Tigercat has launched LogOn, a powerful onboard information system to optimize machine performance and reduce downtime.
Users can now easily access detailed machine data and diagnostics tools at the worksite, including mechanical parameters, fuel economy, performance metrics, service codes, service manuals and more. Users can access detailed fault codes and important troubleshooting information onsite to help ensure the correct equipment fix the first time.
They can also easily access the system through the Tigercat mobile app when they are within a few metres of the machine by opening the Tigercat Mobile App on their smartphone, selecting the LogOn icon, and connecting to the secure Wi-Fi hotspot to enter the system. From there, users have access to detailed activity charts, stem count and production volume, important failure cause and repair information, along with operator and service manuals. No electronic tools or cables are required.
The LogOn system collects data automatically and provides extensive built-in reporting and analytics. No operator training is required.
Data is displayed with an easy-to-use mobile interface. No cellular coverage is needed. An optional satellite modem allows access in the world’s most remote locations. LogOn comes standard on all 2020 Tigercat machines.
The new AFM-Forest 75 processing head is built tough with high feeding power and excellent geometry for the most demanding logging operations worldwide, says the company.
It comes with a new HD frame and pins made from SSAB RUUKKI Scandinavian quality steel and nylon bushings, and can fit on a variety of track machines.
A wide tilt angle and the geometry of the front knifes guarantees an efficient and ergonomic way to pick up logs in steep slopes. Being designed in close co-operation with AFM-Forest customers, the new design of the AFM 75 offers easy access for daily maintenance and hydraulic hose changes, maximizing production.
AFM-Forest says that optional feeding motors and rollers make the new AFM 75 a perfect tool for harvesting and debarking operations with the most difficult species. AFM-Forest’s proportional saw system and saw control guarantees fast and efficient sawing in all tree species.
“With its modern geometry and optional top saw, Supercut saw system, and 360 rotation, it can fell, feed, crosscut and measure with precision in road side processing or in stump-to-stump operations with no compromises,” says Timo Savornin, Sales Area Manager.
Komatsu is upgrading its XT-5 family of tracked feller bunchers, adding performance and operator improvements, as well as covering the machines with a special, 2-Year/5000-hour warranty program.
The XT430-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5 models were introduced in 2018. These advancements were made based on customer feedback. Komatsu XT-5 machines let customers travel and operate the swing arm and tool simultaneously for maximum usability. To further boost multi-functioning performance for its customers, Komatsu added seven per cent more horsepower (331 hp vs 310 at launch) to the Cummins QSL9 engine and increased the hydraulic flow, while maintaining excellent fuel efficiency.
Travel speed was increased by 25 per cent to further improve productivity. The XT445L-5/XT465L-5 models now reach 3.3 mph (5.3 kph) and the XT430-5 model reaches 3.2 mph (5.1 kph).
Added lighting elements improve nighttime visibility of the right track and when using the rear camera, for a total of 13 LED lights brilliantly illuminating nighttime operations.
The special warranty program covers new XT430-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5 tracked feller bunchers purchased through March 31, 2021, as well as those purchased since launch.
PONSSE Manager is a modern forest machine monitoring and data transfer system that forest machine owners can use to see their machines’ locations, productivity figures and fuel consumption, along with other important data.
PONSSE Manager 1.7 offers forwarder production reporting, a function highly requested by customers. As a new feature, PONSSE Manager displays the progress of work areas in a separate graph, showing harvester production and forwarder production relative to the total estimated volume of the work area in question.
A PONSSE Manager load certificate displays work area identification data and local transportation per storage location, both as sum totals and operator-specific values. The printable load certificate also includes the volume of each load, the assortments delivered, and the distance travelled.
PONSSE Parts Online, a system for ordering spare parts, can be accessed from the PONSSE Manager main menu, where Parts Online service is available.
PONSSE Manager is a continuously developing data management system.
On the Cover:
Freya Logging has proven to be a versatile and diversified logging contractor in the B.C. Interior, taking on a range of logging jobs, including commercial thinning, with a variety of harvesting equipment, such as a Ponsse Buffalo King forwarder. Watch for the story on Freya Logging in the next issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal (Cover photo courtesy of Freya Logging).
Keeping the pedal to the metal in beetle battle …
Alberta is working hard to keep its foot on the gas in battling the mountain pine beetle, but the beetle keeps knocking on Saskatchewan’s western door.
LSJ Exclusive—Sawmill Supplier Forum
To help readers keep on top of new equipment in these uncertain times, and help mill equipment suppliers share information with their customers, we’ve included a special feature in this issue of Logging and Sawmilling Journal— “The Sawmill Supplier Forum”.
Maxing out on communications tools—in logging
Alberta logger Seth Dickinson is gaining benefits on a number of fronts using communications tools now available on John Deere logging equipment.
B.C. firm key to building new Alabama sawmill
A new sawmill to make use of under-utilized small logs is now turning out upwards of 200 million board feet of lumber a year at the relatively new $65 million (U.S.) Two Rivers Lumber sawmill in southwestern Alabama—and B.C.’s BID Group was instrumental in building the state-of-the-art mill.
Tolko’s new pellet, energy plant in Alberta
Despite the COVID-19 situation, Tolko Industries has been busy of late, completing work on a new state-of-the-art $60 million pellet plant, and $33 million energy facility, in Alberta.
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 (CWFC), and the Faculty of Forestry at the University of B.C.
The Last Word
B.C.’s forestry communities are fed up and frustrated with the industry’s ups and downs—and loss of jobs, says Jim Stirling.