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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2014

february 2015

On the Cover:
Thanks to a low Canadian dollar, and a modest rebound in U.S. housing starts, Canadian lumber prices are at reasonably healthy levels, resulting in sawmills keeping busy. The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) will be looking at how to keep those mills busy at its upcoming convention in Prince George, B.C. in April. See the special pre-convention coverage beginning on page 44 of this issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal (Photo of the new Lakeland sawmill in Prince George by Doug Hlina of Mill Tech Industries)

Renewable fuel oil can help fuel a sawmill’s bottom line
Ontario “liquid wood” producer Ensyn Corp. is ramping up production of its renewable fuel oil and has put the welcome mat out to the forest industry, noting that its biofuel facilities—when attached to an existing sawmill—can help to improve the economics of a mill.

High yield mill investment
A $30 million rebuild at EACOM’s sawmill in Timmins, Ontario, was a major undertaking for the company, but it’s expected to yield a production increase of as much as 20 per cent.

Have wood—will move it
Logging contractor Hec Clouthier & Sons harvests a wide assortment of logs in the areas they work in, in eastern Ontario. Typically they sell wood to 13 mills—but after a significant blowdown, they were able to sell wood into a staggering total of 38 mills.

Early woodlands adapters
Both Quebec logging contractor Mario Gauthier and forestry co-op Forestra have adapted well to new regulations that amended the fibre allocation system in the province, thanks to Gauthier’s solid equipment and Forestra’s focus on developing fibre markets.

Timber/beam specialists
B.C.’s Hyde Sawmill has found a successful market niche producing high quality timber and beam products using three Wood-Mizer band saws, and a Mahoe circular saw from New Zealand.

Timber price tracking
B.C. company WoodX offers a market intelligence data service to prospective timber buyers to help them make prudent and competitive bids in the BC Timber Sale program.

High performing mill iron
Every efficient sawmill needs a fleet of high performing millyard wheel loaders and the Fornebu Lumber operation in New Brunswick is finding its Hyundai equipment —which includes the big daddy of the fleet, a Hyundai 770 with 300 horsepower—fits the bill very nicely.

The Edge
Included in The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions.

Plenty of issues front and centre at COFI convention in April
Our special pre-convention coverage

The Last Word
The outlook for Canadian lumber producers over the next several years is positive—meanwhile, the outlook for Canadian pellet producers is positively rosy, says Jim Stirling.


Tech Update: Log, Lumber, and Grade Optimization Systems








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By Tony Kryzanowski

Samuel StrappingSamuel Strapping brings better bander performance to Boise Cascade EWP

Samuel Strapping Systems recently partnered with Boise Cascade’s Engineered Wood Products (EWP) division to install a bander in their White City, Oregon facility.

Boise Cascade EWP’s Oregon facility is one of the largest laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and I-joist manufacturing plants in the world, and must meet the needs of over 60 dealers across North America. Their existing single bander configuration could not process product as quickly as it was being delivered, and this had resulted in a bottleneck that slowed down operations.

As it turns out, Samuel Strapping Systems had previously outfitted one of the White City plant’s sister mills in New Brunswick. Armed with this previous experience, Boise Cascade approached Samuel Strapping Systems and asked them to provide a solution.

In response, Samuel Strapping Systems offered a top sealing strapping machine set up with a VK30 polyester strap head and a CD12SJ powered dispenser, which was installed on the same production line as another brand of strapping machine.

When asked about the performance of the Samuel Strapping bander, Dennis Ekstrand, manager of EWP maintenance and construction, said: “After we put the Samuel Strapping bander in with the second bander, we reduced our cycle time by approximately 33 per cent. Additionally, the Samuel Strapping cycle rate exceeds the cycle rate of the other brand.”

John Deere M-SeriesJohn Deere introduces M-series tracked feller bunchers and harvesters

Three years in the making and backed by over a half-century of experience in the woods, the John Deere M-series tracked feller bunchers and tracked harvesters are officially now making their debut.

The latest additions to the John Deere family of tracked forestry machines include the 800M and 800MH-series reduced tail swing, along with the 900M and 900MH-series that improve upon John Deere’s large-size machines.

The 800M and 800MH-series machines share many common components— including the engine, undercarriage, booms and cab—with their 900M and 900MH-series counterparts, simplifying maintenance and repairs when needed.

The Rapid Cycle System (RCS) on the machines combines automated felling head arm cycling with simple boom control, dramatically reducing operator fatigue while increasing efficiency and productivity, says the company. RCS can be tailored to individual skill levels and specific harvesting conditions, from large single tree harvesting to high speed, multi-stem cutting. An added benefit for operators is its selectable operation, which allows them to engage and disengage RCS with a single touch of a button. Multiple RCS settings can also be saved according to individual operator preferences based on skill levels. RCS is standard on all 800M and 800MH-series machines and as an option on the 900M and 900MH-series.

The new operator station on all M-series machines is roomier and more comfortable, with ergonomically designed controls. Fully adjustable armrests provide fingertip control of all machine functions, and an air conditioned seat provides exceptional day-long comfort in the climate controlled cab. Floor-to-ceiling front and side windows plus an overhead skylight provide 44 per cent more visibility, providing an outstanding view of the cutting area.

SMSSMS Equipment now carries Fecon line

SMS Equipment Inc. has augmented its equipment offerings with the addition of heavy duty, high production products from mulching industry leader, Fecon.

Established in 1992, Fecon manufactures a broad line of durable, purpose-built machines that fit a wide range of applications across four primary markets: vegetation management, environmental, oil and gas and construction.

Fecon is well-known for innovative and proven attachment technology, including its signature Bull Hog line that features several configurations for skid steers, PTO tractors and excavators. Traditional drum and innovative depth control rotor systems are available to match individual users’ clearing, right-of-way, pasture, wildlife restoration and other application needs.

Attachments can be mounted on practically any brand of equipment, including Fecon’s own tracked and rubber-tired mulching tractors.

“We are very proud to incorporate Fecon’s line of equipment into our dealer solutions and we have already begun our partnership with all the staff at Fecon. Their products are an ideal complement to our current product offerings and we are eager to introduce this line of equipment into the Canadian marketplace,” says Bruce Knight, President and CEO, SMS Equipment.

Springer supplies screw unscrambler to RoseburgSpringer supplies screw unscrambler to Roseburg

The Roseburg Forest Products upgrade at the company’s mill in Dillard, Oregon, focused on the optimization of the log handling process, implementing a state-of-the-art screw unscrambler with a short buffer conveyor and stop-end feeder made by Springer.

The system will be integrated into the current log handling equipment line-up and is custom-designed for the length of Roseburg’s logs. The existing step feeder will be removed, and the new screw unscrambler will align and singulate the logs faster and more efficiently for the following conveyor unit.

“The screw technology turned out to be our favored solution—a chainless system makes sense in terms of keeping maintenance costs low,” says Barry Hutchins, manager of solid wood engineering at Roseburg. “Revisions are easy and spare part requirements minimized. It is also equipped with a fully automatic lubrication system. We expect significant improvements in productivity as well as lower conversion costs as a result of the investment.” The new system will be delivered in May with installation starting June 2015.

DiaconDiacon Technologies plays important role in mold prevention

Diacon Technologies Inc. is a supplier of mold prevention products, including Mycostat, Diaplex, and Smart Flow.

The company says that its Mycostat product is the leading name in mold inhibition for both softwood and hardwood and composites, both green and kiln dried.

Diaplex is unique, turnkey spray equipment offered in both lineal and transverse spray systems. High quality, robust, and easy to maintain, Diacon Technologies says that Diaplex is the leading spray technology.

Smart Flow is unique in that it is the only computer measurement system in the industry today, says the company. Smart Flow measures, records, and controls all facets of the company’s Diaplex spray system.