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Drying decisions: industry experts weigh in on the role of continuous dry kiln systems

Canadian Forest Industries spoke to three suppliers of continuous dry kilns (CDKs) to offer insight for sawmillers trying to decide what would work best.

Mühlböck doubles drying capacity, while improving grade

The commissioning of the first Mühlböck CDK for North America, installed late last year for New Brunswick’s Delco Forest Products, has been successfully completed.

Valutec’s first TC continuous dry kiln in North America now running

The Pleasant River sawmill group has invested in two kilns for their sawmills in Jackman-Moose River and Dover Foxcroft in Maine.

Diving in head first: Lavern Heideman & Sons invests $17M to boost production

In 2018, Lavern Heideman & Sons invested $17 million to modernize the mill to boost production and efficiency. Now, the company has expanded to accommodate a new large-log line, as well as dry kilns and space for their planer mill.
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North America’s first TC continuous kiln is up and running!

Valutec is one of the world’s largest suppliers of drying equipment for the sawmill industry. In October 2019, the company commissioned North America's first TC continuous kiln at Pleasant River's site Moose River in Jackman, ME. Six months later the feedback is in:

"It does a great job, in a lot less time than we're used to and puts out a much better product", Fred Haigis, Lumber Yard Supervisor Moose River.

"Valutec has made over 4 000 kilns so we knew we were dealing with the real deal", Chris Brochu, Owner Pleasant River Sawmill Group.
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Tech Update

Tech update: Spotlight on kilns in 2019

CFI highlights the latest updates on kiln technology for drying Canadian lumber. » Read more...

EACOM adds continuous kiln to Timmins operation

The Wellons Canada-installed continuous dry kiln at EACOM’s Timmins, Ont., operation has increased drying capacity and is expected to reach payback in less than two years. » Read more...
Mühlböck Drying Technology

Canadian sawmill chooses 2 new Mühlböck Continuous kilns

Known for their exceptional lumber drying quality, Mühlböck Drying Technology is having worldwide success with various lines of drying kilns, including their continuous lumber drying systems. Highest quality components, State-of-the-Art technology, considerable electrical and thermal energy savings, excellent Customer Service and safe operation, ensure the economic success of every Mühlböck customer. For these reasons yet another Canadian sawmill recently ordered two Mühlböck Progressive 1306 Flow Continuous kilns. » Learn more...

Managing moisture: The Kalesnikoff Lumber Company

The Kalesnikoffs always knew that a key to successfully producing high-end wood products was to have proper drying procedures in place to ensure the correct moisture content levels. » Read more...

Productivity gains: Groupe Lebel’s Price sawmill invests $8M in upgrades

Groupe Lebel’s investments in dryers, a new boiler, modernization of the sawing and planing lines and other improvements at its Price sawmill have generated significant productivity gains during the past five years. » Read more...

Valutec introduces Valmatics 4.0 control system to optimize drying

Valutec recently launched its Valmatics 4.0 control system, which will enable sawmills around the world to automate and optimize drying in all types of lumber kilns. » Read more...

South Africa’s path to dry kiln success

Timbersoft in South Africa has developed customized drying systems for fine tuning, improving, and upgrading kilns. » Read more...
Sechoir MEC

Séchoir MEC: specialists in manufacturing, repairing and installing dry kilns

Séchoir MEC has 28 years of drying expertise servicing customers from all areas of the wood industry. A leader in the dry kilns sector, Séchoir MEC provides innovative design, manufacturing, installation and repair of dry kiln equipment. Our products are recognized for their performance and durability. Experience the MEC dry kiln difference! » Learn more...