Optimizing the efficiency, sustainability, and profitability of industrial sawmills

Sawmills have developed into a modern process industry with significant demands placed on capacity, efficiency and availability. They require high-quality machines and solutions that are easy to maintain and perform well under high-use conditions, minimizing production downtime. Safety and environmental protection are also key priorities. Bruks Siwertell offers products that meet all these requirements.

The primary job of a sawmill is to process softwood or hardwood timber products from a log to a board or plank, but about half of the log will end up as by-products, such as sawdust, chips and bark. We have a wide range of market-leading machinery and conveyors specifically designed for handling and processing sawmill by-products.

Industry challenges of turning round to straight

Industrial sawmills rely on tough, heavy-duty equipment for their facilities, and as byproducts make up half of production quantities, high-volume wood residue waste handling and processing is key. Minimal power requirements, the production of a consistently sized product and the flexibility to simply and effectively process diverse types of raw material are all necessary as the competition for raw renewable feedstock sources increases. 

Sawmill machinery for supporting timber processing and byproduct handling, such as slab and wood grinders, crushers, hammer mills, and screening systems used in the industrial sawmill need to deliver 24/7 operation in an extremely demanding environment.

Our WSM sawmill process machinery includes vertical and horizontal feed wood waste grinders, wood and bark screening systems, no-knife re-sizers, sawmill waste wood shredders, hammermills for wood chips, disc scalping screens, oscillating screens, vibrating conveyors and screens, trommel screens, and WSM WaterfallTM disc screens. All are  engineered and built to withstand the demands of high-use industrial sawmills, and offer low maintenance and maximum performance. They can be supplied as individual components or as complete processing systems.

Maximizing profits from industrial sawmill waste streams

An important element of any mill is maximizing the efficiency of its sawmill process and enabling the facility to make the most profit from its waste stream. Sawmill byproducts are a sustainable and valuable raw material, from fine grinding of wood chips for pellet fuel or composite board, to coarse grinding of bark or wood waste for mulch or biomass, to grinding slab wood, forestry residues, land clearing debris, and stumps, to screening products to maximize fiber value, reliable, easy to maintain and operate machinery, which delivers a long service life, is critical.

We have global references for industrial sawmills and delivering sawmill solutions that lower fiber costs by expanding fiber sources, delivering substantial value to their byproduct processes and operations. 

Sustainability at industry roots

Bruks Siwertell works in sustainable supply chains. Trees and timber from well-managed forests, repeatedly planted and felled for generations, are central to this practice, and to the environmental impact and sustainability of the industry as a whole.

The wood and timber used in the industrial sawmill and wood-processing industry is a renewable raw material. The entire production process is based on sustainability and is designed for maximum resource efficiency and environmental protection. This includes ensuring that all by-products that arise from production are used.

Carbon capture in construction

Wood stores carbon, so as construction demands grow, industrial sawmill operators have an important role to play in a cleaner world. Couple that with maximizing the use of wood-processing byproducts and waste wood residues, and this positive environmental impact grows, along with the operational profitability of the plant.

Operators can also leverage automation and low-maintenance technologies to offset their costs even further. Bruks Siwertell helps sawmill operators to stay leaner, cleaner, and safer.

Perfect condition for cutting

Logs arrive at a sawmill wider at their base than at the top; the butt flare. These, with their substantial protruding root bones, can cause significant issues if not removed before the sawing process. Removing them improves general handling and, as the root bone is often contaminated with dirt and small stones, avoids downstream machinery damage.

butt end reducer

Our solution is a Bruks butt-flare reducer, which automatically cleans away debris and ensures that the log is in an ideal condition for cutting, yielding a much higher percentage of usable wood from each log. Most importantly, they help to ensure that the positioning of the logs before the saw machine is as accurate as possible, which is also essential for achieving as high a yield as possible.

Bruks butt-flare reducers machine-down the flared butt of the log until it is uniformly conical, processing as many as 24 logs a minute.

They do not need set-up changes for different sizes, handling all logs from minimum to maximum log diameter without any adjustments, and they can accommodate tree-length and shorter-length logs. 

Butt-flare reducer

Innovation under the sawline

Below the sawline, byproducts such as wood chips and sawdust, must be collected. This is often carried out using traditional roller belt conveyors or scraper conveyors, however Bruks Siwertell has developed a specially designed sub-floor that uses our air-supported conveyor system, the TubulatorTM, bringing an innovative edge to modern sawlines.


Our waste wood residue processing and handling systems efficiently collect and transfer sawline by-products, so that they can be processed, screened and stored for onward commercial use. 

Using Tubulator conveyors under the sawline offers distinct operational advantages in comparison with conventional trough conveyors. They are enclosed, which ensures a dust-free environment and have high conveying capacities, up to 1,000m3/h, in relation to their size. Significantly lower energy consumption and maintenance costs are also achieved.

Furthermore, the design of the conveyors’ intermediate sections makes it easy to connect the plate chute below the sawline directly onto the Tubulator, ensuring a tight, dust-free solution.

air-supported conveyors

bioenergy industry

Bruks airsupported beltconveyor


Stripping the bark

All logs are de-barked before the sawing process starts. Bark from the de-barker is then transported to, and processed by, the bark shredder. Bruks Rotom shredder is a robust, heavy-duty machine capable of processing bark as well as other sawmill residues into suitable sizes for onward use as biomass fuel.

A bark screen can be installed before the bark shredder. This ensures that fines and small fractions can be screened out, which reduces the total volume processed by the shredder and produces a higher quality of fuel.

Making the most of chips

Sawmills only buy the main log of a tree; the tops, branches or very misshapen and unwanted trees, and forestry thinning waste, are not typically desirable. The off-cuts, trimmings and edgings from sawmills’ green and dry sorters, are processed in a drum chipper.

Drum chipper horizontal

A significant portion of wood chips from sawmills are used as pulp chips, which demand a high quality. Bruks free-swinging chip screens are available in several sizes for separating up to four fractions. Exchangeable screen decks, with decreasing hole sizes, ensure efficient screening and maximize economic yields.

bruks chipper

Feeding the chipper 

For the production of pulp chips, feeding the chipper is typically achieved using a vibrating conveyor. This can be equipped with a metal detector, a screening section and other functions, which are often useful for this type of chipping plant.

Bruks Siwertell offers the widest drop-fed or horizontal-fed drum chipper product range on the market, enabling us to offer extensive customized solutions to suit every need. From the smallest to very high-capacity units, our chippers offer reliable, consistent performance.

Our range of Bruks chippers also include disc versions. Wood chips from our machines can be used for high-quality applications in pulp and paper mills, as well as by particle board and panelboard producers, and as microchips for direct drying in pellet mills.


Sawdust to profit

Even the tiniest particle of wood waste can now be turned into profit, not only reducing particulate and dust emissions in the atmosphere, but also maximizing the operational yields of sawmills.

Sawdust is mainly used for biomass pellet production, and is collected directly below the sawline when possible, or screened out in the chip screen. Sawdust screening can be offered separately.

Driveover truck dumper

Specialist dust collecting systems ensure that sawdust can be preserved for onward use. Depending on the volumes created, it can be bagged, but is often conveyed to biomass pellet processing facilities via bulk trucks.

Our range of Bruks truck unloading systems deliver an extremely efficient method for truck unloading. Drive-over and back-on versions come with optional covered hoppers, dust collectors and a baghouse, ensuring nothing is wasted and the environment is protected.

Truck unloading

Long service: a guarantee

Robustness and low maintenance requirements are key considerations for wood-processing equipment. Their heavy-duty workload means that all our machines have been designed for easy maintenance and maximum tool life.

Our service teams are committed to ensuring that operators get the longest, most profitable use out of our equipment.