FOREST GROWERS RESEARCH
Technology is also making leaps and bounds in sowing, growing and harvesting our forests, with New Zealand scientists and engineers leading the way. The annual FGR science get-together, to update some of the latest ideas, took place in Christchurch last month.
IT’S BILLED AS THE FASTEST PLANNING MACHINE IN THE WORLD and by the end of this year it will be tearing into timber at the Red Stag mill near Rotorua.
The Gilbert Eight Roll High Speed Planer can put through more than 300 boards per minute, which translates to around 1,200 metres every minute.
Details of the new planer, the first to be installed in New Zealand, were presented to the WoodTECH 2017 conference in Rotorua last month.
The planer uses ‘pull-through’ technology to achieve high speed, leaving a gap between each piece as it is independently pulled into the planer. The planer reaches over 95% efficiency and it rarely needs to be stopped for checking of maintenance, thus reducing downtime and increasing productivity.
Built in Canada, the new Gilbert planer is equipped with 400mm cutting circle cutter heads and up to 42 knives. Among its features are an automatic positioning system that allows operators to control the planer from outside the planer room.
The first Gilbert High Speed Planer is currently being commissioned by the Red Stag mill.