World-first Technology that Cuts Logs ‘Like Cake’

25 Apr

Radial Lumber, which declares to be the only industrial radial sawmill on the planet, is opening in Yarram in south-eastern Victoria. The $5 million mill will employ 20 individuals and at first produce 12,000 cubic metres of lumber a year. Radial Wood owner and handling director Chris McEvoy stated the innovation used at the mill was the very first of its kind and established in an area in Gippsland.

“The majority of wood mills generally get a round log and cut it up into a square, then cut boards off from that,” he stated. “Exactly what we do is we get a log and we cut it up basically like a cake. “We cut it into wedges then we cut those wedges into boards and it essentially deals with the growth stresses in the logs offering you a far more steady product.”

Radial lumber popular with designers

While Australia’s biggest wood sawmill in Heyfield deals with closure less than 100 kilometres from the brand-new mill, Mr McEvoy stated the need for radial lumber was growing. He stated the wood was favoured by designers for decking, developing architectural trusses from engineered timber and external cladding.

“Radial lumber remains in big need in Melbourne and with modern-design structures there’s a huge call from young designers to use lumber and use a great deal of wood externally – which is exactly what we specialise in,” Mr McEvoy stated. “We have had the marketplace for a long time, it’s been broadening and we made a mindful choice 4, 5 years ago that we have to develop a brand new mill to handle the increased need.

“We provide a lot interstate but it is generally the Melbourne market where young designers enjoy the sustainability of lumber.”

Mill to depend on plantation in future

Radial Wood has protected a 10-year deal with VicForests but plants to rely entirely on plantation wood within 20 years. Mr McEvoy stated this was how he saw the future of the wood market and the future of other fields that rely on wood supply like landscape contractors that build retaining walls for their job. “Even Heyfield came out and stated to the federal government that if they weren’t getting their resources right, what they needed to do was to have the capability to buy plantations and then require the capability to retool the sawmill,” he stated.

“We saw this possibly occurring 12 years earlier which is why we began buying plantations and after that over the last 2, 3 years focusing on the brand-new sawmill. “We have seen this establishing over a time period and have actually taken a long-lasting view that this is the way for the wood market in the future.”

Plantation lumber provided from 2025

Heartwood Plantations will supply the mill from 2025 with 4 various kinds of eucalypt trees and eventually supply wood directly to the service industry for services such as landscaping. “We’re most likely working to having something like 20,000 tonnes a year in due course that we can gather and most likely half of that will wind up at the sawmill,” Heartwood Plantations basic supervisor Jon Lambert stated. “We have actually got 1,500 hectares in the ground at the moment and we have another 1,500 hectares that will be slowly re-planted.”

Mr Lambert stated the lumber market had to focus on high-value items like laminated structural timber beams, frames and products to stay competitive. ” I do believe the future of the market is to concentrate on high-end, value-added things due to the fact that our expenses to manage, to run as well as consider our labour expenses suggests that it’s rather pricey to do management. “We have got to focus on high-value items otherwise it’s extremely tough to compete.”

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Innovation Improved on Cranes for Effective Operation

11 Apr

Technological improvements throughout the years have indicated that Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions business SA French has had the ability to set up an asset tracking system of GPS fleet tracking on its crane fleet, guaranteeing more effective operations throughout building tasks.

“With our laptop computers or cellular phones linked to the tracking system on the cranes, we can see cranes’ functional activity from the time they are set up for usage to its real working hours. This allows us to successfully prepare for when a crane will require upkeep,” states SA French MD Quentin van Breda.

He explains that crane upkeep overseas has ended up being a ‘needed upkeep’ instead of the normal preventive measure that was utilized on older cranes (which suggests that just the parts that have to be fixed are fixed). This system, referred to as CraneSTAR, which is provided by Potain, for which SA French is the South African supplier, can have a module fitted to each crane and through the international system for mobile interaction link to the desk of a plant supervisor.

“We prepare our upkeep around our tracker and upkeep issues based upon extended working hours are alleviated, conserving a great deal of arguments with customers. If [they] … call and inform us that a crane isn’t functional, we can quickly inspect it and, on occasions, can find that the malfunctioning crane is not ours,” Van Breda highlights.

With the South African market currently favouring bubble crane and other crane hire for brand-new building and construction jobs, instead of purchasing cranes, he explains that SA French can supply any sort of tower crane that a customer may require.

When a customer requires a particular crane, SA French will purchase the crane that the customer requires, depending upon a budget plan and whether they prefer brand-new or used. This has made it possible for the business to extensively increase the variety of cranes it has on offer, with some customers that lie in Africa needing cranes and frannas in remote locations. A bigger fleet of cranes ensures a trusted supply for the business.

“We provided a customer in the Democratic Republic of Congo a crane 3,000 km from South Africa. It took us 28 days to reach the building site from Dar es Salaam, owing to the stopped roadway facilities. The tower cranes are simple to put together but are rather like containerised Meccano sets which require subassembly then erection; for that reason, they need to be transferred by truck to site,” he states.

Industry Problems

Regardless of the technological improvements made by SA French on its devices, Van Breda mentions that capital devices providers and the building and construction market have yet to see is a big part of the R800-billion guarantee in 2008 for updating facilities throughout South Africa, with numerous device providers and specialists reluctant to work more on government-funded tasks.

He explains that, in 2008, the South African federal government had an advancement strategy in place to increase facilities throughout the nation. Lots of regional building and construction business and device providers consented to deal with tasks such as the building and construction of soccer arenas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, intending to help increase the efficiency of facilities throughout the nation later.

Nevertheless, after the arenas had been built and associated facilities such as the very first stage of the Gauteng Highway Facilities Task had actually been developed, the needed facilities upgrades never saw the light of day. This has triggered a great deal of neighborhood facilities advancement decrease, with existing sewage, water and energy systems not able to adjust into quick city development.

The absence of facilities has likewise triggered personal companies to re-evaluate where and ways to invest cash in South Africa, states Van Breda. He discusses that, with facilities not being updated, the general building and construction of brand-new structures in the locations outside the main enterprise zone of South African cities has actually decreased.

“Organisations have stated that they will not invest till federal government purchases facilities upgrades. It’s ended up being a ‘you offer then we will offer’ circumstance,” he highlights.

In 2012, federal government presented the brand-new National Facilities Strategy (NIP), valued at R827-billion, which guaranteed to update sewage, electrical power and water facilities throughout South Africa prior to completion in 2017.

He explains that the NIP is a great strategy which, if it is carried out effectively, the nation will have the ability to continue construction management and development “with ease”. There are presently 2 strategies by the federal government, the NIP and the National Advancement Strategy (NDP), through which it intends to increase and update the facilities of the nation. Part of the NDP vision will be to utilize the existing medium-term spending plan of the NIP to present a total facilities upgrade by 2030.


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