WoodTECH 2021 focus on Sawmilling

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Planning for WoodTECH 2021 is now well underway.  The event, with a two-yearly focus on sawmilling, provides a unique independent showcase for local companies to evaluate the very latest in innovations, technology and operating practices around saw design and operation, mill maintenance, wood scanning, sawmilling and mill optimisation. 

This year’s event is expected to be one of few that will be run in 2021 – anywhere around the world.  This year, changes have been made to the usual series that’s typically being run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association in both New Zealand and Australia.  Because of the uncertainty still surrounding international travel, it’s planned that New Zealand sawmillers and saw doctors along with key local equipment suppliers will be able to meet up in person Rotorua.  The event will run on 3-4 August 2021 and will be the first time this part of the industry will have met up for around two years. 

Australian mills, as well as mills and technology providers from outside New Zealand, will also be able to live stream for the first time the full two-day tech event.  There’s also an opportunity for Australian and international mills that may be unable to bring in all of their key production and operational staff from the mill at one time, to access later the recorded presentations to use for their own on-site meetings, to provide technology and troubleshooting updates or for future staff training.

This year, it’s a who’s who of international saws and sawmilling technology that will be presenting. Companies involved in presenting this year include; <br><br>

Sequal Lumber, New Zealand, OneFortyOne, Australia, RippleTECH, NZ, AKD Softwoods, Australia, USNR, USA, Finnos, Finland, B3 Systems, Canada, EACOM, Canada, Xtivity, Canada, FPInnovations, Canada, Simonds International, USA, Checkmate Precision Cutting Tools, NZ

Iseli & Co, Switzerland, Thode Knife & Saw, NZ, Oregon Wood Innovation Centre, USA, Sicam Systems, Canada, Tunnicliffe Timber, NZ, Wood Modification Technologies, NZ, IWT Moldrup, Denmark, UniSA, Australia, Scion, NZ, Tenon Clearwood, NZ, The Lean Hub, NZ, Conquest Training, NZ and Westco Lumber, NZ

This year, the programme is extensive.  In addition to a raft of exciting new innovations around sawmilling and saw maintenance, a feature of this year’s event will be the number of practical workshops being given (saw guides and lubrication, fine tuning your circular and band saws, making use of machine data in the mill, real time data collection for machine diagnosis and troubleshooting).

A focus this year is also been given to one of the major constraints to increased production, how we can retain and attract younger skills into the industry and a series of presentations around new timber treatment and wood modification technologies have also been able to be built in to the event.  Full details on the programme and format for the sawmilling event this year can be found on the event website, www.woodtech.events/wt21

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