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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2014

November 2015

On the Cover:
G R (Mac) Lind Logging of Princeton, British Columbia, has a long history with Caterpillar equipment, and their equipment line-up includes two Cat 320D processors, equipped with Waratah 622 heads, which continue to be proven performers (Cover photo by Paul MacDonald).

Spotlight — Ecosystem management project seeking long term funding
The Ecosystem Management Emulating Natural Disturbance (EMEND) project in Alberta is looking for additional funding to keep its work on evaluating logging practices in the boreal forest—and their impact on forest health—going for the long term.

Revving up Resolute’s Thunder Bay mill
Resolute Forest Products has ramped up production at its Thunder Bay sawmill as part of a larger capital plan for its facilities in northwestern Ontario, a move that will allow the sawmill to capture more higher grade lumber products.

Iron investments
New Brunswick logger Ken Thomas has recently made some significant equipment investments, including a new John Deere 703 harvester with a Waratah H480C head, which has been working well in commercial thinnings—and still does a great job in final harvest.

Figuring out Ontario’s logging playbook
Ontario logger Gord Griffiths is looking to retire, but he’s concerned about who in the next generation is willing to take over the reins, given a constantly changing logging playbook from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources.

Gradual growth for B.C. sawmiller
Sawmilling operation Vancouver Urban Timberworks started out modestly, but it has gradually grown, and the company recently installed a new mill, a Wood-Mizer WM1000—the first WM1000 to operate in Canada—at their production facility in Squamish, north of Vancouver.

Sawmill Sid shoots—and scores,
with hockey sticks
Producing everything from guitars to hockey sticks, Ontario mill operation Sawmill Sid is working hard to see that the trees in Toronto that have been hit by the Emerald Ash Borer have added value, and don’t just end up in tub grinders.

The Edge
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, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and NRCanada.

The Last Word
Jim Stirling on how B.C. forest companies are heading to North America’s lowest cost lumber producing region—the U.S. South.


Tech Update: Printing and Labeling

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By Tony Kryzanowski

trelleborgTrelleborg manufactures its first tire in North America

Trelleborg has manufactured its very first tire in North America at its new production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The 430,000 square feet production facility is Trelleborg’s first plant in North America dedicated to the manufacture of premium radial tires. The facility utilizes state-of-the-art equipment designed to the latest Trelleborg technology standards.

“Having a manufacturing presence in North America is central to our growth strategy,” said Andrea Masella, country manager, agricultural and forestry tires, Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas. The production of the company’s first North American-made tire represents a significant milestone for Trelleborg, and for its customers, he added.

The new production facility enables the company to increase production capacity and ensure close proximity of Trelleborg premium tires both for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tire dealers. North American customers can now know that Trelleborg’s industry leading tires are manufactured in the U.S.

With a modern facility in a prime location and the opportunity to capitalize on existing partnership agreements with major OEMs and distributors—facilitating the transfer of technology from one part of the world to another—the company is confident it is well positioned to face the future, said Masella.

The Spartanburg plant is one of the most automated manufacturing facilities in the industry, said Marco D’Angelo, Industrial Director, Trelleborg Wheel Systems. “This enables us to guarantee the highest standard of production to customers across the North American market,” he added.

The Spartanburg production facility represents an investment of $50 million and plans are to create up to 150 jobs by 2018.

southstarSouthstar introduces new smaller sized head: the QS450 harvester/processor

The fast and versatile Southstar QS450 harvester/processor head is said to be perfect for a steady diet of smaller diameter wood in the 14” to 20” range. Designed for a carrier in the 16 to 24 ton size class, the head is a good choice for harvesting, processing, thinning and in-woods debarking operations, says Southstar.

With four extra-wide feed rollers for increased surface contact, this multi-tree high production processor is packed full of design features that set it apart from the competition, according to the company. Some of these new features include the patent pending Side Stepping drive which allows the operator to align butts and trim defects out of one stem, but not the other. Other features of the QS450 include dual find end sensors to eliminate waste when multi-tree processing.

To extend the working life of these new heads, Southstar has incorporated a number of design features such as hose through routing, DGlide bushings and taper lock collars and fabricated delimbing arms with replaceable wear resistant cutting edges.

autologAutolog develops new modular scanner frame

Autolog has developed a modular scanner frame for its line of transverse trimmer, edger, and gang/bull edger optimizers.

This new frame offers an opportunity for a substantial reduction in total project costs. With its convenient modular design, the frame can be set up on site by section, even at mills with difficult access, providing the customer with an easy and cost efficient way to replace their obsolete frame with a new state-of-the-art frame.

With Autolog’s new modular scanner frame, it is no longer necessary to open the roof to remove an existing frame to replace it with the new one, no longer necessary to rent a costly crane and be influenced by the weather conditions, and no longer necessary to disassemble and re-assemble the chain races already in place as each section of the modular frame can be built directly around them.

Autolog offers increased savings in transportation costs by delivering the frame in sections on a pallet, and the company can pre-design and build the frame according to the substructures’ existing footprint, without any extra costs.

European kiln company establishes Canadian subsidiary

Valutec is taking the plunge into the North American market, and the investment has begun with the formation of a subsidiary, Valutec Wood Dryers Inc., which will be headquartered in Vancouver.

“We see great opportunities to expand into the world market, especially since the interest in our new generation of continuous kilns continues to rise,” says Robert Larsson, Valutec CEO.

The investment means Valutec steps into a market that has a long tradition of wood processing. This is an advantage, according to Larsson.

Valutec, with its long history of lumber drying, is a market leader in Europe. Over the years, the company has delivered more than 3,000 batch kilns and 1,000 continuous kilns, primarily to the Nordic countries, but it has also delivered many kilns to major sawmill markets like Germany and Russia.

Canadian wood product buyers informed on sustainable forest practices

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and PwC Canada have released an updated Buyers’ Guide to Canada’s Sustainable Forest Products so that customers can be well-informed and confident that their purchasing decisions are environmentally and socially responsible.

The guide provides practical advice to help ensure buying decisions go beyond the traditional concerns of price, quality, and availability to also consider environmental and social impacts such as climate change, legality and certification. It will help inform the growing number of companies who wish to adopt green procurement policies as part of their efforts to achieve their own sustainability goals.

“There is no country better than Canada when it comes to meeting the growing global demand for sustainable forest products and we welcome scrutiny of our exceptional environmental performance,” says David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC. “This fact-based guide will help discerning buyers feel confident of their choice in forest products sourced from Canada.”

BID Group develops partnership with Cumul8

The BID Group of Companies has created a partnership with the Cumul8 division of Eight Solutions to develop a data visualization and analytic solution for the BID Group. This solution will use Cumul8 technology and be exclusively distributed by the BID Group throughout the North American forestry industry.

“One of our core values is customer service and support,” says Alistair Cook, CEO of BID Group. “This partnership with Cumul8 will help us build a new set of standards for our customers that will move them to another level in terms of understanding raw data so they can make better-informed decisions faster, and save time and money.”

The Cumul8–BID Group solution will provide a live, mobile, visual understanding of all of the data being generated at the operating level in individual mills and between mills. It allows users to gain a better understanding of their machine data and interpret that data in a meaningful way.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for BID and Eight to work together to solve a data analytics challenge in the forestry industry,” says Rory Armes, CEO of Eight Solutions. “Our goal is to equip BID Group with the right visual data analytic tools to assist their clients in understanding their individual company data, from the equipment on the ground floor right up to the executive offices.”

komatsuKomatsu announces next-generation harvester lineup

Komatsu says that it is the first forestry OEM in North America to offer a complete line of Tier 4 final powered wheeled harvesters.

These new Komatsu 901, 911, 931 and 951 harvesters represent a totally new generation of harvesters, with breakthrough improvements in operator comfort, convenience, performance and productivity, says the company.

The operator comfort and convenience transformation begins with a totally new cab design and operating environment. The modern design features first class ergonomics, high end automotive fit and finish, and a MaxiXplorer control and information system with seven new software options and a more powerful computer.

These next-gen harvesters also include game changing technology to improve performance and productivity. The lineup features powerful, yet more fuel-efficient, Tier 4 final low emission engines, and new higher lift capacity H-series parallel cranes with 360 degree cab/crane rotation and four-way cab/crane leveling. An innovative 3PS three-pump hydraulic system design produces significantly higher hydraulic working flows, and a new hydrostatic transmission (HST) generates higher torque. The result is a totally new design, generating higher productivity and lower fuel consumption for processed timber volume, compared to prior models.

XR rotatorsXR Rotators suited for extreme applications

The new Hultdins XR range consists of compact, powerful rotators designed for extreme applications. They feature superb bearing capacity and very high torque, says the company. XR rotators can handle very high dynamic and static loads in both directions, as well as high side forces.

Thanks to its compact “power-dense design” with the rotator, bearings, and swivel in a single assembly, the XR is well-protected from external damage, making it a perfect choice for the toughest environments, says the company. The XR rotators also provide large through channels for grapple cylinders or high oil flow applications.

bronNew BRON mulchers built to take the heat

BRON has introduced a new series of mulcher models, the 490 and 590, to replace the previous generation of 475 and 500 models. Both new machines are powered by a fuel-efficient Cummins QSX15 Tier-3i, 15-litre engine.

The 490 is rated at a 480 hp peak at 1800 rpm. The 590 is rated at a 589 hp peak at 1800 rpm. The increased speed rating over the previous models provides additional range for the engine to operate, and results in improved efficiency by using less fuel per horsepower.

Hydraulic power comes from closed-loop pumps for both track drives and mulching head, providing performance and control for high productivity.

The purpose-built frames that are unique between the two models incorporate new oscillating track frames with D4 as standard on the 490, with an optional D5. The 590 comes standard with D5 tracks. These tracks are powered by heavy duty planetary drives that are matched to the size of the selected undercarriage.

Two specially designed extreme service heat exchangers are built for improved cooling in even the hottest climates.

bekaBeka-Lube offers precise auto-lubricator

Beka-Lube Products Inc., a Canadian marketer of aftermarket automated lubrication systems, now offers a single-point lubricator, BEKAONE.

The new BEKAONE single-point lubricator reliably and precisely supplies grease to any existing lube point. It makes sense for hard-to-access and hard-to-service lube points in almost any application including motors, drives, bearings, conveyors, compressors, and chains.

“It’s easy to forget to check the lubrication every day,” says Dave McDougall, Product Manager, Beka-Lube Products. “BEKAONE takes care of servicing hard-to-reach lubrication points on a regular basis, so you can forget.”

BEKAONE will operate independently and automatically for up to two years. It’s easy to install and refill. Set-up for lube cycle and dose is right on the pump itself and the pump displays how many cycles are remaining. BEKAONE’s compact size means it can fit into tight spaces. It also has 10 bar pressure. Each unit can be refilled up to six times manually with just a grease gun.

Manufactured in Germany, the BEKAONE is said to be tough enough for the Canadian climate.

Uniboard to invest over $7M at Quebec MDF plant

The $7 million investment by Uniboard in its Mont-Laurier, Quebec MDF plant will increase the productivity of the plant through the use of a revolutionary new wood fibre mat-preheating technology. This process innovation is a first for North America and will allow Uniboard to better service its customer base in Canada and the U.S.

This cutting edge process technology will continue to position the Mont-Laurier MDF/HDF plant as a North American leader, says the company. It will further strengthen Uniboard’s overall network of particleboard, MDF and thermally fused laminate facilities located in Sayabec, Val-d’Or, Laval and Mont-Laurier, Quebec. The announcement related to Mont-Laurier is in line with previous announcements of major investments improving productivity at Uniboard’s mills in Sayabec and Val-d’Or, totaling some $90 million of growth investments over the next two years.

hysterHyster offers new short wheelbase lift truck

Hyster recently introduced its new H300HD2S and H330HD2S industrial lift trucks. Suitable for applications such as steel manufacturing, concrete and lumber, the new models are designed to offer 30,000 to 33,000 lbs of capacity with a shorter wheelbase.

These models are in response to customer demand for superb maneuverability combined with excellent capacity, says the company. Featuring an outstanding outside turning radius for the most compact operating conditions, where space is limited and ease of use is paramount, the new trucks allow users to make efficient use of facility space.

Standard to these models is a Cummins QSB 4.5 L Tier 4 Interim engine mated to a three-speed power-shift ZF WG 161 transmission, which enables smooth shifting, precise inching and fast acceleration. The powertrain is engineered to offer outstanding fuel economy while providing full-rated lifting capacity.

Momentum building in Australia for AUSTimber2016

They may have recently lost the title for the tallest timber apartment building in the world, but that’s not stopping the Australians from further developing their timber-processing sector—and AUSTimber2016 (being held April 11 to 16, 2016) is gearing up to capitalize on this new-found enthusiasm for wood.

At an exchange rate of $U.S.1.05 in 2012, Australian exports were suffering. But now that the exchange rate is hovering below $U.S.0.75, the Australian forest products industry is showing good growth—very welcome at a time when mineral commodity prices are falling for the important Australian mining sector.

In addition to this change in fortunes at the commodity level, there are interesting developments in advanced manufacturing using timber. In a similar move to the Wood First policies of B.C., Ontario and Quebec, Latrobe City Council (the local government area in which AUSTimber2016 will be staged) adopted their own Wood Encouragement Policy earlier this year. It has also embarked on a crusade (with some success) to have this policy adopted at the municipal level throughout Australia.

With housing supply currently unable to keep up with population growth in the major Australian cities, the country is exploring new ways to deliver housing stock. This includes moving away from the traditional urban sprawl of detached houses with backyards, to embrace mid-rise buildings in inner urban settings.

Pointing to better use of existing infrastructure, planners are suggesting a similar approach to Europe where four to six storey buildings with apartments of comfortable proportions line major transport routes. As timber offers lighter weight construction, the thought is that by using prefabrication and the foundations of existing buildings, new dwellings can be supplied with minimal disruption to locals, and offer the opportunity to breathe new life into handy, but tired, neighborhoods.

The key timber states of South Australia and Victoria are now investigating ways and means of developing a stronger advanced manufacturing sector using timber, with something of a focus on prefabrication.

Apart from the carbon benefits of using wood fibre—and playing further into the timing of AUSTimber2016—a driving force is the impending demise of the automotive manufacturing sector in Australia (local assembly is slated to cease in 2017), which is based in these states. As thousands of these advanced manufacturing jobs disappear, state governments (with federal support) are looking to encourage new enterprises to replace them.

With a strong local housing market and close proximity to booming housing markets in nearby Asian countries, Australia is looking to employ advanced technology and retrained manufacturing workers to meet this demand. This is sure to be a topic under discussion at AUSTimber2016.

Canada’s technological innovations in processing timber will no doubt find an appreciative audience in the Australian timber industry.

More information about AUSTimber2016 is available at