Innovations to improve wood supply chains
Full programmes have now been direct mailed to forestry companies. For those who haven’t yet received the information in the post box, full details of the programmes for both venues can be downloaded from the event website, www.foresttechevents.com.
In New Zealand, the forestry sector has recognised that cheaper and more effective systems for harvesting on steep country are required. The best opportunities for increasing productivity, reducing costs and improving safety are through developing specialised machinery and better cable extraction systems.
Future Forestry Research and forestry contractors have already developed early prototypes of a new steep slope harvester, a grapple carriage with high quality cameras and an on-board monitor using aerial LiDAR data to assist harvesting operators on steep terrain.
Other new initiatives to improve efficiencies within the wood supply chain include; transportation planning (centralised vs non centralised dispatch systems in use in New Zealand, Australia and North America), new tools for improving fleet management and communications, answers to handling port congestion and management of wood and increasing the use of high productivity motor vehicles within the industry.
Further details on the programme can be found on the event website, www.foresttechevents.com and updates on the event will be provided over the next few months.
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