Green building meets green manufacturing at USNR

USNR describes its new press for manufacturing cross laminated timber (CLT) panels as robust and extremely cost effective. Key design elements make it a great choice for anyone entering the global CLT market, says the company

Its patented, modular design allows for infinite expansion along its length. It can grow with an operation, enabling companies to meet the needs of the market. Offered in both hydraulic and pneumatic options, USNR’s CLT press is a flexible solution. USNR also offers a complete line of material handling systems with a controlled migration from manual lay-up to a fully automated system.

TigercatTigercat releases new E-Series 845 feller buncher

The new Tigercat 845E and L845E track feller bunchers have been upgraded with several new features to promote increased productivity and improved operator comfort, including a new cab, a larger main hydraulic pump, and a longer reach ER boom system. 

The cab has been redesigned to optimize ergonomics and reduce in-cab noise levels. Redesigned hinge geometry allows the front door to be closed with less effort. The new IQAN MD4 electronic control system interface includes an easy-to-use large color touch screen for machine monitoring and function adjustment. The new skyVIEW and rearVIEW camera systems eliminate the need for a skylight while improving operator visibility.

The 845E boom offers a longer 28’ reach and a tighter tuck for better performance in thinning applications. Tigercat says its unique energy saving ER boom technology, along with the fuel-efficient N67 engine, contributes to outstanding productivity and fuel efficiency.

The 845E model can be equipped with a range of Tigercat felling heads including a bunching saw or shear for smaller diameter timber or the single post 5702 felling saw for larger trees and mixed diameter stands. The larger hydraulic pump on the E-series 845 provides additional power and quicker functioning of the clamp and accumulator arms to maximize productivity in smaller diameter timber. In addition, the 845E can be equipped with the 5185 fixed felling saw for felling, bucking and shovel logging high value and oversize timber.

Stellex Capital Management to sell Morbark to Alamo Group

Stellex Capital Management has entered into an agreement to sell Morbark, a manufacturer of high performance equipment and aftermarket parts for forestry and biomass markets, to Alamo Group.

Founded in 1957 and based in Winn, Michigan with subsidiary operations in Wooster, Ohio and Roxton Falls, Québec, Morbark has been innovating and manufacturing durable, high-performance equipment for more than six decades.

Morbark’s family of companies manufacture highly engineered, mobile equipment and aftermarket parts used for clearing, grinding/chipping and converting trees, wood and related organic waste in maintenance and recycling applications.

Since Stellex’s acquisition in 2016, Morbark has increased its headcount by over 200 employees, revenue has nearly doubled and EBITDA has increased over 200 per cent. Additionally, Morbark successfully completed two add-on acquisitions to expand its product offering and geographic presence. In October 2017, Morbark acquired Rayco Manufacturing, a Wooster, Ohio-based manufacturer of stump cutters, crawler trucks, forestry mulchers, multi-tool carriers, brush chipper and aerial trimmers. In December 2018, Morbark acquired Denis Cimaf, a Roxton Falls, Québec-based manufacturer of industrial brushcutters and mulchers.

USNRCarbotech launches its new log feeder: the STREAM

Carbotech now offers its newest piece of equipment, the STREAM, described as a strong and efficient log feeder.

With the STREAM, Carbotech says it is widening its service offering in the wood industry by contributing to the log entry process.

The official launch was held recently at the Carbotech facility surrounded by clients and business partners who had the opportunity to see the STREAM in action. For the occasion, a line of logs was assembled on a lot adjacent to the Plessisville, Quebec facility.

“It’s important that people see this kind of equipment in action in addition to the technical analysis of its components,” says Luc Houde, Carbotech’s general manager. “It is a key piece of equipment for efficient sawmilling. Our team knew how to respond to the industry’s expectations.”

In addition to its continual high-speed rhythm and strength, the STREAM benefits from a brand new gap control designed by the Carbotech engineering team. The first STREAM will be installed at the Spruce Products sawmill in Manitoba.

Investment to grow market for B.C. wood products

The federal government is making a multi-year investment totaling over $24 million in six wood product associations based in British Columbia to help strengthen international demand for Canadian wood products.

This investment includes: $16,786,200 for Canada Wood Group in Vancouver, which brings together Canadian wood product associations, to help diversify and expand Canadian forest product exports to traditional and emerging offshore markets; $3,394,709 for Forestry Innovation Investment to advance training, education and wood use overseas, specifically in Asian markets such as India, Vietnam and China; $1,925,378 for the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) to help create business leads to increase the use of wood frame construction in China, Japan and South Korea, and to reinforce the Canada Wood brand as a “go-to” source for wood construction and manufacturing technology; $944,028 for BC Wood Specialties Group to support small and medium-sized companies in their efforts to become export-ready and facilitate business-to-business opportunities for their membership through trade shows and missions; $926,360 for the Wood Pellet Association of Canada to advance the interests of domestic wood pellet producers, to help members grow through promoting the uses of wood pellets in Canadian and global markets, and to support market and technical research and encourage fair and open energy trade; and $33,000 for the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association to maintain and grow the demand for western red cedar by helping increase its online presence in a number of key international markets.

TimberMatic Maps/TimberManager technologyTimberMatic Maps/TimberManager technology

John Deere has expanded software solutions, TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager, to full-tree equipment, including feller bunchers and skidders.

TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager provide loggers with the ability to plan work that needs to get done in a day. The map provides the precise location, estimated volume or mass, and up to two species of timber. As timber is moved, operators can update the map for improved team visibility.

Loggers can also add items of interest to the digital maps such as points, areas, and lines. These features are shared in real time with all crew members for a better understanding and opportunity to optimize jobsite awareness and production as a system of machines.

One of the biggest feature improvements over the former TimberNavi system is the accommodation of all map formats, ranging from a simple map drawn in by hand to an elaborate shape file or PDF file. The design of TimberMatic Maps also allows for standard satellite imagery or topography to be loaded directly through the JDLink cellular connection. In addition to a simplified map creation tool, TimberMatic Maps now provides tools for estimated production awareness.

With TimberManager, the online, cloud-based solution optimized for mobile devices, owners can create or alter map features and share updates to all machines in real time without the need to visit each machine and operator. Managers can also view jobsite summary data and production efficiencies through TimberManager.

The technology system is now available in skidders, wheeled and tracked feller bunchers, wheeled and tracked harvesters, forwarders, and swing machines.

Wood-Mizer introduces LX250 wide slab sawmillWood-Mizer introduces LX250 wide slab sawmill

Wood-Mizer now offers the LX250 wide slab sawmill designed for sawyers and woodworkers that need to saw massive slabs and boards up to 54½” wide. The LX250 is the second largest capacity sawmill offered by the company, with the popular WM1000 sawmill capable of sawing 67” diameter logs.

The LX250 is a robust sawmill with powered saw head controls for ease of operation, adjustable presets for quick and accurate blade height control, and a massive 54½” width of cut ideal for sawing wide, live edge slabs.

A key innovation of the Wood-Mizer LX sawmill series includes the rigid LX Frame sawhead tower that holds the control panel, engine, and the sawmill head.

Designed to accommodate a larger width and depth of cut, the LX Frame travels on twin parallel hardened steel rails on the bed and allows the operator to have better visibility while sawing.

John Deere expands Oleson Saw Technology opens new manufacturing centre

Oleson Saw Technology (OST), a Division of York Saw & Knife (YSK), has expanded with the addition of a new West Coast bandsaw manufacturing facility located in Post Falls, Idaho.

The new facility will produce the same quality product as the company’s East Coast York, Pennsylvania location.

The company will continue to use high pressure water jet cutting and full flood CNC grinding on its bandsaws. All their bandsaws are exclusively manufactured using only the industry standard Uddeholm 000 steel. OST will be investing in new Iseli Swiss Precision machinery, which offers unmatched quality and accuracy of the company’s wide bandsaws currently used in all its bandsaw manufacturing lines.

The Idaho facility will be fully operational by the end of 2019.

TRC Hydraulics to drive stronger support for Bosch Rexroth hydraulic products

Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp says its distributor in Atlantic Canada, TRC Hydraulics Inc, will assume a greater strategic role to support Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulic products, services and customers as well as grow Bosch Rexroth’s business from their four locations in Atlantic Canada. These are TRC Hydraulics Inc and TRC Manufacturing in Dieppe, New Brunswick, TRC Hydraulics Inc in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and TRC Hydraulics Inc in Paradise, Newfoundland.

This decision is in alignment with Bosch Rexroth’s global strategy for Certified Partner Excellence to develop local partnerships, that provide its customers with improved local service support while at the same time offering an extensive product and solutions portfolio that is synonymous with Bosch Rexroth.

As a result, many Bosch Rexroth hydraulic accounts will be transferred to TRC Hydraulics, which has been its Atlantic Canada distributor since April 2017. TRC Hydraulics Inc is described as Atlantic Canada’s largest and most technologically advanced hydraulics distributor, manufacturer and value added service provider.

Fecon announces new CEO and retirement of founder John Heekin

Fecon has announced the appointment of new CEO Bob Dieckman, who will replace retiring CEO and founder John Heekin.

Dieckman comes from a Hillenbrand subsidiary, Rotex Global LLC, where he served in a variety of executive positions for 12 years, most recently as president. During his time with Rotex, sales grew over 300 per cent through both organic growth and acquisition. Prior to joining Rotex, he was the CFO of Basco Manufacturing Company for 10 years.

As CEO, he will lead the continued growth of the Lebanon, Ohio manufacturer of heavy duty forestry mulching equipment, including their Bull Hog mulcher.

Heekin will remain active within the company he founded as a member of the Board of Directors.

Fecon partnered with LFM Capital in late 2018 to continue their growth and product development.

Jochen Reiter appointed Tigercat factory support representative for Western Canada

Based in Quesnel, British Columbia, Jochen Reiter, Tigercat’s new factory support representative for Western Canada, moved to Canada in 2007 from Germany, where he grew up logging with his grandfather and uncle. Jochen is a certified faller supervisor and a Red Seal technician. He has 21 years experience in many aspects of the industry including operating and supervising conventional ground-based and yarding operations.

“Along with Kushiah McCullough, Damien Donoher and Mark Tourand, I am very excited to add Jochen to the western product support team,” says Rob Selby, Tigercat district manager, also based in British Columbia. “We continue to have many new opportunities and applications for Tigercat machines in the west, and having a top-notch support team is critical.”

Logging and Sawmilling Journal
October 2019

On the Cover:
James and Susan Willis manage J.A. Willis Contracting with ambition, strict business acumen, with a focus on efficient and productive equipment and highly motivated operators—it’s a powerful formula. Part of their core equipment is a Tigercat 845 harvester James first started using in B.C.—and continues to use in the logging operation they now run in New Brunswick, which now has a staggering 70,000 hours on it. The Willis logging operation also includes some recently acquired equipment such as the new Peterbilt truck with BWS quad trailer pictured on the cover. Read all about the Willis operation beginning on page 18 of this issue (Cover photo by George Fullerton).

B.C. hard hit by mill closures, curtailments
British Columbia—particular the Interior of the province—has been hit hard by sawmill closures and curtailments, and it is having a definite, and big, ripple effect on the logging sector, says the new general manager of the Interior Logging Association, Todd Chamberlain.

First Nations keeping the wood flow happening
First Nations and Métis communities are playing a key role in keeping the wood flow happening at Tolko Industries’ OSB plant in High Prairie Alberta, with a First Nations corporation managing all the log yard activities at the operation.

Opting for off-species
New Brunswick’s Tony Boyd took a somewhat circuitous route to sawmilling, via the trades and logging, but he’s now established a solid business producing custom wood products from a variety of off-species in the region.

A logging package that delivers
James Willis has logged in the West and East, working with the same dependable, productive Tigercat 845 buncher, though these days he has a new Log Max 6000V head, and opted for the Rotobec continuous rotator, a package that delivers the goods.

Taking care of business
B.C.’s Homalco First Nation is looking to build up its forestry operations, to make optimum use of their logging equipment—and to continue to grow its business and provide jobs and training for the band’s members.

The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from Alberta Innovates, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) and FPInnovations.

The Last Word
Canada’s softwood lumber negotiating strategy is hurting, not helping, forestry workers, says Tony Kryzanowski.


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