Optimal positioning: The topic of timber processing at the trade fair

What methods are there for quickly and effectively processing timber? What are the benefits of mobile sawmills? And how can metal objects be reliably located? INTERFORST will give you a comprehensive overview of the key technologies in timber processing – from quality assurance to mobile sawmills to recycling and disposal.

What sets the INTERFORST trade fair apart from others is that it covers the entire value chain – and that extends far beyond forestry work.

The best example: the timber processing sector, a focal point for many well-known suppliers.

The machines, techniques, equipment and systems presented here include:

Timber processing at the INTERFORST fair: Mobile sawmills
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Timber processing at the INTERFORST fair: Mobile sawmills

Mobile sawmills and equipment

There is a large selection and variety of mobile sawmills, since many tree farmers consider them the better alternative compared to large stationary sawmills. The advantages

are obvious: On-site processing is particularly attractive for local producers and buyers since it eliminates long transport routes and storage costs. The timber does not have to be pre-sorted because the mobile sawmill can be adjusted for each log, which guarantees higher quality especially with high-grade timber. In addition, cutting waste is avoided by directly processing scraps into firewood or wood chips.

Why is it worthwhile to stay up-to-date on this topic? Because the latest sawmill technologies

allow for an even more effective supply of cut lumber and intelligent recycling methods

that enable a more cost-efficient disposal of timber scraps. In short: one investment, many economic advantages.

In 2018, many suppliers presented information on mobile sawmills and equipment:

  • Arbortech Europe GmbH
  • Serra Maschinenbau GmbH
  • Wood-Mizer
  • Sägewerke Vertriebs GmbH
  • Zenz Landtechnik GmbH

Sawmill technology

Without sawmill technology, there’s no processing of logs into cut lumber. Only the sawing process can take the unevenly round timber and turn it into the required beams, squared timber, planks, battens and boards, in other words: cut lumber or lumber products.

It may sound simple, but there are challenges related to the many influencing properties of the raw material itself. The logs vary in diameter and length as well as in growth and moisture. The more variation there is, the more precisely the machining process must be monitored. This is especially true since the lumber products have to meet distinct minimum requirements: The cross-sectional dimensions must be within certain tolerances, lengths must be uniform in some cases, and moisture content is often specified, as are grades of lumber.

Many factors have led to a very wide-ranging development in sawmill technology. For example, semi-automatic or fully automatic gang sawmills, log band sawmills, and circular sawmills were created to enable optimal processing of any wood format and to compensate for deviations from nominal values. On the other hand, the work process stays the same: sorting of the logs, cutting, sorting of the cut lumber.

A trade fair for timber processing, INTERFORST offers products and solutions for all timber processing methods in sawmills – from the delivery, storage and sorting of logs to processing into cut lumber, through to lumber sorting, storage and drying.

Recycling technology and disposal

The work of thinning forests and cutting logs produces large quantities of wood and scrap cuttings that are disposed of or processed into firewood, wood chips, pellets or paper. Learn about innovative recycling methods and the latest disposal options at INTERFORST 2022.

The company Doppstadt Umwelttechnik presented information on this in 2018.

Devices for locating metal objects

There are entire tree populations that still have damage from bullets and shell fragments as a result of World War II. Smaller particles in particular cannot be seen with the naked eye, so the extent of contamination can only be determined through further processing. The problem is that metal particles can cause serious damage to saws, for instance. Locating devices are used, ideally before felling, to avoid this risk by detecting foreign bodies and thus preventing possible machine damage during timber processing.

Other machinery and equipment for wood processing

The range of products for the timber processing segment extends far beyond the areas mentioned.

At the leading trade fair in 2018, the following companies presented additional machines and devices that can assist you with timber processing and simplify or accelerate processes:

  • AMR
  • Containers Service
  • EiFo Forsttechnik GmbH
  • HMG Hess GmbH & Co.KG Maschinenbau
  • Landtechnik Stanggassinger GmbH
  • Pinosa Srl
  • RKE-Technik GmbH
  • Unterreiner Forstgeräte GmbH

Timber processing of the future

Digitalization is the name of the major overarching trend topic, which naturally has an impact on timber processing, too. The major advantage of digitized processes: They allow timber processing and wood processing companies to respond even faster to changing customer needs and the increasing individualization of products. At the trade fair for timber processing, INTERFORST therefore offers comprehensive insights into digital networking for efficient timber processing, new laser methods, and innovative processing machines with digital features.