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TRC of Canada offers multi-season synthetic grease

Texas Refinery Corp of Canada (TRC of Canada) says that the development of the 880 Crown and Chassis Extreme synthetic greases began with a need.

Canadians needed a grease, they say, that offered all the great qualities of the company’s 880 Crown and Chassis plus functionality in the cold of winter and heat of the summer, adding that the 880 Crown and Chassis Extreme is that grease.

It offers year-round usage capabilities, maintaining the consistency of an NLGI #2 grease but will pump like a NLGI #00 grease at -40°C, while providing a high level performance.

880 Crown and Chassis Extreme is designed and tested to lubricate efficiently from -40°C up to 130°C. It is a grease made for year-round use.

Remsoft offers cloud-based management solution

Remsoft, a provider of optimized planning and scheduling tools for sustainable resource management, has launched Remsoft Operations, a cloud-based operational management solution for forestry companies.

Responding to growing client demand, and drawing on its expertise in planning, scheduling and advanced analytics, Remsoft says that Remsoft Operations is the first of its kind for the company in the operational planning space. Built on the Remsoft RISE Platform, companies can now turn their long term strategic goals into tactically executable actions.

Remsoft Operations allows clients to use their own data and Remsoft’s analytics to make evidence-supported real-time decisions on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual level using any of its three modules: Annual Planning, Crew Scheduling and Delivery Scheduling.

Remsoft Operations provides a unified, easily accessible view of a company’s operational planning process while integrating with Remsoft’s optimization technology, Esri’s Web GIS platform, and business intelligence capability. The application makes for instant collaboration amongst teams, as well as easy reporting and information sharing across the entire organization, it says.

Thode Knife & SawThode Knife & Saw to represent Iseli Agency in Canada

The Iseli Agency in Canada will now be represented by Thode Knife & Saw.

Thode have been providing filing room solutions with Iseli Machinery throughout New Zealand and Australia for many years, while building up a wealth of knowledge on the benefits that Iseli Machinery has in the modern filing room.

Thode is a New Zealand-owned company which has been in operation since 1946, supplying saws and knives to a wide variety of industries. It says that it has built up a formidable knowledge base over this time and has consultants that are qualified sawfilers with years of experience, adding that its consultants can help with filing room upgrades and saw requirements to increase efficiency and quality.

Thode says that a serious investment program in new machinery now sees the company having the latest “state of the art” Iseli CNC manufacturing capability. This allows Thode to offer a high level of accuracy and consistency when manufacturing bandsaws.

Phillip Higgins, the Canadian manager based in B.C., has extensive knowledge of Iseli equipment and filing operations.

WorkSafeBC launches Process Safety initiative

Preventing low-frequency, high-consequence events such as catastrophic fires, explosions, chemical releases, and structural collapses is the focus of WorkSafeBC’s new Process Safety initiative.

Process safety is a form of risk assessment that aims to identify any significant hazards and threats at a worksite and implement critical controls to mitigate any harm. The goal is to prevent the release of any highly hazardous substances, such as flammable and explosive chemicals, toxic gases, and combustible dust, that could lead to catastrophic consequences for workers and the public.

The initiative is focused on employers in several industries, including wood products manufacturing, which encompasses the pulp and paper, biomass, wood pellet, medium density fibreboard and oriented strand board manufacturing industries.

When process safety fails, the result can affect large numbers of workers, and potentially the public, often with devastating consequences such as serious injury or loss of life. A historic example of a catastrophic process safety-related incident is the ammonia-nitrate explosion that occurred at the West Fertilizer Company facility in West Texas in 2013. The tragic incident resulted in the death of 15 people and injured more than 200 others.

Canfor to acquire majority interest in VIDA Group of Sweden

Canfor has entered into an agreement to purchase 70 per cent of the VIDA Group of Sweden for approximately $580 million.

The current owners of VIDA will retain a 30 percent interest and continue to manage the day-to-day business.

“With the acquisition of VIDA, we are excited to become a truly international manufacturer and provider of wood product solutions for our global customers,” said Don Kayne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canfor. “This transformational growth will allow Canfor to further diversify and secure a world-wide fibre supply to meet the growing demand of our customers for high quality wood products.”

VIDA is Sweden’s largest privately-owned sawmill company, operating nine sawmills in southern Sweden with an annual production capacity of 1.1 billion board feet. All of the sawmills produce spruce and pine products, and are strategically located in high quality and sustainable fibre regions in Sweden. In addition, VIDA has nine value-added facilities that include premium packaging, modular housing, industrial products and energy.

RayonierUpgrades for two Rayonier sawmills

Rayonier Advanced Materials is updating the primary breakdown line at its La Sarre, Quebec plant. The company is installing a new small log line that will feature a USNR Knuckle Turner and Extended Length Infeed with slew, skew and tilt capabilities, PGLR log rotation monitoring and correction system, canter, sideboard profiler, quad arbor sawbox and vertical shape sawing (VSS) gang system.

The stud mill processes eastern SPF logs with a diameter of from 3” to 17”, with the line’s maximum operating speed at 600 fpm. The La Sarre mill will also install a sawmill multi-track fence as it retools to improve its process.

Close on the heels of the investment in the La Sarre operation, Rayonier ordered a new vertical shape sawing gang system for its mill at Bearn, Quebec, as well as a planer mill multi-track fence for that location. The Bearn mill produces random length lumber.

In 2017, Rayonier Advanced Materials, based in Jacksonville, Florida, acquired all of Tembec’s holdings in Canada, the U.S. and France. The La Sarre and Bearn mills are among those holdings.

Link-Belt 2D grade control technology improves productivityLink-Belt 2D grade control technology improves productivity

LBX Company now has two factory-installed grade control technology options for North American 210 X4 hydraulic excavators.

The Link-Belt 2D Machine Guidance (MG) system provides an operator with visual and audible indication when they are above, below or at their desired target grade. The Link-Belt 2D Machine Control (MC) system provides the operator with not only visual and audible indication when they are above, below or at their target grade, but can also control the boom and bucket while the operator controls the speed of the stick to maintain a consistently smooth flat or sloping surface.

The company says that 2D MG and 2D MC allows operators to increase their productivity by up to 50 per cent by providing them with the information they need and the functionality they have never had before.

Greg PrayColumbia Forest Products names new CEO

Columbia Forest Products has appointed Greg Pray as President and Chief Executive Officer. Pray will succeed Brad Thompson as CEO.

Pray has been with Columbia since 2006, starting as an Executive Vice-President with Columbia’s Flooring Division, and then moving to the Plywood Division as its Executive Vice-President of U.S. Operations.

Pray served in various roles for International Paper Company and Nevamar Company while obtaining his MBA in finance and organizational behavior from The University of Texas at Dallas. 

Brad Thompson, Pray’s predecessor as CEO, will remain with Columbia Forest Products as an advisor to the President/CEO through the first quarter of 2019.

John DeereJohn Deere Forestry Certified Used Program gets additions

John Deere has announced new equipment and warranty additions to its forestry certified used program.

The program, which ensures the value and reliability of used forestry equipment, will now include L-Series skidders and wheeled feller bunchers. Additionally, the warranty choices for all certified used skidders and wheeled feller bunchers now include an option to extend up to 12 months, in addition to the existing six month offering.

“Our certified used program is designed to give customers a sense of security when purchasing used equipment,” says Kent Stickler, Manager, Product Training and Information, John Deere. “Through this program, whether a machine has 5,000 hours or 8,000 hours, we are able to stand behind the quality of our equipment and provide our customers with the support they need to keep machines up and running.”

The most notable change to the program is the inclusion of the L-Series skidders and wheeled feller bunchers, providing customers with more certified used models. The new 12-month warranty option guarantees that customers are covered if any issues do occur with used skidders or wheeled feller bunchers. Forwarders, wheeled harvesters, and tracked feller bunchers and harvesters are still eligible for a six month warranty.

Each used machine must pass a strict 100-plus point inspection to be certified.

Northern Metalic Group acquires Wiser Wire RopeNorthern Metalic Group acquires Wiser Wire Rope

The Northern Metalic Group has announced that after 50 years as an industry leader in industrial distribution, the company is expanding its reach in B.C. with the recent acquisition of Wiser Wire Rope in Prince George.

The transaction will allow the companies to merge their people, processes and product offerings in developing a winning combination. The company anticipates this combination will translate into significant wins for not only for its organization, but also for its customers and vendor communities.

Northern Metalic is particularly excited about its new premises—they have officially opened the doors at 5240 Continental Way, in Prince George.

Northern Metalic manufactures on-site to exacting specifications and standards, delivering quality products, expertise and safety. The company’s certified testing services of up to 125 tonnes is just one example of its commitment to quality and safety.

In addition to its impressive selection of products, Northern Metalic offers customers a wide range of customized solutions to keep their businesses moving. This includes delivery, consigned and financed equipment, custom hose assembly and specialized rigging and cable manufacturing

Northern Metalic Group acquires Wiser Wire RopeNorthern Metalic can help equip shops or project sites with brand name power tools that keep going when the going is toughest. It carries all the top names, including Makita, Milwaukee, Dewalt and many more. The company can hook customers up with compressors and generators, too. It is also the headquarters for lubricants for the automotive, machining and oil industries. Northern Metalic is proud to carry the Chevron line of lubricants for industrial, commercial and off-highway lubrication needs.

Northern Metalic carries thousands of products that serve a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, farming, transportation, construction and agriculture. And it has them when customers need them—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Logging and Sawmilling Journal
December/January 2019

On the Cover:
Winch-assist systems are becoming an essential tool for some Canadian loggers as they pursue options to help with harvesting harder to access—but valuable—timber on both steep slopes and in adverse ground conditions. B.C.’s Essential Evergreen Contracting have mounted a quick-attach T10 Timbermax traction winch to a Hitachi ZAXIS 290 Forester to do steep slope skidding (cover photo by Anthony Robinson).

Beetle attack growing in B.C.
The numbers are revealing: the spruce bark beetle outbreak in the B.C. Interior has been growing at an alarming rate—and it’s gaining momentum.

Kiwi equipment cuts steep slope logging costs
The New Zealand-produced—and new to B.C.—Harvestline mobile cable yarder is proving to be a good solution to accessing extreme steep slope timber in the province’s tough geography.

Harvestline cable yarder turning heads with its productivity and mobility

Getting an edge on steep slope skidding
B.C. logger Creole Dufor is gaining an edge on skidding on steep slopes with help from the Timbermax quick-attach winch-assist unit.

Forest pays dividends—to the town
The B.C. town of Powell River has seen big-time benefits from its community forest, with a hot log market meaning significant investments in community projects—and work being created for local contractors.

Grinding it out is a team effort
The Canadian Woodlands Forum’s Outstanding Logging Contractor of the Year—New Brunswick’s Jack McMillan—started out in trucking, but now runs a major chipping and grinding operation, with a strong focus on employees working as a team.

Opening the door to further growth
An investment in a new cut line, featuring high performance scanning technology, is helping Quebec’s Milette Doors meet increasing demand for its products throughout North America.

Achieving contractor sustainability is just going to be plain tough
B.C. logging contractors are continuing to push for a viable business sustainability model, but there is some tough work ahead to achieve that goal.

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 and FPInnovations.

The Last Word
New logging technologies are good for both loggers—and the environment, says Tony Kryzanowski.


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