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By: Press release 11/2016

Eight innovativ products recieve a KWF-Innovation Medal

Two visionary inventions get special prizes   On the opening day of the 17th KWF-Tagung in Roding, eight pioneering forestry-related developments from the exhibiting companies were awarded a KWF Innovation Medal. They prevailed in a field of 31 nominees. The award ceremony was conducted by the Chairman of the Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik e.V. (KWF; Association for Forestry Work and Forestry Technology), Robert Morigl, and the Vice-Chairman of the KWF, Johannes Röhl, at the beginning of the opening night on the “Forst & Holz” exhibition area in the center of the KWF-Expo.

“Modern forestry that is carried out according to the principles of sustainability needs safe and environmentally sound technology and equipment. The forestry industry is proving its high level of innovation and great innovative strength once again at the KWF-Tagung in Roding,” said Morigl with pleasure. The eighth staging of the KWF competition for innovations included more than 80 submissions for the six specialist commissions. These commissions then selected the nominees. A jury of experts selected the six winners from this group. In addition, two Innovation Medals were awarded as “KWF-Vision” awards for future-oriented thinking.

Two KWF Innovation Medals were awarded in the “Forestry Equipment” category. The medal for the “Ergonomics” area of application was given to:

Ponsse Oy Finnland & Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH; Ponsse Buffalo AF (Active Frame) 

The Buffalo AF developed by Ponsse has a three-piece vehicle chassis that is novel for forwarders. The front end is suspended in free-floating fashion and has an actively leveled bogie axle. The cab is thus always kept in a horizontal position, even when the ground surface is highly irregular. KWF is awarding the prize because this innovation is an important contribution to driver ergonomics in hauler technology.

The medal for the “Felling of Wood” area of application was given to:

Pišek-Vitli Krpan d.o.o. (Slovenia); KRPAN GP12 D forestry trailer

The forestry trailer has a novel patented chassis with a hydraulic, continuously adjustable bogie axle. This can be operated from the driver’s cab, even during loading or while driving with a load, without the need for tools. It is used to adjust the vertical load on the drawbar when working and for transportation on public roads. This development is an innovative contribution to the functionality and safety during wood felling using forestry trailers.

The KWF Innovation Medal in the category “Machines & Tools” for the “Computers / Measurement” area of application was given to:

Gottlieb Nestle GmbH & Grube KG; Nestle LH 50 laser caliper with one-hand operation

The laser caliper with one-hand operation enables the fast, non-contact determination of diameters. It simplifies the measurement of standing and lying timber when receiving timber and during forest inventories.

The KWF Innovation Medal in the category “Personal Protective Equipment” for the “Work Safety / Ergonomics” area of application was awarded to:

Stihl AG & Co.KG; Stihl HS-Multi-Protect hedge trimmer protective trousers

These innovative trousers combine many protective functions and have been designed specifically for gardening and landscaping. The new leg and knee guard protects the user’s thighs and knees from injuries caused by pinching and cutting when working with a hedge trimmer. It can be removed. As a result, the area of range of the trousers is intelligently increased to include work in garden and landscape construction, including brush cutter operations.

Two KWF Innovation Medals were also awarded in the “Accessories” category. The medal for the “Work Safety” area of application went to:

Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH; D2-Forest safety system

The D2-Forest safety system has been specially developed for combined procedures and reduces the risks to people who must be in the immediate sphere of influence of forestry equipment. The certified, easily retrofittable system represents an important innovative contribution to occupational safety.

The medal for the “Lubricants” area of application went to:

Kajo-Schmierstoff-Technik GmbH; Kajo-Bio Longlife Grease LZR 2

The rapidly biodegradable lubricating grease is suitable for all forestry machines. It is a novel product that consists of 83% renewable raw materials. It is the first lubricant to be awarded the German “Blaue Engel” and the Ecolabel. It therefore represents an innovative contribution to environmental protection and resource conservation.

The “KWF-Vision” awards for future-oriented thinking went to UPM & the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, as well as to Hiab - Cargotec Germany GmbH. The award was for the Biofore Concept Car, which was developed as part of a cooperation between UPM and the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, as well as various other partners. “The project is an excellent example of the innovative use of wood as a raw material and is characterized by pioneering development work. This vision has been recognized by the KWF with a special prize,” Morigl explained.

The KWF jury also deemed the Hiab “HiVisionTM” to be visionary. This is an innovative form of a crane control. The safety and comfort are remarkable and are complemented by a precise control system and good visibility. The novel camera-based 3D technologies provide important steps for improved functionality, ergonomics and safety, pioneering new ideas in crane control in the forest.

Press images of the Winners of the KWF Innovation Medal

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