Prac­ti­cal sawmilling work­shops key to WoodTECH 2017

Australian Forests and Timber - - Woodtech -

TWO YEARS ago – over two weeks – the FIEA WoodTECH tech­nol­ogy se­ries achieved a record turnout of lo­cal sawmilling com­pa­nies. Over 350 del­e­gates at­tended. All ma­jor sawmilling com­pa­nies in ad­di­tion to lead­ing tech providers from through­out Aus­trala­sia, North Amer­ica and Europe con­verged on Mel­bourne and Ro­torua.

In Septem­ber 2017, WoodTECH 2017 will again be run­ning. “Again, it’s a who’s who of in­ter­na­tional saws and sawmilling tech­nol­ogy that will be trav­el­ling into Aus­trala­sia,” says FIEA Di­rec­tor, Brent Apthorp. “We al­ready have over 20 North Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy providers, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of ma­jor Euro­pean sup­pli­ers as well as lead­ing lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in­volved in this year’s se­ries. A record num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions are also be­ing run as part of this year’s event as well.

“In ad­di­tion to new and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies be­ing show­cased, what makes WoodTECH 2017 so spe­cial this year is the prac­ti­cal work­shops that have been set up for lo­cal sawmills,” says Mr Apthorp. “For the first time in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, a se­ries of 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.

“The work­shops are de­signed 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 in for this se­ries. They’ll also en­sure that teams in­volved this year with the WoodTECH 2017 se­ries can col­lec­tively put the prac­ti­cal learn­ings into prac­tice once back on site.”

Work­shops of be­tween 60120 min­utes are be­ing given in both coun­tries 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.

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