Dryer Emission Control:
Our Patented WestVac End-Wall Emission Control System provides an effective method of controlling end-wall dryer emissions, to increase production, save energy, improve veneer quality and reduce the risk of dryer fires.
Dryer Humidity Migration and Control System:
The 2-PEx Exhaust system provides unparalleled control of the humidity ratio along the entire dryer’s length resulting in increased production, energy savings and greatly improved veneer quality.
Quick-Change Dryer Roll Baffle System (Patented):
Challenged by our customers to solve this problem, Westmill designed the first-ever, quickly interchangeable Dryer Roll Baffle system. Removing and replacing roll baffles now takes under 1-hour vs. 16 man-hours of very labor-intensive work to change out a baffle set
Fan Shaft Seal System:
Our Proprietary Spring Tensioned Packing Gland permanently solves the common problem of emissions leaking through panel packing glands at the fan shaft. We effectively solved this problem by creating a proprietary Spring Tensioned Packing Gland at this location. This solution has also greatly reduced the number of bottom bearing failures commonly caused by high-heat and bearing contamination at this location.
The Best Door Hardware:
Robust and easy to use, our famous hardware keeps your Dryer sealed and workers safe from strain.
“Safe Openings” Door Handle Load-Dampener (Patents Pending):
To eliminate any potential risk of ‘strike-hazard’ for an unsuspecting dryer tender when opening a dryer door, Westmill has incorporated a proprietary new hydraulic load-dampening-cylinder into our Patented Articulating dryer door hardware.
Bearing Vibration Monitoring:
We have incorporated real-time monitoring of Fan Bearing Vibration on our new Westmill Jet dryers. This real-time monitoring directs maintenance personnel to out of tolerance areas before they become failures.
Minimal Heat Transfer Dryer Housing:
Designed to virtually eliminate metal-to-metal contact between the inner and outer walls of the dryer’s roof and siding. Greatly improves the dryer’s thermal efficiency, and reduces pitch build-up inside the dryer, a primary ingredient causing dryer fires. Unlike any other dryer housing available today, WESTMILL’s dryer housing is actually ‘cool to the touch’.
Channel Vented Hot Box Housing:
Compared to conventional flat dryer roofs and side walls, Westmill’s Channel Vented roof design allows the dryer housing to ‘breathe’, preventing any condensation from being trapped in the upper housing. This extends the life of the dryer housing by greatly reducing upper-housing corrosion and allows the roof to expand and contract effortlessly as the dryer heats and cools.
A versatile & highly controllable dryer:
Combine the wet and dry-end WestVAC Seal sections together with our 2-PEx Exhaust and Dryer Humidity Migration and Control System, and our industry leading dryer control system, and you have the most versatile, intuitive and easily controllable dryer available today. Optional Humidity Sensors can also be provided as a tool for dryer set-up, testing and ongoing diagnostics (we do not recommend using these Humidity Sensors as a control point).
Optimal balanced delivery of airflow to the Veneer:
Is achieved using adjustable air distribution baffles at the entrance to jet tubes. This feature allows users to fine-tune the dryer’s individual decks for optimal performance.
Heavy-duty Jet Tubes:
WESTMILL jet tubes are manufactured using 16-gauge sheet metal (while others typically use 18-19 GA). WESTMILL has also incorporated a heavy 12 GA. flange around the high pressure opening of the tube to prevent the usual bending and damage caused during handling and thereby maximizing airflow into the jet tube opening.
Floor Water Misting System:
Greatly reduces the risk of dryer fires caused by fuel build up on the dryer floor. Metered water spray inside the dryer increases the dryer’s humidity level and “flash point” significantly.
Our cooling design benefits from years of multiple iterations and improvements. Westmill’s cooling sections include vane axial fans on both the intake and exhaust stacks. We incorporate VFD’s in our cooler fan system to provide complete control over your cooling requirements while saving energy during non-peak cooling periods.
Westmill’s Dryer Control:
The functionality, ease-of-use and reliability of the WESTMILL dryer control system is so highly regarded that we have customer engineering & electrical teams that have standardized on this system across their operations in multiple locations.
Natural gas and propane burners, steam coils, thermal oil coils, and direct-fired hot air heating systems available.
Hybrid Heating Systems:
WESTMILL pioneered the first Gas/Steam hybrid heating systems in use today (for many Boise Cascade plants) in the South. For us, this was an obvious solution for steam constrained plants needing increased dryer production.