Friday, June 12, 2020
The rolling and green landscapes of Swaziland is
home to Swaziland Plantations Sawmill, a division of the Swaziland Plantations
The family-owned integrated agro-forestry company
trades across several sectors managed by specialist commercial forestry,
sawmilling, treated timber, drum manufacturing, timber sales and farming
divisions of the group.
Swaziland Plantations’ sawmill operation consists
of a long-length (6 – 6.6m) and short-length (2.5m) mill, the output from both
supplying export and domestic structural and industrial timber markets as well
the company’s door, treatment, finger-joint and drum manufacturing plants.
A 2018 upgrade that added three units from
Wood-Mizer’s TITAN range to the short and long-length mills, provided for
significant output increases and processing flexibility benefits that Swaziland Plantations were
Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 Edger
“The decision to invest money in the short-length
mill was as a result of additional saw log volumes that became available from
an outside supplier,” Pierre Prinsloo, Swaziland General Manager said.
“We commissioned the two Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800
Board Edgers to streamline the short-length mill and process the increased log
supply. This resulted in a significant
output increase from 30 to 55m³/day. The 83% increase in sawn volume per
day has significantly improved our profitability and the amount of sawn
material that we can use in our plants,” Pierre Prinsloo continued.
The 640mm throat width of the Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800
comfortably produces the bulk of the 76 x 114 mm and 76 x 152 x 2.5m boards
that exit the mill. Laser lines at the infeed side of the units assist
operators to align boards to get the best recovery and produce accurately sized
The two Wood-Mizer TITAN ED800 Edgers working at Swaziland Plantations’ short-length mill.
The Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 Manual Board Edger is
designed to offer a twofold solution to small and medium-sized sawmills. It can edge material up to 40mm thick
at higher speeds (130 m/min). At slower feed speeds, it can rip material up to 120mm. Most of
the sawn product produced in SA fall in the 38 x 114 mm size range.
The wide arbour can be packed with multiple blades.
By aligning the incoming board, it is possible to make multiple, different size
cuts for various product sizes to unlock the best value, increase productivity
and improve recovery.
Further benefits delivered by the unit include:
Powerful, 30 kW main saw motor (Optional 37, 45 or
Easy to maintain bolt-on sub-assemblies such as
shaft and rollers
CNC water jet-cut high precision 16 mm plate steel
Variable feed speed up to 130 m/min.
4 x Bottom / 2 x Top heavy-duty, large diameter,
high traction and driven hold-down rollers
Laser lines for board alignment
Heavy duty in and
outfeed roller tables
Wood-Mizer TITAN HR2000 Dual Feed Resaw
The new Wood-Mizer TITAN HR2000 Dual Feed Resaw
resolved several production bottlenecks at Swaziland Plantations’ long-length
“An inadequate log sorting process saw us taking in
logs of varying diameters. The different-size sideboards coming off varying
diameter log sizes slowed production down, reduced our recovery figures and
ultimately impacted on our profitability.
“The commissioning of the resaw has resolved all
the bottlenecks that we had,” Pierre Prinsloo said.
Front and back views of the Wood-Mizer TITAN HR2000 Hybrid Dual Feed resaw
“The resaw gives us the flexibility to cut 19 or 25
mm thicknesses when log diameters decrease, or
25 or 38 mm thicknesses when diameters go up again.
The mill's recovery has increased exponentially
with the new increased
flexibility also resulting in higher volumes of commercially valuable material
flowing to the structural timber sales division and the industrial and doors
panelling plants of the sawmill.
The Wood-Mizer TITAN HR2000 Dual Feed Re-saw is
specifically designed for recovery of multiple board thicknesses on a single
machine in one pass with no
adjustment needed to saw either the one size or the other.
Having two infeed conveyors gives the machine the
advantage of giving optimal recovery on resawn material.
price point and compared to other offerings, the Hybrid range offers heavy duty
sawmilling capacity at a very affordable price. This makes it accessible to small
and medium-sized sawmills.
affordability of the range, the customisation possibilities that it offers and
the productivity that it gives, empower sawmillers to widen margins and extend
ability to run blade widths that vary in size from 32 to 80 mm can be
customised further with the choice to run spring set, swage set and Stellite
tipped (65 to 80mm wide) saws on one head rig.
duty feed mechanics is standard for the entire range.
range is simple to maintain and operate and can easily slot into existing lines
with minimal disruption.
complex integration is required, Wood-Mizer’s engineering team can assist with
planning and execution of mechanical and electronic integration into existing
Hybrid range also slots in neatly between Wood-Mizer’s narrow bandsaw portable
and industrial ranges and the TITAN 4 & 6-inch Twinband and Resaw bandsaw
benefit from the wider product choice, increased flexibility to integrate
different solutions from the same producer in one line, and the ability to do
so in the most affordable manner possible.
2 independent feed conveyors
Feed Speeds up to 40 m/min
Compatible for blade sizes between 32 to 80
Throat width 2x 210mm
Heavy-duty Titan Head-rig column for high strain,
Pneumatically assisted, powered hold-down rollers
Heavy-duty slat-chain with variable speed
Stationary arbor drive wheel system
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