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Rotochopper introduces new Key Knife Chipper package

Rotochopper and Key Knife have announced the launch of the Key Knife Chipper knife package, which allows horizontal grinder owners to chip and grind with a single machine.

The chipper knife package is a bolt-in option that works with the same patented replaceable mount rotor for the Rotochopper B-66 and B-66 E. This chipper knife system makes it simple to diversify into chipping applications without a complex conversion kit or a second machine.

"Unlike other grinder to chipper conversion packages, the Rotochopper Key Knife System is simple, reliable and adds more flexibility to our B-66," said Steve Marks of Marks Lumber in Clancy, Montana. "Because this system is simple, there are fewer problems the operator has to deal with when downtime occurs. Also, with this system we can add more value-added products to our line of products made with our B-66. Simply said, as with other Rotochopper equipment, there is great value in the Rotochopper Key Knife package."

To switch from grinding to chipping, the operator does not need to swap the whole rotor drum or assemble a complex overlay on to the grinding rotor—the operator simply swaps the grinder tooth mounts with chipper knife mounts.

An operator can switch from grinder teeth to chipper knives quickly and easily:

  • No rod pullers or other specialized tools are required (just a torque wrench)
  • No need to swap rotors, re-align sheaves, or re-tension drive belts
  • Just two bolts per knife mount and two bolts per knife clamp

This system utilizes patented Key Knife technology to minimize knife replacement costs. Key Knife shipping inserts are indexable (reversible). By simply loosening the knife clamp bolts, the operator can flip the knife to utilize a second chipping edge.

Carbotech gets major project with Sierra Pacific

Carbotech has been named the chosen supplier of strategic equipment for Sierra Pacific Industries in modernizing their Quincy, California sawmill.

Sierra Pacific had very specific requests regarding equipment efficiency and versatility in accepting non-standard wood sizes, and perfecting designs to ensure protection of wood appearance. Following these requests, Carbotech says it was able to rise to the challenge and demonstrate how its equipment meets these expectations.

Installation of the Carbotech production line will be happening later this year and will include the ACCUGATE positioning system, among others. Next, the wood will pass through two Carbotech line shafts. The first will execute 6’ - 28’ cuts, followed by a second line shaft allowing for various precision cuts, thanks to six moveable saws. Finally, the outfeed of the Quincy sawmill will also be designed by Carbotech. It will be equipped with a powerful dual-forks high-speed stacking system capable of stacking wood from 1 x 4 to 4 x 12, up to 28’ long.

This will be the third ACCUGATE installation at Sierra Pacific this year.

Bosch Rexroth Canada moves to new B.C. facility

Bosch Rexroth Canada has moved its B.C. location from Burnaby to a brand new facility in Port Coquitlam.

The company says that a dedicated team of highly experienced fluid power and factory automation professionals, together with a new updated facility in Port Coquitlam, is a clear demonstration of Bosch Rexroth’s commitment and support for the local B.C. market.

The new facility features a state of the art 6,500 square foot shop/warehouse with improved hydraulic repair shop facilities and better warehouse capabilities.

The address of the new location is 1533 Broadway St. Unit 124, Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 6P3

Autolog gains top marks for knot detection

Autolog’s advanced visual defects detection technology, the TBS-2, uses tracheid data to detect knots, including low contrast knots, as well as unsound wood, with minimal false detection.

The first laser emits a series of dots which are spaced at ¼” and the second laser emits a solid line spaced at ½” from the dotted line.

The first laser line provides information on the direction of the fibre and the second laser line provides information on the tracheid effect in the fibre. By combining this data, they can identify these defects with a very high level of accuracy and with minimal false detection.

The main advantages provided by the TBS-2 defects detection technology are identification of difficult to detect defects, improvement to high grade ratios, reduction in trim loss and increases in profits per MFBM produced.

This sensor is the first in Autolog’s new series that can operate up to 4000 ft/min. The operating speed of the sensor allows for readings at 1/8” (0.125”) at 4000 ft/min. The system can also operate at a speed of 1/10” (0.100”) at 3000 ft/min.

Logging and Sawmilling Journal
July/August 2016

On the Cover:
Everything is in place for the largest live logging equipment show in North America this year—DEMO 2016, to be held at the UBC Research Forest near Vancouver from September 22-24—and the package is impressive. Read all about DEMO beginning on page 38 of this issue.

IS MEXICO RIPE FOR THE PICKING—for Canadian softwood lumber producers?
It was smiles all around at the recent “Three Amigos” Summit in Ottawa, hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with guests President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. But the summit has now got some in the industry wondering how they can expand lumber exports to Mexico.

Logging safety net
A decision by Alberta’s Barmac Contracting to diversify, and be involved in logging, is now paying off and proving to be a solid safety net, with the dramatic drop in activity in the oilpatch.

Ramping it up
Fraser Valley contractor D. Lind Logging has ramped up its equipment line-up considerably in recent years and the family operation is now a full-on stump-to-dump contractor, and able to take on more volume.

Getting back into logging
Having built a successful gravel business, B.C.’s Lincoln Douglas decided to re-enter logging six years ago, doing work in southwestern B.C., and is now looking to get into the value-added sector with a small sawmilling operation.

LSJ Show Guide --DEMO 2016
Full details on the largest logging equipment show this year: DEMO 2016, being held in Maple Ridge, B.C., including a list of exhibitors, schedule of events, site map.

Technology in the woods
With everything from IPads to drones and custom Apps, technology is hitting the woods, and it’s making pretty much everything more efficient—and safer, too.

SOLID SAFETY commitment
West Fraser Timber has a from the top down commitment to safety, which is reflected in the solid safety strategies employed at one of its operations in the B.C. Interior, its Pacific Inland Resources division.

Steep slope logging, European-style
Ponsse dealer ALPA Equipment recently demo’ed some European steep slope logging equipment to two of New Brunswick’s largest forestry operators, to help meet the growing interest in what’s available in steep slope logging technology.

Scaling back log scaling costs
Interfor’s Acorn sawmill in Surrey, B.C. now has the first government certified legal-for-trade log scanner in North America, and it’s reducing scaling costs while providing more accurate log measurements.

Future forests resilient to climate change?
A forestry trial in the B.C. Interior could very well provide some clues into what future forests could look like, in the wake of the mountain pine beetle—and those forests could have increased resilience to climate change.

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 FPInnovations.


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