PMP WeDry

Master drying.
Improve quality.

You understand that drying—especially kiln drying—is a process that generates a lot of variation once the wood reaches the planer line. Variations in moisture content across packages cost your lumber mill a lot—you measure moisture content at the planer mill, but the packages are dried elsewhere, sometimes as long as weeks prior. This contributes to ceaseless blockages and undue downgrades on the planing line, making it hard for you and your managers to sit down to understand and improve the situation.

MASTERING MOISTURE CONTENT VARIATIONS IS CRUCIAL IN MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF YOUR PRODUCT MIX

PMP WeDry™ (part of PMP TeamMate™ and designed specifically for the wood transformation industry by our team of specialists) is a system that helps you bring drying variability under control, reducing the number of issues it causes at planing.
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REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DRYING-RELATED ISSUES AT THE PLANER MILL

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.

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Desired vs. Bad Moisture Content Distribution
Increase average product mix value 33%

BENCHMARK DRYING PERFORMANCE & RESPOND TO DRYING ISSUES FASTER

Using this distribution data 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%.

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SEE MOISTURE CONTENT DISTRIBUTION

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.

Moisture content in charges
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DRIVE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

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 continuous 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%.

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Features

Beyond coming standard with the full infeed / outfeed history, production, and downtimes, pivot tables for analysis, configurable alerts, and recipe management, PMP WeDry features:
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Automated, analysis-ready reports

Do away with manually maintained, complicated spreadsheets and take advantage of the PMP TeamMate data historian to generate analysis-ready reports on the fly. You can even configure PMP WeDry reports to be generated and sent automatically to anyone who needs them at set intervals.

PMP WeDry analysis-ready report
Moisture content control tools

Moisture content control tools

Use the PMP WeDry moisture content (MC) control tools on your moisture meter at the planer mill infeed to instantly see the MC in packages, which will help you better control moisture-related downgrades and other drying related issues.

Put your data to work . Turn it into profits

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