February 2008

L&M Lumber in Vanderhoof, BC, recently replaced two stationary log deck loaders and the replacement units—two new Caterpillar 569 loaders—are truly earning their keep. The electrically driven Cat machines are responsible for setting and maintaining a high piece count to keep the equipment inside the mill running at optimum speeds, and handle about 30,000 logs per eight-hour shift.

The people participating in BC’s Small Scale Salvage Program only want fair access to salvage timber, but some fear they’re being eliminated by degrees— through reduced volumes—in favour of larger scale operations.

Going electric with the loaders
Two Cat 569 stationary loaders— equipped with electric drive engines— are delivering big savings in operating costs for British Columbia’s L&M Lumber.

Upgrade delivers more solid wood, fewer chips
An edger optimizer upgrade at Alberta’s Spray Lake Sawmills has reduced its edger rejects by 45 per cent, and the sawmill is now generating more solid wood and fewer chips.

Achieving operational efficiencies at the mill
Facing tough industry conditions, Ontario’s Goulard Lumber continues to work hard to achieve operational efficiencies and get the most out of every piece of timber.

Keeping it lean on the logging side
Nova Scotia’s B P Fraser Forestry is weathering the industry’s economic challenges, making changes to its own operations to remain an efficient—and lean—logging operation.

Winter loggers summer sawmillers,
Lahaie Lumber—a seasonal sawmill operation—takes a different approach, in that many of its mill workers morph into loggers during the winter months, and in fact will later be milling some of the same wood they have harvested.

New dimension to Forest and Resources Expo
The upcoming Forest and Resources Expo will deliver the tried and true plus a new dimension: expanding and diversifying the show to include the mining and oil and gas industries.


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