Practical sawmilling workshops key to WoodTECH 2017
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.