LogPorter log handling cranes
Improved log yard efficiency with the ANDRITZ LogPorter log handling system
The ANDRITZ LogPorter log handling system improves woodyard efficiency and lowers overall costs.
Improved efficiency with the ANDRITZ LogPorter system
Forest product companies face the challenges of improving the efficiency and productivity of their wood handling operations to reduce operating costs. The log yard operation is sometimes overlooked as a place where investments can produce significant returns in terms of savings in manpower, savings in wear and spare parts, and large increases in wood handling efficiencies.
The LogPorter solution
The LogPorter crane is a single piece of equipment which requires much less maintenance and attention than multiple loader arrangements.
Installing a LogPorter portal crane (gantry crane) or a LogPorter radial crane typically reduces woodyard operating costs by a large percentage:
- It requires much less manpower to operate (compared to a loader-operated yard) when processing an identical volume of logs.
- Mills operating a LogPorter crane report less fiber loss and 75% less log breakage than with their loader operations.
- It operates on electricity, eliminating the cost of diesel fuel required by loaders.
The LogPorter crane handles the unloading and storing of logs, and feeding to the mill, all in one unit. It can make as many as 40 picks per hour (if travel distances are kept to a minimum). This allows for a high number of trucks to be unloaded when necessary. It is equipped with storm brakes and can operate in all weather conditions, even in high-wind locations.