The focus for the September WoodTECH 2018 series is on new technology – new and innovative tools, technologies and practices that can be used by local wood manufacturing and dry-mill operations to improve their operating efficiencies. A raft of new innovations will be presented by leading tech providers from around Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, Slovakia, Sweden, Italy and Germany as part of the upcoming series.
A key part of the series is also on practical applications that can be adopted by companies without major capital investment in new plant. “These discussions are aimed principally at production and operational staff” says Brent Apthorp, FIEA Director. “It worked really well last year with sawmilling companies where production teams were able to come through to the event, participate and learn from the gathered expertise – and from each other”.
This year we have a one-hour workshop which will be part of the programme in both New Zealand and Australia titled “Breathing new Life into your Old Planer”. It’s being run by Doug Knous, Upgrades and Conversions Manager with USNR. The newly developed Upgrades Group is providing the company’s customers with equipment upgrade solutions for their sawmill, planer mill, EWP and kiln drying operations. Doug himself has had over 30 years in the wood products industry, including 10 years in mill operations, 5 years in electrical systems and 15 years in controls engineering, project design, management and implementation.
In addition to timber machining, European and North American experts have been brought in to provide local mills with advice around finger-jointing, timber gluing, kiln drying and material handling operations. Full details on the event can be found on the website.
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