HarvestTECHX conference

Conference a success—with more to come

The HarvestTECHX conference held in Vancouver in March proved to be very successful—and there’s more to come for the forest industry with the Woodflow Logistix 2019 conference coming up in October.

The HarvestTECHX conference held in Vancouver in March proved to be a hit with loggers and the forest industry, with the conference and display space virtually sold out.

The conference provided an essential and independent platform to showcase new innovations and operating practices suited to North American harvesting operations. It highlighted how automation and technology are advancing operational safety and productivity for operators, contractors and the general industry.

The conference theme for 2019 was “Smarter Logging Automation & Technologies”.

HarvestTECHX conferenceThere were keynote presentations on key paradigm shifts to logging and forestry technologies, and the conference featured experts detailing developments, technologies, issues and new opportunities impacting the sector. It included a full line-up of technologies, innovative new platforms and exciting new applications.

Formerly called the Steep Slope Logging Conference, the new name—HarvestTECHX—covers all machine-based forestry and logging operations for west coast operations in North America.

The conference was organized by the team at Innovatek, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest.

Among the presentations were Taking a Leadership Role in Safety Technology, with Dale Ewers, Director, Moutere Logging, New Zealand; More Automation, Less Labour, with Eric Krume, Owner of Krume Logging; and Forestry 4.0: Implications for Harvesting Planning, with Mathieu Blouin, Business Development Manager, FPInnovations, Canada.

On the equipment manufacturing side, Rob Archibald, Project Engineer at Tigercat, spoke on the Tigercat RemoteLog Telematics System. Matt Flood, Foresight Manager, John Deere, Canada, spoke about New Developments and Technologies with TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager.

HarvestTECHX conferenceThe conference was followed by a Winch Assist Logging Workshop sponsored by WorkSafeBC and the BC Forest Safety Council. The one-day workshop provided the latest information on the safe operation of winch assist logging equipment. Trainers included international experts who shared their experiences from New Zealand and the United States. The workshop included presentations and in-the-field sessions with winch assist equipment at the UBC Research Forest in Maple Ridge.

With this year’s HarvestTECHX behind them, the conference team at Innovatek, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest are pleased to announce their newest industry conference for leading loggers and forest managers for 2019: Woodflow Logistix.

Woodflow Logistix will cover new innovations and operating practices in wood transport and logistics operations in North America, and be held October 22-23 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, B.C.

This new and exciting conference will be highlighting how automation and technology are advancing operational safety and productivity for operators, contractors and foresters within the North American forest industry.

“With a top lineup of speakers and presenters, we’re really looking forward to tackling the major issues in the wood transport and logistics areas for the forest industry,” said Anthony Robinson, associate publisher of Logging and Sawmilling Journal. “We believe the conference will be a must-attend event for anyone involved in those areas of the industry.”

Among the areas that will be covered at Woodflow Logistix 2019:

  • Disruptive technologies reshaping business operations within the wood supply chain
  • Innovations around log scaling, measurement and tracking
  • Remote sensing and real-time tracking of logs and wood products
  • Innovative systems to integrate planning, operations, harvesting, transport & sales
  • Advances in automated log measurement and materials handling
  • Telematic tools to better drive improved fleet productivity and safety
  • New digital platforms to improve data connectivity and data transfer
  • Electric fleet, autonomous trucking and platooning technologies
  • Opportunities with robotics, augmented and virtual reality & machine learning
  • Utilization of smart harvester production and productivity data
  • Health and safety initiatives around forestry and wood transport operations

Full details on Woodflow Logistix 2019 are available at https://woodflowlogistix.events/

Also, it’s not too early to plan on attending HarvestTECHX 2020.

Information will be available soon on HarvestTECHX 2020 at https://harvesttechx.events/

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