Panelboard industry: bringing the pieces together
The panelboard industry champions the use of end-of-life wood, as well as prime cuts, and is stepping up capacity to meet growing demands from construction through to furniture manufacture. The industry is a key timber consumer, focusing production on fiber and particle board and plywood. Veneers and veneered boards also take a share, using high quality trees to ‘face’ standard lumber.
The ability to produce engineered wood products from what would have been considered waste is not only sustainable, but an excellent business strategy. Furthermore, the industries have got so good at it that in many cases, its products are more practical for their desired use than what nature originally provided. Straighter, cheaper, more stable, and much easier to cut to source in the right lengths, engineered wood has many benefits.
Skyscrapers to seats
Medium density fiber (MDF), particle board and panelboard applications and uses are vast, from freeform car parts, like dashboards, through to bookcases, to building construction. However, it does not mean that just any woodcuts or waste wood will do.
Wood fibers need to be long and strong enough to give these materials the structural integrity they require. Bruks Siwertell works closely with customers to ensure that their boards make the best possible use of raw materials.
Designed for heavy duties
The engineered board industry relies heavily on robust wood-residue processing equipment including screening systems, chippers, and milling and grinding machinery. From our butt-flare reducers, which remove debris and deliver uniformity to logs, through to Bruks hammer mills, Rotom hammer hogs, and knife-ring flakers, all our equipment is designed to maximize yields and ensure the peak operational performance of any board manufacturing plant.
A cut above the rest
Crucial to many plants in the panelboard industry is the knife-ring flaker, transforming both dry and green timber into wood flakes, which can be compressed and glued together. Bruks knifering flakers, with Klöckner flaking systems, set the industry standard. They are optimized to produce high-quality flat flakes with a thickness from 0.3mm, producing a strong, non-porous board.
All our equipment is designed for durability, and our knife-ring flakers feature easily reversible wear components such as beating arms, liners and edges, delivering even wear patterns and more than doubling tool service life.
Minimal maintenance, maximum yields
Bruks hammer mills have served the panelboard industry for decades, ensuring that wood material is broken down and processed into its desired size at consistently high volumes. Our designs also focus on a low-wear operation.
Extremely hard-wearing components and the counter-clockwise and clockwise rotation of the hammer mill means that it is not necessary to turn the beaters or the screens and milling segments to ensure an even wear pattern, reducing maintenance costs.
For larger scale wood-processing requirements, Bruks hammer mills can be delivered as part of a complete system, in which several hammer mills can operate simultaneously in a seamlessly synchronized operation. This is highly energy-efficient and delivers vast volumes of consistently sized processed wood.
Sorting out the sizes
A vital step in many dry bulk material applications, including processed wood, is screening. The particle board and panelboard industries requires a high degree of material consistency, both in terms of size and quality.
Screening is a first-line process and often handled by our disc-scalping screen. It delivers extremely robust and quiet processing, removing branches, oversized timber, or stringy pieces of different wood-based materials such as chips, sawdust, sawmill waste and bark.
Getting the goods
The huge volumes of processed wood used by the engineered board industry puts a heavy focus on conveying and storage and reclaiming systems.
For conveying, Bruks Siwertell has a wide variety of options for handling large volumes of wood chip dry bulk from traditional idler belt conveyors through to air-supported systems. Our modular vibrating conveyors are a popular choice in the panelboard industry, offering an extremely efficient way to transfer and process different sized bulk materials, including larger and longer pieces of processed wood.
Conveying innovation drives down costs
Our innovative range of air-supported, low-friction conveyors include The Belt Conveyor™ and Tubulator™. Using a cushion of pressurized air under the belt to replace rollers, our systems deliver very high capacities, low material degradation rates, and vastly reduced maintenance and operational costs.
High volumes, handled
Getting the most out of available resources underpins the ethos of the panelboard industry; Bruks Siwertell helps operators go that bit further.
This approach extends to our storage and reclaiming solutions as well. Many large-scale wood chip-handling facilities, including biomass pellet plants and paper mills, use a fully-automated Bruks Siwertell stacker reclaimer system, which operates around the clock.
We offer one of the most comprehensive stacker reclaimer portfolios on the market. These can be tailored to meet all the needs of stockyards and storage facilities. You can find out more here.
Controlling dust emissions
Working with wood is inherently dusty and a critical part of all our machinery designs is controlling any dust emissions. This protects the environment and the equipment.
Dust control measures range from advanced infeed receiving hoppers through to low-profile truck dumpers, and dust collectors.
Being a good neighbor
High concentrations of dust from processed wood can cause problems if left unchecked. Aside from its environmental impact, sawdust can build up on the surface of machinery, especially on oiled parts, and interfere with equipment function; it can also potentially increase fire risk or the spread of fires in particularly hot and dry environments.
Bruks Siwertell serves the bulk truck sector and leads the market in both drive-on and back-on truck dumper versions. We have developed many ways to mitigate the dust emissions that invariably occur from this form of material discharge.