Dec. 12, 2017 - Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 contest is an annual tradition, drawing in nominations from coast-to-coast and recognizing young leaders in forestry. 
Dec. 6, 2017 - Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 contest is an annual tradition, drawing in nominations from coast-to-coast and recognizing young leaders in forestry. 
Dec. 4, 2017 - Birthdays are a good time for reflection. A time to think about what we accomplished over the past year. For those in the business of wood, Canada’s 150th year was full of ups and downs.
Dec. 4, 2017 - Working for the LeBeau brothers logging operations in Kamloops, B.C., is like joining a fraternity.
Nov. 28, 2017 - Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 contest is an annual tradition, drawing in nominations from coast-to-coast and recognizing young leaders in forestry. To individually acknowledge each winner and his or her contributions to the forest industry, CFI will feature each of our top 10 winners of 2017 over the next 10 weeks.This week, we introduce our readers to Daniel Main.Daniel is general manager at Main Logging in Terrace, B.C.His love for logging dates back to when he was a toddler, napping at his dad’s feet in the cab of his machine, says Ferris Moxam, Daniel’s spouse.“I see his love for logging every time we hit the road and can’t drive past a piece of equipment without taking a closer look; or when he falls asleep to videos of grapple yarders at work,” Moxam says.Daniel is one of three brothers who took over the family business run out of Terrace, B.C. He started working as a logger after he graduated in 2005.The 29-year-old isn’t just brawn, Moxam adds. He became a journeyman heavy duty mechanic and has taken numerous courses and workshops related to project management and logging specific training. Today as general manager he is active in sourcing and securing work, managing crews, maintaining equipment and running equipment when need arises. “Daniel has earned the respect of his colleagues and crew by never being afraid to put in long hours or get his hands dirty,” Moxam says.Outside of the company, Daniel sits on the Terrace Economic Development Authority. Board member Kam Siemens describes Daniel as a hard working family man, and community minded. “Through all of this his creativity and innovative ways has allowed the company to flourish,” he says.Stay tuned for next week's spotlight on Jessica Kaknevicius. And read last week's.
Nov. 28, 2017 - For a group of 20 or so loggers who make up JHL Forestry in northeastern Alberta, the job has several unique challenges, not the least of which is their diet: 90 per cent aspen.
Dec. 6, 2017 - It’s an exciting time for British Columbia’s steep-slope-harvesting forestry workers and employers. Approximately 25 new mechanized-harvesting machines equipped with winch-assist technology are operating in the province, and another 20 are anticipated to be put into use over the next two years on British Columbia’s rugged, often treacherous forested landscape.
Nov. 30, 2017 - Overshadowed by B.C.'s unprecedented wildfire season, the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana also experienced a significant and disruptive wildfire year. By early September, almost two million acres of forest and rangeland had burned in the U.S. Northwest. Harvest operations across the four states have been hampered by restrictions on operating hours, disruptions in transportation, and loggers diverted to fighting wildfires. In Montana, several sawmills had to close operations intermittently in the 3Q/17 due to the proximity of wildfires. Full harvest operations resumed after late September rains, though whether there was sufficient time to replenish sawlog and pulplog inventories before winter conditions set in remains the key question for many log procurement managers this fall. Unlike B.C. and its large provincially-owned commercial timber base, the loss of burnt timber on U.S. federal forests has had little impact on the availability of timber with the exception being Montana, where regular timber sales from federal lands have proven crucial to selected sawmills. In general, however, the U.S. Forest Service timber sale program provides minimal sawlog or pulplog volumes to the forest industry in Western U.S.With lower harvest levels in the Northwest due to wildfire-risk constraints, local sawmills expanded their procurement into small-diameter chip-n-saw grades and higher quality pulplogs that typically would be used by the region's pulpmills. This less valuable log source, resulting in lower lumber yields, has still been profitable for many sawmills thanks to the high prices for softwood lumber during 2017.  The increased competition for small-diameter logs has resulted in a dwindling supply of traditional pulplogs normally available for pulpmills and independent chipping operators, with pulplog inventories in August reaching their lowest level since the 2Q/14. The low level of pulplogs in the region's pulp industry this late in the season is a major concern among wood fiber managers in the U.S. Northwest as they seek to build adequate inventory levels of logs for the winter season when residual chip supply from the lumber industry typically declines. The North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR) has tracked wood fiber markets in the US and Canada for over 30 years and it is the only publicationthat includes prices for sawlogs, pulpwood, wood chips and biomass in North America. The 36-page quarterly report includes wood market updates for 15 regions on the continent in addition to the latest export statistics for sawlogs, lumber, wood pellets and wood chips.
Nov. 16, 2017 - With public consultations and testing completed, FSC Canada anticipates the final version of the standard to be ready for 2018. Following the field testing of the National Forest Management Standard in spring 2017, the Standards Development Group has been working diligently to reach consensus on a final version of the standard.  The new standard has several key elements that differentiate it from its predecessor such as Indicators that deal with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and managing species at risk. FSC Canada will be releasing a public summary of significant changes from Draft 2 to the pre-approved draft once the standard is finalized.  Upon approval by the Standards Development Group, the Standard will be sent to the FSC Canada Board of Directors in December 2017 and then will be submitted to FSC International for final approval in January 2018. We anticipate approval from FSC international by spring 2018.  Intact Forest Landscapes and Indigenous Cultural Landscapes Indicators for intact forest landscapes and Indigenous cultural landscapes will continue to be developed until 2019. These requirements will be developed to be aligned with species at risk indicators; other landscape requirements; and Intact Forest Landscape approaches.  Scale, intensity and risk Scale, intensity and risk indicators specific to smallholders and community forests will not be included in the final draft of the standard. With FSC International’s ‘New Approaches’ program aiming to enable smallholders to design a certification system that works for them, FSC Canada will work with FSC International to develop a smallholder and community standard and will adapt requirements in the next revision of FSC’s forest management standard. Until the new scale, intensity and risk related standard is ready, smallholder and community forests in Canada will be able to continue using existing regional forest management standards (BC, Maritimes and draft Great Lakes St-Lawrence Standard). What happens once the standard is approved? As of the effective date, Certificate holders will have 1 year to transition to the new standard. Within the transition period, certificate holders can choose to be audited to the current forest management standards or the revised National Forest Management Standard. But all certificate holders will be evaluated against the revised National Forest Management Standard within 1 year. FSC Canada will support certificate holders and certification bodies with the transition and implementation of the revised standard with training beginning in 2018.  Background FSC Canada initiated the standard revision process in 2012 to align to the new international generic indicators and merge all four regional standards into a single National Forest Management Standard that properly reflects the realities of forestry in Canada in 2017. Draft 1 of the standard was released for public consultation in 2015 and a second draft was released in 2016 for a 60-day public consultation. The draft standard was then field/desk tested in spring 2017. FSC Canada plans to have the final version of the standard approved in 2018.
Nov. 16, 2017 - Tree seeds are of course critical to future forests. Management of high quality seed of known origin is crucial if our future forests are to withstand the impacts of climate change. Despite this, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has decided to close the Ontario Tree Seed Plant (OTSP) in less than a year. Located in Angus (west of Barrie) since 1923, it is a unique facility that is home to expert processing and storage of billions of tree seed. The OTSP is the seed bank for future forests in southern and northern Ontario, managed by 6 expert staff with an annual budget less than $2 million. The shutdown decision came as a surprise - no analysis of other delivery or cost cutting options, and no consultation with clients, stakeholders and the community. Historically, MNR Seed Program staff managed seed for government programs that annually planted over 100 million trees on Crown Land in Northern Ontario, and up to 20 million on private land in Southern Ontario. Those trees became the forests that surround us today. In the mid-90’s, cutbacks saw the MNR reforestation program dismantled. Tree nurseries, established by pioneering foresters Drury and Zavitz in the 1920’s, were closed and sold, and plans made to privatize the Seed Plant. The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA), working with stakeholders, helped MNR management understand that tree seed expertise was an irreplaceable ecological and social benefit. Even private nurseries advocated for keeping the Seed Plant in public hands. In 1999, MNR leadership reconsidered, and recognized the value of the OTSP’s critically important role in providing genetically adapted native seeds for planting programs. Tree nurseries were able to increase the propagation of locally adapted trees for our cities and countryside. OTSP seed was the foundation for the 50 Million Tree Program in 2007, without it the program could not have been built. The OTSP closure is a game changer - with the potential to be a game ender. The FGCA and Forest Ontario’s grower and planting partners are very concerned. Where will the millions of stored seeds go? Where will next year’s seed crops be processed? Who will monitor seed quality and track seed source? Who will invest in the expertise needed to establish and maintain a long-term seed bank - a critical weapon to fight the impacts of climate change? Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner recently reported that Ontario’s forests are under increasing stress from climate change. Climate models show that southern Ontario’s trees, adapted to a warmer climate, will be the best source of seed for Northern Ontario before the 22nd century. But many southern forests have been lost to agriculture and development. The remainder face introduced exotic plants, insects and diseases that challenge native trees from regenerating. Given these serious threats, seed management and banking capacity needs to be increased, not stopped. Premier Wynne has shown leadership on climate change - a tremendously complex challenge. And the FGCA knows the best way to manage complex challenges like forest restoration is to make it easier for people to do the right thing. But this short-sighted decision by the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, to abandon seed management and banking, will make it very difficult to ensure the resilience of Ontario’s forest under climate change. There is no future without forests, and no forests without seed. The plan to close the OTSP must be reconsidered.
Nov. 14, 2017 - A new report by Forest Economic Advisors (FEA), commissioned by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), highlights the importance of softwood lumber manufacturing to the U.S. economy and, in particular, the health of rural communities. Through both direct manufacture and via downstream industries that use softwood lumber as a primary input, FEA estimates that 775,674 jobs, with a total payroll of more than $46 billion, are tied to the softwood lumber manufacturing industry.There are currently 509 sawmills operating in 464 mostly rural communities across 32 states.  Softwood lumber’s economic impact extends far beyond the direct sales, employment, and wages of the nation’s lumber mills. In many ways, mills formed microeconomic hubs that generated substantial indirect and induced employment and wages, in the form of the goods and services mills purchased for their operations, and the goods, materials, and services workers bought using their incomes, including through investment in housing. Because most mills are in rural areas with limited alternative employment opportunities, these jobs are of particular importance to state and regional economies.  When tabulating these, softwood lumber’s total direct impact in 2016 was 208,107 jobs and $11.35 billion in wages. Many would be surprised to learn that the softwood lumber industry employs more people than oil and gas extraction (181,430 jobs) or primary steel manufacturing (140,200 jobs).FEA also assessed the economic impacts of seven downstream industries that rely heavily on lumber as a primary input in their operations, including the manufacture of trusses, windows, doors, millwork, wood containers, and pallets; wood preservation; wood remanufacturing; and the lumber wholesale trade. Together these industries accounted for 567,567 indirect &induced jobs, with annual wages of $34.93 billion.The Softwood Lumber Board’s role is to strengthen and diversify the demand for softwood lumber.  Over the last five years the SLB has contributed to increasing demand by 2.59 billion board feet.  The SLB’s impact has grown each year, creating 906 million board feet of increased demand in 2016 alone.  The SLB supports the market by supporting strong and safe building codes for wood, inspiring and educating architects and engineers on the benefits of wood construction, promoting the benefits of softwood lumber products in and around the home, and pursuing new markets for softwood lumber such as mass timber, mid-rise and tall wood construction.FEA’s findings confirm the importance of the SLB’s efforts to safeguard and increase softwood lumber’s market share, as literally tens of thousands of families in hundreds of different communities rely on a healthy, strong softwood lumber industry.
Oct. 30, 2017 - This month, the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) held their first annual Forestry Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park. OFIA staff and Board Directors met with several Ministers and Members of Provincial Parliament from the Liberal, Progressive Conservative (PC) and New Democratic Party (NDP) Caucuses. During these meetings, OFIA and its members, presented Provincial officials with their 2018 pre-budget submission. The OFIA submission outlines how Ontario can develop a Provincial forest strategy that accepts and embraces the sustainable use of Ontario’s forests. (To read OFIA’s 2018 Pre-Budget Submission, please visit: www.ofia.com). For generations, OFIA’s member companies have been putting Ontario’s wood to work responsibly, growing local economies by harvesting and growing trees. “On OFIA’s Forestry Advocacy Day, and every day, we want to acknowledge the vital role that forestry plays in our communities across every region of Ontario and for those 57,000 men and women directly employed by the sector,” OFIA president and chief executive officer Jamie Lim said. “We have presented the challenges in forestry in Ontario, provided a path full of opportunities to grow the sector, and now we look forward to working with all three parties to make Ontario’s forest sector stronger.” During OFIA’s Forestry Advocacy Day, OFIA and its members spoke to the three provincial parties and encouraged the establishment of a provincial forest strategy for Ontario. All three parties acknowledged that Ontario harvests so little of its Crown forests – less than 0.5 per cent – and yet the benefits are so great in a sector that generates $15.5 billion of economic activity and provides well-paying jobs for 172,000 people in every region of the province. Erik Holmstrom, chair of OFIA and Ontario timberlands manager for Weyerhaeuser noted, “Our businesses run and prosper on certainty, yet for Ontario’s forestry community, consistent access to affordable wood in Ontario continues to be uncertain. The sustainable use of our renewable Crown forests results in well-paying jobs and a wide range of social and economic benefits. As members of OFIA, we are grateful for the opportunity to be at Queen’s Park speaking to the people involved in making decisions that affect our livelihoods.” OFIA believes that by working with government and affected stakeholders to address key competitive challenges, we can make Ontario’s forest sector stronger, maximizing the full potential of Ontario’s renewable resource, create good paying jobs and assist the province in transitioning to a low carbon economy that will support sustainable growth for future generations. Ontario’s renewable forest products sector supports over 172,000 direct and indirect jobs in 260 Ontario communities. Since 1943, the Ontario Forest Industries Association has represented forestry companies ranging from multinational corporations to family operated businesses producing advanced manufactured products and technologies. OFIA believes that by working with government to address key competitive issues, secure long-term access to affordable and accessible fibre and promote the province’s 21st century forest products sector, Ontario will be the number one jurisdiction in Canada for today’s green and growing renewable sector. To learn more about OFIA and its innovative forestry members, follow us on Twitter @OFIA_info, or visit www.ofia.com 
Dec. 6, 2017 - Chevy recently partnered with John Deere at its world headquarters to show off its newest version of the HD Silverado pickup. The reason? A work-related backdrop is vital to understanding the needs of the HD truck owner and frankly what looks better than some spanking new construction equipment towed by shiny 2018 Chevy pickups?
Nov. 14, 2017 - Global demand for forestry equipment is forecast to reach $9.2 billion on gains of 4.5 per cent per year, more than four times faster than in the 2011-2016 period. Gains will be driven by the transition from manual to mechanical logging solutions in the developing economies of the Africa/Mideast and Asia/Pacific regions and Latin America, as well as the rise of logging methods, such as cut-to-length, that require more sophisticated (and expensive) forestry equipment in industrialized nations like Canada and Finland. Global Forestry Equipment, 2nd Edition, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm, offers in-depth analysis of these and other trends.Western Europe, the world's largest exporter of forestry equipment, will see its trade surplus increase by $200 million to $1.0 billion in 2021. Factors driving these gains include the reputation of West European forestry equipment suppliers, whose hefty R&D budgets deliver cutting edge products, and the massive scale of their global distribution networks. The Asia/Pacific region, the only other global market with a trade surplus in this industry, will see an increase of $70 million as local producers and foreign multinationals invest heavily in new production capacity and upgrading existing facilities.Felling machinery will see the fastest gains of all product segments through 2021. Demand for felling machinery is projected to rise nearly 5 per cent per year through 2021 as market conditions improve in the US and other mature markets, and logging sector mechanization rates in developing nations increase. Sales of separately sold parts and attachments will rise 4 per cent annually as the global stock of forestry equipment grows and more advanced attachments are developed. In dollar terms, chippers and grinders will experience the fastest growth in the forecast period as global demand for wood pellets as a power plant feedstock rises and the use of on-site processing equipment in developing nations increases.Related studies include: #3539 Global Construction Machinery, 6th Edition (August 2017) #3519 Global Power Tools Market, 9th Edition (May 2017)
Nov. 8, 2017 - Western Forest Products Inc. announced on Tuesday the closure of its Englewood logging train. This announcement is consistent with the company's ongoing efforts to reduce costs and strengthen its competitiveness. Logs will be transported by truck at a lower cost to create efficiencies in the transportation of logs to its mills from northern Vancouver Island forestry operations.At peak operations, the train employed 34 people. As a result of the closure of the train, these positions will be eliminated. The company will work with its employees and union representatives to identify opportunities for the impacted employees to transition to other positions within its operations. Accordingly, the reduction in overall jobs is anticipated to be fewer than 15. As always, the company is committed to work with its employees in a fair and equitable manner.Western employs over 3,500 employees and contractors on the coast, of which 600 are directly employed on northern Vancouver Island. Western remains focused on ensuring the safe, competitive, long-term viability of its operations for the benefit of its employees, shareholders, and the communities in which it operates.
June 19, 2017 - According to research published in the Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 35(4), using in-forest weighing scales can boost the payload efficiency of log trucks.
June 1, 2017 - John Deere is launching a longed-for global first at Elmia Wood. The company has now developed its crane-tip control for harvesters too. There will also be the opportunity to test operate several forest machines plus do tests on simulators at the John Deere stand. “Visitors can try out the new technology during the fair,” says Dieter Reinisch of John Deere. Crane-tip control for forest machines is a true Elmia Wood innovation, which has been developed over the past three fairs. John Deere presented the concept with the help of a forwarder simulator in 2009, which contractors could test and comment on. At Elmia Wood 2013 it was time for the world premiere of forwarders with crane-tip control, which has become a much-appreciated function. “Our customers say they move an extra load every shift thanks to crane-tip control,” Reinisch says. And now it’s time for what the industry has been talking about for ten years: crane-tip control for harvesters. This world first is being presented at Elmia Wood, installed in a John Deere 1270 harvester. Visitors to the fair can test the function both in reality and on simulators. John Deere is also presenting an updated version of its crane-tip control for harvesters. The innovations are in the software, which means that contractors who already have the function on their forwarders can obtain the innovations at their next service opportunity. All of John Deere’s machine models will be exhibited at the fair, including the three new mid-size forwarders in the G series: the 1110G, 1210G and 1510G. Also being shown is the first harvester in the G series, the 1170G with eight wheels. It is a smaller-size machine with a broad range of uses from thinning to easier final felling. One recurring request at previous fairs has been for the opportunity to test operate the machines. This wish will now be granted. John Deere is offering the chance to test operate its forwarders with a rotating and levelling cab. This function is almost standard in the Nordic markets but elsewhere contractors often choose a fixed cab for cost reasons. “At Elmia Wood they have the chance to experience the added value of a rotating and levelling cab,” Reinisch says.  Elmia Wood 7-10 June Elmia Wood is the world’s leading forestry fair and is held every four years outdoors in the forest south of Jönköping, Sweden. The last Elmia Wood (2013) had over 500 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from around the world and was monitored by the international trade press. On 7–10 June 2017 the global forest industry will gather once more.
May 26, 2017 - Forestry tires are expensive. Take some simple, common-sense precautions to protect your investment and get the most service life and maximum safety out of your tires.Forestry-duty rubber tires are a big investment for logging operators. A set of tires for a four-wheeled skidder can cost upwards of $12,000 USD and fl otation or dual tires can be even more expensive. Skidders, forwarders and drive-to-tree feller bunchers all operate in the most extreme off road conditions of heat, cold, mud, rocks and abrasive soil. Rubber tires can wear prematurely (or fail catastrophically) if not properly looked after. Fortunately, by taking some simple, common-sense precautions, operators can protect their investment and get the most service life and maximum safety out of their tires.First and foremost, operators need to be checking their tire pressure regularly – preferably on a daily or at least weekly basis. Under infl ation can cause excessive heat buildup leading to damage to the sidewall, beads or lining. On the other hand, an over infl ated tire is more vulnerable to impact damage. Always check the tire pressure against the Tigercat and tire manufacturers’ service recommendations.When using band tracks (on bogie axle machines) tire pressure should be set to the maximum recommended pressure. This prevents the tires from squatting too much under heavy loads which can strain and damage the tire sidewalls against the side members of the band tracks. This also helps prevent the tires from spinning on the wheels and damaging their sealing beads. (Note – traction aids should only be used on Tigercat skidders with pre-approval from Tigercat Customer Service to ensure warranty coverage.)Operator training and behavior are also both critical to extending tire life. Two particular areas that operators need to be aware of are the use of differential locks and planning for the best driving path.Differential locks provide extra traction by forcing both wheels on a vehicle to spin at the same speed rather than allowing each wheel to spin at different speeds depending on traction. Pre-emptive use of differential locks in difficult terrain (muddy, steep or dusty) helps to minimize the amount of wheel spin. Many operators wait until they notice wheel spin before using the differential locks. This can lead to severe tire damage as large pieces of rubber can be sheared off if the tire makes contact with a sharp rock or stump when spinning. Differential locks should be engaged in anticipation of difficult terrain as much as possible to minimize this risk, but should be left off for driving on less challenging terrain.Finally, operators need to select the best driving path whenever possible. Operators need to be aware of the geography in the working area and carefully plan the route to be driven. How steep are the slopes? Are there areas or deep mud or hard-to-spot hollows? Going around an obstacle or mound or steep incline may take a little longer, but the savings in fuel and tire damage may well make it worthwhile. Always keep both eyes and your mind open when driving off road. Read more at www.tigercat.com. 
Dec. 12, 2017 - Standard on Sennebogen machines, the updated version of the Maxcab is about 3” (70 mm) longer than the previous generation. The resulting cab expansion not only provides more space for the operator to work comfortably. It also offers additional room for an optional electric cooler behind the seat, as well as additional storage space for other necessities. When Sennebogen introduced the first generation of Maxcab in 2006, it established a new benchmark in comfort, ergonomics and safety for the operators of material handlers and other lifting equipment. The innovative sliding door continues to provide convenient, safe access to the new Maxcab, but with an increased opening width for even easier access. From the start, end-users and designers were involved in the development of the new Maxcab. The result is a smart design meeting all required specifications. Throughout the new Maxcab’s design and development process, Sennebogen prioritized higher-quality solutions, including the most easy-to-understand, simple and intuitive operating elements. Optimum climate control The new and improved air conditioning system in today’s Maxcab features nine outlets for optimized air flow. Even with the fan on high, the air is blown at a pleasantly low speed via outlets that are strategically distributed around the cab. Helping to ensure a pleasant working environment, the Maxcab features a tiltable front windshield and a side window panel in the door that can be opened by the operator. Additional upgrades ensure comfort The windshield on the new Maxcab has been pulled right down to the floor optimizing the operator’s view of the primary work area at the front of the machine. Together with large side window panels, the operator has an unobstructed panoramic view over the entire jobsite. Charging outlets have been located behind the driver’s seat and additional storage spaces in the interior keeps the area tidy but all items are within easy reach of the operator. Additionally, the new cab’s floormat is flush with the access opening, making the cab’s floor safe to access and easy to clean. A permanent catwalk with a railing allows for safe access to the cab. Creating ideal conditions for fatigue-free work, the consoles and the ergonomic hydraulic-over-hydraulic joysticks move with the standard climate-controlled seat. The work station can be individually adjusted to best suit the size and weight of every operator. Sennebogen machines continue to employ efficient, cost-effective operating technologies. Individual operating switches instead of electronics makes it easy and cost effective to troubleshoot and repair. Sennebogen has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for 65 years. Based in Stanley, N.C., within the greater Charlotte region, Sennebogen LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit virtually any material handling application. Established in America in the year 2000, Sennebogen LLC is a provider of specialized equipment solutions for recycling and scrap metal yards, demolition, barge and port operations, log-handling, transfer stations and waste facilities from coast to coast. Visit the website at www.sennebogen-na.com
Dec. 12, 2017 - John Deere has announced its new TimberOffice Data Transfer (TODT) app, a free smartphone application available for iOS or Android devices which simplifies data transfer from forestry machines to the office. The app, now available for Cut-to-Length forestry machines, allows the user to secure production and work statistics, even when used in a working environment with weak or non-existent mobile service. “We wanted to provide a solution that allows users to easily transfer the data they need to successfully manage their business – even when working outside of cellular service,” said Matt Flood, John Deere ForestSight product manager. “TimberOffice Data Transfer turns a smartphone into a temporary storage device that automatically transfers the data when cellular connectivity is reestablished.” Use of the TODT app, developed exclusively for John Deere customers, simply requires users to plug a TODT Wi-Fi device into their TimberMatic measuring and control system, creating a connection between the app and the machine. Once the connection is established, data is transferred to the mobile device with a single touch. When a mobile network is available, the TODT app automatically sends selected data to pre-assigned emails or production management systems, without requiring the user to go back into the app. The app, which can collect data from multiple machines, enables faster data utilization to help customers improve machine productivity. TODT utilization also results in increased production awareness and efficiency from the jobsite by sharing data on potentially more frequent intervals than ever before. To learn more about or download the TimberOffice Data Transfer app, please visit the Apple iTunes store or Google Play store.
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[SPONSORED CONTENT]With over 60 machines, more than 40 actively involved in daily logging operations, small changes can have a big impact on Greg Jacob’s bottom line. Take machine idling for example. FPInnovations suggests that reducing idling by one hour per day for a feller buncher would save upwards of $600/yr in fuel alone. Doing the same on skidders and processors would net anywhere from over $300/yr to $450/yr. Across a fleet of 60 machines, that can net $30,000/yr of additional margin from fuel, more if machine wear and tear are included. Given the tight margins outlined in CFI Magazine’s 2016 Contractor Survey, that’s significant. To Jacob, it’s also low-hanging fruit. Jacob owns Lo-Bar Log Transport, a large BC Interior contractor that harvests 1 million cubic metres annually, including road building and road maintenance to support that work. Following the mantra that you can only improve what you measure, the seasoned logger added telematics systems to 10 of his bunchers and processors this past spring. A major Tigercat client, he added the manufacturer’s RemoteLog telematics solution to all of his D-series track machines, and will expand to his older C-series models when that software version is available. “We wanted to identify efficiencies and deficiencies in the way we operate, which is what these systems are best geared for. We had ideas of where we could improve, but no data to prove it and no way to measure success once we made changes.” Idle thoughts That changed this spring, and Jacob says some simple and easy opportunities presented themselves quickly. RemoteLog uses satellite technology to track and report on machine location, activity, fuel levels and consumption, and diagnostics. It can be used to schedule fueling and maintenance, and alert owners to mechanical issues as they happen. Pre-set reports are also available that can be sent to key staff daily, weekly or monthly. It was within those simple reports that Lo-Bar made its first discovery. “Right away we saw that idling was way more than we needed for normal operations. The reports allowed us to measure the problem, identify where and when it was happening, and then raise awareness with the operators. We saw a response immediately, and then let the supervisors and operators know the changes were working.” Jacob’s last comment raises one of the often-overlooked benefits of modern telematics systems, especially in large and remote operations like Lo-Bar. Not only could Jacob and his supervisors identify an opportunity and use data to convince operators of the benefits of change, they could measure the effect of that change immediately, provide feedback to the operators, and monitor regularly to avoid backsliding. “Something like excessive idling was easy to resolve, and can be 45 minutes a day. That’s not difficult behaviour to change, and it requires very little inconvenience to the operator, yet has a noticeable impact on the bottom line. Now we just have to be sure it stays on our radar.” Easy to use Jacob says the system takes very little effort to manage. It is set to email he and his supervisors automated reports, which require only a quick look to spot trends or opportunities. “The reports are very easy to read - Tigercat did a great job keeping them simple, so we can act on the information. The info we need for that is right there, not buried in mountains of detail.” Jacob notes that it’s still early on in the implementation process, but says there are other benefits to enhanced operation monitoring beyond continual improvement. For one, machine diagnostics are helping reduce downtime and equipment damage. Key staff are set to receive email alarms when certain conditions arise. Once a code is identified, some troubleshooting can also be done remotely via the system. Yet in deciding to implement telematics, Greg says it was all about the continual improvement mindset that a successful logger needs to thrive in today’s tight business environment. “I’ve always been of the opinion that there’s room to improve in any operation, and some time you don’t need to look that hard. You have to be more efficient, work with what you have. The revenue side of this business doesn’t change that much over time, so we need to look at the cost side continually. This helps us do that.” Lo-Bar has added RemoteLog to all of its Tigercat D-series bunchers and processors.    Easy Trial Efficient telematics technology is now part of the expected offerings from major forest equipment manufacturers. Tigertcat’s RemoteLog telematics is a satellite data solution that can come on all gear rolling out of the supplier’s plants, and includes a one-year free subscription. Like the Sirius satellite radio system built into many new cars, the hope is customers will see the benefits and keep using the system going forward. Designed to help loggers see benefits immediately, RemoteLog comes with simple-to-read pre-set reports, which can be customized as needed. Reports are automatically sent to selected staff on a regular basis, and custom notifications or alerts can be sent via smartphone or email. This approach means no operator training or action is required. Other bells and whistles include: ·      Fuel level reports can go to one location to schedule and plan deliveries. ·      Worksite maps can be displayed as an overlay on Google Maps. ·      Machine locations can be exported to Google Maps to create driving directions, a definite upgrade over the old “once off the highway follow the beaten path” routine. ·      Centralized and up-to-date machine hours for the fleet to help plan maintenance.
Nov. 17, 2017 - John Deere has announced a new extended stick boom option for the 800MH-Series tracked harvesters. With a design based on customer feedback, the new extended boom stick offers a longer reach option, enabling operators to minimize the number of cut trails. “With the addition of the extended stick boom option, we are able to meet the needs of customers who require a longer reach, helping them to be more efficient in the woods while meeting local regulations,” said Jim O’Halloran, product marketing manager for John Deere Tracked Harvesters and Feller Bunchers. “With the extended boom, operators are able to harvest larger areas, reducing the frequency of required movement of the machine. This not only benefits the surrounding terrain, but also improves the efficiency of the machine.” Designed for use with smaller attachments, the new extended stick boom option reaches 32.5 feet (9.9 meters). Additionally, the extended option features a narrow boom tip, allowing the operator to reach past standing timber in thinning applications. This also helps operators minimize damage to the trees being harvested. To learn more about the new extended boom stick offering, as well as the John Deere 800MH-Series tracked harvesters, please visit your local John Deere Forestry dealer or www.deere.com/en/tracked-harvesters/.
Nov. 7, 2017 - The Barko 270B processor is purpose-built for its application, providing several performance advantages over equipment commonly used for processing jobs. Offering exceptional horsepower, swing torque and tractive effort, the 270B features a dangle head boom configuration for picking, delimbing, cut-to-length harvesting, and stacking. Powered by a 225-horsepower Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine with SCR aftertreatment, the 270B offers excellent fuel economy and features large fuel and DEF tanks for longer job cycles between refills. A 36-inch-diameter auto reversing fan with automatic blade pitch control further optimizes engine efficiency. The hydraulic system on the 270B is designed to keep power constantly available, allowing operators to instantaneously shift from function to function without any of the delayed reactions common with the hydraulics on other machines. Responsive IQAN controls are customized to provide programmable settings for individual operators, along with machine diagnostics and troubleshooting. The processor features load sensing hydraulics to automatically adjust performance according to the load. High pressure and high flow contribute to delivering more hydraulic horsepower to the attachment, while a dedicated attachment pump runs the attachment without robbing power from the machine for other functions. Dual swing drives provide continuous rotation and high swing torque of 58,384 ft-lbf. Bare pin maximum lift capacity is 31,150 pounds. The 270B provides firm, stable footing thanks to long tracks measuring 15 feet, 2 inches, along with a D7 undercarriage that offers ground clearance of 29.5 inches, an overall width of 11 feet, 5.5 inches, and max travel speed of 2.9 mph. The unit delivers exceptional drawbar pull of 66,700 foot-pounds to handle hills and rough terrain with ease. Side door entry provides easy access to the comfortable cab, which offers excellent visibility of the working area. Operator ergonomics are enhanced by a heated air-ride seat, cup holder, dome light, and radio with MP3 auxiliary, AM/FM/WB, USB, XM-ready and Bluetooth. A 1.25-inch polycarbonate window and 8 exterior LED lights provide added safety. The 270B is designed to provide ample storage space, including a storage tray, two storage areas on the door, space for a lunch box inside the cab, and two additional storage areas outside the cab. Attachments can fold completely under the processor, keeping the unit compact and easy to transport on the road. A forward-sliding design allows the cab to move up to 36 inches for easier machine servicing. Additionally, a large, hydraulically-operated gull swing door offers direct access to the engine compartment and hydraulic components. The gull wing serves as a convenient working platform and includes a slip-resistant walking surface. An optional Proheat system is available to warm the engine, fuel tank and hydraulic tank in cold weather. Other performance and service options include a high pressure hydraulic filter for attachments, automatic fire suppression system, hydraulic tank vacuum pump, electric fill pump, boom lights, and various track shoe sizes and styles. Cab options include a rear-view camera with 7-inch display, CB radio, window reinforcement bars, oversized skylight, window shades and cab lights. Barko Hydraulics, LLC is part of the Pettibone, LLC Heavy Equipment Group. Founded in 1963, Barko has consistently led the industry with innovative solutions to the forestry, scrap and construction markets, including industrial tractors, crawlers, handlers, loaders, forwarders, chippers and harvesters. For more information, call 715-395-6700 or visit www.barko.com.

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