Autumn 2012 new sawmill production launch finalised the first stage of modernisation of Tsiglomen production sector of Sawmill 25 (Arkhangelsk). Currently the new sawmill produces some 1000 cubic meters of sawn timber (under one shift operation).

The second stage works are going at full tilt, their result should be launch of some facilities, including dry lumber grading section manufactured by Hekotek.
It is planned that in spring 2013 the second stage works will be finalised and the sawmill in Tsiglomen will reach its designed capacity, which is 800 cubic meters of round logs processed under 3 shift operation.

Some history

At the beginning of 2011 when the contract for equipment delivery for construction of a new sawmill at Tsiglomen was signed. The choice of equipment suppliers is not an easy task, but the Sawmill solved it easily and quickly. Experience of successful construction, launch and work of Maymaksa sawmill sector completed in 2006 to a great extent influenced the choice. This is also the best evidence that they at the Sawmill are satisfied with the result of the certain equipment operation and the cooperation with the equipment suppliers in general.

Trust is convenience

In spite of technological similarity of the two projects, the new one is pretty much different in terms of project implementation – construction of Tsiglomen sawmill sector is performed with participation of a general supplier. According to Sawmill 25 Managing Director M. Papylev, during construction of Maymaksa sawmill sector all the equipment supplying companies worked independently. With this experience in mind it was decided that it is much more convenient and easier to work with a general supplier than with separate companies. “Ability to achieve mutual understanding with the customer, clear understanding of its obligations, high level of responsibility for the decisions made – that is what we appreciate Hekotek for as a manufacturer and a general supplier, commented M. Papylev.

Similar not identical

Today nothing stands on the same point, and the new plant equipment will be much more advanced compared to the sawmill in Maimaksa.

Two green board sorting lines in Tsiglomen also make a significant difference compared to Maimaksa, where no sorting line for central boards was provided at all (central board are straightly directed to stick stacker). The situation in Tsiglomen is different – 5 separate horizontal sorting bins are installed there to provide a particularly gentle board handling, and also increasing the goods yield.

However, the fact of installation of the two green sorting lines by Hekotek does not necessarily imply simultaneous operation of them both. For instance, when sawing small logs the system directs all the boards to one sorting line (mainly meant for the side boards). As a result, the sawmill has more accurate and efficient use of labor, as well as electricity consumption.

Smartly used

A considerable amount of electricity necessary for the sawmill production will be provided by a CHP. Manufacturing practices in Maimaksa shows that neither drying facilities, not the sawmill as a whole consume the entire amount of thermal power generated to obtain the maximum possible amount of electric power. It is therefore important to use this excess heat efficiently and effectively. In Maimaksa it is used for drying sawdust, which is directed to wooden pellets production. The pellet plant constructed in Maimaksa by Hekotek annually produce some 70 thousand ton of high quality wooden pellets, consisting of 3 pellet presses and 3 Hekotek-manufactured sawdust dryers.

In the near future it is planned to construct a similar pellet plant in Tsiglomen, which will be have 3 pellet presses and sawdust dryers by Hekotek. The pellet plant, thus, will be the most logical solution in terms of an effective full closed production cycle. In addition to recycling and consumption of excess heat, the pellet plant in Tsiglomen will provide fuel for the local pellet-burning boilers, delivered by Hekotek and built in nearby villages about 3 years ago and successfully operating for the third heating season.