March 16, 2017 - With an impressive career within the industry and a wealth of knowledge, the VETS Group is proud to introduce you to Barry St. Cyr, project development for VETS & AirTek. 

With his first mill manager job in the 1980’s, Barry went on to manage mills throughout British Columbia for the next 25 years including Tackama in Fort Nelson, Teal Jones Group, and Williams Lake Cedar Products. As part of his career he has also enjoyed managing numerous mill modification and new build projects.  

Barry will be working closely with the VETS Group and AirTek teams to provide clients with effective and efficient dust collection management systems. Barry would be happy to meet or talk on the phone to discuss how AirTek can support your organization. Barry can be reached by phone or email at: (250) 300-1795 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
March 16, 2017 - Auto grading is standard at the planermill, but what happens when you move the scanner into the sawmill for green sawn lumber? What are the challenges and what are the benefits?
March 9, 2017 - Heicor Enterprises, LLC introduces a new generation of kilns under the brand name HDE Dry Kilns to the North American market. HDE Kilns will offer an exceptional value for both large and small kiln drying operations, supplying units from 500 BDFT to over 170,000 BDFT, in track or package loaded configurations. Container kilns, as well as pallet and firewood heat treating kilns are also available. Heat sources will include steam, hot water, thermal oil, or indirect fired gas. 

HDE Dry Kilns use US sourced heat systems, piping, heat exchangers, valves, UL approved motor controls, and kiln controls. Kiln chambers, fans and fan shrouds are produced by the Harbin Halei Drying Equipment Company. The kiln controls will be supplied exclusively by Lignomat USA. 

Uli Heimerdinger, president of Lignomat USA LTD, said, “After supplying Lignomat kiln control systems for many years to Harbin Halei Drying Equipment Company , it became evident that they are a quality manufacturer. HDE Dry Kilns is the result of shared German and US kiln design technology paired with this proven and reliable manufacturing company.” 
Feb. 27, 2017 - Portable band sawmill manufacturer Wood-Mizer has significantly broadened its reach into the industrial sawmilling market. With the introduction of Wood-Mizer TITAN, the company now offers a full line of wideband sawmill equipment that is designed to improve timber production rates and elevate a sawmill’s operational efficiency. This new product line is a result of a purchase agreement with Multisaw, a well-established manufacturer of wideband sawmill equipment since 1990. 

The Wood-Mizer TITAN Line 

The Wood-Mizer TITAN line includes wideband primary and secondary breakdown sawmills and resaws as well as circular saw edgers, multirips, optimizing edgers, manual board edgers, and material handling equipment. The move will add further momentum to Wood-Mizer’s ability to offer high-capacity equipment and broaden the corporation’s global reach. 

“Our well-known narrowband industrial range has helped wood producers worldwide cut costs and raise yields,” says Richard Vivers, president and CEO of Wood-Mizer. “But that is just one piece of a very big market. With Wood-Mizer TITAN, we will serve the high-throughput needs of industrial operations with our established network of locations and commitment to customer support throughout the world.” 

TITAN wideband sawmill equipment has proven its advantages in the most demanding markets in the world. Customers, Patula Product Sawmill in South Africa, utilize the TITAN system to produce high-throughput of structural timber. Patula’s operation consists of a TITAN twin vertical bandsaw, TITAN double arbor circular multirip, TITAN twin head resaw, and two TITAN manual board edging systems. “We wanted high production wideband sawmilling technology that we could rely on to cut the quality that we want and with enough additional capacity available to grow production into the future,” said Phillip Anderson of Patula Product Sawmill. “This is exactly what we’ve now achieved,” added Troy Cooper of Patula Product Sawmill. “In the last month, we have increased throughput again by 27%.” 

The Wood-Mizer Product Line 

TITAN wideband machines will greatly expand Wood-Mizer’s range, which will now consist of two distinct product lines, each geared towards the specific volume and budget requirements of the end-user. 

 Wood-Mizer’s portable and industrial sawmill line continues to provide narrowband sawmilling equipment for entry level to professional and industrial operations. 

 Wood-Mizer’s TITAN products are strongly-built wideband sawmilling equipment for high-throughput industrial sawmilling applications

Each TITAN product is designed to operate as standalone equipment for existing sawmilling lines or to form an entire sawmilling line that can be customized to the requirements of the end-user. The TITAN line provides for primary and secondary log breakdown across a range of log diameters varying from 4” to 24” (100-600 mm). In addition, Wood-Mizer will be offering wideband blades soon for use on TITAN machines with blade widths up to 6” (150 mm). 
Feb. 22, 2017 - LMI Technologies (LMI), a developer of smart 3D inspection and scanning solutions for material optimization and factory automation announced the promotion of Len Chamberlain to vice-president of sales.

Len has worked for the company over the last three years, starting out as the business development manager for the HDI product line and moving quickly into the director of sales role. Over his two years as director, Len’s proven track record for developing and executing a strategic vision has resulted in the growth of a highly successful global sales group.

Len brings a wealth of industry knowledge and business acumen to LMI with over a decade of experience working in senior roles in the 3D machine vision industry. Len holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado.

“Len is a rare breed — an articulate 3D sales professional who can quickly grasp complex technology and its implications for developing new market opportunities. His talent to connect with people, develop trusted sales channels, and cultivate long term customer partnerships are the many reasons Len has moved into this senior role at LMI,” expressed Terry Arden, CEO of LMI Technologies. “I look forward to working with Len as we roll out our next generation products in the coming years to drive further leadership in the 3D inline inspection market”, said Arden.
Feb. 2, 2017 - Lug loaders to date have traditionally either been hydraulic or pneumatic systems, but wood processing equipment supplier USNR has introduced a different take on the machine.

Its ElectraTong lug loader is all-electric. USNR’s engineering manager of its Salmon Arm, B.C. division, Thomas Congdon gave Canadian Forest Industries the details of this new system.

“One of the biggest things is, by being all-electric, you get away from the nuisances that come from hydraulics or pneumatics. You’re not worrying about leaks and it’s easier to maintain,” Congdon says. “The other thing with the all-electric is that we can set up parameters and a recipe. So at a push of a button, you can change from a recipe that’s aimed at a certain species of lumber or a certain wood diet.”

“If it’s a planer mill application, then it can be set up per batch of the product you’re producing,” he says. Congdon explains that the set up refers to timing points or when lumber is picked up and released, as well as how quickly lumber can be moved into the lug loader.

Thomas Congdon Photo//USNRCongdon says those aspects make the ElectraTong more appealing to sawmillers because pneumatic and hydraulic systems don’t allow changing such specifications through a computer interface. “You have to go over and physically adjust things, so this way it can all be done through the control system,” he says.

“You can switch from a certain set up from one species of wood to another, or frozen wood and non-frozen wood; that type of thing. So there are a lot of advantages to the electric.”

Glen Sorenson is the maintenance manager at B.C.-based Gorman Bros. Lumber. He says the company is happy with their new ElectraTong lug loader.

“We’ve been able to move our operators from the lug loader [and] we’ve also increased our lug-per-minute rate through the line,” Sorenson says.

Congdon says the ElectraTong lug loader can run over 250 LPM in certain applications.

Gorman Bros.’ old lug loader ran off a hydraulic system.

Sorenson says installation of the ElectraTong went very well. “We did several pieces of equipment at the same time. We took out our hydraulic fence and installed the USNR fence. We also took out the scanner and put in [USNR’S] new scanner.”

Congdon says the electric system also allows for sensing how hard the board is being clamped. “We can do that through electrical feedback and load sensing. And therefore we can, on the fly, adjust how hard we are clamping the wood,” he says. “You don’t want to over-clamp it and mark it and you don’t want to under-clamp it and not grab the board well. So that’s something that can be set up as part of the electric recipe based on what you’re trying to do.”

Sorenson mentions two other differences Gorman Bros. noticed since the new installation. “We’re able to run the line at a higher speed and we’ve increased our piece count through the line as well,” Sorenson says.

He says the increased piece count and getting the operators away from the lug loader are the main changes with the new equipment, adding that the latter also makes operations safer.

Congdon says USNR has not experienced any issues with retrofitting the lug loader to certain space requirements.

“It fits in a similar footprint to other lug loaders. It does require a slight offset elevation, but we have a way to make that up and fit it into an existing level trim line space,” Congdon says.

“It’s gone very nicely in. All of our installations to date have been retrofit installations except for one. It was a stud mill in British Columbia, that was a new line,” he says.

ElectraTongAs pleased as Gorman Bros. is with their new machine, Sorenson says there is one limitation. “What we do is we cut three-inch to 12-inch, so it is a challenge to deal back-to-back 12-inch pieces with three-inch mixed in,” he says. “And I don’t think we can get much higher at this point in piece count than where we are.”

“That said we haven’t been able to do what we’re doing now with our old lug loader,” Sorenson adds.

To date, four lug loaders have been installed in Canada and three in the U.S., but Congdon says six have now been sold in the U.S.

Congdon says the lug loader is for both sawmills and planer mills.

“In the planer mill application we can use a different gripping tong to not damage the wood. It’s for all types of products. It can do one-inch to over four-inch, stud mills, full dimension mills,” he says.

“Being a tong style lug loader, it’s very good at random widths and random thicknesses,” Congdon says. “The way we do backlog control is unique and we’re using our product called Mill Track, which is a camera-based system that looks down over top of the lug loader and lug load infeed, and then we control those backlog tables with the camera systems.”

Sorenson’s favourite aspect of the ElectraTong? “It’s tunable, the clamping pressure is adjustable; everything is just much more controlled with servos controlling the infeeds and the clamping… We’re happy with it.”


Video: Maria Church, Canadian Forest Industries editor

Top photo: Thomas Congdon, engineering manager of USNR's Salmon Arm, B.C., division. Courtesy//USNR

Bottom photo: The ElectraTong lug loader. Courtesy//USNR

WATCH Thomas Congdon talk about the ElectraTong with CFI editor Maria Church in Portland, Ore.
Jan. 20, 2017 - The new WSM Pin Chipper is a high capacity fibre preparation machine that converts lower value mill residuals (shavings and hogged wood) and alternate fibre supply sources into a high percentage of “pin chips” with long fibre length.

The WSM Pin Chipper is available in rotor diameters of 42”, 48”, and 60” and rotor lengths from 36” to 88” long and typically operates with 200 – 800 HP. Modular and adjustable tooling includes either rigid or swing hammers with replaceable tips, combined with modular sizing screens allow adjustment to product sizing. Field proven performance at rates up to 75 tph, and when combined with a WSM pre-screen the processing rate is confirmed at rates of 150+ tph. System integration into your woodyard is no problem – WSM offers complete infeed and outfeed options to help you supplement your chip supply with lower cost fiber from the WSM Pin Chipper.

Need to see it to believe it? WSM’s test lab can process your material to demonstrate how the WSM Pin Chipper performs on your specific low cost fiber materials.

This machine isn’t for everyone – but where it’s a “fit” – it’s a game changer.  If you are looking for a way to reduce incoming fiber cost and can handle a percentage of “pins” and “fines” in your pulping process, then the WSM Pin Chipper can deliver value by expanding your sources of wood fibre, reducing hauling costs, and substituting high cost fibre with low cost fibre.

To learn more about WSM’s Pin Chipper and how it might benefit your operation, visit, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call your WSM technical specialist at 800 722 3530 to discuss your application in more detail, or schedule a test on your materials.
Jan. 19, 2017 - It is with great pleasure that Jean Berube, president of VAB Solutions announces the appointment of:

Mr. Michel Gosselin as a wood grading expert and Mr. Danick Dupont eng. as an expert in wood processing.

About Michel Gosselin

Michel joined the VAB Solutions team in October 2016. As an expert in wood grading, he will add value to VAB Solutions' business partners. With more than 36 years of experience in the forestry industry, Michel has held a number of important positions at Domtar and Eacom, such as: regional quality coordinator and planer mill and kiln supervisor. Michel has been a member of the Drying Committee of the Quebec Forest Industry Council for 20 years.

About Danick Dupont

Prior to joining VAB Solutions in October 2016, Danick contributed more than 15 years as a technical expert to the development and integration of new technologies in the field of wood processing. As an engineer, he demonstrates a keen interest in well-designed, high-performance equipment that will enable mills to achieve a high level of productivity that is sustained over time.
Dec. 22, 2016 - Carbotech has announced the nomination of Claude Laprise as CarboCare service director. Laprise undertakes his new role beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

As a graduate with various specialized degrees such as drawing, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic design, among others, he began his career with the multinational firm, Bose Inc. For the next 18 years, Laprise was directly involved in project management coordination for both prototypes and large-scale product distribution. With the Bose Corporation he played a direct role as liaison between engineering and client services on a technical level and in after-sales service for various projects and facilities. In the summer of 2003, Laprise decided to become co-owner of Cyme Tech, a company specializing in the design and manufacturing of wood components, primarily for the acoustic and furniture industries.  

For the past two years, Laprise has been a member of the Carbotech project management team. With his deeply developed sense of customer service over the past 30 years coupled with his knowledge of Carbotech’s equipment specs, and already having great relationships with most of Carbotech’s active clients, Carbotech believes he is the perfect candidate to oversee the new service department, CarboCare, which will include top-quality service before, during and after each sale.

Carbotech offers Laprise its sincere congratulations for this nomination and wishes him great success in his new position. Carbotech is confident that his commitment, fine-tuned knowledge of service issues as well as his strong expertise will all be tremendous assets in fulfilling his mandate in the continual improvement of CarboCare service. 

Dec. 22, 2016 - A pillar in mining and quarrying operations, the John Deere wheel loader family welcomes the addition of the 844K Series-III and 844K Series-III Aggregate Handler configuration. The workhorse machines offer customers increased uptime and the ability to sell more material more efficiently to improve their bottom lines.

“The 844K-III is designed to take on the toughest aggregate and material-moving applications in the world. We worked closely with our customers to design these productive machines to be even more rugged and reliable,” said John Chesterman, product marketing manager of production class four-wheel drive loaders at John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The Aggregate Handler configuration of the 844K-III can load out 24 short tons of non-heaping, lower-density processed matter in just two passes into on-road dump trucks. Heavier heaping materials achieving 12-plus tons is not a problem.”

The new wheel loaders offer a 13.5L John Deere PowerTech Final Tier 4 diesel engine that delivers exceptional power at 380 horsepower for the 844K-III and 401 horsepower for the Aggregate Handler configuration. The models are equipped with a standard five-speed transmission with torque-converter lockup in gears two through five. This feature increases acceleration, speeds and cycles, and optimizes power and fuel efficiency during transport, roading, and ramp climbing.

Other Series-III updates include more robust plumbing with additional bulk heads, which improves service and uptime by minimizing hose rubs. Over three dozen steel tubes replace 81 feet of hoses.

The Aggregate Handler configuration is purpose built for two-pass loading with increased power, larger tilt cylinders, higher hydraulic pressure and increased counterweighing to handle bigger material-handling buckets (9.3 cubic yard/9.8 cubic yard), reduce fill time in processed aggregates and ultimately conserve fuel in applications. New enhanced performance buckets boast a narrower integrated spill guard and curved side cutters to improve load visibility and load retention. The Aggregate Handler option cuts loading time by 30 per cent with reduced fuel consumption by eliminating that third pinch pass.

The new models retain everything the industry values about the K-Series, including the Quad-Cool System with reversing fan, which provides wide-open access to both sides of the coolers for easy cleanout. The John Deere exclusive integrated tire monitoring reports pressures and temperatures clearly on the monitor and remotely through JDLink Ultimate to help reduce tire wear and replacement cost.

In the operator station, standard productivity-enhancing features include joystick steering with integral forward/neutral/reverse, advanced LCD color monitor, sealed-switch module, ride control and hydraulic controls integrated into the deluxe heated seat.

Outside the machine, John Deere has slip-resistant steps, platforms and handrails to provide uninterrupted three-point access.

Fleet managers looking to get the most out of their 844K-III wheel loaders can rely on their John Deere dealers to provide Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSight. With Ultimate Uptime, owners receive predelivery and follow-up inspections; five years of JDLink telematics, machine health prognostics and remote diagnostics, and programming capability; and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs.

To learn more, visit or contact your local John Deere dealer. The 844K-III Aggregate Handler will also be on display at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, March 7 – 11, 2017, at booth N12525.

Dec. 22, 2016 - Customers looking for machines that are productive, versatile and ready for anything should look no further than the John Deere 244K-II and 324K compact wheel loaders. Both machines include new features and options to increase productivity, visibility, versatility and lower daily operating costs for the landscape, ag material handling and construction industries. 

“John Deere customers are used to compact wheel loaders that deliver big results, but they wanted even more,” said Doug Laufenberg, product marketing manager for compact wheel loaders at John Deere Construction & Forestry. “They wanted more power and productivity, so we answered with increased horsepower and higher lift options to not only meet, but exceed their demands.”

The new John Deere 244K-II compact wheel loader has increased power to meet the demands of customers wanting an extra boost in their operation. It is equipped with a 70-horsepower, Final Tier 4 emission-certified engine that delivers more power over previous models without compromise. The machine combines maneuverability, travel speed (17 mph), breakout force, reach and stability. Unique stereo steering delivers a smooth turning radius that’s up to 20 per cent tighter than comparable loaders — for faster cycle times and better material retention over rough terrain.

The 324K compact wheel loader is now available with a high-lift option, which is especially beneficial in ag and landscape applications. With increased reach and height to hinge pin, the 324K high-lift is especially adept at dumping into feed mixers and quickly stacking lighter loads, like hay or feed. This high-lift configuration enables sure rollback to carry loads without spilling and solid stability of lighter materials.

For those operators looking for added versatility, the 244K-II and 324K are compatible with a variety of Worksite Pro attachments for optimal job site performance. Both machines feature optional higher flow hydraulics to run heavy-duty attachments, such as snow blowers and cold planers. An optional push-button-activated skid-steer style coupler allows operators to connect and release attachments quickly, without leaving the seat.

Contractors looking to get the most out of their 244K-II and 324K wheel loaders can rely on Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSight. With Ultimate Uptime, operators receive predelivery and follow-up inspections; three years of JDLink telematics; and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs.

To learn more, visit or contact your local John Deere dealer.

JD 244K II
Dec. 9, 2016 - The 830 M-T builds on Sennebogen’s global experience in logging applications to provide a purpose-built log-handling machine specially engineered for pulling heavy trailer loads.

Powered by a 224 HP (164 kW) Cummins diesel engine, the 4-wheel-drive system features dual transfer transmissions providing direct drive to each axle. Boasting the highest drawbar pull in its weight class, the drive system ensures ample power to pull 100,000 lb. trailer loads without undue stress on the power train. The 830 M-T undercarriage is also specially reinforced for towing stresses.

Sennebogen’s hydraulic elevating maXCab, standard on the 830 M-T, can rise up to 20’ (6 m) above ground level, allowing the operator an unobstructed bird’s-eye view for efficient high-stacking.

With its latest E-Series upgrades, Sennebogen introduces Tier IV-compliant models of the 830 M equipped with a fuel-saving "Eco-Mode" and no-load automatic stop function.
Dec. 7, 2016 - Wagner’s new L90 and L490 are the safest and most productive log loaders on the market with the same durability that the Wagner brand is well known for. The new models have much faster hydraulics, hoisting twice as fast as its predecessors. The models include dual stairways for safe egress, and ground level service bays for easy and safe maintenance.   
Dec. 7, 2016 - The new Rough Terrain Carrier (RTC) loader package is the most maneuverable and powerful log loading machine in the Barko product line-up. Providing increased productivity through a sharp turning radius and impressive pulling capacity, the RTC is ideal for safely and efficiently navigating around log yards, sawmills and other tight jobsites. The 4-wheel-drive RTC loader package features a stable rigid frame that provides 2-wheel, 4-wheel and crab steering capabilities. The RTC also includes front and rear planetary drive axles. Additionally, the RTC delivers approximately 21,000 pounds of drawbar pull. This raw power is enough to pull a small log trailer, move easily through muddy conditions, and climb steep grades of up to 45 per cent.
Dec. 7, 2016 - Finning now offers the all-new Cat 558 log loader which is redefining the conventional forestry machine. The C7.1ACERT Tier 4 Final engine with increased horsepower helps maintain maximum performance under load. Increased swing torque, cooling, and an improved hydraulic system translate to an impressive boost in performance. We understand how important efficiency, reliability and safety are to your bottom line. Cat’s new premium rear entry cabs offer an unparalleled operator experience. Safer access, an air-ride cab seat with heating and cooling capability for improved comfort, optimized visibility and technology that allows for remote location and tracking fuel consumption.

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