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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2011

September 2012

On the Cover:

The installation of more advanced sawmilling equipment is a big part of the equation in the quest by many forest companies to achieve greater efficiency, recovery and value uplift in forest products. A good example of that is the significant investment West Fraser Timber has made in its Blue Ridge Lumber sawmill—read all about the upgrade beginning on page 8 of this issue (Cover photo of Blue Ridge Lumber's logyard crane by Tony Kryzanowski).

Spotlight: A century of Service to B.C. forests

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the B.C. Forest Service, which at one point was one of the main engines driving access to the tremendous forest resources in Canada's number one forestry province.

Maintaining the sawmill edge

West Fraser's Blue Ridge Lumber sawmill in Alberta focuses on advanced equipment—including new equipment from a recent upgrade—and a skilled work force to maintain a competitive edge.

Proper maintenance keeps skidders on track

Skidders are the lifeblood of many logging operations, crucial tools for extracting logs from the forest to the landing quickly, efficiently, and safely. As with all forestry equipment, skidders need proper maintenance to ensure maximum productivity.

Making room for small contractors

In an era of large logging contractors, Ainsworth Lumber in Alberta is
making room for smaller contractors with an Owners/Ops Group that
allows a group of individual owner/operators to work cooperatively to
harvest and deliver wood to roadside.

Alberta's Top Logging Contractors,
Lumber Producers

Logging and Sawmilling Journal presents its authoritative list of the top logging contractors in Alberta, and the top lumber producers in the province.

Multi-generation sawmillers

New Brunswick's Tompkins sawmill may be small, but it has managed to weather industry downturns—turning out high value hardwood lumber and bread and butter products, such as railroad ties—for three generations.

Managing Wildfire Risks

The city of Prince George—smack in the middle of Canada's largest softwood lumber producing region— is making wildfire protection a high
priority with the management of its community forest, but it brings its own set of challenges.

Generating new revenues with Scrimtec

An engineered wood product called Scrimtec—developed in Australia and now being produced in the U.S. South—could help B.C. forest companies further utilize beetle killed wood.

A bit different demo

B.C. heavy equipment dealer Great West Equipment took a bit of a
different approach in presenting their equipment to potential customers
this past summer, setting up a demo site at one of Tolko's mill facilities.

The Edge

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

Tech Update

Logging and Sawmilling Journal has the latest product information on kiln equipment in this issue's Tech Update.

The Last Word

Tony Kryzanowski notes that the digital revolution is taking a toll on the market for wood chips, and sawmillers would be well advised to look for additional uses for their chips outside of pulp and paper mills.

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CatCat launches new model C series wheel feller buncher

Caterpillar Forest Products recently introduced the Cat 553C wheel feller buncher, the third model in the C series.

The 553C is equipped with the 174 hp Cat C6.6 ACERT engine.

The C series is more productive while burning less fuel than previous models, says Caterpillar. Power is delivered where and when it is needed as a result of PowerDirect Plus, new technology that optimizes machine efficiency and productivity.

The engine is positioned at the back of the C series machines, providing better weight distribution and balance between the front and rear axles.

The centre articulation joint is positioned between the front and rear axles to facilitate tire tracking. Combined with the improved weight distribution and balance that results from the rear engine position, the agility of the C series is said to be a distinct advantage.

The C series is the first wheel feller buncher that can be serviced standing on the ground. This includes fueling. The fuel tank is located behind the rear axle and the fill is at ground level.

Robust box section frames and a field-proven centre hitch design provide a solid foundation. A dual pad pump drive, two-speed gear box mounted on its side, steering cylinder mounts integrated into the frame and chrome-plated lift arm and tilt link pins are examples of design changes built into the C series to increase machine life.

Fast and smooth multi-functioning is due to a high performance control valve.

New Link-Belt 210 X3 series excavator now available

The Link-Belt 210 X3 series excavator is now available in North America in standard and long-front models.

The 210 X3 features an all new ROPS cab with new interior, new Interim Tier 4a engine technology with 10 per cent better fuel efficiency, seven per cent more lift capacity, three per cent faster cycle times and improved serviceability.

Additionally, the 210 X3 can be equipped with an optional auxiliary hydraulic system, which allows the operator to change both pressure and flow settings from inside the cab without having to lift a wrench.

The 210 X3 is equipped with an advanced, electronically-controlled Isuzu diesel engine to deliver performance and power to respond to peak demands of heavy digging and lifting applications.

A new variable-geometry turbocharger provides high velocity air flow at lower rpm's for clean and efficient combustion and power, even when performing precision tasks at slower speeds.

The 210 X3 features an all new fuel management system. This intelligent new fuel efficiency system controls consumption by lowering engine rpm during non-critical functions. In combination with additional engine controls such as auto-idle, the advanced fuel management system reduces fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent to lower overall owning and operating costs.

Yannick LapointeNew Tigercat district manager appointed in Quebec

Yannick Lapointe has joined the Tigercat Industries team as district manager for Quebec and Maine as well as other French-speaking regions.

Lapointe has a strong technical background in the construction and forestry equipment industries. Prior to taking on this position, Lapointe was branch manager for Strongco Equipment in Boucherville, Quebec. He has also worked in product support positions for a number of forestry equipment manufacturers including Pierce Pacific and Denharco.

Yannick will be based in the Saguenay area.

Northshore material handlerNorthshore Manufacturing introduces largest stationary electric material handler

Northshore Manufacturing has added the largest member to its line-up of stationary electric material handlers, the massive Builtrite Model 6500-SE.

Weighing in at 103,000 lbs, this versatile handler is designed for industrial, heavy duty cycle applications like high volume pulpwood applications. The company says that stationary electric material handlers are much more cost effective over the life of the machine as compared to diesel powered material handlers.

Key features, benefits and options include: 67' horizontal reach, fabricated boom using high tensile steel, high pressure hydraulics (4500 psi) and high flow for greater lift capacity at full reach and fast cycle times.

It offers 360 degree continuous rotation on a large pedestal base.

Metriguard sonic lumber graderMetriguard sonic lumber grader ideal for mills with limited space

The newest Metriguard machine grading system, the model 2350, sorts lumber for stiffness using density and sonic velocity.

This system is designed for a planer mill to machine grade lumber and for a sawmill to sort material for resource allocation before drying. Metriguard's sonic lumber grader is said to be ideal for mills that have limited space for installation.

Using sonic velocity, piece size and piece weight, the Metriguard model 2350 accurately determines the average modulus of elasticity (MOE) of each piece. MOE and operator-set criteria are then used to assign a machine grade. Lumber length and width are determined by sensors included with the 2350 or they can be automatically input from upstream measurement devices.

Key features of the model 2350 include quick and simple installation in a transverse lug chain, stable and reliable calibration, innovative striker design to initiate sound waves in each piece, proprietary spring suspension weigh system, ability to handle random lengths and cross-sections, and accurate and reliable grading by average MOE at speeds up to 250 lugs per minute.

The Metriguard model 2350 sonic lumber grader is compatible with other visual grading and scanning systems.

Hyster heavy duty forklifts suited for sawmills

The Hyster H190-280HD series of heavy duty forklifts are versatile trucks designed for outdoor use. They are said to be ideally suited for a wide variety of applications including sawmills and lumber production.

The H190-280HD series offers superior ergonomics, productivity and cost of operations, says Hyster.

The heavy duty forklifts feature a powerful Cummins QSB6.7 industrial diesel engine with turbo and intercooler. The Quad-Cooler contains four separate cooling cores in the engine, transmission, charge air cooler and hydraulic system with individually replaceable horizontally stacked cores. The integrated hydraulic cooler maintains normal system operating temperatures even at high ambient temperatures.

Routine maintenance can be done efficiently and quickly because with the side tilting ComforCab II, all engine, transmission and other service check points are conveniently located and easy to reach, says the company.