Microtec, a global leader of scanning and optimization solutions for the sawmilling and wood processing industry, has announced the official integration and inclusion of FinScan and Woodeye within the Microtec family.
Going forward, the two companies, situated in Finland and Sweden, will work under the common corporate brand of Microtec, reflecting the merger and enhanced co-operation between the companies.
The new Microtec organization will consist of different competence centres and offices in six countries. The headquarters are in Bressanone and Venice, Italy, there is a Microtec office in Vancouver, as well as Lucidyne, a division of Microtec, which is situated in Corvallis, Oregon.
Customers will have access to an extended product portfolio based on integrated scanning and optimization solutions through all the woodworking processes from the log yard to the sawmill, planermill and remanufacturing applications.
Clear the way for a new generation of Diamond Mowers drums
Available in 60” and 72” cutting widths, Diamond Mowers’ new drum mulcher OD Pro X is the first in a new line of drum mulching attachments that the company expects to roll out.
This versatile, cost-effective utility tool can tackle virtually any mulching job and accommodate three tooth options, which allows users to interchange teeth for different applications. Compatible with most skid steers and compact track loaders, the OD Pro X is factory-set to match each carrier’s specified pressure and flow.
In addition to the new drum mulcher, customers can anticipate enhancements to Diamond’s existing depth control drum, as well as a new low-flow skid drum, boom drum and excavator drum that will be designed for use with midi excavators. With these new attachment options, Diamond will be a complete source for any mulching need, says the company.
The 822E is the most compact track feller buncher and harvester platform in the Tigercat track carrier line-up.
The powerful machine is versatile for challenging thinning and final felling applications. Tigercat says that the strong lift capacity, tight-tuck ER boom geometry, and compact tail-swing make the 822E the perfect choice for selective felling where minimal site impact is important.
The harvester configuration is available with a fixed or leveling undercarriage. High horsepower and harvester head optimized hydraulics provide responsive control, quick feed speed and powerful delimbing capability for high performance and productivity.
The 822E series carriers can be equipped with the Tigercat FPT N67 Non-certified, Tier 4f or Stage V engine, producing 282 hp. A redesigned engine enclosure provides improved roof access for clearing debris.
A larger, spring-assisted pump cover improves service access to the hydraulic pump area. Hydraulic improvements include quicker anti-stall response, consistent anti-cavitation flow and improved heat rejection.
The updated E-series cab includes a new parallel action air ride seat with integrated heating and cooling.
Weiler Forestry has appointed three key employees to senior management. Bill Radeline, Ian Enger and Noah Zehr are long-term forestry team members who have been integral to Weiler Forestry’s success.
Weiler Forestry, based in LaGrange, Georgia, designs and manufactures purpose-built forestry products including wheel skidders, wheel feller bunchers, track feller bunchers, track harvesters, knuckleboom loaders and a mulcher.
Bill Radeline has been a member of the Weiler Forestry team since the transition of the Forestry Products from Caterpillar Forest Products to Weiler Forestry in September 2019. As the Director of Engineering, Radeline plans, organizes, and directs the company’s product engineering activities to meet customer expectations for design, through new product development and improvement of existing product lines.
Noah Zehr joined the Weiler Forestry Team in September 2019 as Plant Manager with 12 years of experience in forest products. As Director of Operations, Zehr will lead the Operations, Quality and Warehousing functional areas.
Ian Enger joined the Weiler Forestry Team in September 2019 as Manufacturing Engineering Manager. As the Director of Manufacturing, Enger leads the manufacturing engineering, facilities, maintenance, indirect material, production control, information technology and purchasing functional areas.
“Bill, Ian and Noah have done an incredible job of managing the functional areas of the business,” says Pat Weiler, Weiler Forestry President and CEO. “Their business acumen has been tested and proven through the transition from Caterpillar Forestry, a global pandemic, workforce and supply chain issues. They continue to rise to the challenge and show their passion for products our customers can be proud to own and operate.”
Pewag Group, a global leader in traction chain devices and industrial chain solutions, has completed the acquisition of Wallingford’s Inc and BABAC Inc.
The companies are leading, U.S.-based providers of forestry traction devices, forestry supplies and snow chains. They became part of Pewag’s Traction and Forestry segment at the end of 2021.
Founded in 1975, Wallingford’s Inc is an international wholesaler of tire chain, logging and industrial supplies. It has Canadian distribution centres in Edmonton and Montreal.
Pewag’s business is mainly snow chains, forestry traction, hoist and conveyor chains, do-it-yourself products, engineering, lifting and lashing chains and accessories, and tire protection chains. It has manufacturing facilities in Colorado and in Europe. The high-quality forestry traction devices, developed and manufactured by Pewag in Austria and the Czech Republic, will be integrated into the portfolio of Wallingford’s.
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With the help of technical experts from Italy, Germany, Montana and the province of Saskatchewan, the First Nation Meadow Lake Tribal Council in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan has now launched a state-of-the-art $90-million bioenergy facility. The new power facility is producing enough energy to process the wood waste from their sawmill, power the bioenergy plant’s in-house facility (heat, lights and run the wood hog), provide power to 5,000 nearby city homes—and has enough energy left over to sell 6.6 megawatts to provincial utility, SaskPower Corporation (Cover photo courtesy of Meadow Lake Tribal Council).
Spotlight: Moving on to the next challenge…
Former BID Group CEO Brian Fehr is now on a mission to help struggling businesses and communities—and is also keeping his hand in the forest industry.
Grinding it out in Saskatchewan
The First Nation Meadow Lake Tribal Council in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, has launched a $90-million bioenergy facility—and helping it reach its feedstock goals is a custom built wood hog grinder from Rawlings Manufacturing.
ELTEC expands manufacturing operations, logging equipment production
Logging equipment company Eltec has recently embarked on a significant expansion of its production facilities in Quebec, positioning the company to supply not only the present needs of loggers, but their future needs, as well, with cutting edge equipment.
Most Wanted finds its services even more wanted
Most Wanted Contracting is finding demand for its forestry services increasing among land owners in the B.C. Interior concerned about wild fire prevention.
Family-owned Ayat Timbers International truly came back from adversity after the New Brunswick-based mill operation was struck by a fire—but they were quick to rebuild.
We take a look at what’s new in log trailers, that essential link in the wood transportation chain.
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 FPInnovations.
The Last Word
The days of B.C. forest land use policy favouring the interests of the forest industry are long gone, says Jim Stirling.