World-first robotic logging truck scalers

Wednesday 12 Jun 2019

The world's first two automated logging truck scalers, commissioned by Mount Maunganui-based ISO Limited, are now scanning logs at Port of Tauranga.

The Robotic Scaling Machines (RSM) give a faster, safer and more accurate measure of logs on the trucks and trailers than the manual process.

Tauranga-based agritech company Robotics Plus designed and built the automatic logging truck scaler using materials from several local suppliers.

Robotics Plus co-founder Steve Saunders said he and his staff worked with ISO, which came up with the concept in 2017 and came up with a final prototype in just 12 months.

"I's a great example for New Zealand about how collaboration can really empower," Saunders said. "This is a technology company working with a well-established local company looking into the future to actually solve these sorts of problems. I think we need a lot more of that in New Zealand," Saunders said.

The technology was now being rolled out across the country, starting with two scalers at the Port of Napier, then Gisborne and at Marsden Pt next year.

ISO Limited's chief executive, Paul Cameron, said the technology offers huge health and safety benefits to staff. "The robotic scaler measuring process eliminates exposure to hazards and moves those people into a safer environment," he said.

Cameron said the existing manual system used throughout the world requires people to hand scan the logs by climbing between trucks and trailers, taking up to 40 minutes.

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