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.
June 23, 2017 - Forestry enthusiasts from around the world were treated to hundreds of equipment premiers at Elmia Wood, the forestry fair held every four years in Sweden. Couldn't make the show? Canadian Forest Industries was there to take in all the action and bring you product highlights. Watch our wrap-up video here.
June 23, 2017 - Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp. is pleased to announce the appointment of TRC Hydraulics www.trchydraulics.com as Authorized Distributor for Industrial and Mobile Hydraulics products in all of Atlantic Canada effective May 1, 2017.
June 23, 2017 - Wallingford’s Inc. has recently been appointed as a new Carlton Harvester & Slasher chain distributor to serve customers all across North America.
June 22, 2017 - It’s February and -40C outside. You’re starting your workday long before the sun rises, deep in the forest. You will be working on roads that hardly anyone uses, especially now in the dead of winter. Most notably, you’re working alone. If anything were to go wrong, no one would know. Knowing the risks, you go out and start your day because this is your livelihood.
June 20, 2017 - Canadian Forest Industries tracks down the newest forwarder products available for loggers in Canada.
June 20, 2017 - A Canadian product that combines innovative research and leading-edge technology to produce dramatic differences in performance is revolutionizing the lubricant industry for industrial and heavy equipment operators across the country.
June 12, 2017 - A seven-kilometre stretch of forest in Sweden welcomed almost 42,000 visitors from around the world last week to view the newest advancements forestry manufacturers have to offer.
June 9, 2017 - Bandit Industries, Inc. has expanded its line of skid-steer loader attachments to include the Model SA-25, a hydraulically powered stump grinder attachment that operates off a loader’s existing high flow hydraulic systems. The SA-25 features a 24.5” diameter Revolution cutterwheel, the same size cutterwheel found on some of Bandit’s largest self-propelled stump grinders.

The Model SA-25 joins Bandit’s already-robust lineup of skid-steer loader attachments that includes the Bandit Stump Gun vertical stump grinder and the Model 60FM and Model 72FM forestry mulchers. All Bandit attachments bring the power and productivity of a Bandit to the versatility of a skid-steer loader.

“Skid-steer loaders are already on the job all over the world,” said Bandit sales manager Jason Morey. “Adding a Model SA-25 or Stump Gun stump grinder makes quick work of stump removals in land clearing, right-of-way or construction jobs. And a Model 60FM or 72FM can turn your skid-steer loader into your most productive mulching machine.”
June 5, 2017 - The Finnish forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy celebrates 25 years in business by presenting a new black look for the machines. Both the harvester and forwarder have black cabins. The forwarder also has a new design on the bumper and the bonnet protection. The production of the black machines has started and the first machines with the new look will be seen during the Elmia Wood exhibition in Sweden in the beginning of June.

"Our customers wished for a new appearance and we decided to go for it. The black color never goes out of style and it is also easier to maintain. After launching this new look, the silver-grey cabin is no longer available," says vice-president of sales Pascal Réty.

The new look of the machines includes a new control system designed by Logset for both forwarders and harvesters: Total Operation and Control 2 (TOC 2). The graphic design as well as the menus of the TOC 2 have been completely renewed to make navigation faster and even more intuitive.

In addition to the renewed TOC 2 for the base machine, Logset has also developed a new measuring system for harvester heads : Total Operation and Control – Measuring Device 2 (TOC-MD 2). Both systems are Linux-based and they represent a new generation of the original programs.

Together with the new control system, Logset presents revolutionary control panels that have the best design on the market. The new design is protected. The new operating levers allow the driver to seamlessly interact with the machine’s control system and crane. The new operating levers for harvesters have 13 buttons on each handle, which means 26 buttons in total.

"After 25 years in business we know how important ergonomics is. On the new control panels, the height and angle of both the wrist support and the palette can be adjusted separately. They are adjustable to different styles of driving," Réty explains.

Throughout the years, Logset has had a clear policy of investing in research and development. Logset has launched the world’s first hybrid harvester, the Logset 12 H GTE Hybrid, The Friendly Giant. It is environmentally friendly and powerful like a giant. Its hybrid technology reduces carbon emissions almost by one third per produced cubic meter. In Spring 2017, the company launched two new harvester heads : TH85 and TH65 Euca. The TH85 harvester head can be mounted on the hybrid. All these products will also been seen at Elmia Wood this June.
June 5, 2017 - Rottne is having its world premiere at Elmia Wood for a totally new harvester – one so much in demand that it already has several orders before it’s even been unveiled.

Called the H8D, the harvester has an innovative and newly developed powertrain. The result is lower fuel consumption and considerably less ground damage.

“We’ve presented it to the dealers and we already have nine to ten orders from customers who haven’t even seen it,” says Tobias Johansson, who became CEO of Rottne this spring but has worked for the company for a decade. He has never before met such strong pre-launch interest in a new machine.

The machine contains many innovations. The most important is a totally redesigned powertrain with an engine that meets the latest Tier 4 emissions regulations. Instead of a conventional hydrostatic drive with a gearbox, the powertrain has a hydraulic motor in every wheel hub, combined with traction control. The solution is similar to what the aviation industry calls fly-by-wire. A computer ensures that every wheel supplies the optimal power without skidding.

Exceptionally good accessibility

Like its predecessor the H8D also has swing arms. Together with the new transmission, the result is exceptionally good accessibility. 
“The trial results show lower fuel consumption and a significant reduction in ground damage,” Johansson says.

Forest owners, not least small-scale ones, are demanding smaller harvesters due to the issue of ground damage. This is one cause of the increased interest in small machines. The

disadvantage is that they must work longer to achieve the same capacity as a traditional harvester.

With its new H8D, Rottne has found a compromise that should appeal to forest owners. This traditional stand-operating harvester that leaves a small footprint in the forest will meet its customers for the first time at its world premiere at Elmia Wood on 7 to 10 June.

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.
June 5, 2017 - Fecon introduces the Fecon Rotating Shear, the FRS10. This excavator tree shear provides 360-degree rotation providing amazing range of motion. The rotation allows operators to save time and be more efficient with less repositioning of the excavator. The FRS provides much needed safety due to the shear being able to load chippers.

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