WoodTECH plans for 2018 dry-mill op­er­a­tions

Australian Forests and Timber - - Woodtech -

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

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