Forest life project - phase 2


The iron horse makes planting easier

In the Forest Life project, we have now started to use the Iron Horse as a platform in the actual planting work with good results.

Forest life is structured in three stages, covering the entire chain of logistics from road to harvesting area, planting and soil preparation, and adaptations for year-round use for efficient resource utilization.

Main objectives:

  • Achieve a planting result that meets requirements for plant quality, planting point accuracy, quantity and economy.
  • Improve logistics for plants and vehicles.
  • Improve health and ergonomics for planters.
  • Explore ways to increase the profitability of forest management companies and the year-round use of equipment.
  • Investigate potential improvements to the forest environment and assess sustainability aspects.

I stage 1 practical tests were carried out with the transport of seedlings with the Iron Horse, a remote-controlled Essence, equipped with an adapted planting platform and a trailer for transporting seedlings. 11,000 seedlings were planted in total. The results showed an efficiency increase of 1 hour/day/person due to faster transportation and more efficient plant transport across the harvesting area.

I stage 2 which has now been completed, the turn has now come to the actual planting and where the remote-controlled Iron Horse Essence with the planting bed has been supplemented with planting arms for the suspension of planting tubes.

The tests show that with simple means and existing technology it is possible to..:

  • Increase plant survival
  • Creating more choices. The tested equipment allows for active choices based on the season, the nature of the soil, the clarity of the planting mission, what to plant, how much, and the training and professionalism of the planters.  
  • Avoiding hard, strenuous physical work

The tests also provide information on other issues that should be further evaluated:

  • Can new methods of delivery and control allow for new reimbursement models?
  • How does teamwork affect planting results?
  • What other plant regeneration operations can be carried out at the same time or with the same basic equipment at another time, e.g. re-watering of plants or treatment against wildlife damage, etc.?
  • Increasing the number of planting arms per machine and their reach can bring further efficiency, but also increase complexity.

Skogsliv continues to explore practical solutions that benefit the forest industry, particularly in regeneration work, while complying with upcoming environmental regulations and adapting to trends such as limited harvest sizes and growing interest in no-felling forestry.

Want to know more?

If you want to know more about the project and how you can already use transport solutions with the Iron Horse, contact our product manager Peter Rodin.  

With the Forest Life project, we aim to revolutionize forestry by optimizing logistics and working conditions. With a focus onefficiency and sustainability, the project explores innovative solutions in planting logistics and forest worker conditions through practical tests and collaborations to meet the growing needs of the industry and the environment.
The solutions already developed, and new innovations in the project, are characterized by simplicity and practicality.

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