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WoodTECH 2020 Webinar Programme

13-24 July 2020
9am (Australian EST), 11am (NZ Standard Time) and 4pm (Pacific Standard Time)


Webinar 1: Monday 13 July 2020 (60 mins)

Disruptive Technologies. From AI and computer vision to IoT and robotics, how innovative businesses are harnessing new technology to boost the operational performance of manufacturing operations.

How Industry 4.0 is Changing the Way Manufacturers are Doing Business
David Chuter, CEO & Managing Director, Innovative Manufacturing CRC, Australia

Here come the Cobots - Deploying robots into your manufacturing operation - Opportunities for wood producers
Nathan Allpress, Mechanical Engineer, Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand


Webinar 2: Wednesday 15 July 2020 (60 mins)

Practical Adoption of Robotics within Wood Manufacturing Operations – A First in Australia and NZ.

Using Seven In-line Robots. The world’s first fully automated timber sorting and packing production unit
Marcus Fenske, Tumbarumba Site Manager, Hyne Timber, Australia

Innovative design to develop a new wood manufacturing operation using industry 4.0 principles - A NZ first
How robotics, automation, inter-connected sensors, artificial intelligence, data driven decision making and real time analytics have shaped this new wood manufacturing plant.
Shaun Bosson, Chief Executive Officer, Wood Engineering Technology, New Zealand


Webinar 3: Friday 17 July 2020 (60 mins)

Using Machine Data to Drive Your Business. Mill-wide dashboards using IoT data.

Using Machine Intelligence to Turn Machine Data into Business Growth
Turning the masses of data collected from a vast multitude of sensors, cameras and systems into actions to improve the business.
SICK Australia, Australia


Webinar 4: Monday 20 July 2020 (60 mins)

Technology Innovations to Revolutionise Wood Manufacturing Operations.

Empowering the Worker Onsite with Augmented Reality Technology - How innovative manufacturers are using wearables and augmented reality to streamline productivity and address the skills gap
Dean Tresidder, Solution Architect Information Solutions, Rockwell Automation, Australia

Wearables and Worker Augmentation in the Field
Devices like RealWear HMT-1 and Hololens 2 are now ensuring greater safety at the computing-edge as workers doing physical tasks need their hands and situational awareness out on the manufacturing floor.
Lance Bauerfeind, Senior Consultant, Company-X, New Zealand

A Wearable Exoskeleton to Revolutionise Health, Safety and Performance in the Mill
The Suit-X exoskeleton has been in development for over 10 years and, on the back of recent NZ trials with meat processors, it is now ready for the wider workplace.
Greg Borman, Director, Biosymm, Australia


Webinar 5: Wednesday 22 July 2020 (90 mins)

Fine Tuning you Timber Planing & Machining Operations
Joey Godwin, Mechanical Service Technician & Machinery Support, USNR, USA

Learn from an international industry wood manufacturing installation, training and troubleshooting specialist. Topics covered include;

  • Diagnosing feeding problems on planers
  • Planer alignment
  • Planer preventive maintenance
  • Pros and cons of gap feeding
  • Electric drives vs. hydraulic

Webinar 6: Friday 24 July 2020 (60 mins)

Changing your Workplace Culture
Michael Kennedy, CEO, Founder, Kennedys Timbers and Dr Tony Watt, Principal Consultant, Managing Director, The Culture Doctor

In this webinar you’ll hear just how an Australian wood manufacturer has turned their business around by focussing on their business culture – and with outstanding results. 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, working with workplace culture specialist Dr Tony Watt and 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 Year at the Queensland Training Awards held in September last year.

Twice as profitable as other similar companies within the industry, Kennedy’s Timbers now has 600% lower staff turnover, three times lower staff absenteeism, fewer lost time injury days and one of the lowest Work Cover premiums in the Queensland manufacturing sector. The average length of service of staff has substantially increased from 1 to 6.7 years. Kennedy has also been able to expand and purchase competitors in Victoria and New South Wales and also establish distributors in Western Australia and New Zealand.