INTERFORST 2018 - Big machines for a sustainable future of the forest
Warmer, drier and extreme thunderstorms: Only a healthy forest with climate-tolerant tree species is sustainably protected from climate change and pests.
Marius Kopetzky, Timber Logistics & Data Management KWF:
"An important part of forest sustainability is just to preserve the forest ecosystem, and an important component of the ecosystem for us is the soil, whose liveliness we must also receive, especially through the use of forestry machines that take this production good consideration. "
For larger forest areas and timber yields, larger forestry machines are needed. Especially in terrain or on wet ground, the surface can be damaged quickly. For this reason, for example, Komatsu will be presenting its harvester at INTERFORST for the first time with eight instead of six wheels as before. The pressure of a single tire is reduced.
Andreas Locket, Product Manager Komatsu Forest:
"Today we work with a backseat system, ie most of the forests are certified, the machine always works on the lane and this is also about the technical negotiability." The less ground pressure a machine exerts, the more frequent this lane is to drive without any deep tracks to leave behind. "
Minimizing ground pressure is also the aim of the Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik. Your forwarder "OnTrack" moves across a strip surface and uses sensors to test the effects on the ground.
Marius Kopetzky, Wood Logistics & Data Management KWF
"With the belt system, you can actually spread the weight of the machine over several square meters and thus come in the order of a normal footprint."
Not only protecting the forest during harvesting, but also reducing emissions and saving time and money is Noe's goal. For the first time, the company presents a forwarder combined with a boar, which also processes the logs into firewood.
Another proven method: working with a high-wire crane that transports the wood without much ground contact. Konrad Forsttechnik would like to save additional energy and costs here.
Markus Konrad, Konrad Forsttechnik
"The really new thing about this system is that you can use this rope crane to do the whole job, which means you can rop up the tree to the machine and use the same machine to work the tree down, which means you really make it easier to cut it to length and store it."
From big to small, or better said, miniforst machines. The Finnish company Usewood combines a harvester with a forwarder in a small format, especially to avoid damaging small trees during harvesting in young forests.
At INTERFORST 2018, small and large innovations will be shown for the sustainable future of the forest.