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.



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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.
Aug. 23, 2018 - Rotochopper’s Demo Day 2018 is just around the corner. This year Demo Day will feature the latest innovations that Rotochopper has to offer, including the recently launched, B-66 L Series, and Demo Day is your chance to see it in action.
Aug. 21, 2018 - Road building and site development contractors can now reap the benefits of John Deere SmartGrade in the highly successful G-Series motor grader line. SmartGrade technology delivers the first-of-its-kind mastless Topcon 3D integrated grade control as a factory option on new machines and field kit for equipment already on the job. The system is fully incorporated into the machine’s structures and software, delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable masts and cables.

“Earthmoving customers already utilize SmartGrade technology integrated into Deere dozers, and many have asked when it would be available on the motor grader line,” said Luke Kurth, motor graders product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Today is the day, and we’re excited to be the first manufacturer to offer this integrated solution to the industry. The same machine can now be used throughout the job site, from site clearing to final grade, maximizing operator resources and fleet utilization.”

SmartGrade eliminates external masts and cables from the moldboard, preventing possible theft or damage. This also removes the need to climb on the machine every day and install blade-mounted sensors and components, reducing setup time and complexity. By removing the masts and leveraging position sensing, the operator can now run without limitation, using all of the machine functions, like blade pitch, circle side-shift and circle rotate, without risking damage all while staying on grade. In the cab, the grade system interface is built into the Grade Pro (GP) controls available in the Deere exclusive fingertip or dual joystick design.

An all new Automation Suite is included with SmartGrade and is available as an option on all GP graders, helping operators in daily production by reducing the number of controls needed to perform common tasks. The suite boasts auto-articulation, blade flip and operator-selectable machine presets. Auto-articulation combines front steering and rear articulation while blade flip, a Deere exclusive, enables the operator to automatically rotate the blade to a set position without holding the control at the end of a pass. Machine preset, another Deere exclusive, allows the operator to activate multiple functions by pressing a single button (Return-to-Straight, Auto-Shift, lights, etc.). Up to three positions can be stored in the monitor.

JD 772GP SmartGrade Motor Grader 2“SmartGrade graders are the latest in a long line of technologies Deere has developed to help customers become more efficient and automate some of the controls for one of the most sophisticated pieces of equipment on the job site,” said Sean Mairet, grade control product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight.™ “Whatever machine you have on the job site, Deere’s focus on industry-leading innovations will help operators be more productive and let owners better manage their workloads.”

Fleet managers looking to get the most out of their SmartGrade motor graders can rely on their world-class John Deere dealers to provide unmatched support for both the grader and the SmartGrade system. Owners receive predelivery and follow-up inspections that include five years of JDLink telematics, machine health prognostics, remote diagnostics and programming capabilities.

For additional information and availability, visit your local John Deere dealer or www.JohnDeere.com.
Aug. 13, 2018 - Canadian Forest Industries has compiled the newest feller bunchers on the Canadian market.
Aug. 8, 2018 - Komatsu America Corp., has previewed its new XT-5 Series of Track Feller Bunchers. Models include the XT430-5 (non-leveling), XT435L-5, XT445L-5 and XT465L-5, which replace the prior XT-3 Series machines.
July 26, 2018 - Steep slope harvesting with winch-assisted machines has been steadily increasing in Western Canada. Although this technique is still new here, winch systems with harvesters and forwarders have been used in Europe for more than 20 years.
July 12, 2018 - The Brawler Solidflex HPS solid tire line, from Trelleborg Wheel Systems, has been selected as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) solid tire option for Cat medium wheel loaders and small wheel loaders from Caterpillar Inc. Caterpillar is a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

“The team at Caterpillar, as well as our other customers, have long understood the value of our Brawler line to their businesses," said Jared Steier, director of OEM/OEA sales in North America for Trelleborg’s industrial and construction tires. "Engineered for extreme environments, Brawler tires provide the optimal total cost of ownership for which Trelleborg is known. Caterpillar’s choice of the Brawler Solidflex HPS tire as its OEM solid tire option on its wheel loaders is right in line with their tradition of providing the best business-driving value to their customers.”

The Brawler HPS Solidflex features elliptical apertures to deliver a comfortable ride, resulting in reduced equipment and operator fatigue. Durable cut resistant rubber compound eliminates downtime caused by tire damage, while deep lug tread design offers three times more wearable rubber than most pneumatic tires.

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