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WoodTECH platform launched for Australasian wood producers

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Together with industry, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) will be communicating much more regularly with sawmilling, wood manufacturing and timber preservation companies along with key suppliers to this part of the sector. Who is the new service aimed at? The plan at this stage is to include site managers, production and engineering staff, green-mill and dry-mill managers, saw-doctors, those …

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Saw Guides: Tips to Improving Sawing Accuracy

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This presentation, which includes full narration, was presented at WoodTECH 2017 in Melbourne, Australia and Rotorua, New Zealand. Josh Bergen is the Owner of Canadian company, Precision Manufacturing. Their key distributor in Australia and New Zealand is Keymatic Technologies. This workshop provided invaluable advice on saw guide selection, installation, operation and maintenance. It covered: 1) Saw Guide Maintenance Addressing common …

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Australian saw millers invest AU$900m in industry future

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Australian saw millers and associated manufacturers have invested an estimated AU$900 million over the last five years in efficiency and productivity initiatives on the back of strong demand for timber fuelled by the booming housing market. The investment comes despite uncertainty around the future availability of logs to process, with Australia’s sawn wood production set to fall increasingly short of …

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What Colour Is Your Saw Guide?

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What colour is your saw guide? If it’s not grey, you have a problem. Learn about the consequences of using cosmetic saw guides instead of industrial grade saw guides from Vancouver CNC machine shop owner and public speaker Udo Jahn. This is part of Udo’s Sawmill Education Series on YouTube. Source: YouTube

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Drone scanning of timber stacks

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At WoodTECH 2017 in Rotorua, TimberSmart joined Saito to showcase a new drone scanning technology that can be used in the mill or timber yard to collect packet data. The drone has the ability to travel up to the top stack and using the attached camera, photograph and collect information from labels or tags. This technology eliminates ladders or scissor …

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WoodSolutions launches comprehensive Timber Species App

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WoodSolutions has launched the WoodSolutions Species App to support professionals in the design and build industry, including furniture makers and DIYers to choose and specify the best timber species and products for structural, exterior and interior applications. The free App, now available for Apple and Android devices from their app stores, covers a broad range of hardwood and softwood species, …

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Simplifying robotic pick-and-place with 3D

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Robotic pick-and-place is an important automated manufacturing process in many industries. In this application, robots pick up parts presented one at a time and place them in a preset order and location, even when the exact location and 3D orientation of the part is variable. By using 3D smart sensors with onboard software, an industrial robot can perform this task …

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Understanding lumber size control

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As part of the recent WoodTECH 2017 series, Nick Barrett, President of SiCam Systems, Canada gave a 90-minute workshop to event delegates in both Australia and New Zealand. In the workshop Nick covered; establishing the importance of value in a sawmill, analysing the financial impacts in the mill, methods of analysing a QC program throughout the sawmill and planer to …

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Selecting & operating your log carriage & optimiser

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Another practical workshop given at the WoodTECH 2017 series was from two of the industry’s leading specialists in carriage head-rig operations.  Together, Marv Bernhagen, COO, Lewis Controls and Chuck Boaz, President of Corley Manufacturing, USA have around 80 years’ experience in manufacturing and project managing new equipment installations. Attached is the presentation given as part of the practical workshop series …