InterSaw, the International Sawmilling Expo, recently returned to Montreal’s renowned Olympic Stadium, and the event attracted a wide audience, including sawmill owners, mill workers, and those supporting the sawmilling industry.
The 2016 edition of InterSaw featured some of the latest and most innovative equipment and services, focusing on the full spectrum of technology from the log yard through primary and secondary breakdown, to the final shipping of the product. Here are a few examples of some of the newest advances in technology displayed at InterSaw.
HewSaw brought its new ‘dx’ sawing technology to InterSaw.
The company is aiming to revolutionize the primary breakdown sector of the sawmill industry with this technology.
Aimed at maximizing speed, recovery, efficiency and throughput, HewSaw says that dx sawing will be a game changer for many sawmills.
“When we equip our HewSaw sawing machines and sawlines with this patent pending technology, we can provide our customers with the ability to run larger diameter logs at faster speeds for longer periods of time, and we can reduce our saw kerf, increasing recovery and yield from each log,” says Raimo Karjalainen, HewSaw’s chief engineer.
The basic principle behind dx sawing is to replace the standard double arbor sawing technique currently used by HewSaw with a four arbor system. The first set of arbors will house the saws for an initial or pilot cut into the cant, while the second set of arbors will house a set of saws that will finish the cut, just as it is in existing HewSaw sawing technology. This works well with HewSaw’s philosophy of centre line sawing, where all processing is calculated and aligned to the centre line of the HewSaw machine.
This technology will work with most types of HewSaw machines from the company’s newer model smaller machines with optimized edging through to the company’s state-of-the-art multi-unit sawlines that can take multiple edged sideboards at each machine centre.
Canadian-based, EBI Electric is well known in Canadian sawmilling circles and was well represented at InterSaw. It manufactures dry kiln motors and has supplied about 20,000 motors to more than 400 different sawmills around the world.
The motors are purpose-built, designed for the harsh conditions imposed by dry kilns and recognized for dependable operation up to 120 degrees Celsius.
EBI Electric manufactures motors anywhere from 1 to 40 horsepower, in speeds from 900, 1200 and 1800 rpm.
They are built with Class H insulation and inverter duty magnet wire for resisting transient voltage variation, totally enclosed air over (TEAO) heavy duty cast iron frames, and oversized regreasable bearings. The high efficiency unibody cast iron construction provides superior strength.
EBI Electric uses up to 20 per cent more iron in the stator than competitive motors, says the company, for better heat dissipation. Their dry kiln motors have a high-temperature seal (200°C/392°F) on the motor drive end. Extra winding tropicalization provides resistance against humidity and condensation. The motors are available in Nema and IEC (metric) frames.
On the Cover:
Jemi Fibre Corporation does just about a bit of everything in the forest industry, with its operations including stump-to-dump contract logging operations in Mackenzie and Cranbrook, B.C. and Saskatchewan, post and peeling facilities and two pressure treating plants, and, most recently a chipping operation. Read all about Jemi Fibre beginning on page 10 of this issue (Cover photo by Paul MacDonald).
Spotlight – First Nations forestry in Ontario
A local forest management corporation has been launched in northwestern Ontario to help provide economic development opportunities to First Nations and it’s now been followed by a new First Nations-owned logging enterprise, Mkwa Timber, that is supplying timber to local mills.
Logging, manufacturing …and more
B.C.’s Jemi Fibre Corporation does just about a bit of everything in the forest industry, from logging through to added value manufacturing—and it’s looking to do more, says company president, Mike Jenks.
Workhorse wood chipper
Sutco Contracting is one of the leading trucking companies in B.C. , but it also has a chipping division—BC EcoChips—that does contract chipping with what the company describes as a “workhorse”: a Peterson 5000H chipper.
New scanner eyes mill improvements
The Teal-Jones sawmill in Surrey, B.C. has seen a number of equipment additions over the years—the most recent one came earlier this year with a new Springer Microtec Goldeneye 900 Multi-Sensor Scanner that is reducing the mill’s trim loss and improving its on-grade accuracy.
Field testing Cat’s new 538 forest machine
Veteran B.C. logger Alfred Poole was a clear choice for field testing a new piece of Cat equipment—the new Cat 538 forest machine, which came equipped with a SATCO 323T processing head—and he reports it offers good power, and is stingy when it comes to fuel consumption.
From carpenter...to logger
Nova Scotia’s Justin Thibault tried his hand as a carpenter and crewing on fish boats, but he found that logging suited him better—and has recently expanded his iron line-up with a new Tigercat/LogMax harvester to work alongside another Tigercat/LogMax harvester, and his Ecolog and John Deere forwarders
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and Alberta Innovates.
The Last Word
It’s time to clamp down on unrestricted ATV access to unprotected public lands, says Tony Kryzanowski.