Biosystems engineering receives grant from Caterpillar

Published: Sep 18, 2006 11:00:00 AM
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A high-speed disc saw felling head was recently donated to the Department of Biosystems Engineering by the Caterpillar Forest Products Group. The equipment will be used as a research tool on yield mapping systems for forest machines. The felling head is used on wheeled feller bunchers, the most common forest harvesting machines used around the world.

"This donation is the result of continued cooperation between biosystems engineering and Caterpillar's Forest Products Group," said Steve Taylor, head of the biosystems engineering department. "Faculty member Tim McDonald has been using this equipment on loan for several years in his research program, so Caterpillar decided to go ahead and donate the felling head to us in recognition of the precision forestry research now underway at Auburn."

The Caterpillar Forest Pro Training Center, located on Auburn University property north of Auburn, is the only facility in the world where Caterpillar's forest products engineering and marketing personnel work together to test new equipment designs, while educating their dealer network on the performance capabilities of their machines. The facility is used frequently by students and faculty for education and research activities.