Sawmilling global tech se­ries run­ning in Septem­ber

Tai­lored pre­sen­ta­tions and on-site ex­hi­bi­tions

Australian Forests and Timber - - Woodtech -

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 providers

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.

Sawmill teams

“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, It runs in Mel­bourne on 20-21 Septem­ber and then again in Rotorua on 26-27 Septem­ber

FIEA Di­rec­tor Brent Apthorp.

■ Tim­ber stack.

■ The con­trol room at Tim­berLink.

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