New Gear
Oct. 16, 2018 – Industry professionals from around the world gathered in Newton, New Hampshire on the week of Oct. 1 for the 2018 CBI and Ecotec Factory Forum. CBI’s expanded on-site demo arena included live demos of twelve machines from the CBI and Ecotec product lines, including the all-new 6800CT Horizontal Grinder and Phoenix 1600 Trommel Screen.
Oct. 5, 2018 – Is it time to look at upgrading your grinder? WSM can help you determine the best solution to optimize your operation! WSM offers the most rugged and reliable horizontal and vertical grinders/hogs available.
Oct. 3, 2018 – John Deere continues to provide industry-leading job site solutions with the addition of an exclusive on-board grade indication option. Available as a factory or field kit option on the large-frame G-Series skid steers (330G and 332G) and the large-frame G-Series compact track loaders (331G and 333G), this new feature is ideal for job sites that involve levelling and slope work.
Oct. 2, 2018 - The development of TRC's 880 Crown & Chassis Extreme began with a need. Canadians needed a grease that offered all the great qualities of our 880 Crown & Chassis plus functionality in the cold of winter and heat of the summer.
Sept. 28, 2018 - Canadian Forest Industries brings you the newest skidder technology for Canadian terrains.
Sept. 27, 2018 - While preventative maintenance may seem elementary, it is an important part of ensuring the health of machines. To retain performance and help machines power through stubborn conditions, loggers are encouraged to work closely with their dealers, implement internal processes to streamline machine maintenance and utilize available technology solutions to maximize machine productivity.
Sept. 19, 2018 - Sitting side by side at the John Deere demo site in Coal Valley, Ill., the brand-new 748L-II grapple skidder and its predecessor, the 748L, are nearly identical. Brandon O’Neal, John Deere’s product marketing manager for full tree forestry, chuckles when he says from the outside the machines are not all that different. But a closer look at the interior reveals the three years of product development that went into the L-II models.
Sept. 18, 2018 - John Deere has announced the release of its TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager technology offerings, new streamlined software solutions for loggers designed to enhance machine connectivity and communication. Available for John Deere wheeled-cut-to-length equipment, the revolutionary TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager software is another way John Deere is continuing to help customers optimize machines, increasing productivity.
Sept. 7, 2018 - In a 100-year-old Norwegian spruce wood lot, six Ponsse machines are lined up to show off their latest technology in the field. The wood lot is in Vierema, Finland, latitude 63, which is the same latitude as Iqaluit. Even though we are just a few hundred kilometres from the polar circle, trees are large compared to eastern Canadian standards, with many trees measuring more than 60 centimetres (24 inches).
Sept. 7, 2018 - Surveyors and foresters who need to measure and mark trails quickly in remote, rough conditions find that walking while laying a topographic filament remains their best choice. Sawyers and other workers who follow can easily find their survey marks.
Aug. 31, 2018 - Olofsfors, a Swedish manufacturer of steel products for the forestry and construction industries, has reduced its material usage, optimized its production process and developed a lighter, more fuel-efficient product. How? By moving its production in house and switching to SSAB Boron 27 steel.

“We have transitioned from using pre-manufactured parts to buying steel that we press and manufacture in house,” explains Maria Ragnarsson, Olofsfors’ head of purchasing and logistics. “Now that we control our production process, we’re generating less waste and making a more sustainable product.”

In 2008, Olofsfors opted to bring the production process for its ECO-Tracks for forestry machines in house. In the search for a supplier to provide the steel for the side supports on the tracks, it chose SSAB Boron 27 steel. 

“Quality is one of our top priorities,” says Ragnarsson. “If we want to produce the right quality, the material we use has to meet the required quality standards. 

“We chose steel from SSAB because it maintains a high, consistent level of quality and because SSAB is a sustainably minded company that is also a relatively local supplier to us here in northern Sweden,” she continues. 

In addition to optimizing fuel consumption as a result of the lightweight properties of SSAB’s steel, the switch to SSAB Boron 27 has resulted in less material use, less waste and improved sustainability for Olofsfors.

“The material waste percentage from cut steel can be as high as 50 per cent, but, with SSAB’s steel, we’ve reduced that number significantly. Our material use is down too. We make some 400,000 side supports a year and, for each one, we’re saving between half a kilo and a kilo of steel. So we’re heating less steel and wasting less steel,” says Olofsfors’ strategic product developer, Mats Frangén.

“SSAB is committed to reducing its long-term climate impact and that’s something we value when choosing our suppliers. With SSAB, we use and transport less material, all of which has a positive impact on our carbon emissions,” Ragnarsson says.

SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company. SSAB offers value added products and services developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB has employees in over 50 countries. SSAB has production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US. SSAB is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has a secondary listing on Nasdaq Helsinki. Join us also on social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.
Aug. 30, 2018 - Today John Deere announces two new G-Series wheeled harvester models, the 1170G and 1070G.
Aug. 28, 2018 - Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä opened Ponsse’s new factory expansion in Vieremä. The factory expansion means a significant step for Ponsse’s production development and competitiveness.

The factory investment is the largest in Ponsse’s history, expanding the production facilities from 2,700 m2 to 4,000 m2. Above all, the investment means a leap forward in terms of production technology. “The new factory facilitates the strong development of quality, flexibility, occupational safety and productivity. We are able to react more flexibly to changes in the market situation and ensure effective customer variation of Ponsse forest machines in serial production conditions,” said Juho Nummela, president and chief executive officer of Ponsse Plc.

Lintilä stated in his speech that the expansion is an example of the belief in the future that has characterised Ponsse throughout its history. “This raises Ponsse’s competitiveness to yet another level. The continuous development of processes, the world’s best forest machines and the best quality offered to customers sound like excellent objectives. However, I am certain that Ponsse’s true success is based on strong values and fair play. That will always get you far,” said Lintilä.

Smart technology transforms storage logistics
The new factory uses new smart storage technology that enables a smooth flow of components to production lines. This has significantly increased productivity of storage logistics and reduced manual handling of components. The storage automation includes 15,500 storage places for small goods and 3,900 pallet places.

The construction of the new factory started in early 2016. All Ponsse forest machines are manufactured in Vieremä at the world’s most modern forest machine factory.
Aug. 27, 2018 - Ponsse unveiled two new machines, new features and a 1.3-hectare expansion of its manufacturing plant in Vierema, Finland, last week, bringing 55 international journalists to the scene. CFI was on hand to see the new Cobra harvester and the first CVT forwarder on the market, the Ponsse Bison.
Aug. 23, 2018 - Forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy will launch the Smooth Ride cabin suspension at the FinnMETKO exhibition held in Jämsä Aug. 30–Sept. 1, 2018. The Smooth Ride cabin is mounted on four coil springs and four shock absorbers. The simple design makes the Smooth Ride easy to maintain. At the exhibition, the Smooth Ride solution will be presented on a Logset 6F GT forwarder. The forwarder will also have a Stage 5 engine that meets the new EU emission regulations taking effect in 2019.

"We will provide a track where customers can test drive the Smooth Ride solution during FinnMETKO," says managing director Jussi Malmi. "Smooth Ride differs from the competitors’ cabin suspension solutions in that it does not contain any hydraulic or electronic components. The solution is economical and reliable."

At FinnMETKO, Logset will also exhibit Finland’s first forwarder with extra wide symmetric tracks. The tracks will be mounted on Logset’s best-selling forwarder model in Finland, the Logset 5F GT. The extra wide tracks increase the load capacity of the forwarder by 20 per cent while the machine maintains its agility.

"Even with the wide tracks, the forwarder remains easy to transport. The wide tracks make the Logset 5F GT even more versatile for different types of tasks," Malmi explains.

Logset will also exhibit two harvesters and four harvester heads. All the machines have the renewed TOC 2 control system and new ergonomic control panels. The harvesters also have the renewed measuring device TOC-MD 2. The control system and the measuring device are Linux-based. User friendliness has been a key point in the development process.
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