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WoodTECH 2019

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WoodTECH Update - Issue 21

WoodTECH Update – Issue 21

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. This will be the final issue for 2019. This year we’ve produced 11 monthly issues and grew the newsletter to over 4,300 direct subscribers ...
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X-Frame gets commercialisation boost

X-Frame gets commercialisation boost

Clip-together modular building design can be rapidly assembled, disassembled and reused, eliminating waste during a building’s lifecycle Victoria University of Wellington PhD candidate Ged Finch is fast tracking the commercialisation ...
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Design out waste and build lean in

Design out waste and build lean in

Product and process design drive 80% of the total costs, but most continuous improvement effort is spent trying to reduce the remaining 20% in current production. Taiichi Ohno, the father ...
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Durable properties for radiata outdoor uses

Durable properties for radiata outdoor uses

Scion has developed a new biobased treatment technology that can give softwood radiata pine durable properties. The treatment increases the performance of radiata pine timber in outdoor uses including decking, ...
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Resource security for SEQ hardwood industry

Resource security for SEQ hardwood industry

Timber Queensland has acknowledged the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement this week as an important first step toward recognising the need for resource security and the long-term future of the many workers ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 20

WoodTECH Update – Issue 20

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Those receiving monthly issues of woodtech.news are principally those involved in sawmilling, saw-doctoring and wood manufacturing along with technology and equipment suppliers to ...
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Early EOI to present – WoodTECH 2020

Early EOI to present – WoodTECH 2020

The very successful WoodTECH 2019 series has just been completed. With the focus on green-mill or sawmilling operations, around 350 delegates from local mills and technology providers from around the ...
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Cutting edge production techniques adopted

Cutting edge production techniques adopted

The strong scent of pine you get as you pass by logging depots at our major ports is one of the more obvious signs of our booming export industry for ...
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Hundegger Australasia appoints NZ Manager

Hundegger Australasia appoints NZ Manager

Hundegger Australasia are pleased to announce the appointment of Benedikt (Ben) Buerschgens to the position Regional Manager – New Zealand. The expansion of Hundegger machinery in Australia and New Zealand ...
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Norske Skog announces sale of Albury Mill

Norske Skog announces sale of Albury Mill

Norske Skog this week announced the sale of the Albury assets to Australian papermaker Visy who plan to undertake feasibility studies into the potential future uses of those assets on ...
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Largest North American CLT plant opened

Largest North American CLT plant opened

Engineered wood and building development giant Katerra's new cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam plant is now open in Washington. Katerra says the 270,000 square foot facility is the largest of ...
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Load detection and 3D collision warning for mobile intralogistics

Load detection and 3D collision warning for mobile intralogistics

Warehouses and distribution centres are increasingly looking to integrate digitalisation, automated guided vehicle systems (AGV) and other mobile platforms to optimise their operations. Flexibility, reliability, availability, and productivity are the ...
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Bolted connections and impact on machine reliability

Bolted connections and impact on machine reliability

As part of the WoodTECH 2019 series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association, sawmillers throughout New Zealand and Australia were treated to some hands-on practical troubleshooting and mill maintenance ...
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Mechanical apprentice shares his timber story

Mechanical apprentice shares his timber story

How did you decide your career path? Did you want to follow in your parent’s footsteps, or set your own career path? For OneFortyOne’s Sam Von Duve, it was a ...
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First moves for Tasmanian hardwood CLT operation

First moves for Tasmanian hardwood CLT operation

Exciting news out of Tasmania is that a brand new, purpose-built hardwood CLT plant will be constructed in the state’s north-west industrial centre of Wynyard. Stirling Machinery has been selected ...
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Sawmill profits fall in North America

Sawmill profits fall in North America

Sawmill profit margins have fallen substantially in North America over the past 12 months with BC sawmills margins in the 2Q/19 being close to their lowest levels in 15 years, ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 19

WoodTECH Update – Issue 19

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Over 350 delegates attended last month’s WoodTECH 2019 technology series in New Zealand and Australia. Thanks for your support. One of the largest ...
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WoodTECH 2019 Summary

WoodTECH 2019 Summary

Once again, WoodTECH 2019 has provided a stand out update for sawmilling companies and equipment and technology providers. Close to 350 delegates from the local industry attended the series that ...
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AutoBox with SICK navigation and safety sensors

AutoBox with SICK navigation and safety sensors

While this article is not so wood related, it is a great example of how warehouses and distribution centres in other sectors are automating their systems. The BMW Dynamics Center ...
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