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WoodTECH 2019 Summary

In Issue19, WoodTECH, WT Event by FIEALeave a Comment

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 ran in both New Zealand and Australia. The turnout and feedback from local mills have been outstanding. Suppliers of saws and sawmilling technologies presenting and exhibiting (leading companies from Sweden, Germany, the …

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AutoBox with SICK navigation and safety sensors

In Issue19, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

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 in Dingolfing is welcoming the launch of a pilot project that will allow incoming spare parts to be transported safely from the incoming goods station to the picking warehouse with the help …

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Hyne open up operations to wider community

In Issue19, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

Hyne love to share their passion for timber, but their Australian mills at Tumbarumba NSW and Tuan near Maryborough QLD are just a little out of the way. That’s why they’ve created a new digital mill tour. The website says “turn your headphones up to “chainsaw” and sit back while our expert team take you through the amazing timber production …

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From toxic to award winning workplace

In Issue19, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

Seven years ago, Brisbane based sustainable timber specialist Kennedy’s Timbers had stagnated, were facing issues on all fronts, in a tough competitive market and at a risk of closure. However, a commitment to creating a positive workplace environment has proven successful for Brisbane-based Kennedy’s Timbers in turning the business around and culminating in being named Queensland’s Small Employer of the …

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First Muhlbock continuous kiln in North America

In Issue19, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

With environmental impact, cost savings, and industry-leading innovation in mind, Delco Forest Products in New Brunswick has signed on to become the first sawmill in North America to install a Mühlböck continuous dry kiln. The kiln is part of a multi-year US$9-million modernization investment undertaken by the West Branch, N.B.-based sawmill. Read the full article at the Canadian Forest Industries. …

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The impact of downtime in a planer mill

In Issue19, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

Global competition for forestry companies is very high today. All companies aim to improve their production times, as well as the price and quality of products. Increased production levels over the years represents a major gain for the industry. To this end, companies aim to maximize their production capacity while limiting losses. This requires tracking productivity indicators in order to …

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Centralising saw-doctoring for mills

In Issue19, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

It’s become a situation that all too many mills are familiar with. Filers are getting older and starting to make retirement plans. Apprentices take time to train and gain experience and there is a shortage of youth entering the trade. At the same time, tighter margins within the forest industry means efficiency is more important than it has ever been. …

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Britton Timbers to acquire Burnie veneer business

In Issue19, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

Long established Tasmanian timber processing business, Britton Timbers is acquiring the Specialty Veneers (incorporating Corinna Timbers) veneer and panel processing facility at Somerset in North West Tasmania. Britton Timbers General Manager Shawn Britton says the acquisition aligns perfectly with the company’s ongoing strategies to produce quality decorative timber and timber products for the furniture and joinery industries, including meeting the …