Radio Operated Felling Banner

Radio Operated Felling Banner

Earlier this year Forestry Industry Contractors Association (FICA), launched a new micro-innovation challenge. The aim of the initiative, funded by Worksafe, was to find technical solutions to problems workers face on a daily basis.

Dave Johnston, owner/operator of Blue Mountains Logging, built an Automated Felling Banner controlled by the operator. Dave decided to enter the Felling Banner system into the micro-innovation challenge. The prize was up to $25,000 to develop the concept into a prototype. Dave’s concept was one of the winners!

He approached Alcom to help him further develop his system. The outcome was to produce a more robust prototype that significantly improves the safety and efficiency of vehicles coming in and out of the forestry blocks his teams work in.

The prototype was on show at the Fast & Forward Forestry Expo held in Rotorua on 18th-19th November 2022.

Working in partnership promotes innovation and helps us stay customer-focused. So working with Dave was very rewarding and we believe the Feller Banner system can make forestry safer, better and easier for lots of forestry operators.

We will continue to work on design and production of the Felling Banner and welcome any comments or feedback on the prototype.