Berneck orders “world’s largest drum dryer” from Dieffenbacher

One of the dryer’s trunnion rings, with an outer diameter of 9.06m, height of 0.66m, and weighs approximately 47 tonnes (Image: Dieffenbacher)

Berneck, a wood-based panel exporting company in Brazil, has commissioned Dieffenbacher to supply an 84mW energy system and a drum dryer for its medium-density particleboard (MDP) plant in Curitibanos, Santa Catarina.

Headquartered in Araucária in the Brazilian state of Paraná, Berneck specialises in MDP, medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and high-density fibreboard (HDF) production.

“With the new Dieffenbacher energy system and drum dryer, we’ll be ready to boost our production capacity in Curitibanos from 1,200m³ to 2,700m³ of MDP per day,” said Daniel Berneck, industrial director of Berneck.

According to Dieffenbacher, the grate of the 84mW energy system will have a size of 106m² and the drum of the dryer will be 36m long and have a diameter of 7.8m. The new Dieffenbacher drum dryer will reportedly be “the largest in the world”. At 155% material moisture, it will achieve a throughput of 43 tonnes per hour.

“Berneck has not only placed its trust in us for this project, but it has also invited us to enter into a long-term partnership,” said Diego Coelho de Oliveira, area sales director of Latin America at Dieffenbacher. “We sincerely thank our partners at Inserco for helping to make this contract possible.”

Ralf Bergmann, managing director of Inserco, added, “This success once again shows what Dieffenbacher and Inserco can achieve together in Latin America.”

Berneck concluded: “I cannot wait to see our Curitibanos site more than double its particleboard capacity. I look forward to our collaboration with Dieffenbacher and Inserco on this project and others, as I believe this might be the beginning of a new era for all three of us.”