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Sept. 15, 2017 - Forestry and logging, a lifeblood of those in Northern Alberta and B.C. is and industry that we take seriously and should not be overlooked.
Sept. 12, 2017 - Peterson Pacific Corp. has announced the all-new Peterson 6310B Drum Chipper which is suited for high volume biomass producers who have a wide variety of feed material, from logs up to 36″ (91 cm) in diameter, to brush and small feedstock.
Sept. 5, 2017 - Barko’s new Strong-Arm Grapples provide a highly productive solution for log handling and delimbing applications. Designed to optimize the performance of Barko B-Series loaders – including all trailer/truck mount, tracked, rough terrain carrier and stationary loader models – the grapples deliver superior rotator torque, clamping force and arm speed.
September 5, 2017 - CFI takes a look at the latest feller bunchers ready to work for contractors in Canada’s forests.
Aug. 30, 2017 - A bright coloured measuring box dispensing sewing thread used to be part of the suite of tools that every road builder and timber cruiser relied on to mark out trails and measure off plots. I know this from experience in the B.C. bush laying out mineral claims.
Aug. 25, 2017 - John Deere announces three upgrades to its powerful Forwarder line. The 1110G, 1210G and 1510G models feature new engines, control modules, simpler CAN busses and a streamlined electrical system, providing loggers with the power and precision needed for tough jobs in the woods.
Aug. 17, 2017 - In logging, time is money just like any other business. When your forestry machine has a technical issue that threatens your wood harvesting capacity, time is of the essence.
Aug. 9, 2017 - Watch Prime Tech's PT-300 and the PT-475, both with Tier 4 engine technology, working in steep terrain and grappling with standing trees, brush and slash as well as with stumps. The machines were in action at Prime Tech's 2017 Demo Day held in Sarnonico, Italy in late May.
Aug. 4, 2017 - Why would anyone working in Canada’s forest sector, want to travel halfway around the world to a forestry demo in a Scots pine forest in southern Sweden? Especially in June, when things are just about to get busy with the end of spring break up, and planting season just beginning? After all, what can Swedes (or their neighbours, the Finns and Norwegians) teach us about forestry? I mean, after all, the Swedish forest sector is facing a long list of challenges, including:
Aug. 1, 2017 - Komatsu America Corp. has introduced the new WA200-8 wheel loader. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, this addition to the wheel loader family combines high production with low fuel consumption and improved operator comfort.
July 31, 2017 - John Deere has updated its full line of L-Series Skidders. The L-Series models now boast best-in-class horsepower, a more impressive power-to-weight ratio, an improved engine aftertreatment system, and new grapple and boom options.
July 26, 2017 - Tigercat has launched its new telematics system called RemoteLog. RemoteLog was designed after extensive field research that included feedback from customers from around the world. The result is a simple, robust telematics solution that works even in the most remote locations.

Now loggers can track key machine performance metrics from their desktop or tablet to maximize machine productivity and reduce operating costs. “RemoteLog is a valuable new tool for loggers to optimize productivity and minimize downtime by having data that matters right at your fingertips,” said telematics project engineer Rob Archibald.

Logging sites are often well out of range of cellular phone service providers so RemoteLog uses a satellite data connection that provides global coverage. Data is automatically updated to secure servers on a regular basis. Data includes:

1. Machine location and movements

2. Activity timeline to identify when a machine is idle, operating, shutdown or refuelling

3. Fuel levels and consumption

4. Mechanical performance parameters

5. Critical machine messages

The data is presented in a simple, easy-to-navigate web portal that runs on all major desktop and tablet browsers so it is available from anywhere with an Internet connection. No special operator training is required. The system collects and sends data automatically. Extensive reporting and analytics built into RemoteLog mean owners can see at-a-glance when the machine is working or if there are potential problems developing.

Users can also set up alerts to notify service personnel. Dealers can see error codes and other important mechanical information to help get the right service and parts on the first visit. Are hydraulic fluid temperatures higher than they should be? Is the pressure drop too high across the fuel filter? RemoteLog helps owners address simple things such as filter changes before they become major headaches and lets dealers offer proactive service for spare parts and consumables.

The hardware components of RemoteLog consist of a satellite antenna on top of the machine that is well-protected by a polycarbonate housing. A telematics computer module is located in the cab. The computer module connects to the machine data bus to read maintenance information and to the satellite antenna for data upload. The computer module goes into low power mode when the machine is turned off. The module will shut down automatically after three days with no key-on cycle to conserve the machine battery.

RemoteLog is now available as a factory installed option on all Tigercat machines. When specified on a new machine, RemoteLog comes with the required hardware and a free subscription to start. After the free subscription ends, plans are available for purchase through your Tigercat dealer. Contact your dealer to see if a retrofit kit is available for your existing Tigercat machine. The RemoteLog satellite antenna enclosure is made of tough polycarbonate.
July 20, 2017 - Barko’s B-Series merchandising loader product line has been updated to offer several new service and safety features. Known for rugged components and durable construction to withstand the rigors of forestry jobs, the loaders deliver high-capacity performance for various log handling applications, including sorting, stacking, pull-through delimbing and loading.

New enhancements to provide easier and safer machine serviceability on the B-Series loaders include relocated fuel filters, simplified electrical accessibility and component replacement, and better wire protection and routing. Additionally, a more robust hydraulic cylinder design adds durability.

All B-Series loaders feature a pilot-operated hydraulic control system, in conjunction with IQAN electronic controls, to provide a more natural feel for the operator. The system can be configured as necessary, and maintenance can be performed simply without a specialist. To conserve fuel, Barko’s efficient load sensing hydraulic system delivers power only when needed. Load sensing valves and pump deliver excellent metering by matching pressure and flow.

Each loader is powered by a 173-horsepower Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine. Maximum lift capacities range from 38,820 pounds for the 595B model to 22,820 pounds for the 295B. The loaders’ wider, all-welded boom construction has a fabricated box type design that includes sweeping curves for added strength and increased fatigue resistance. Standard boom length is 32 feet for the 495B and 595B, and 30 feet for the 295B.

Barko Hydraulics, LLC is part of the Pettibone, LLC Heavy Equipment Group. Founded in 1963, Barko has provided the industry with solutions to the forestry, scrap and construction markets, including industrial tractors, crawlers, handlers, loaders, forwarders, chippers and harvesters.
July 6, 2017 - Master of Business Administration MBA, engineer Jussi Malmi, 47, has been appointed Logset Oy’s Managing Director starting Sept. 1, 2017.
June 26, 2017 - This year marks the silver anniversary of Tigercat. Design and manufacturing excellence, dedication to the customer, vision, perseverance and teamwork have advanced Tigercat from a single prototype to a broad range of forestry equipment and specialized off road machinery.
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