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Glacier introduces computers for forestry
Glacier Computer has introduced its Magnum series of computers, which are said to be ideal for forestry applications, including use in field vehicles such as ATVs, logging trucks, and the foreman’s pickup truck. The Magnum line is designed to perform 24/7 in the harshest conditions despite temperature extremes, dirt, humidity, shock and vibration.
The computers are available with a 12” sunlight readable colour display, an array of processor options, from a 600 MHz Celeron up to a 1.4 GHz Pentium M, and up to 1 GB DRAM. The units accept a wide variety of area cards and support GPS for location and AVL applications. Providing 6V to 60V isolated internal power supply, the Magnum eliminates the need for external power converters or filters when mounted in forestry trucks and vehicles. The computers are HALT tested, have passed thermal and reliability testing and have an MTBF of nearly 40,000 hours. www.glaciercomputer.com
Lucidyne GradeScan for Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie mill
Weyerhaeuser recently purchased its fourth Lucidyne GradeScan system for grading dimension lumber. It will be commissioned this December in a new high-speed SPF planer mill in Grande Prairie, Alberta where it will be operating at speeds of ,600 ft/min after a year and handle surges to 4,000 ft/min. GradeScan features fully-integrated colour, tracheid, geometric, density, and other sensors designed specifically by Lucidyne to analyze wood fibre.
Lucidyne’s GradeScan installs directly behind a planer and requires less than five feet of space. Boards are tracked from the planer to the lug chain by Lucidyne’s patented True-Q lumber queuing systemno inks, sprays, or other marking equipment are required. www.lucidyne.com
Shell Canada launches next generation hydraulic oil
Shell Canada is launching its next generation of Shell Tellus hydraulic oil, which is designed to offer exceptional performance and help customers extend maintenance intervals, protect equipment, provide flexibility in maintenance scheduling and increase productivity. Shell Tellus oil can help overcome problems such as corrosion, contamination, sludge build-up, filter blocking and increased wear, says the company, which can result in major equipment failure, increased maintenance requirements and expensive downtime. Features such as exceptional wear protection, filterability, and oxidative and thermal stability, are now taking hydraulic oil performance to a new level. www.shell.ca/tellus
FERIC joins PREFoRT to participate in logging research activities FERIC, a division of FPInnovations, has announced its association with PREFoRT, a research program on logging and transportation contractors. FERIC will participate in research activities aimed at measuring contractor performance and developing training methods in an effort to contribute to revitalizing Quebec’s forest sector.
Several of PREFoRT’s specific objectives are already in line with those of FERIC and this new partnership will make it possible to better co-ordinate research efforts. In the end, several diagnostic tools, software programs and technical documents will be produced. www.mtl.feric.ca
Research provides new guidance for harvesting
The results from research projects led by Quebec researcher Dr Sylvie Gauthier and a large team of scientists from across Canada are providing important new guidance for the ways in which tree harvesting can be used to effectively mimic natural forest disturbances. Researchers at the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Network are filling gaps in knowledge about how fire, insects, and other natural disturbances affect Canadian forests. They are finding that by changing logging practices, forestry companies can create conditions similar to natural disturbances as a way to preserve forest biodiversity. A new book on the subject is being prelaunched with recommended changes to logging practices. www.sfmnetwork.ca/html/ events_workshops_f.html
Prentice introduces new bunching saw
Prentice has introduced the SH-50, a new bunching saw that incorporates innovative bunching technology to increase productivity. The SH-50 features the Strait Grip bunching finger that tucks trees into the saw pocket, keeping the tops together and creating tight bunches. This allows the operator to bunch and control more trees before piling.
The beefy saw has a /4” thick carrying plate and an 8” diameter and 5/8” thick gathering arm tube. A boxed-in top limiter gives the saw added strength and rigidity and aids in controlling the trees. For even longer structural life, PRETEX abrasion-resistant steel is an available option. The saw also features top- and bottom-sealed bearing chambers (a patented feature found on all Prentice saws) which maximizes shaft and bearing life by ensuring top bearing lubrication. www.prenticeforestry.com Reader Service Card #160
Wajax appointed distributor for Tigercat equipment
Logging equipment manufacturer Tigercat has appointed Wajax Industries as its exclusive, authorized full-line distributor for the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, effective December 1, 2007. Founded in 1858, Wajax is a publicly traded company with extensive forestry equipment industry experience. Wajax is said to be highly focused on providing exceptional product support and after-sale service. The company’s mobile equipment division employs over 1,000 employees in 0 strategic locations throughout Canada. It commands extensive knowledge and expertise in all types of logging operations. www.tigercat.com