WoodTECH plans for 2018 dry-mill operations
After an absence of years, FIEA will be running a WoodTECH program in September 2018, with the focus on dry-mill operations.
It will run again in both New Zealand and Australia, and will include timber scanning and optimisation, plant design, automation, cross cutting and ripping, finger-jointing, timber gluing and laminating, timber machining, kiln drying and timber finishing technologies.
“Already we have a listing of local and international companies who have expressed their interest in either exhibiting (space at WoodTECH 2017 SOLD OUT) or presenting at WoodTECH 2018,” said Brent Apthorp, FIEA. The TECH events are run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA).
News of the 2018 plans followed highly successful WoodTECH on green mill operations this year.
“It was certainly a full house – in both Australia and New Zealand. The 2017 technology series that focussed on sawmilling or green-mill operations drew in a record number of over 400 delegates,” said Brent.
“It was the largest gathering yet seen of sawmilling companies, saw-doctors and technology providers from around the globe in Australasia.
A comprehensive series of practical troubleshooting workshops were also run throughout the two days in each country. They were specifically designed alongside industry for sawmill production and operational staff. They provided the opportunity for local sawmills to hear how they could extract the best performance out of their own saws, machine centres and sawing operations.
The objective was to encourage sawmill teams – management, mill production, saw-doctors and maintenance staff – to take advantage of the line-up of international specialists being brought into the region. This ensured that teams from local mills were collectively able to put the practical learnings from the event into practice once back on their own work site.
Workshops of between 60-120 minutes were 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
• Saw-guide selection, installation, operation and maintenance
■ Simon Brown, Otterson Associates representing GreCon.
■ Greg Ennever (account manager from Kleentek Advanced Cleaning Technologies) demonstrated his products at WoodTECH.
■ Designer Ralph Wijesinghe (RID Resurfacer) with CheckMate sales and marketing manager Tony Ratcliffe with newly released Resurfacer that was demonstrated at WoodTECH.
■ Sami Helminen (sales manager from Finland) and Peter Haintz (operations manager based at Geelong) were on hand for Hew Saw.
■ USNR representatives Joe Shields (machinery support technician and WoodTECH speaker) with Jason Clay (international account manager).
■ Todd Kurle (sales and marketing) and Dan Uskoski (vice president sales) represented Metriguard at Wood TECH.
■ Visiting from Canada were Mike Hubbard (sales) and Ross Chapman (president) of Optimil.
■ Andrea Campion (area sales manger from Microtec) and Norbert Oberaigner (senior sales, project integration management Springer)
■ Simone Bastick and Terry Parsons representing Keymatic Technologies and Braford Industries.
■ John Wilby (western representative) and Benoit Carpentier (president) ScanMeg, Canada
■ Jocelin Payeur (vice president FinScan) and Udo Jahn (Modern Engineering) on the Holtec stand
■ Terry Parsons, managing director Keymatic Technologies with his newly developed ...TBC
■ Frank Horstmann (project planning sales) was on hand for Linck, Germany