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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2018) 63(1): 38–40
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Professional Paper
Forestry automation and robotics

Richard Parker *,1, Peter Clinton 2, Karen Bayne 3 and Brionny Hooper 4

1 Human Factors Scientist, Scion, Rotorua. Email:
2 Science Leader, Scion, Rotorua
3 Technologist, Scion, Rotorua
4 Human Factors Scientist, Scion, Rotorua
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: Automation and robotics have been introduced by industries as a way to increase productivity, reduce costs and increase the safety of the workforce. The mining industry in particular has become a leader in automation and robotics through trying to remove people from dangerous and often repetitive tasks. Operator jobs have been lost but new, often more technical, jobs have been created. Advances in automation and robotics in forestry will likely have a similar effect, and perhaps provide an opportunity to create harvesting machines and systems with a very light environmental footprint.
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