Westmill’s Dryer Infeed Load Accumulator allows for uninterrupted feeding of the dryer during the replacement of the infeed loads. A load replacement can take 45 to 120 seconds depending on load quality and the efficiency of the operator.
With an accumulator, the veneer production through your dryer remains constant as gaps between the veneer sheets will affect dryer airflow and temperature levels, both of which influence the drying process.
The accumulator supports the veneer during a load change. The dryer infeed operator activates a hand-operated valve that signals all 4 pneumatic cylinders to retract. As the cylinders retract, the front and back accumulator rolls (each driven by a pair of cylinders) move in underneath and towards the middle of the remaining 2” of veneer being fed into the dryer (see picture at the top of the next page). The rolls move via a gear “rack-and-pinion” design.
Any veneer species may be used, as the design can accommodate different species weights (due to differing densities and moisture sorts – heartwood, sapwood).
Westmill supply includes:
- Main frame
- Roll assemblies with spur gears, rack, and slider assemblies.
- Pneumatic cylinders and pneumatic lines to one main hook-up
- Filter/Regulator/Lubricator unit.
- Telescoping weld-on leg extensions for precise field elevation positioning (shipped loose)