The first step in improving throughput at your mill is to pinpoint whether moisture content variations come from the kiln or the yard turnaround.
By capturing package moisture content at the planer mill infeed, you will better be able to deliver high-quality products. We help visualize moisture content distribution in production runs, presenting the results as color-coded charts. A distribution of wet and overdried wood of 5% or less is optimal.
Using the moisture distribution information from PMP WeDry and correlating planer mill infeed packages with kiln charges (manually or automatically) will help you benchmark and streamline kiln performance. Consequently, this will afford you greater control over drying operations, radically decreasing instances of wood splitting or causing blockages on the planer line. This new handle on drying could help you improve the quality of products entering the planer mill—enough to increase the average value of your product mix 33%.
PMP WeDry integrates with your moisture measurement equipment to offer a thorough representation of the moisture content distribution of your charges. This further enables you to assess the efficiency of your kilns.
Monitoring and analyzing the data from PMP WeDry gives you the power to optimize kiln performance and develop drying recipes taking into account species. This will help you ensure that you maximize the value of the dry wood coming out of your kilns and minimize drying-related issues at the planer mill.
With all the data from PMP WeDry, you can more easily pinpoint issues caused by poorly dried wood. This affords you the opportunity to correct them more effectively than before. This data will deliver insights to everyone in the mill, which will reveal other areas of your operations that may need improvement. This way, you can enter—as a team—into a cycle of measurement, analysis, and observation that will drive your goals in an endless improvement loop not limited to the kilns.
All these factors contribute to higher-quality lumber, fewer issues during planing, and a greater bottom line. Within months of being deployed in mills, PMP WeDry can drive kiln throughput up an average of 20%.