March 28, 2017 - WHAT: OptiSaw Mill Optimization & Automation Forum

WHEN: April 25, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, B.C.

WHY: OptiSaw is a time-effective and affordable learning and networking opportunity for those driving the future of sawmilling in your operation. The focus is on the future of optimization and automation in our industry, including challenges and opportunities on the cutting edge of this side of the industry. 

Published in Mills
March 9, 2017 - EACOM’s Elk Lake sawmill in northern Ontario has invested in $13 million toward new technology since 2012. But as mill manager Mark Everard explains, that’s where the real work began.

Canadian Forest Industries got a peek at the inner workings of the sawmill, adjacent planer mill and the wood drying process here in Elk Lake.

RELATED | What goes into a $13M sawmill investment?

EACOM's total Elk Lake sawmill investment more than $13 million
Published in Mills
Jan. 25, 2017 - Pierce GP combines grappling and processing features into one work tool.

The Pierce Grapple Processor is a work tool that offers loading utility and processing productivity in one tough machine. It shovels, sorts and loads like a grapple — and delimbs, measures and cuts like a processor.

“The Pierce GP is gaining traction among many of our logging customers” says Greg Hildebrandt, Pierce general sales manager. “They’re pleased by their savings in time, fuel, labuor and maintenance costs, as well as impressed by the GP’s ability productivity levels.”

The unique grapple arms offer versatility. Built to handle big timber up to 52” in diameter, they’re ideal for picking up individual stems as well as handling multiple logs without criss-crossing. Other ground-breaking features on the Pierce GP include integral feed wheels that allow users to increase the distance of each shovel turn and thus reduce the number of turns to the landing. Plus the full scale measuring system that calculates log length and diameter, making it easy to process and merchandise logs with precision accuracy.

The GP’s innovative design makes it possible to also reposition long logs, handle bundles of short wood and distribute brush. It can be used with both new and preexisting log loaders, making it economical as well as efficient.

The Pierce GP is value priced at a cost that is significantly less than a conventional processing head.

“The Pierce GP represents the best of our company’s pioneering spirit, innovative engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” says Hildebrandt. “The interest we are receiving confirms our belief that this machine represents a significant industry advance to both large and small logging customers.”
Published in New Gear
Jan. 12, 2017 - William Angus and Thomas Logan chose Windsor, Que., as the site of Canada’s first wood-based pulp mill in 1864. Today, with more than 150 years of continuous operation, the site now known as Domtar’s Windsor mill is the city’s largest employer.

Advances in technology and sustainable forestry over the past 152 years have dramatically changed the landscape of the industry and environment in Windsor. In fact, today’s high-tech tree-harvesting techniques would be nearly unrecognizable to those who brought papermaking to the area.

Because few people outside of the industry actually get to witness sustainable forest management practices in action, the Windsor mill created its Harvesting with Precision video to demonstrate how tree harvesting techniques that mimic the forest’s natural cycle can actually benefit the land.

“Here, we’re doing a partial cut in a young hardwood stand, where some of the trees will die in the next 20 years or are not in good shape,” Domtar forester Patrick Cartier says in the tree harvesting video. “So we’ll do a partial cut to bring in more sunlight and promote new growth.”

Cartier explains how Domtar selects which trees to harvest using a specialized tree harvesting machine that can cut with extreme precision, removing a tree without damaging another one growing just inches away. The goal for such partial cuts, notes Cartier, is to promote growth for future harvests. “So next year and the year after, there will be new growth that will start the next group of trees that will eventually replace the ones that are here now after we harvest them in about 20 years,” he says.

Since Domtar obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of its privately-owned forests in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec in 2005, a number of practices and partnerships have been developed to meet the FSC’s rigorous criteria while pursuing our forestry management operations in Windsor.

The FSC requires forest-products companies to make special efforts to protect the environment. The organizations must, among other things, take the necessary measures to preserve the habitat of rare or threatened species. They must also identify and preserve forests with high conservation values.

“There is much more to the forest than wood, and the certification aims at a balance between the environment, social responsibility and the economy,” said André Gravel, fiber manager at Windsor Mill. “Domtar is active in all stages, that is to say from the tree to the sheet of paper.”

The mill realizes that responsible forest management and careful tree harvesting is essential for healthy and thriving ecosystems. Its conservation efforts have earned the facility multiple awards, including a recent award at the Fondation Estrienne en Environnement gala and a Gold Award at a trade show celebrating best business practices organized by the Quebec Quality Movement in Montréal.

Over the past decade, Domtar and the Windsor Mill have helped preserve 12,000 acres of Quebec’s most prized forestlands in permanent conservation, ensuring these unique ecosystems remain well-preserved for future generations.
Published in Forestry Management

Dec. 9, 2016 - During a project aimed at gathering innovative ideas on how to use technology in Canada’s natural resource sector, Natural Resources Canada asked industry leaders to talk about what clean technology means to them.

CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, Derek Nighbor spoke about what Canada’s forest industry is contributing to clean technology on a global scale.

In a video posted by Natural Resources Canada, Nighbor said, “It's really a win-win-win across the value chain, and that's the message we're going to continue to bring to Canadians and to the world because Canada can be a global leader.”

You can read the whole transcript below:

"It's the forests, how we manage the forests. How we're applying technology in the forest to maintain the best environmental standards in the world, and draw value from a truly renewable resource.

We have our mills, which are very important in terms of the way we manage water, the way we effectively manage greenhouse gas emissions and reduce those.

And how can we turn some of those mills... Many of those are power plants now where they're selling power into the grid.

And then the products we're making are less intensive on the fossil fuel side to make. And then you get into tall wood buildings that store carbon, and a host of other wood-based products.

So it's really a win-win-win across the value chain, and that's the message we're going to continue to bring to Canadians and to the world because Canada can be a global leader."

Published in Forestry Management
Nov. 15, 2016 - An in-depth look at Ponsse's ElephantKing forwarder — one of its steep slope machines at DEMO 2016.
Published in New Gear
November 15, 2016

Peerless at DEMO 2016

Nov. 15, 2016 - Peerless Limited's senior vice-president Andy McEachern details the air ride quad logger at DEMO 2016.
Published in New Gear
Nov. 15, 2016 - Klondike Lubricant's business development director Seth Jenner outlines the company's oil and fluid lines at DEMO 2016.
Published in New Gear
Nov. 11, 2016 - SMS Equipment's Mike Campbell and Komatsu's Dave Wellman discuss Komatsu harvesters at DEMO 2016.
Published in New Gear
November 10, 2016

John Deere at DEMO 2016

Nov. 10, 2016 - Dave McFarlane, product marketing manager for John Deere-Hitachi, outlines the features of the new G-Series swing machines.
Published in New Gear
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