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BID Group of Companies.

Cook became CEO after a 23-year career with Canfor where he served as senior vice-president of operations in Canada before joining the BID Group of Companies.

Brian Fehr, Chairman and Managing Director of the BID Group, says that Cook’s extensive experience in the forest products sector places him in an ideal position to lead the BID Group of Companies as an industry leader in providing customer solutions for a rapidly changing, technology driven industry.

The privately-owned BID Group family of companies has over 30 years of experience in providing industry leading solutions through such companies as Comact, PHL, Deltech, Nechako Construction and SEC. Specializing in the forest industry, its ability to provide a turnkey solution that includes engineering, project management, installation, startup, and after-sales service furthers its strategic services to its customers. The company has offices in 14 locations across North America.

Wagner log handling machineWagner launches innovative new log handling machine

The Wagner logstacker has long been the backbone of some of the industry’s largest log yard operations. Recent shifts in the industry created a need for a smaller, more agile machine to handle cut-to-length logs. Wagner says that customers demanded a machine able to outperform anything else on the market. Rather than simply responding with a re-sized machine, the company surveyed operators, maintenance crew members and customers to design a machine that addresses all of their needs.

The result is the new L60.

The pressure check indicator on the L60 allows for quick troubleshooting of the six major hydraulic systems with the push of a button. The upgraded vehicle monitoring system allows plant managers to view real-time location, speed and fuel efficiency among 18 reporting parameters remotely from any computer, tablet or smartphone. The Wagner L60 is the only machine in its class with a rotating operator’s platform, says the company.

All Wagner machines are designed and manufactured in the Allied Systems Company’s manufacturing facility near Portland, Oregon.

autologAutolog scanning angle at 45 degrees improves accuracy

Autolog says that it is continuously upgrading its transverse optimizer family of products with new software and improved technology. In 2009, its R&D group came up with the innovative idea of slanting the scanner heads to help improve board and cant geometry. This yielded immediate positive results.

Scanning the boards at an angle allowed for improved edge detection and width accuracy. High density and faster scanner sensors combined with slanted features allowed for the detection of splits and shake, holes and torn grain.

The R&D group worked for several months on extensive software algorithms that were necessary to achieve these positive results.

Other benefits were also achieved. For example, the slanted heads did not retain dust and debris so the cleaning protocol was reduced to almost nothing, says the company. As an additional benefit, the air cleaning system was no longer necessary thus reducing system and maintenance cost.

Autolog supplies its transverse optimizer system on Windows 7. Multi-processors architecture, multi-threading applications and SQL database are all standard items within the optimizer systems.

Pacific Power Group improves yarder operation monitoring

With its ACDAT monitoring systems, Pacific Power Group has introduced a simple, intuitive yarder monitoring and information system designed to provide safe, smooth production increases.

Screen displays show all line tensions, crew and rigging positions, ground profile and more. Pacific Power Group has also introduced a new cab designed specifically for yarders, which the company says provides superior visibility.