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Logging and Sawmilling Journal November 2013

February 2014

On the Cover:
The B.C.-based Ledcor Group, which is well known as one of North America’s leading construction companies, is now in the sawmilling business, with a new multi-million dollar mill in Chilliwack, B.C., east of Vancouver. The Chilliwack mill processes low-end logs primarily from the B.C. Interior, manufacturing multi-dimensional cants, and lumber (Photo of new Ledcor mill by Paul MacDonald).

Alberta’s beetle battle working
Alberta’s quick response approach—along with forest companies putting a priority on harvesting areas infected with the mountain pine beetle—is working, and maintaining a high level of control of the beetle in the province.

Log hauling pioneer
B.C.’s Shelley Stewart is kind of a pioneer in the forest industry; having started a successful log hauling operation that now has eight trucks, she’s helping break the gender barrier in the industry.

COFI Convention in April
The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) convention is Western Canada’s premiere forest products convention, and will be held on the shores of Lake Okanagan this year, in Kelowna, April 2-3. The convention promises to offer something for everyone, from top notch speakers to industry displays.

Ledcor moving into lumber manufacturing
Ledcor Resources and Transportation has moved into producing solid wood products with a new $18 million sawmill in Chilliwack, B.C. that takes low-end logs and manufactures multi-dimensional cants, and lumber.

Timber revenue being plowed back into the community
A community forest in Terrace, B.C. is helping to support local sawmillers and add value to the productive forest, at the same time generating funds that are plowed back into the community.

Steep slope specialist
Logging contractor Blair Schiller is a veteran of steep slope logging, working in the Monashee Mountain Range around Revelstoke, B.C. using a variety of equipment including a used Washington 88 grapple yarder which—after a bit of work in Schiller’s shop—is earning its keep.

Volvo equipment dealing with Tembec’s tough temperatures
Tembec’s Cochrane sawmill operation had a wide choice when it came to choosing a new wheel loader, and in opting for a Volvo L120G machine they have a piece of equipment that is delivering reliability in the polar vortex-type temperatures of northern Ontario.

All in the family
Having taken over the family logging firm from their father, Dave and Kevin Roberts have now ramped up their harvesting activities—and their equipment line-up—to meet the needs of Canfor’s newly modernized mill in Elko, B.C.

The Edge
Included in The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry, are stories from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Last Word
The future is bright for the B.C. Interior forest industry—but clouds, such as the drop in the timber harvest due to the mountain pine beetle, need to be weathered first, says Jim Stirling

Tech Update: Primary Mill Breadown Equipment



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By Tony Kryzanowski

Peterson horizontal grinderPeterson introduces new horizontal grinder

The all-new 5710D horizontal grinder is the latest design of high production grinders by Peterson. Powered by a Tier IVi Caterpillar C27 engine making 1050 hp, the 5710D has the power to handle the toughest jobs, the company says.

At 88,500 pounds, the 5710D was designed for operations that require frequent moves between jobs without a special permit. An optional transportation dolly allows the Peterson 5710D to be easily moved, and then set up for operation within minutes.

With a feed opening of 60 x 40 inches combined with Peterson’s high lift feed roll, the 5710D can readily reduce a wide range of material including stumps.

The 5710D utilizes Peterson’s Impact Release System that can be set in the detent mode to provide consistent product sizing or switched to the floating anvil mode for a primary reduction where accurate sizing is less critical. The floating anvil mode provides a high production primary reduction with more protection from contaminated feedstocks and reduced fuel consumption.

The 5710D’s new generation of controls includes Peterson’s high production Adaptive Control System and a fully adjustable feed system that can be optimized for a wide range of materials.

The 5710D features a large grate area that enables the machine to produce materials to exact specifications. Its quick-change multiple grate system makes it easy to customize grate configurations to produce a wide variety of finished materials. Grates are removed through an enlarged access door on the side wall of the 5710D.

Another major innovation included on the 5710D is Peterson’s Impact Cushion System. Urethane cushions allow movement of the compression roll/anvil housing pivot shaft, cushioning impacts due to contaminants in the feed material. Shear pins above the cushion and a sensing circuit that stop the engine help protect the shaft from catastrophic damage in the event of a severe impact.

Brunette Vertical Log SingulatorBrunette Machinery introduces Vertical Log Singulator

Brunette Machinery Company Inc. has recently launched a new piece of mill equipment, its Vertical Log Singulator.

In a product category that has remained unchanged for years, the Brunette Vertical Log Singulator is said to introduce a variety of upgrades that address log singulator efficiency—both from an operational and maintenance perspective.

The most notable upgrade is that the entire three-step operation runs on a single, low-impact electric drive, utilizing a continuously rotating crank arm assembly. The mechanical assembly of the lifting arms is fully-balanced, working together to minimize the overall horsepower required to separate and lift the logs. This compares favourably with traditional log singulators, which require a dedicated drive for each step, forcing more stress on the machine as their lifting arms compete against one another. The result is less moving parts for minimal wear and lean maintenance, says the company.

The Brunette Vertical Log Singulator is constructed as a single modular piece, with all wiring pre-installed and terminated at a common junction box. No on-site assembly is required. The modular frame also benefits from a smaller footprint, saving valuable building space in the mill. And like all Brunette machinery, the Brunette Vertical Log Singulator is manufactured to be extreme-duty for long life with very little maintenance, says the company.

Motion Industries acquires Commercial Solutions, Inc.

Motion Canada, a division of Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts, completed the acquisition of Commercial Solutions, Inc. (CSI) in January.

CSI, headquartered in Edmonton, is one of Canada's leading independent national distributors of industrial supplies, including bearings and power transmission products, complete solutions for drilling rigs and industrial and safety supplies. Its customers represent a broad cross-section of industries—including the wood and lumber, and pulp and paper industries—and are served from 22 locations across Canada and one in the U.S. CSI’s company history dates back to 1911.

“We are pleased to have completed the acquisition of CSI,” stated Bill Stevens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motion Industries. “We welcome the new team and look forward to the many future contributions they will make to our business growth across Canada.”

With annual sales of $4.5 billion, Motion Industries is a leading industrial parts distributor of bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical and industrial automation, hydraulic and industrial hose, hydraulic and pneumatic components, industrial products, safety products, and material handling. Motion Industries has over 560 operations including 15 distribution centers throughout North America and serves more than 150,000 customers.

Samuel Strapping brings better bander performance to Boise Cascade

Samuel Strapping Systems recently partnered with Boise Cascade’s Engineered Wood Products (EWP) division to install a bander in their White City, Oregon facility.

Boise Cascade EWP’s Oregon facility is one of the largest laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and I-joist manufacturing plants in the world. Unfortunately, their existing single bander configuration could not process product as quickly as it was being delivered. This resulted in a bottleneck that slowed down operations.

Samuel Strapping Systems had previously outfitted one of the White City plant’s sister mills in New Brunswick. Armed with this previous experience, Boise Cascade approached Samuel Strapping Systems and asked them to provide a solution.

In response, Samuel Strapping Systems offered a top-sealing strapping machine set up with a VK30 polyester strap head and a CD12SJ powered dispenser, which was installed on the same production line as another brand of strapping machine.

“After we put the Samuel Strapping bander in with the second bander, we reduced our cycle time by approximately 33 per cent,” says Dennis Ekstrand, manager of EWP maintenance and construction. “Additionally, the Samuel Strapping cycle rate exceeds the cycle rate of the other brand.”

Tigercat 470 MulcherTigercat adds new 470 mulcher carrier

Tigercat has added a new model to its expanding line of mulcher carriers.

The new 470 mulcher is equipped with the Tigercat FPT C87 Tier 4i 328 hp engine. It is said to be narrow and agile with extremely low ground pressure, rated at 20.9 kPa (3 psi). The 470 is best suited to tough terrain and sensitive site right-of-way, pipeline maintenance and oil and gas exploration projects.