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.
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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.
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.
The AEM “Get CLEAN on Fuel” infographic outlines five key actions that help protect Tier 4 engines “because while the new engines reduce diesel emissions and protect our health and the environment, the fact is they are rather finicky about fuel,” said William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager.
Bernhard explained that today’s Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) is very different from the diesel of just a few years ago.
“Among other things, it is subject to change and contamination as it moves from the refinery to the engine, making storage, temperature, age and filtration, and related factors critical in maintaining fuel quality,” said Bernhard.
AEM member company experts came together through the association to develop the guidelines as a way to spread more awareness of the importance of diesel fuel quality.
5 Steps to Maintain Fuel Quality
The new AEM fuel-quality infographic relays 5 quick tips using the CLEAN acronym, accompanied by actionable guidelines:
C - Commit to understanding your T4 engine
L - Learn the facts about today’s fuel
E - Evaluate your fuel source and fuel handling
A - Always follow manufacturer guidelines
N - Never take your role for granted
Download the complete infographic at aem.org/clean.
“The Workplace Excellence Awards shine the spotlight on the health and safety achievements of our members in mining, forestry, and paper, printing and converting businesses, as well as small businesses in northern Ontario with fewer than 50 employees,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. “All submitted assessments are automatically considered for the President’s Award, and scoring is based on the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years.”
“We’re proud to welcome returning winners: Fleming’s Trucking and Logging from the Sault Ste. Marie region, and ACCO Brands Canada in Mississauga – excellent achievements in health and safety!”
Top scoring firms in Ontario forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business will be officially presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting on Sept. 28 in North Bay.
“It’s important to recognize the efforts of workplaces that make health and safety a priority,” says Ballanger-Michaud. “They lead the way and set the tone for their sectors. That’s why these businesses deserve special recognition, for demonstrating their strong commitment to ensuring that every worker goes home safe and healthy each day. The award winners are positive role models for Ontario businesses to make workplace health and safety an integral part of every job and every work day.
“Congratulations to all winners for your commitment to workplace health and safety. I’m honoured to recognize your dedication to workers’ well-being, and to creating and maintaining healthy and safe workplaces – well done!”
President’s Award Winners
- Forestry – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
- Mining – Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay
- Paper, Printing and Converting – ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
- Small firms (less than 50 full-time employees) – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
Workplace Excellence Award Winners
- ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
- Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine, Matachewan
- Alex MacIntyre & Associates Limited, Kirkland Lake
- Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd., New Westminster
- Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay
- DeBeers Canada Inc., Timmins
- Domtar Inc., Dryden
- Fleming's Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
- Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, South Porcupine
- J.S. Redpath Limited, North Bay
- Kidd Operations - a Glencore Company, Timmins
- Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., Kirkland Lake + winner of International Mines Rescue Competition 2016
- Label Supply, Whitby
- Lac Des Iles Mine Ltd., Thunder Bay
- Lake Shore Gold Corp., Timmins
- Nordic Minesteel Technologies Inc., North Bay
- SCR Mining and Tunnelling L.P., Val Caron
- Shuniah Forest Products Limited, Thunder Bay
- Technica Mining, Lively
- Wallbridge Mining Company Limited, LIvely
- Wellington Wood Products (1972) Ltd., Mount Forest
- Weyerhaeuser, Kenora
Learn more at www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/
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