WoodTECH fo­cus on dry-mill in­no­va­tions

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

WHEN WOODTECH 2018 OPENS ITS DOORS TO SAWMILLERS and wood pro­ces­sors next month, the fo­cus will be on in­no­va­tions and new tech­nolo­gies around dry-mill and wood manufacturing op­er­a­tions.

The two con­fer­ences – one in Ro­torua and the other in Mel­bourne – are ex­pected to draw big crowds fol­low­ing a record turn-out at last year’s events.

Pre­vi­ous WoodTECH events have con­cen­trated on sawmill scan­ning, saw­ing and green-mill op­ti­mi­sa­tion tech­nolo­gies, but for 2018 at­ten­tion will be turn­ing to other ar­eas of the op­er­a­tion, says or­gan­iser and FIEA Direc­tor, Brent Apthorp.

These will in­clude ro­bot­ics/au­to­ma­tion and changes be­ing seen in wood manufacturing, ad­vances in wood scan­ning and board op­ti­mi­sa­tion, fin­ger-joint­ing, cross cut­ting and rip­ping, tim­ber glu­ing and lam­i­nat­ing, tim­ber ma­chin­ing, kiln dry­ing, tim­ber fin­ish­ing, ma­te­rial han­dling op­er­a­tions, mill main­te­nance, changes to tim­ber stan­dards, H&S, and train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment.

“Ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies like ro­bot­ics and in­dus­trial ex­oskele­tons, are used in­creas­ingly to re­duce worker fa­tigue, along with wear­able tech­nolo­gies to har­ness the power of mo­bile con­nected em­ploy­ees on-site and laser cut­ting of wood,” says Mr Apthorp.

Ex­perts will fly in from Swe­den, Ger­many, Italy, Slo­vakia, the USA and Canada to im­part their knowl­edge.

The first con­fer­ence is in Mel­bourne on Septem­ber 11-12 and moves to Ro­torua on Septem­ber 18-19. De­tails on www.woodtech.events.

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