Valutec launches Valmatics 4.0 control system for sawmills

Valutec has launched the Valmatics 4.0 control system, which will enable sawmills to automate and optimise drying in all types of lumber kilns.

The high quality of the process is ensured by simulators programmed with data from hundreds of thousands of measurements, to enable the calculation of drying processes with accuracy from beginning to end.

“Sawmills want to streamline production while also ensuring the quality of every product. This calls for intelligent automation, and we’ve dedicated major resources to developing it. Valmatics 4.0 provides the kiln operator with the help and support necessary to optimize the drying process. This means gains at several levels as operators have more time to focus on quality-critical operations such as sampling and checks,” says Thomas Waming, head of R&D at Valutec.

Valmatics 4.0 is the result of R&D and dialogues with the sawmill industry. It builds on Valutec’s proprietary Valmatics control system, which changed the way lumber drying was managed when it was launched by providing the ability to simultaneously optimise quality, capacity and energy.

“Valmatics 4.0 is a further development of Valmatics and also a result of the way sawmills have changed up until today. We must not only be able to optimise the drying processes for new types of kilns such as the TC progressive kiln, but also take full advantage of the information generated from business and package management systems. This is how we help make production chains yet more robust and quality-assured,” says John Karbin, automation manager at Valutec.