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Augmented Reality Headset for Service & Training

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Van Dyk Vision-AR is a voice-activated computer that you wear as a headset. It includes a camera, headphones, microphones, and a 1-inch computer that displays to the eye as a 7-inch tablet. It uses camera streaming and “augmented reality” (AR) to simulate an in-person service visit or training session. It allows you to communicate with our service desk more clearly …

Measurement of saw temperatures in real-time

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Part of a series of Tech Tips brought to you by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. The company is well known to wood processing companies in this part of the world with Josh having presented at recent sawmilling and wood manufacturing tech events organised by the Forest Industry Engineering Association.

The selection and use of micrometers in the mill

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Part of a series of Tech Tips brought to you by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. The company is well known to wood processing companies in this part of the world with Josh having presented at recent sawmilling and wood manufacturing tech events organised by the Forest Industry Engineering Association.

How to measure saw guides

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Part of a series of Tech Tips brought to you by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. The company is well known to wood processing companies in this part of the world with Josh having presented at recent sawmilling and wood manufacturing tech events organised by the Forest Industry Engineering Association.

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A new process for preserving lumber

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Pressure treating – which involves putting lumber inside a pressurized watertight tank and forcing chemicals into the boards – has been used for more than a century to help stave off the fungus that causes wood rot in wet environments. Now Georgia Tech researchers have developed a new method that could one day replace conventional pressure treating as a way …

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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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The Automated Warehouse of the Future

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They call it “the hive,” or “the grid.” Or sometimes just: “the machine.” It’s a huge structure that fills a warehouse on the outskirts of Andover, a small and quiet town in southeast England. It’s impossible to take in at a single glance, but standing on a maintenance walkway near the building’s rafters, you look over what seems to be …

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Real time saw monitoring systems profiled

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Real time saw monitoring systems profiled As part of the upcoming WoodTECH 2019 series running in September for local sawmilling companies, new systems for non-contact real time saw performance monitoring will be profiled. As part of the practical programme set up, Josh Bergen from Precision Machinery, Canada and Justin Williams, Williams & White, Canada will be outlining their systems, both …

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Introducing Scale-Up NZ: The gateway to innovation ecosystem

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A free online platform has just been launched to connect New Zealand businesses with funders, incubators, multinationals and other collaborators. Scale-Up NZ, from Callaghan Innovation, shines a light on our thriving innovation ecosystem.It delivers accurate insights on ambitious, innovative New Zealand companies, removing information gaps that too often prevent our businesses from achieving their potential. The late physicist and entrepreneur …

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Trimble Unveils Next-gen Mixed-reality Device with Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Trimble has announced a new wearable hard hat compatible device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite—the Trimble® XR10 with HoloLens 2. In addition, an expanded set of Trimble software and services will be available to provide field-oriented workflows that leverage constructible 3D models and mixed reality to solve daily work tasks. The announcement …

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Sawmilling simulation training tool available

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Like the harvesting simulator that is being used throughout Australasia for training and encouraging younger students to look at forestry as a future career option, a French company, Mimbus, has developed a sawmilling simulation tool. It appears training simulation tools can be offered for the headrig and canter machine centres. As detailed on their website, being a sawmill operator requires …

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Inside the new Red Stag sawing line

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The worlds most advanced sawmill and the first ‘super-mill’ in the Southern Hemisphere, Red Stag Timber, was opened in Rotorua on 23 March last year. A new sawmilling line and upgrade programme, valued in excess of NZ$100 million was celebrated. I’m not sure if you’ve seen this yet. This video of a log going through the new log line at …