Wood processing

In one of the world’s oldest industrial sectors, safety, productivity, and maximum yield from raw materials are vital parameters. The use of timber in construction is increasing, and wood products are in high demand. Malfunctioning production equipment can directly affect throughput and may impact the entire supply chain. Keeping expensive and complex equipment running safely and with minimal disruption is essential to maintaining an efficient operation.

With its exceptionally high production pace, process and quality improvements are the keys to higher profit in this industry. The production equipment in sawmills – with sharp blades, sawdust, and heat-generating machinery – creates a multi-hazard environment. Staying on top of maintenance needs to prevent unplanned downtime and personal injury is critical. Early warnings of machine problems help reduce the risk of breakdowns and increase plant and operator safety.

"The purpose of our investment has always been to avoid corrective maintenance as much as possible, to allow ourselves to plan the right maintenance effort at the right time, and thus work proactively and preventively.

Unplanned stops in the major drives in the process can take anything from one to several shifts to rectify, which results in major production loss, which is difficult to catch up on since more or less everything we produce are sold products. With the measurement system, we can maintain higher machine availability and better profitability.

The investment has already started to pay off as we have avoided replacing a large part of the production site in conjunction with a major breakdown. This was possible because extra control measurements could be performed via the measurement system. These measurements showed good values, giving us a decision basis to avoid unnecessary replacement of process parts.

Another significant advantage, or security, that the system provides is increased safety in the form of reduced risk of fire in the event of bearing failure, which is otherwise something that we in the industry have great respect for."

Joakim Jonasson, Maintenance Manager Mechanics at Norra Timber

Condition-monitoring applications in wood processing

Typical condition monitoring targets are production-critical equipment, expensive or hard-to-repair assets, and machines causing downtime in case of failure, such as:

  • Sawlines
  • Blowers
  • Debarkers
  • Trimmers
  • Edgers
  • Planers
  • Log reducers
  • Motors
  • Wood chippers
  • Fans

Intellinova online systems

The Intellinova online systems combine HD measurement technologies with high-performance digital hardware to ensure the earliest possible warning of deteriorating mechanical condition.

Portable instrumentation

The SPM range of handheld instruments includes equipment for shock pulse measurement, vibration severity measurement and vibration spectrum analysis.

HD Technologies

Condition monitoring with HD Technologies provides extremely long pre-warning times, thus maximizing the planning horizon for maintenance and repairs.

Airius wireless vibration sensors

Providing warning of vibration-related problems as well as gear and bearing faults, Airius is ideal for remote condition monitoring of standard production equipment such as pumps and fans.

Reliable condition-monitoring solutions for optimized production

We offer patented and well-proven technologies for condition monitoring of rotating machinery with exceptional pre-warning times. Our product range includes online systems, portable instrumentation, wireless solutions, and accessories specifically designed for detecting misalignment, gear and bearing problems, balance issues, and more.

Vibration levels, temperature spikes, lubrication condition, and process-related signals, such as vibration relating to rotational speed rather than mechanical issues, are all efficiently monitored.

Data transfer possibilities enable integration into CMMSs, process control systems, and IoT platforms.

Robust installations withstand dusty, hot, and humid environments. For use in potentially explosive atmospheres, ATEX-compliant equipment is also available.


Holmen Timber Braviken invests in online system from SPM for saw line

The Holmen Timber sawmill in Braviken outside Norrköping, Sweden is one of Scandinavia's largest and most modern sawmills. Since putting the plant into operation in 2011, Holmen Timber has made several investments at the sawmill to increase the production of wood products. The Intellinova Parallel EN online system was recently installed on the Linck saw line to ensure maximum availability.

Moelven Valåsen invests in small-log saw line with online system from SPM

Moelven Valåsen AB sawmill in Karlskoga, Sweden is part of the Norwegian wood and building materials group Moelven. The company is now investing in a new saw line for small logs, where Finnish Veisto OY will supply the HewSaw R200 1.1 V4 saw machine. When the machine is delivered and commissioned at Moelven Valåsen in the spring of 2024, the online system Intellinova Parallel EN will also be installed to monitor the mechanical condition of the saw line.

SPM Instrument Finland delivers Leonova Diamond to Koskisen

Finnish wood products and processing company Koskisen has chosen Leonova Diamond and Condmaster Ruby as its new condition monitoring tools at the chipboard mill in Järvelä, near Lahti in southern Finland. System implementation took place in December 2021.

HewSaw Sweden to deliver saw machine with online system from SPM to Setra Skinnskatteberg

HewSaw Sweden AB, a subsidiary of Finnish saw line supplier Veisto Oy, is set to supply a saw machine of the model HewSaw R200 1.1 V1 to Swedish wood industry company Setra's production unit in Skinnskatteberg. The machine, to be delivered to Setra at the end of 2023, will be fitted with SPM's most sophisticated online condition monitoring system, Intellinova Parallel EN.

Norra Timber monitors band saws and reducers with online systems from SPM

Following a successful test installation, Norra Timber has chosen to move forward with a condition monitoring solution from SPM Instrument for its new high-tech band saw line at the Sävar Sawmill near Umeå in northern Sweden, aiming to ensure high machine availability and long pre-warning times.

HewSaw Sweden invests in online system for saw line focusing on Industry 4.0

HewSaw Sweden, retailer of production lines in the wood processing industry, have chosen Intellinova Parallel EN for monitoring a saw line at VIDA Wood Nössemark.

SPM Instrument secures major order in the sawmill industry

Swedish sawmill Södra Wood Värö has placed an order for a large online system from SPM Instrument to monitor critical machines in the timber sorting, saw-line, and finishing sections.

One of Scandinavia's largest sawmills to start up condition monitoring with SPM

The Braviken sawmill in southeast Sweden has recently decided to introduce condition monitoring with SPM equipment and is now investing in the portable instrument Leonova Diamond.

SPM to deliver online condition monitoring to sawmill Södra Wood Mönsterås

One of Sweden's largest sawmills, Södra Wood Mönsterås, has placed an order for Intellinova Compact to monitor the condition of electric motors and fans in the lumber dryer.