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Changes to WoodTECH 2020

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WoodTECH 2020 was scheduled to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 19-20 August 2020 and then again in Melbourne, Australia for local wood manufacturing operations, on 25-26 August 2020. Because of current restrictions around COVID-19 in both countries and the uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead, it has been decided that the technology series has to be postponed. It …

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World first robotic graded timber stacking

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Tumbarumba is home to a world first. Rod Murray, Hyne Timber Automation Project Manager, says the Hyne sawmill robotics project is “a world first for graded timber stacking.” “Our team has created a fully-automated timber sorting and packing production unit.” Rod said. “Product is already being packed by the system and our operators are now assisting the contractor with testing.” …

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Video: 60 Years in a Cave!

In Issue24, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

Sixty years ago, on 26 February 1960, the Brunson Instrument Company went underground. Literally. The move to a cave location became necessary when Brunson started adapting surveying equipment for the tight tolerances of the jet age on behalf of what would become one of our biggest customers, the Boeing Airplane Company. The year was 1948, and Brunson’s downtown factory just …

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Researchers build adhesive-free timber building

In Issue24, WoodTECH by FIEA1 Comment

University of Liverpool engineers have built an eco-friendly timber building that does not use any adhesives in the construction process. The timber structure uses timber to reinforce timber without using adhesives, which can be damaging for the environment. Engineers designed and constructed a large section of the office space using adhesive-free laminated timber (AFLT) beams and adhesive-free cross laminated timber …

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SawSense temperature sensor provides real-time feedback

In Issue24, WoodTECH by FIEALeave a Comment

FPInnovations’ SawSense temperature sensor technology has been commercially available for a month and industry response has already been positive for licensing and manufacturing partner Williams & White Equipment. The patented technology accurately measures the temperature of a saw when in the cut for both circular and band saws by using two contact temperature sensors. This provides real-time feedback of saw …

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Pollard Lumber pioneers bucking scanning & optimization

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USA-based, Pollard Lumber, is once again blazing new trails with the technology for their recently upgraded bucking line. The sawmill is proud to announce that the world’s first next-gen JS-50 laser scanners are now up and running. The new Nelson Brothers Engineering (NBE) optimizer receives geometric data from a single overhead bank of 12 dual camera JoeScans. The scanners are …

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New manufacturing plant for Heyfield

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Heyfield Australian Sustainable Hardwoods has officially commissioned a new AU$3 million timber manufacturing plant. The centrepiece of the new plant at ASH’s Greenmill in Firebrace Road is a high-strain twin band resaw, which uses German sawing technology to maximise the amount of useable timber while minimising sawdust and woodchip waste. ASH managing director Vince Hurley said the technology used in …

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MD for Nelson Pine Industries steps down

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More time with the grand kids is on the horizon but Murray Sturgeon insists his “semi-retirement” won’t mean a cutting of ties with the company he has helped grow. After 35 years at the helm of Nelson Pine Industries and 57 years’ experience in panel manufacturing, the former managing director announced as of 1 January he had reached a decision …

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Third shift being added for bushfire recovery operations

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Hyne Timber Tumbarumba is in the process of adding a third shift as the Bushfire recovery salvage operation continues. The site already employs approximately 230 people and is actively recruiting to a range of new opportunities and vacancies. Site Manager, Marcus Fenske said the third shift is essential as the company does its part in bushfire recovery and increases locally …