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ELMIA WOOD 2001 REVIEW
figures from the Elmia Wood 2001 International Forestry Trade Fair-pegged
at close to 55,000 attendees-confirm the demo-fair as the world's foremost
event of its kind. The size of the stand area was nearly double what it
was for the 1997 show, presenting an organizational challenge that was met
handily by show organizers, making the event even better than last time.
Held in Elmia, Sweden from June 6 to 9, 2001, the forestry trade fair was
termed an international breakthrough for the Nordic cut-to-length (CTL)
harvesting method-a method organizers predict will dominate world forestry
practices in the next decade or more. As expected, many forest equipment
manufacturers chose Elmia Wood as the venue to unveil new machines and
||Keto displayed its new
2,112-lb, 150 Victor head, with a felling diameter of 22" and
a delimbing diameter of 18". The head features a track
measuring system that gives increased strength and improved access
to hydraulic hoses. Keto products are available in North America
through Hakmet Ltd.
||Savcor Forest, a
manufacturer of customized forest data management systems, offered
a suite of timber measurement solutions incorporating computer
calipers and including inventory, log measurement and harvester
head measurement control. Inventory software provides information
for felling decisions, forest valuation and harvest planning. The
log measurement software can measure up to 1,000 logs per hour, in
ports, at sawmills or at roadside.
|Timberjack also showed
off an integrated suite of software solutions , TimberOffice,
specifically designed to enable contractors and forest companies
to manage the information produced by the harvester for
cost-effective performance. With a mobile or fixed Internet c o n
n e c t i o n , TimberOffice also facilitates data transfer to and
from mobile e-mail enabled harvesters for real-time production
management. The TimberNavi program is a geographic information
system (GIS) that uses global positioning (GPS) so machine
operators can see their position displayed in real time.
||The Tree King felling
head features damage-free processing, exact length measuring and a
delimbing force of 9,800 kg at 250 bar and a feed speed of 9'/sec
at 320 l/m with a 100 mm feed cylinder. Made of high quality
steel, the delimbing knives have low pressure for less friction
when handling crooked trees and a straight line measuring system
over a sprocket wheel, integrated with the feed chain.
|A line of log
forwarders for CTL harvesting operations was introduced by
Caterpillar and its development partner, Tiger Engineering
of Western Australia. The new machines, to be marketed as
Timberking branded products, will be sold and supported by
selected Caterpillar dealers worldwide. Included in the line is
the Timberking LF 14 log forwarder displayed at Elmia. Expected to
be available within a year, the LF 14 has a 14- metric-ton payload
and features a 174-hp Cat 3056TAsix-cylinder diesel engine. As
well, Cat had a prototype forwarder in action at the show,
utilizing its 574 forwarder configuration but with the new mobile
track system used on Cat's Challenger tractors instead of the
standard 574 rear bogies. The mobile tracks system reduces ground
pressure by as much as 77 percent depending on site conditions and
type of wood.
efficient firewood processor from Bilke utilizes a rotary shear
instead of a saw to split as well as quickly cut firewood to
length from small whole trees at a rate of one cubic metre per
||The MiniPell mini
pellet mill for value-added manufacturers produces high volume 8
mm pellets from wood waste. The company is looking for North
The SP series of
single grip harvesting heads from Denharco includes the SP 451 LF
and offers low friction for maximum speed and capacity. The
optional LogHold system allows a lower knife pressure without risk
of dropping the trunk, while QuickCut minimizes cutting damage by
reducing cutting time. The cutting capacities range from 16"
to 28". Denharco Inc distributes the SP line in Canada.
Ponsse introduced Opticontrol, a digital
forest machine control system
for harvesters and forwarders that integrates the diesel engine, measuring
device and crane control systems. All functions can be controlled on a
single display. The OptiComm data transfer system for forwarders includes
OptiGIS mapping and GPS equipment, as well as the Opticontrol system.
The COM 90 log load securing system from
ExTe offers automatic load
lashing with remote-control-activated throwovers that latch over the logs
in the trailer bunk, thus reducing the load on the stakes by about 50 per
cent. The system is monitored and posttensioned automatically for faster
handling and more loads per shift.
The new 4.1-hp, 60-cc 2159 Turbo chain
saw from Jonsered offers an
exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 0.54kW/kg and has a side-mounted
chain tensioner, a unique automatic fuel compensation system, a magnesium
alloy crank case and a SoftStart decompression valve.
The HUET Performa cutting and handling
unit is designed to optimize the
economic and logistic management of log yards. Attached to 15- to 30-ton
hydraulic excavators, the HUET processor grapple can double or triple
productivity. Strong tongs fitted with hydraulic motors firmly grip and
move logs for loading, unloading and sorting. Fitted with a high-speed
chain saw, it allows easy, optimized cutting of logs up to 32" in
The Valmet EcoPlanter offers
scarification and planting at the end of
a single grip harvester. With two individually operated rotors powered by
the hydraulic motor, two planting positions are made simultaneously and
plants contained in the planting pipe are blown into the prepared holes.
Plants are transported on the host equipment and manually loaded into the
EcoPlanter's revolving magazine.
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