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Log scanning technology provider Microtec purchases Lucidyne Technologies

Microtec has acquired Lucidyne Technologies, bringing two teams in the wood products scanning industry together.

Microtec has been on the forefront of bringing revolutionary scanning and optimization technologies to the wood market for over 40 years, and is capable of supplying all scanners in a mill, from log stem to finished lumber.

A familiar name to North American sawmills, Lucidyne has been an industry leader in scanning and optimization throughout North America since 1985, most recently leading the way with their patented Deep Learning technology. This acquisition expands both companies’ product lines and geographical reach.

Lucidyne’s products will now be enhanced by the availability of the entire Microtec product line and together there will be a mill-wide integrated scanning opportunity. In addition to continuing to offer all current products, Microtec and Lucidyne will be introducing co-developed products that bring the best of the companies’ technologies together.

Microtec’s headquarters will remain in Bressanone, Italy, and Lucidyne’s operations will remain in Corvallis, Oregon.

Tigercat harvesting headTigercat expands harvesting head products with new 568 roadside processor

Tigercat continues to expand its range of harvesting heads with the new 568, a robust, productive four-wheel drive harvesting head for roadside processing.

The new Tigercat 568 harvesting head offers excellent productivity and reliability, says the company.

Optimized harvester head hydraulics maximize performance and efficiency, while robust, high quality components provide long term reliability. Large diameter hoses and large capacity valves deliver ample strength to match the greater hydraulic flow and power of Tigercat carriers.

Scanning equipment provider JoeScan launches new website

Sawmill scanning equipment provider JoeScan has just released a complete overhaul to its website. The new site offers a more streamlined experience for visitors and plenty of new content.

“This upgrade is much more than an aesthetic facelift,” says JoeScan president, Joey Nelson. “We needed a robust platform to support and interact with our sawmill partners.”

One of the highlights of the new site is the Sawmill Scanning Blog. Visitors will find regularly updated how-to articles, educational videos, scanning news, and more at the blog. The posts invite visitors to ask questions and provide feedback via a comments section.

There’s a lot to see and do at the new website, JoeScan says, including an interactive world map of sawmills with JoeScan scanners, and an application for a sawmill technology scholarship for college students.

JoeScan says that visiting the site is a great way to spend some time learning about sawmill scanning in general, and to get a closer look at its new JS-50 WX scan head.

Nokian Tractor King family expands with new tire size

Featuring radical new thinking in tractor tire technology, the Nokian Tractor King tire is designed for the heaviest machinery and the most difficult forestry terrain. Now the Nokian Tractor King tire family expands its potential even further with a new tire size.

In 2018, Nokian Tyres launched a whole new type of tractor tire. Combining the strength of an earthmoving tire with a new kind of lug pattern, the versatile Nokian Tractor King tire pushed the boundaries of tractor work in demanding forestry applications. In 2019, eight new tire sizes were launched, and from April 2020 onwards, a brand new size enters the market: the 650/65R42.

Atlas PolarAtlas Polar now carries HIAB/LOGLIFT cranes with virtual reality option

Atlas Polar, described as Canada’s number one truck-mounted equipment company, now carries the entire range of HIAB/LOGLIFT heavy duty cranes and accessories.

Users of the HIAB truck-mounted crane now can deploy HiVision LOGLIFT, the first timber crane to be controlled by virtual reality. Operators can safely and comfortably direct the crane from the passenger seat using the VR headset to gain a 270-degree field of vision. VR eliminates the need for an additional crane cabin, weighing up to 400 kgs. The lighter weight dramatically increases payload, potential profit and substantially increases driver safety, according to the company.

Komatsu’s new 901XC eight-wheel drive harvesterKomatsu’s new 901XC eight-wheel drive harvester described as thinning powerhouse

Komatsu says that its new 901XC eight-wheel drive harvester excels in challenging steep, rough or soft harvesting environments.

The 901XC has all of the features found in Komatsu’s proven 901 six-wheel drive harvester platform, including the innovative, 3PS three-pump hydraulic system, ergonomic cab, four-way cab/crane leveling, and 180-degree cab/crane rotation.

Komatsu’s 901XC differs from other eight-wheel drive harvesters because of its unique drive system. The company says that its exclusive “double Comfort Bogie” drive system provides excellent handling, and follows the terrain more closely than competitors’ eight-wheel drive machines that have a fixed rear-axle design. The eight-wheel drive system generates 12 per cent more tractive effort and significantly reduces rear ground pressure: 53 per cent lower psi with tracks and 19 per cent lower psi with tires, compared to the 901 six-wheel drive model.

Alliance Tire Americas opens first Canadian warehouse

Alliance Tire Americas, Inc. (ATA) opened its first Canadian warehouse, in Mississauga, Ontario, in mid-June.

The warehouse will serve dealers in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces, says Dhaval Nanavati, President of ATA. The warehouse is located at 6611 Northwest Drive in Mississauga.

"It's very exciting to be able to support our dealers in eastern Canada with a new warehouse that puts them just a phone call away from a huge selection of Alliance tires for agriculture, forestry, construction, material handling, and more," Nanavati said. "Pulling from our warehouse inventory can be a very cost-effective tool for helping their customers address just about any challenge."

The warehouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the warehouse or to order Alliance tires from the facility, dealers can contact ATA reps Daniel Menard at (819) 469-3574 or [email protected], or Barrie Taylor at (306) 381-5150 or [email protected]

Alliance Tire Americas, Inc. is the American sales and marketing arm of the Alliance Tire Group, a global leader in agricultural, logging, construction, material handling and other off-the-road (OTR) tires. The company’s Alliance, Galaxy, and Primex brands have earned global reputations for excellence and performance.

CBI horizontal grinder and chipperCBI introduces new horizontal grinder and chipper

Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) recently premiered its Magnum Force 6400CT horizontal grinder and chipper. It is an extreme duty machine engineered for resilience and high production when grinding whole trees, pallets, storm debris, logs, mulch, slash, and stumps.

The new cassette style clam shell design allows end users to completely swap out rotors faster than any other grinder in its class, says CBI. Operators can go from grinding to chipping in half the time as before and accept jobs with various material demands.

Four interchangeable rotors give this horizontal grinder the versatility needed to stay on top of changing markets, says the company.

Also, CBI recently named Frontline Machinery its 2019 Dealer of the Year. Frontline Machinery has opened a new branch in Woodstock, Ontario.

“As a manufacturer, Frontline Machinery is exactly who you want representing your products in a territory,” said George Wilcox, Director of Sales and Marketing at CBI & Ecotec – Americas. “Their world class customer support for sales, service and parts continues to set them apart as one of North America’s leading industrial heavy equipment dealerships.”

Wajax acquires Alberta-based NorthPoint Technical Services 

Wajax Corporation has acquired Alberta-based, NorthPoint Technical Services ULC, located in Calgary.

NorthPoint was formed in 2018 as a national electro-mechanical services provider and serves a broad range of resource and industrial customers. Specializing in the repair of rotating industrial equipment, including motors, generators, gearboxes, switchgear, transformers, pumps, fans and turbines, NorthPoint operates nine branches across Canada and employs approximately 177 people. Northpoint’s branches are located in Grand Prairie and Calgary, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Kirkland Lake, Sudbury and Sarnia, Ontario; Moncton, New Brunswick; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Wallingford’s now distributing Veriga in North America

Wallingford’s Inc. has announced a new partnership with Veriga, one of the largest global manufacturers of tire chains and forestry tracks.

Wallingford’s is the largest wholesale distributor of logging supplies in North America, serving nearly 3,000 OEM, distributors, and dealers, says the company. “We are very excited with this new relationship with Veriga and look forward to bringing this great brand across the Atlantic,” said John Wallingford, President of Wallingford’s Inc.

Wallingford’s Inc. will be marketing Veriga’s broad range of products across North America, adding new products with European design and quality to its line-up. Veriga uses high quality raw materials in their manufacturing, and have an advanced manufacturing facility, including cutting edge heat treatment, resulting in functional and durable products.

The new products that will be introduced to North America include: a full line of bogie and wheel tracks for forestry equipment; forestry chains for skidders and CTL machinery; snow/traction tire chains for trucks, tractors and heavy machinery; and tire protection chains for heavy machinery.

“We are looking forward to our co-operation with Wallingford's Inc.,” said Mitja Peterlin, CEO of Veriga. “We have been trying for quite some time to find the right partner to introduce our products to the North American market. We have enormous trust in Wallingford's, which has tradition and is a true specialist in the required field. Together we will make sure that we will give customers the best possible service.”

Logging and Sawmilling Journal

On the Cover:
One of the largest sawmill construction projects in North America last year came together without a great deal of fanfare—but a lot of hard work—in southeastern Alabama. Since then, Rex Lumber, Troy LLC has been steadily working its way up to production capacity thanks to a committed workforce, experienced management, and family ownership that stretches back almost 100 years in the forest industry. Key to building the project was Rex Lumber’s Canadian-based equipment and construction partner, The BID Group. (Cover photo courtesy of Utility Power South).

Taking forest management to a whole new level—literally—with drones
Drones have evolved into a cost effective tool for the forest industry, as B.C.’s Burns Lake Community Forest has discovered over the last several years.

Southern sawmilling, with a bit of Canadian flavour …
One of the largest sawmill construction projects in North America came together last year in Alabama for Rex Lumber thanks, in part, to Canadian-based construction and equipment partner, The Bid Group.

Using salvage wood to produce log homes—and more
A B.C. company, T.L. Timber, has found a solid market niche in manufacturing log homes and timber—all of it produced from dry wood that has been salvaged from mountain pine beetle stands or forest fires.

Saw Filers Show - In Print
Saw filing-related equipment manufacturers have not stopped developing new products, and we are happy to feature these new products and technologies.

The Edge
Included in this edition of The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, is a feature story from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC).

Tech Update
In this issue, Logging and Sawmilling Journal looks at everything that’s new in millyard equipment, from cranes to loaders to forklifts—it’s all here.

The Last Word
The COVID-19 virus has undoubtedly changed the ways the forest industry goes about its daily business and how it plans for future contingencies, notes Jim Stirling. That said, the forest industry is buckling down and—as it always has—is getting the job at hand done.


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