Equipment
Dec. 12, 2017 - Built for construction contractors, landscapers and rental center operators, the new John Deere 204L and 304L compact wheel loaders deliver higher productivity, increased uptime and lower daily operating costs. An evolution of the 204K and 304K models, the L-series models are built for tasks that require peak productivity in small spaces and over rough terrain.      

“We’re packing more productivity and efficiency into the wheel loader with the release of our L-Series models,” said Drew Miller, product marketing manager, compact wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Perfect for year-round use, these workhorses were designed to take on tough jobs from warmer summer months to snowy winter conditions, while enabling the use of a versatile attachments portfolio when you need them.”

The 62 horsepower (46 kW) 204L and 67 horsepower (50 kW) 304L models are equipped with Final Tier 4 Yanmar engines and fuel-efficient hydrostatic transmissions to keep noise to a minimum while still providing the productivity needed on the job. An optional ride control is now available, which reduces material spillage and makes for a smoother ride over rough and uneven terrain. Automatically activated front and rear differential locks provide increased traction in harsh conditions. The machine height of the 204L is also configurable to less than 8 feet, ideal for jobs with overhead space constraints.

The L-Series compact wheel loaders are equipped with features to minimize maintenance. Hydraulically released, self-adjusting park and service brakes, ground-level maintenance points accessibility and excellent cooler access provide safer and easier means of machine upkeep. The new models also offer extended service intervals for engine oil/filter, final drives oil and hydraulic oil.

Creature comforts on the new 204L and 304L increase operator comfort and efficiency. Owners have the option of selecting an enclosed cab or open station, providing unmatched 360-degree attachment visibility. An improved interior cooling system keeps the operator comfortable in warmer temperatures.

Providing superior versatility, the L-Series compact wheel loaders are compatible with over 100 John Deere Worksite Pro attachments. Redesigned as a result of extensive customer and dealer feedback, the auxiliary hydraulic control used for attachments has been moved to the primary joystick to increase attachments productivity and ease of use. An optional LED lighting package provides a more reliable light source to increase productivity in low light conditions.

To learn more, visit www.johndeere.com or contact your local John Deere dealer.
Dec. 12, 2017 - The optimizer only knows what we tell it. Not only do we have to define all the product details (e.g. thickness, width, length, grade, etc.) we also have to define all the mechanical parameters.
Dec. 6, 2017 - Canadian Forest Industries' delved into the world of stacking and strapping to bring the latest to the forefront.

Oct. 23, 2017 - CFI has a rundown of new kiln technology for drying Canadian lumber.
Oct. 3, 2017 - Quebec-based timber drying company Secovac has partnered with KBI to launch their Kiln Booster system in Western Canada and the USA. Secovac launched a year ago their innovative drying technology in Eastern Canada, mainly Quebec, and already has 10 installations.

The Kiln Booster system (patent-pending technology) is supported by multiple field tests that demonstrate that the system accelerates the drying of the lumber, improves quality of the dried lumber, and is cost-saving for the mills. The Kiln Booster system maximizes heat transfer within the dry kiln to enable low temperature drying while reducing the drying time of traditional high temperature drying schedules by up to 25 per cent. A lower drying temperature means radically less drying defects resulting in a higher percentage of premium and MSR grades lumber as well as an increase in the productivity of the planner.

The Kiln Booster system is easily installed on existing kilns and integrates seamlessly with current control systems. As part of the launch, KBI will be offering a promotional free 30-day trial* of the Kiln Booster system to mills interested in purchasing the technology.

*Installation costs included. Some conditions may apply.

For more information about the Kiln Booster system, please visit www.kilnbooster.com.
Sept. 13, 2017 - This month, Brunette Machinery will launch their newest in log singulation technology. The patented Retract-to-Load (RTL) Log Singulator. With the patented pre-stage log positioning, robust design, heavy duty torque tube drive assembly, re-enforced steps, RTL Log Singulator has already proven to reduce maintenance costs and will give a mill tighter log gap control.
Sept. 5, 2017 - The Simonds 095 AB is the newest model that can level, tension, adjust the back, and set the tire line. And unlike other auto benches, the Simonds AB has a new “Learning Mode”.
Aug. 28, 2017 - Modern Engineering's general manager Udo Jahn has launched a YouTube series focused on topics affecting machine shops and sawmills today: automation, the skills
gap, and innovation. 
Aug. 9, 2017 - CFI has a rundown of the latest scanning and optimizing equipment available for sawmills in Canada.
Aug. 4, 2017 - Sensors in the sawmill industry have come leaps and bounds over the last several years, and there are seemingly endless new players in the manufacturing game.
July 17, 2017 - The VETS Group has partnered with Flamex Inc., to distribute their line of customized industrial process fire prevention and protection equipment throughout Western Canada.
July 11, 2017 - Export Development Canada (EDC) today announced the successful closing of a $13.5-million equity investment into BID Group Holdings Ltd., part of a larger equity transaction led by Highland West Capital Ltd. 
July 4, 2017 - Williams & White is proud to announce a new partnership with Kohlbacher GmbH, German manufacturer of band saw grinding and tipping machines. With decades of experience, Kohlbacher has grown to become one of the most well known and trusted brands with over 1,000 installations across the globe.
June 30, 2017 - BID Group Holdings Ltd. is pleased to announce the successful closing of an equity investment into the company. The transaction, led by Highland West Capital Ltd., brings a leading group of institutional investors, into the BID team.
May 19, 2017 - Laser-based wood processing line BLT WoodCut from Biatec Laser Technology will premiere at the Ligna 2017 trade fair May 22–27 in Hanover, Germany.

Biatec Laser Technology introduces the new era in wood processing with its technology designed for optimal cuts in timber and other wood with up to 80 millimeters’ thickness using an ultimate laser cutting system that opens a whole new window of opportunity for production.

The main challenge wood processing companies face is pressure to maximize material yield and production value. Only a low percentage of the wood is ever utilized and too much is wasted, and with constantly rising raw material costs, profit is negatively affected. Decisions sawmill workers usually make often cause errors and quality material to be lost.

BLT WoodCut was developed as a comprehensive production line to solve these long-existing problems by significantly increasing material yield, minimizing waste and maximizing profit from each board. Intended to cover more areas of production, this technology processes valuable temperate and tropical woods as well as softwood. Besides timber and other primary wood products, it can also be used with product groups such as parquet top layers, veneer and furniture components.

With its unique laser system which enables cutting of wood material in thickness up to 80 mm, it brings an innovative alternative to traditional saw-cutting. Complemented by an enhanced scanning and x-ray solution and fully automated robotic handling, high-tech manufacturing in wood sector becomes the new reality.



Biatec Laser Technology s.r.o., based in Bratislava, Slovakia, specializes in custom development of laser cutting machines and special laser solutions for wood processing, tooling industry, automotive, healthcare and other sectors.
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