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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.

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