Maine’s Pleasant River Lumber is the first North American company to invest in Valutec’s TC continuous kilns. Valutec is a leader in Europe for comprehensive wood drying solutions.
Pleasant River Lumber of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, primarily serves its domestic market, and the two continuous kilns it has purchased will be used at two facilities.
For Valutec, the company says that the agreement represents an important step in positioning it as a world leader in comprehensive wood drying solutions. In the global market, Valutec is firmly established as a supplier which, over time, has invested what it says is the most in research and development of lumber kilns and control systems. The TC continuous kiln is no exception.
“Thousands upon thousands of hours have been invested in the development effort underlying this leap in technology,” says Ingo Wallocha, Managing Director of Valutec Inc. “We have studied, evaluated, tested and reinvented all parts of the TC continuous kiln, which first started being used in 1927. It is truly motivating to see how it all has paid off, confirming that we are on the right path.”
John Deere now offers two new G-series wheeled harvester models—the 1170G and 1070G.
The company says that these new midsize machines provide loggers with the power and precision needed for today’s jobsite, while a more comfortable operator station ensures loggers are productive all day long. The availability of the Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) technology on the 1170G is said to further increase operator efficiency, regardless of the application.
The midsize G-series harvesters come equipped with the John Deere 6068 Final Tier 4 engine. Combined with standard Adaptive Driveline Control, the 1070G and 1170G models offer a powerful and productive solution. With Adaptive Driveline Control, the operator selects the desired rpm setting based on the operating conditions, and the system adjusts engine rpms automatically to correspond with the engine load.
Both models are equipped with the TimberMatic H-16 control system.
The 1170G model is available in six-wheeled or eight-wheeled configuration.
The 1070G harvester is suited for fragile terrain and thinning applications.
These midsize G-series models feature a new rear frame design, with the engine, hydraulic pump, cooler and tank package having been turned 180 degrees, lowering the rear frame and improving visibility. Additionally, the cooler fan has been moved to the rear of the machine frame, reducing cabin noise.
Bosch Rexroth is accepting registration for all courses in its popular training program designed for industrial hydraulic and mobile hydraulic users, designers and engineers.
Rexroth Hydraulic Technical Training is targeted toward individuals who maintain hydraulic systems, design new systems or want to upgrade existing systems with new technology.
Rexroth provides on-site training for specific hydraulic installations, and customized training programs are available with training delivered to the participant’s location. Online Hydraulic Training is also available as self-directed eLearning courses that include basic hydraulics as well as various technology-specific courses including energy efficiency and electrification of hydraulics.
Solesbee’s offers a blade-mounted dozer rake as an efficient solution for land clearing, raking brush, and piling trees and branches.
The rake’s c-curve design rolls brush and debris, making it easy to windrow material while minimizing the amount of dirt pushed with it. The rake also features an extended upright with multiple holes to easily mount on nearly any dozer blade without customization.
The rake is available with a full range of teeth for optimal debris clearing in a variety of applications. All rakes feature sturdy 2” wide hardened steel teeth for lasting durability in harsh environments. Solesbee’s standard teeth are 20” long, and optional 14” to 24” lengths are also available. In addition, customers can choose from a variety of teeth quantities and spacing options.
The San Group Inc has announced an agreement to purchase land on the Port Alberni Catalyst Paper mill site, on Vancouver Island, to construct a new sawmill.
Under terms of the deal, San Group will purchase 10 hectares of the original Catalyst Port Alberni paper mill site.
It’s anticipated that construction of a new sawmill will create 50 new jobs in phase one, followed by an additional 85 jobs, once phases two and three are operational. The deal also provides an additional supply of wood chips to supplement production for Catalyst’s operations in B.C., which will ensure greater viability and security for the company and its more than 1,500 person workforce.
The agreement represents a total investment of between $60 million and $70 million by the family-owned San Group Inc, for the construction of the new sawmill, that will ensure that smaller diameter logs will be processed in B.C. It’s anticipated construction will begin next spring.
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas now has a guarding package for its HL960HD wheel loader.
Developed to protect the machine from jobsite hazards found in various wheel loader applications, the guarding package for the HL960HD wheel loader helps ensure the operational integrity of key systems and components.
Hinged steel front and rear cabin guards protect glass from damage, while enabling quick access to the windows for cleaning and maintenance. A radiator grille guard protects against hazards such as debris, falling objects and collisions with stationary or moving objects, but also provides quick access to the cooling system and engine compartment. Guards for exterior lights, the bucket cylinder, axle seals, attachment hoses, engine belly and front chassis undercarriage complete the package.
The Hyundai HL960HD wheel loader is a heavy-duty version of the standard HL960 wheel loader.
Wood-Mizer’s exclusive Vortex dust removal blade profile is now available in DoubleHard high-alloy steel resulting in a more durable blade that delivers up to twice the toughness and sharp life compared to carbon steel blades.
Introduced in 2016, Vortex dust removal technology was previously an exclusive feature of SilverTip carbon steel material used primarily in high production resawing operations.
Patent-pending and trademarked for its revolutionary design, the Vortex blade profile creates an extremely unique turbulence that removes sawdust from the cut. By reducing the amount of sawdust left on the board, the Vortex blade minimizes the need for additional sawdust removal after processing.
On the Cover:
It can take loggers time to get used to a new location when they move their equipment—new terrain, different timber, and perhaps different weather conditions. But Swiss logger Beni Brunner had to get used to a whole new country and continent when he set up logging operations in the B.C. Interior with his Valentini remote control tower yarder. Read all about Brunner’s B.C. experiences beginning on page 10 of this issue. (Cover photo by Paul MacDonald)
The robots are coming—to home building
A forest industry advisor recently warned wood producers that the robots are coming to American home building.
Logging in B.C., Swiss style
Swiss logger Beni Brunner has set up a remote control tower yarder operation in the B.C. Interior, and the equipment is working well in some very challenging conditions.
B.C.’s Kyahwood Forest Products has a green waste-not approach to business: it uses trim ends for its feedstock, the plant’s residuals are used for manufacturing wood pellets, and some of the sawdust generated at Kyahwood is used to heat the mill.
Forest planning tools can generate big $ savings
Alberta’s Millar Western Forest Products says there is the potential to save millions of dollars in its woodland operations with new forest planning tools.
Hobby sawmill takes off
What started as a hobby sawmill operation for retired teachers June and Larry Scouten has grown into a successful business—and they can now point to hundreds of fences, decks and docks in Ontario that Scouten White Cedar has been part of creating.
New and Noted at Portland’s Timber Processing & Energy Expo
We take a look at what was New and Noted at the recent Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) in Portland, Oregon.
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
The forest industry faces some tough sledding with multiple challenges ahead, says Jim Stirling.