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Strong exhibitor line-up for LIGNA 2019

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The next LIGNA is being staged from 27 to 31 May 2019, and its organizers, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen), have announced that exhibitor registrations are coming in at a very pleasing pace. While opening day is still about a year away, exhibition space at the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and …

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Airobotics makes autonomous drones in a box

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Not far from Tel Aviv a drone flies low over a gritty landscape of warehouses and broken pavement. It slowly approaches its home — a refrigerator-sized box inside a mesh fence, and hovers, preparing to dock. It descends like some giant bug, whining all the way, and disappears into its base where it will be cleaned, recharged and sent back …

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Robotic exoskeletons from SuitX

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The front of SuitX’s East Bay headquarters is an empty room. No reception desk, no furniture — it’s about as unassuming as robotics office spaces get. For now, it’s a trial space, where perspective clients can try out the startup’s soft robotics exoskeletons in person, to see if they’ll fulfill their specific industrial or medical needs. Through one door is …

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Global technologies being showcased at WoodTECH 2018

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Never has the local wood manufacturing industry seen such a turnout. Leading global technology providers will be travelling into this region in September. Why? To participate in the eagerly awaited WoodTECH 2018 series. “It’s been eight long years since those involved in wood manufacturing have had an independent technology update” says Brent Apthorp, FIEA Director. “Last year, we had a …

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JoeScan’s New “Longest Running” Contest

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In an effort to reward customers for their loyalty to JoeScan’s products, the sawmill scanning solution provider has created a contest celebrating reliability and longevity. Mills are invited to enter and see if they are currently operating the “Longest Running JoeScan.” “We’ve always been proud of the long-lasting performance sawmills can expect from our scanners,” says JoeScan founder Joey Nelson. …

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Tariffs now hit China’s woodworking machinery

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Tariffs of 25%t were levied on Chinese-manufactured woodworking machinery and panel processing equipment beginning Friday 6 July. It’s part of a trade battle being waged on several fronts by the Trump Administration, and which appears to be escalating as China retaliates with tariffs of its own – primarily on agricultural products, tobacco, and vehicles. The U.S. begins collecting (click for …

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Enter the robots: automation filling the gaps

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Plant manager Gabor Kiraly remembers the meeting a couple of years ago when he and his Austrian bosses learnt how severe the worker shortage in Hungary was about to become – it was, he said, a “shocking realization”. The unemployment rate in the western Hungarian town of Papa, where Hirtenberger Automotive Safety employs 725 people making products such as seat …

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Queensland sawmill opens after 7-year shut down

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Tambo’s reopened sawmill is reviving the town’s fortunes after a million-dollar investment and seven years in mothballs. Queensland’s Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the upgraded mill, which was backed by AU$262,250 from the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions fund, has officially been opened. “This investment helped fund updating the mill, which is now supporting …

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Stellar sawmill earnings being recorded

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From a recent article by Russ Taylor, Managing Director of FEA Holdings – Canada Inc, he has outlined how the recent run on lumber prices has put big smiles on the faces of North American sawmill operators and lumber traders. Mill prices for all lumber species in North America have been trending higher since preliminary U.S. import duties began in …

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Conception R.P. reports large contract to CLT producer

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Conception R.P, a Canadian company that designs and manufactures fingerjointing equipment has obtained the largest contract in its history, at $6.7 million CAD. The company announced the contract for a U.S. CLT manufacturer. “We are a small company in Quebec City, but our competition are the global giants in the equipment industry. We are very proud of what we accomplished,” …