Sawmilling global tech series running in September
Tailored presentations and on-site exhibitions
TWO YEARS ago – over two weeks – the WoodTECH conference series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) achieved a record turnout of sawmilling companies. They were drawn from throughout Australia and New Zealand. Over 350 delegates from all major sawmilling companies in the region in addition to leading technology providers from throughout Australasia, North America and Europe converged on Melbourne and Rotorua.
Two years later, in September 2017, WoodTECH 2017 will again be attracting scanning and sawing technology specialists, innovators and leading practitioners from around the world to this region.
The two-day independent program is going to provide New Zealand and Australian sawmills a unique opportunity to learn about the very latest in wood scanning, sawmilling, and mill optimisation technologies from around the globe.
“This will be achieved through a series of tailored presentations and on-site exhibitions that have been set up with industry,” said FIEA Director, Brent Apthorp.
Key companies involved in some of the longer tech presentations as part of the conference include: USNR, US/Canada, Autolog, Canada, HewSaw, Finland, MiCROTEC, Italy, ScanWare, Sweden and JoeScan, USA. Shorter updates by local and international tech suppliers are also being filled along with a series of exhibitions at both venues.
“Again, it’s a who’s who of international saws and sawmilling technology that will be travelling into Australasia,” said Mr. Apthorp.
“We already have more than 20 North American technology providers and a significant number of European suppliers who will be involved in WoodTECH 2017.”
Key sawmilling tech providers involved in the September series outside of those presenting at this stage include; WoodEye, Sweden, ScanMeg, Canada, Linck, Germany, AKE, Germany, Optimil, USA, Grecon, Germany, Lucidyne Technologies, USA, DO2, Canada, Gilbert, Canada, Prinz, Austria, VAB Solutions, Canada, Carbotech International, Canada, LMI Technologies, Canada, Nicholson Manufacturing, Canada, Metriguard, USA, Holtec, KeyKnife/Braford Industries, Andritz Iggesund Tools, ILS, Supply Services, Thode Knife & Saw, Acora Reneco, Finlease (Australia), Saito, Checkmate, Kleentek, and Spraying Systems.
“What makes 2017 special is the series of workshops that this time have been set up for local mills,” said Mr. Apthorp.
“For the first time in Australia and New Zealand, a series of practical troubleshooting workshops have been designed for a much wider cross section of sawmill production and operational staff. They’ll be providing a unique insight into how sawmills can extract the best performance out of their saws, their machine centres and sawing operations”.
Workshops of between 60120 minutes are being given on; quality & lumber size control, troubleshooting and improving band-mill, gang and board edger performance, selecting, operating and maintaining log carriage and optimiser (softwood and hardwood) operations and saw-guide selection, installation, operation and maintenance.
“Based on discussions with local mills, we’ve rejigged the two-yearly update in both countries. The change in focus is to encourage sawmill teams – management, mill production, saw-doctors and maintenance staff – to take advantage of the line-up of world class international specialists being brought into the region to work alongside local mills,” said Mr Apthorp. “This will ensure that teams can collectively put the practical learnings into practice once back on site”.
Workshop presenters, who will be well-known to many working within the industry, include; Nick Barrett, President, SiCam Systems, Canada, Joe Shields, Machinery Support Technician, USNR, USA, Marv Bernhagen, Vice President, Lewis Controls, USA, Chuck Boaz, President, Corley Manufacturing, USA, Ralph Wijesinghe, (Author of the Bandmill Book), Canada, Josh Bergen, Owner, Precision Manufacturing, Canada and Udo Jahn, General Manager, Modern Engineering, Canada.
Full details on the program in both countries and each of the workshops can be found on the event website, www.woodtech.events. It runs in Melbourne on 20-21 September and then again in Rotorua on 26-27 September
FIEA Director Brent Apthorp.
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■ The control room at TimberLink.