Computer systems are today an obvious aid to modern forestry. As most major forest owners and corporations nowadays are depending on mobile computers in an integrated chain from customer to mill, the computers must be designed to withstand the harsh forest environment. Our computers survive in this wild life as we have spent years to specialize in building and delivering equipment for harvesters, forwarders, trucks and other forest vehicles. Stresses like rain, sunlight, temperature changes, moisture and vibration are familiar challenges for JLT's R&D staff.
Improved wood value
Forest systems enable customers to make precise specifications for harvesting wood on order thereby increasing the value of the material. If a company wants to buy special dimensions of pinewood, the use of digital maps, satellite pictures and similar helps forest owners locate the exact kind of pine asked for.
Devices linked to our mobile computers automatically measure the diameter, length and tapering of the tree trunks. This data is used to calculate the optimal cutting positions for each tree according to price lists to get the maximum wood value.
Efficient transportation and optimal routes
The forwarders can also be equipped with mobile computers, which enable them to communicate with the rest of the chain. Once the wood is harvested, an e-mail message is sent to the truck best suited to transport the wood to the mill. Optimal routes are instantly calculated, relative to other trucks in the field. Computer programs help to plan wood transportation so as to minimise movements by empty trucks.
Reducing environmental impact
Computer application makes it possible for the driver to change the tire pressure of the truck while in motion. Lower pressure causes less damage to poorly surfaced tracks. Vehicles equipped with such CTI systems can be driven on roads that would otherwise be closed off during the spring thaw.
The computer enables a GPS navigation application where the driver's own position and special areas are marked out. Should some flowers under protection or an eagle's nest be spotted, these positions are entered into the computer. This information is used to determine where it will be most profitable yet environmentally safe to harvest.
Forestry by its very nature brings workers out into tough outdoor environments. We have had customers use our devices for timber cruising, GPS navigation, surveying plant species and stream conditions, and other types of habitat management.